SHE Level 2
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M2K225339
Module Leader Ian Trushell
School School for Work Based Education
Subject SCWBE
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)
  • C (May start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Construction Contracts 1 or equivalent

Summary of Content

Construction law in England; The Standard Building Contract With Quantities 2016. The Minor Works Building Contract 2016. The percentage of Work Based Learning for this module, as represented by the Independent Learning "Activity Type", is 85 %. 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 Tort 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]

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. 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 Standard Building Contract With Quantities (2016),ISBN 041882320 0 Lupton, S. (2017) Guide to JCT Standard Building Contract 2016, RIBA Publishing, ISBN 978185946 640 7. Recommended Texts SBC/Q Minor Works building Contract (2016) MW, ISBN 9781909432161 Chappell, D. (2018) Understanding JCT Standard Building Contracts, 10th edition Spon Press, ISBN 9781 13808275 5; e-book . Murdoch, J., Champion R, Hughes, W., (2015) Construction Contracts, 5th edition, Routledge, ISBN 9780415657044. Connolly, J. P., Green, W. (1999) Construction Law, ISBN 0414011813 Chappell, D. (2015) Construction Contracts, Questions and Answers, 3rd edition, Routledge Adriaanse, J. (2017) Construction Contract Law, 4th edition, Palgrave Macmillan, ISBN 9781137009586. Uff, J. (2017) Construction Law, 12th edition, Sweet & Maxwell, 9781847037671 Wilmot-Smith (2014) 3rd ed Construction Contracts, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0199281246. Keating on JCT Contracts (2006) Sweet & Maxwell, ISBN 100421957808 The Aqua Group (2016) 2nd Ed Procurement, Tendering and Contract Administration, Wiley-Blackwell, ISBN 1118346548. Journals: Building Law Reports Construction Law Reports - Lexis Nexis Butterworths Web Sites: English Courts Supreme Court - <> Society of Construction Law - <> Tony Bingham - <> Westlaw -

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 [C1, C2, C3, C4, C5, D1, D4, D5, E1, E3, E5, E6, E7]

Module Structure

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

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (Exams Office) 2.00 60.00 35% Formal written examination
Course Work 01 n/a 40.00 35% Essay based on scenario (1500-2000 words)