BLAR12038 - Building Industry Contracts
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

This unit develops a detail understanding of the impacts and role of industry specific contracts (including lump sum, cost plus, design and build) in the design and construction process including study of: contract types, documents, registration, tendering, analysis, scheduling, general conditions; introduction to Specifications as a part of contract documentation; quality control; introduction to programming techniques; variations to contracts; Conditions of Engagement of Engineering and Architectural Consultants. It looks at organisational structures which ensure effective outcomes including modeling and operations research, decision theory, decision trees, linear and dynamic programming. It provides an understanding of when to use standard or customised forms of building contracts and provides an introduction to the use of Partnering, Alliance Contracting, BOOT contracts and other non traditional forms of contracts. Case studies will be used to demonstrate unit content.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Distance

Website

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Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 30%
2. Written Assessment 30%
3. Written Assessment 40%

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback Source Recommendation
Aspects need attention • Library access, would like to know how to obtain e-book etc. Moodle Course Evaluation Thanks for the feedback. Will try to include an introductory session on library related matters.
Best Aspects • Easy to understand information, topic matched assessments. Good assessment tasks, feedback returned very quickly. The research that goes in to an assignment, which often requires researching outside of the textbook and study guide, allows for greater learning, understanding and retention of information Moodle Course Evaluation Good to know that the content is useful and the assessment items were suitable. Thank you for your feedback. Will continue to do our level best.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. explain the need for formal contracts, and the traditional and non-traditional approaches to contracts
  2. describe the use of building contract documents and tender processes
  3. prepare a specification within your area of expertise, being aware of its critical relationship to the other contract documents and the commercial outcome of the project
  4. describe industry protocols for employing consultants, clearly stating the scope of their services

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment    
2 - Written Assessment    
3 - Written Assessment  

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1. Communication
2. Problem Solving
3. Critical Thinking        
4. Information Literacy
5. Team Work        
6. Information Technology Competence
7. Cross Cultural Competence        
8. Ethical practice

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Written Assessment      
2 - Written Assessment      
3 - Written Assessment      

Prescribed Textbooks

Fundaments of building contract management
Author/s: Uher, T & Davenport, P Year: 2009
Edition: 2nd edn Publisher: Newsouth Books
City: Sydney State: NSW
Country: Australia
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop
Note:

Australian Standards are available to view for free on the Library website.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • MS Office or equivalent software
All submissions for this unit must use the Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorNeda Abbasi (n.abbasi@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

The Contract

Begin workbook

Week 2 13-03-2017

The Contract

Week 3 20-03-2017

The Contract

Week 4 27-03-2017

Specification

Week 5 03-04-2017

Specification

A1 Due Tuesday (04 Apr 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017

The Tender Process

Week 7 24-04-2017

Engaging Consultants

Week 8 01-05-2017

Quality Control

Week 9 08-05-2017

Quality Control

A2 Due Tuesday (09 May 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 10 15-05-2017

Non Standard Contract Arrangements

Week 11 22-05-2017

Non Standard Contract Arrangements

Week 12 29-05-2017

Risk Management

Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
A3 Due Tuesday (06 Jun 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Exam Week 12-06-2017

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title A1
Task Description
This assessment questions cover aspects of contract form selection, contract specifications and why it is important and the essential requirements of works information and specifications.
The assessment length is approximately 2000 words (+-10%).
Assessment Due Date Week 5 Tuesday (04-Apr-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 7 Tuesday (25-Apr-2017)
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria

Presentation and layout—includes demonstrated ability to prepare a professional technical report as part of the audit process, use of grammar, the selection of typeface, written and general appearance of the document or assignment, attention to detail and quality of arrangement with regard to page numbering, headings, margins, footnotes and similar details to provide a professional document presentation.

Content—includes the accuracy and relevance of the information supplied in relation to the set task, using an ‘easy to read’ language style.

References—includes the use of the Harvard Referencing System to reference information, data, tables or images used when preparing a response to the set task.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

A single word file or pdf file

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. explain the need for formal contracts, and the traditional and non-traditional approaches to contracts

2. describe the use of building contract documents and tender processes

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence

8. Ethical practice



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title A2
Task Description
This assessment questions cover aspects of recommendations and reports, the methodologies or practices used to establish consultant fees and outlines of the tender review process. The assessment length is approximately 2000 words (+-10%).
Assessment Due Date Week 9 Tuesday (09-May-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 11 Tuesday (23-May-2017)
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria

Presentation and layout—includes demonstrated ability to prepare a professional technical report as part of the audit process, use of grammar, the selection of typeface, written and general appearance of the document or assignment, attention to detail and quality of arrangement with regard to page numbering, headings, margins, footnotes and similar details to provide a professional document presentation.

Content—includes the accuracy and relevance of the information supplied in relation to the set task, using an ‘easy to read’ language style.

References—includes the use of the Harvard Referencing System to reference information, data, tables or images used when preparing a response to the set task.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

A single word file or pdf file

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

2. describe the use of building contract documents and tender processes

4. describe industry protocols for employing consultants, clearly stating the scope of their services

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence

8. Ethical practice



3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title A3
Task Description
This assessment questions cover aspects of systems and procedures associated with contracts administration and commercial benefits and why Public Private Partnerships (PPP) can be considered a functional infrastructure development finance vehicle.
The assessment length is approximately 2000 words (+-10%).
Assessment Due Date Review/Exam Week Tuesday (06-Jun-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Two weeks after the published submission due date.
Weighting 40%
Assessment Criteria

Presentation and layout—includes demonstrated ability to prepare a professional technical report as part of the audit process, use of grammar, the selection of typeface, written and general appearance of the document or assignment, attention to detail and quality of arrangement with regard to page numbering, headings, margins, footnotes and similar details to provide a professional document presentation.

Content—includes the accuracy and relevance of the information supplied in relation to the set task, using an ‘easy to read’ language style.

References—includes the use of the Harvard Referencing System to reference information, data, tables or images used when preparing a response to the set task.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

A single word file or pdf file

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. explain the need for formal contracts, and the traditional and non-traditional approaches to contracts

3. prepare a specification within your area of expertise, being aware of its critical relationship to the other contract documents and the commercial outcome of the project

4. describe industry protocols for employing consultants, clearly stating the scope of their services

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence

8. Ethical practice




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