SHE Level 2
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M2K225131
Module Leader Ian Trushell
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Construction and Surveying
  • B (January start)

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 The percentage of Work Based Learning for this module, as represented by the Independent Learning "Activity Type" , is 79%. The percentage of Work Based Assessment for this module is 40%, which is represented by Coursework 1.


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 completion of this module the apprentice should be able to:-1. Demonstrate an awareness and understanding of Scots construction law;2. Demonstrate discerning 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.[A2, A4, A6, A9, B1, B2, B4 SDS GA: 2.1,2.2,3.6,4.1,4.2,4.4]

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. This subject will be delivered by a student led "flipped classroom "core information, and supporting overhead materials will be made available for each lecture electronically in GCU Learn. Seminars/tutorials will concentrate on applying core information in lectures to problem questions given in advance. Students are referred to supporting reading materials to deepen their knowledge and understanding of lecture and seminar topics. Concepts delivered in the 'Flipped Classroom' mode will require students to view lecture material online and complete formative exercises prior to engaging and completing an on-campus seminar with academic support leading the discussions to explore the relevance of the content and specific to their workplace.

Indicative Reading

Books: Standard Building Contract With Quantities for use in Scotland (2016) SBC/Q/Scot Minor Works building Contract for use in Scotland (2016) MW/Scot MacRoberts on Scottish Building Contracts (2015) 3rd edition, Blackwell Publishing; e-book Chappell, D. (2018) Understanding JCT Standard building Contracts, 10 th edition Spon Press; e-book Murdoch, J., Champion R, Hughes, W., (2015) Construction Contracts, 5th edition, Routledge Connolly, J. P., Green, W. (1999) Construction Law Chappell, D. (2015) Construction Contracts, Questions and Answers, 3rd edition, Routledge Adriaanse, J. (2017) Construction Contract Law, 4th edition, Palgrave Macmillan Uff, J. (2017) Construction Law, 12 th edition, Sweet & Maxwell Wilmot-Smith (2014) 3rd ed Construction Contracts, Oxford University Press Keating on JCT Contracts (2006) Sweet & Maxwell The Aqua Group (2016) 2nd Ed Procurement, Tendering and Contract Administration, Wiley-Blackwell 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. 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. Ability to plan, conduct and present independent reasoned conclusions and, where appropriate, work in a team environment. Oral and written communication skills for effective reporting (D13 and D14). [C1, C2, C3, C4, C5, D1, D4, D5, E1, E3, E5, E6, E7 SDS GA: 5.1 - 5.3]

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (FT) 158.00
Assessment (FT) 18.00
Seminars (FT) 24.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (Exams Office) 2.00 60.00 35% Exam (Exams office) Wk 14
Coursework 1 n/a 40.00 35% Coursework: Essay based on scenario (1500-2000)Wk 6