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Construction Contract Administration (ABPL30039)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2017
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeABPL30039
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

Contractual rights, obligations and construction contracts are presented. Construction legislation and statutory controls are also investigated along with contractual disputes and resolutions. A significant part of the subject aims to provide students with the basic principles and practice of administering building and construction projects in accordance with their respective conditions of contract. Various forms of domestic and international standard building contracts are presented along with the basic principles and practice of administrating construction contracts. Typical standard contracts are presented and analysed in detail. In particular, conditions of contract, role and responsibilities of parties to the contract, insurance and security, progress payments, variations to the contract, adjustment to the contract, delays, defects, completion of the works and retention monies are covered.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • Understand the rights and responsibilities of the parties to a building and construction contract;
  • Demonstrate a general knowledge of the mandatory contractual procedures for administering the total project from inception to completion;
  • Critically analyse the fundamental principles of an effective procedure for administering construction contracts;
  • Build practical working skills in all areas of contract administration during the construction phase of a building project.

Generic skills

On completion of this subject students should have developed the following skills and abilities:

  • communication skills;
  • analytical skills;
  • problem solving skills.

Eligibility and requirements


The subject below or an equivalent as approved by the coordinator.

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
ABPL30055 Construction Management
Semester 1



Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://www.services.unimelb.edu.au/disability


  • Assignment 1 (equivalent to 800 words) due in Week 6, (20%);
  • Assignment 2 (equivalent to 800 words) due in Week 10, (20%);
  • One 3 hour exam at the end of semester, (60%).

Hurdle requirement: A minimum mark of 40% must be achieved in the examination in order to pass the subject.

Dates & times

  • Semester 2
    Principal coordinatorVidal Paton-Cole
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours1x2 hour lecture per week, 1x1 hour tutorial per week
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period24 July 2017 to 22 October 2017
    Last self-enrol date 4 August 2017
    Census date31 August 2017
    Last date to withdraw without fail22 September 2017
    Assessment period ends17 November 2017

Time commitment details

170 hours

Further information

Students undertaking this subject will be expected to regularly access an internet-enabled computer.

Related majors/minors/specialisations

Breadth options

This subject is available as breadth in the following courses:

Recommended texts and other resources

G.Goldfayl, Contract Administration, UNSW Press, 2004.

Last updated: 31 August 2017