CE3CCM-Construction Contract Management

Module Provider: School of Construction Management and Engineering, School of Built Environment
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Pre-requisites: CE2CPT Construction Procurement CE2CCL2 Construction Contract Law
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Prof Will Hughes

Email: w.p.hughes@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:

Construction contracts define a complex range of roles and responsibilities. The complex network of contracts in a construction project create multiple, interdependent roles that can only be understood in the context of the legal jurisdiction within which they are intended to operate. Construction contract law deals with the contractual mechanisms for governing the relationships between the major parties in terms of allocation of responsibilities, allocation of risk, definition of obligations and documentary requirements. The emergence of disputes calls for a range of dispute resolution methods and techniques for terminating contract prematurely. Because of the sheer scale of investment that is represented by construction processes, contractual issues require accurate interpretation and careful handling. By looking at terms in a range of standard-form contracts, we will study how these issues are dealt with in the construction sector.


The aim is to understand the interpretation and application of contracts in the construction sector and the fundamentals of construction contract dispute resolution methods.

Assessable learning outcomes:

On completion of the module and assessments, students will be able to:

  • Recognise the obligations of the contractor and the employer under standard contracts.

  • Describe the legal positions of designers, specialist trade contractors and contract administrators.

  • Decide on the appropriate remedies for breach of contract.

  • Administer and manage the basic principles associated with contractual claims.

Initiate appropriate dispute settlement procedures including arbitration and litigation

Additional outcomes:

Students will develop an ability to engage with construction contract law and management in the context of its impact on the work of construction professionals. They will be able to identify the typical issues covered by standard-form contracts and interpret clauses from contracts in regular use in the UK construction sector. They will also develop an ability to explain the impact of contractual provisions on the work of construction professionals.

Outline content:

Global context:

Construction contracting is related very closely to the place in which construction work is carried out. By making clear the reasons for specific contract clauses, placing them in their statutory and common law context, students will understand that contracts are context-dependent.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Lectures, on-line tests, assessed assignments and private study. Two of the weekly sessions will be double periods to allow for guest speakers to spend time in discussion with students.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 12
Guided independent study 88
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 50
Written assignment including essay 20
Set exercise 30

Other information on summative assessment:

Formative assessment methods:

Four computer-based tutorial tests. The total from these tests will contribute 40% of the overall assessment. Two essays are set, but only the best one is included in the summative assessment. This provides an opportunity for formative assessment and feedback in relation to one of the two essays.

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

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    Reassessment arrangements:

    Re-examination in September and/or submission of coursework at the discretion of the module convenor.

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    Last updated: 20 April 2017

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