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Contract Management (ABPL90335)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2018
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeABPL90335
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject examines the principles and procedures for effective contract management from both clients’ and contractors’ perspectives. Practices and techniques of planning and managing a contract through to a successful conclusion are presented.

Topics include: development of legal framework for project delivery (contract formation – principles and philosophies of contract drafting); contract negotiation techniques and execution; contract performance, monitoring and enforcement; managing project close-out; relationship management during the construction phase; project procurement and allocation of risks; payment systems; contractual responsibilities and liabilities imposed by general conditions of contracts; construction delay claims management; conflict and dispute management.
The subject also examines alliancing and partnering contracts, performance-based contracts as well as contract management in the context of BIM-based projects.
Contract management software applications are used where applicable.

Intended learning outcomes

Upon completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Interpret, explain and compare the obligations and responsibilities imposed by selected general conditions of contracts used locally and internationally.
  • Identify potential situations which may have legal consequences and negatively impact upon the project delivery outcomes.
  • Analyse the complex and interrelated issues associated with contract management and identify when to seek professional advice on a project.
  • Manage and control the contractual environment of projects.
  • Identify, prepare, and analyse extension of time claims as well as explain the management and legal principles involved.
  • Differentiate and explain various conflicts and dispute resolution processes.

Generic skills

At the completion of the subject students should have developed the following skills and capabilities:

  1. Work effectively with other professionals on a project;
  2. Team building;
  3. Critical thinking and problem solving;
  4. Adapt to and work effectively in different contract environments, both locally and internationally.

Eligibility and requirements


One of the following subjects

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
ABPL90324 Materials and Structures
Semester 1
ABPL90313 Management of Construction
Semester 1
ABPL90292 Construction of Buildings
Semester 1


approval from the subject coordinator.



Non-allowed subjects

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
ABPL30039 Construction Contract Administration
Semester 2

Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home



  • Written assignment of 1000 words, due week 4 (20%);
  • Written assignment of 2000 words, due week 9 (40%);
  • Two-hour written exam of 2000 words, end of semester (40%).

Dates & times

  • Semester 2
    Principal coordinatorAjibade Aibinu
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours3 hours per week
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period23 July 2018 to 21 October 2018
    Last self-enrol date 3 August 2018
    Census date31 August 2018
    Last date to withdraw without fail21 September 2018
    Assessment period ends16 November 2018

    Semester 2 contact information

Time commitment details

170 hours

Further information

Last updated: 16 June 2018