Building and Construction Law (7827.3)
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|Faculty Of Business, Government & Law
|Canberra Law School
|Level 2 - Undergraduate Intermediate Unit
| Band 4 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Band 4 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan Social Work_Exclude 0905)
Band 5 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
Learning outcomesOn successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
1. The nature and sources of the law generally, and specifically the law relating to building and construction, as well as its administration and interpretation;
2. The frameworks within which building law operates at the Local, State, National and International levels;
3. Standard industry contracts and their functions; and
4. The operation of building law and the legal rights and obligations of the players in the building and construction industries.
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - communicate effectively
1. UC graduates are professional - employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills
1. UC graduates are professional - use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems
1. UC graduates are professional - work collaboratively as part of a team, negotiate, and resolve conflict
2. UC graduates are global citizens - adopt an informed and balanced approach across professional and international boundaries
2. UC graduates are global citizens - behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives
2. UC graduates are global citizens - make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives
2. UC graduates are global citizens - think globally about issues in their profession
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - evaluate and adopt new technology
Australian Institute of Building (AIB) Requirements for Graduates
The academic content for this unit forms part of the attainment of Australian Institute of Building (AIB) skills and attributes of a Building Graduate, as referred to in the AIB Standards of Accreditation, Academic Standards Booklet.
Ability to integrate and appropriately apply building discipline knowledge from the following knowledge domains: Technical, Legal, Management, Construction Economics.
Demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning & professional development; understanding of, and ability to articulate & promote the codes of practice of the AIB; understanding of the roles and responsibilities of professional construction manager in the development of building; and strive for excellence and promote innovation.
Able to communicate professionally in all work related situations; respect and maintain security and privacy of information; understanding of the use of information and communication technology in the construction industry (e.g. CAD, BIM); and able to apply negotiation skills in a range of professional practice contexts.
Able to identify and evaluate information to make reasoned and informed decisions; recognize and assess interactions between stakeholders; able to critically evaluate different views and complex information and propose justifiable solutions; and able to challenge established positions using evidence and reasoning
Demonstrate creativity and innovation through personal leadership; contribute to a culture that promotes innovation.
Prerequisites4977 Introduction to Business Law OR 6594 Contract Law OR 9523 Business Law & Ethics OR 11220 Business Law
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Lists of required texts/readings
Required text: Jeremy Coggins, Tom Davie, Tony Earls and Phil Evans, Understanding Construction Law (Lexis Nexis Butterworths, 2016)
Damien Cremean, Brooking on Building Contracts (Lexis Nexis Butterworths, 5th ed 2014)
Phillip Davenport, Construction Claims (Federation Press, 3rd, ed 2013)
Paula Gerber, Best Practice in Construction Disputes (Lexis Nexis Butterworths, 2013)
Marcus Jacobs, Security of Payment (Thomson Reuters, 5th ed, 2014).
Submission of assessment items
Extensions & Late submissions
Submission of assessment items
When handing in assignments and reports the following considerations must be followed:
- All assessment items will be submitted online via the unit Moodle site. The first page of each assessment submission should include the following information:
Word Count (if applicable):
- Assignment cover sheets will no longer be required. Instead, students will be asked to confirm the following online declaration (from the old cover sheet) at the point of submission.
I certify that:
- the attached assignment is my own work and no part of this work has been written for me by any other person except where such collaboration has been authorised by the lecturer/s concerned;
- material drawn from other sources has been fully acknowledged as to author/creator, source and other bibliographic details according to unit-specific requirements for referencing; and
- no part of this work has been submitted for assessment in any other unit in this or another Faculty except where authorised by the lecturer/s concerned.
- Emphasis is on construction where examples are given to prove or support their evidence students should make every effort to use construction examples.
- Referencing using the Australian Guide to Legal Citation must be used. (Link to library information on this referencing style Click Here)
- Assignments submitted after the due date will only be assessed if a formal extension of time has been granted prior to submission due date. Assignments handed in more than 7 days past the due date without an extension will not be marked.
Extensions will only be granted as per University of Canberra's academic assessment policy.
Assignments handed in late will attract a penalty of 3 marks per day.
Students have a responsibility to uphold University standards on ethical scholarship. Good scholarship involves building on the work of others and use of others' work must be acknowledged with proper attribution made. Cheating, plagiarism, and falsification of data are dishonest practices that contravene academic values. Refer to the University's Student Charter for more information.
To enhance understanding of academic integrity, all students are expected to complete the Academic Integrity Module (AIM) at least once during their course of study. You can access this module within UCLearn (Canvas) through the 'Academic Integrity and Avoiding Plagiarism' link in the Study Help site.
Use of Text-Matching Software
The University of Canberra uses text-matching software to help students and staff reduce plagiarism and improve understanding of academic integrity. The software matches submitted text in student assignments against material from various sources: the internet, published books and journals, and previously submitted student texts.
Please note, however, that this unit is designed for face-to-face delivery. This means that students who do not attend classes regularly will be at a disadvantage in terms of information, learning and feedback.
Required IT skills
You are assumed to have adequate skills in the use of word processing and spreadsheet programs, Internet browsers and search engines. You are also assumed to be familiar with Moodle. If you feel you do not have adequate skills, please discuss the matter with the unit convener.
Work placement, internships or practicums