SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M1K225356
Module Leader Ian Trushell
School School for Work Based Education
Subject SCWBE
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)
  • C (May start)

Summary of Content

Introduction to the nature of law and the English legal system; the creation of legal obligations in contract; the statutory position of construction contracts; parties to construction contracts and introduction to standard forms; legal remedies in relation to breach of contract; duties of care in negligence and professional negligence. The percentage of Work Based Learning for this module, as represented by the Independent Learning "Activity Ty pe", is 85 % . There is no Work Based Assessment, but reflective learning is encouraged.


1. Introduction to th e England legal system; 2. Letters of intent, pre-contrac t procedures and tendering, suspensive conditions; 3. Formation of contract 4. Construction contracts 5. Parties concerned with construction contracts 6. Breach of contract 7. Self-help remedies for breach including retention, set-off and liquidate damages 8. Introduction to delict 9. Liability for defective buildings 10. Professional negligence 11. Professional negligence and construction professionals 12. Contemporary developments in case law and legislation

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the apprentice should be able to show:-1. An understanding of the system for upholding legal obligations related to construction law;2. Overall appreciation of legal precedent, statutory materials and standard contracts relevant to the construction industry;3. Demonstrate understanding in assessing legal decisions and commenting on them individually;4. Strategic, logical, rational and resourceful thinking in the approach to problem-solving activities;5. Theoretical learning to practical and discipline-oriented tasks;6. Effective use of knowledge and techniques in the discipline area;7. Critical thinking and problem-solving techniques.[A2, A4, A6, A9, B1, B2, B4]

Teaching / Learning Strategy

In the context of a work based ethos, teaching and learning methods use authentic work based scenarios to promote action learning, inquiry based learning, problem based learning and peer learning. These approaches directly involve the apprentice in the process of learning and also encourage collaborative learning. The module will begin with 2 days of introductory seminars to provide the apprentices with a clear understanding of the curriculum and assessment requirements of the module and to engage in question / answers sessions. The remainder of the module is delivered online via GCULearn. The online component is structured using a week by week template and guides the apprentice through the subject learning and assessment requirements of the module. A range of resources such as PowerPoint, Camtasia, video clips, web links and other tailored learning relevant to the module topics are used.. Learners will be supported throughout by the module team. This includes the lecturers, work based / industrial mentors and Academic Development Tutors. Clear sign posting will ensure that module learning outcomes are progressed, reinforced though a carefully mapped formative assessment of concepts / strategies and the application of critical subject matter. This facilitates an evaluation of the level of comprehension attained by the apprentice and also enables the module team to provide support and guidance as required through email, GCULearn announcements, blogs, skype of Collaborate discussions. Summative assessments are compulsory. A mark of 35% must be achieved for each summative assessment and an overall / aggregate mark of 40% must be achieved.

Indicative Reading

Essential texts Adriaanse,-1 J., (-1 2017), -1 Construction -1 Contract -1 Law, (4th Ed.), Palgrave MacMillan: ISBN 9781137009586. -1 Connolly, J. P., (-1 1999), -1 Construction -1 Law, W Green: ISBN 9780414011816. Murdoch,-1 J -1 and -1 Hughes. W , (-1 2015), -1 Construction -1 Contracts, (5th Ed), -1 Routledge : ISBN 9780415393690 Recommended texts -2 Uff, J., -1 Construction -1 Law, -1 2017 (12th Ed), Sweet-1 and Maxwell: ISBN 978041405539.

Transferrable Skills

Analysis Comparative and evaluation skills Oral and communication skills [C1, C2, C3, C4, C5, D1, D4, D5, E1, E3, E5, E6, E7]

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 18.00
Independent Learning (FT) 170.00
Seminars (FT) 12.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (Exams Office) n/a 100.00 35% Multiple Choice Questions on Legal Systems & Obligations (worth 40%) plusTwo previously seen essay questions from four (worth 60%)