Module Title:Law, Procurement & Contract Practice
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 10
NFQ Level:8
Module Delivered In 2 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: Lectures Private study Individual & group projects
Module Aim: The aim of the subject is to develop a knowledge of the legal issues associated with the construction and management of buildings and of the public procurement process.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 demonstrate an understanding of the legal implications of management decisions in relation to employment, regulatory and contract issues
LO2 demonstrate an understanding of company law in relation to management and administration of a company
LO3 participate in the management of legal and contract related issues
LO4 demonstrate an understanding of the basics of law of property, law of tort and the role of insurance
LO5 participate effectively in the public procurement process
Pre-requisite learning
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
(1) Law of Contract (50 hours lectures)
(a) Critical Examination & Comparison of Standard Construction Forms of Contract (b) Critical Examination of & Comparison of Facilities Management Service Contracts (c) Collateral Warranties (d) Insurance Clauses (e) Extension of Time / Contractual Claims (f) Contract conflict avoidance and management (g) Arbitration, Conciliation and Dispute Resolution (h) Completion & Possession / Liquidated Damages (i) Letters of Intent
(2) Company Law (20 hours lectures)
(a) Characteristics and formation of a company (b) Capital and finances (c) Legal requirements for management and administration of a company
(3) Employment Law (10 hours lectures)
(a) Legal requirements (b) Contracts of Employment
(4) Regulatory Environment (10 hours lectures)
(a) Environmental impact issues (b) Building Control / Building Regulations (c) Planning Authority / Development Plans / Planning Permission
(5) Law of Property and Tort (15 hours lectures)
(a) Basics of Law of Property (b) Basics of Law of Tort (c) Nuisance (d) Trespass (e) Occupier's liability (f) Negligence (g) Liabilities of public authorities (h) Construction insurances (including Professional Indemnity)
(6) Construction Works Procurement (15 hours lectures)
(a) Construction procurement overview (b) Codes of procurement practice (c) Public procurement procedures / frameworks (d) Publication and tendering procedures (e) Qualification procedures (f) Evaluation and award of tenders (g) Disclosure of information (h) Electronic tendering (j) Partnering & Framework Agreements
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment20.00%
End of Module Formal Examination50.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Other No Description 1,2,3,4,5 20.00 n/a
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project No Description 1,2,3,4,5 30.00 Sem 1 End
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam No Description 1,2,3,4,5 50.00 End-of-Semester

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Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 30 Weeks per Stage 4.00
Estimated Learner Hours 30 Weeks per Stage 4.00
Total Hours 240.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_CMFAC_B Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Facilities and Building Services Management 7 Mandatory
CW_CMQSU_B Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Quantity Surveying 7 Mandatory