SHE Level 2
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M2K221315
Module Leader Ian Trushell
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Construction and Surveying
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

M1K222229 Construction Contracts 1

Summary of Content

Construction law in Scotland; The Standard Building Contract With Quantities for use in Scotland 2011. The Minor Works Building Contract for use in Scotland 2011


Employer's and Contractor's Obligations Time Certification Instructions and Variations Payment Sub-contractors and Suppliers Suspension and termination Remedies Assignation, Third Party Rights and Collateral Warranties Insurance, Guarantees and Bonds Liability in Delict Minor Works Form of Contract Health and Safety

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module the student should be able to:-1. Demonstrate an understanding of Scots construction law;2. Demonstrate an understanding of contract administration based on standard forms of contract;3. Exhibit strategic, logical, rational and resourceful thinking in the approach to problem-solving activities;4. Apply theoretical learning to practical and discipline-oriented tasks;5. Demonstrate effective use of knowledge and techniques in the discipline area;6. Develop critical thinking and problem-solving techniques;7. Develop independent working skills;8. Develop information retrieval skills.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The essential purpose of this module is to provide the student with the time and space to develop an understanding of the context and principles of construction contracts. Theoretical concepts and principles are taught by lectures, augmented by seminars to provide models on which students can build. Students will be expected to undertake significant private study. Coursework will be an individual essay based upon a scenario problem. Lectures and seminar materials will be available on GCU Learn.

Indicative Reading

Books: Standard Building Contract With Quantities for use in Scotland, SBC/Q/Scot 2011 Minor Works building Contract for use in Scotland , MW/Scot 2011 MacRoberts on Scottish Building Contracts, 3rd edition, Blackwell Publishing, 2015; e-book Understanding JCT Standard building Contracts, Chappell, D., 9 th edition Spon Press, 2012; e-book Construction Contracts, Murdoch, J., Champion R, Hughes, W., 5th edition, Routledge, 2015 Construction Law, Connolly, J.P., W Green, 1999 Construction Contracts, Questions and Answers, Chappell, D., 3rd edition, Routledge, 2015 Construction Contract Law, Adriaanse, J., 3rd edition, Palgrave Macmillan, 2010 Construction Law, Uff, J., 11 th edition, Sweet & Maxwell, 2013 Construction Contracts, Wilmot-Smith, Oxford University Press, 2006 Keating on JCT Contracts, Sweet & Maxwell, 2006 Procurement, Tendering and Contract Administration, The Aqua Group, Wiley-Blackwell, 2006 The JCT Standard Building Contract 2011, Chappell,D, Wiley Blackwell 2014 Journals: Building Law Reports - electronic and Level 3 compact shelving at 343.4107869 B81 Construction Law Reports - LexisNexis Butterworths Web Sites: Court of Session - <> Supreme Court - <> Society of Construction Law - <> Tony Bingham - <> Westlaw GCU Learn

Transferrable Skills

Ability to analyse, compare, summarise and critically evaluate information.(D1, D3). Critical approach to academic literature and research sources of information. Recognition of the moral and ethical dimensions of investigations and the need for professional codes of conduct (C6). Ability to plan, conduct and present independent reasoned conclusions and, where appropriate, work in a team environment.(D6, D7 and D12). Oral and written communication skills for effective reporting (D13 and D14).

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Seminars (FT) 24.00
Lectures (FT) 24.00
Assessment (FT) 18.00
Independent Learning (FT) 122.00
Tutorials (FT) 12.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam 01 2.00 60.00 35% Exam (Exams office) Wk 14
Course Work 01 n/a 40.00 35% Coursework: Essay based on scenario (1500-2000)Wk 6