Construction Law - 2016

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP2 , SP4
  • Availability for 2017: SP2 , SP4
  • Assessment: Case Study - Group Case Study (35%) , Invigilated Exam (45%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 1,305.00
HECS 1,305.00
International 1,555.00

An introduction to sources of law affecting building projects including the judicial system, common law and statute law, contract law and torts and dispute resolution.

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At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. describe the Australian legal system with particular reference to the construction industry
  2. apply concepts of the law of contract and tort to construction industry case studies
  3. evaluate alternative legal dispute resolution options on construction projects.
  • Case Study — Group Case Study (35%)
  • Invigilated Exam (45%)
  • Report (20%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Broadband access
  • Other special requirement — Provide an email address

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Overview of Australian legal system
2Construction and the Law
3Contract Law - Essential Elements of a Contract (Intention, Offer and Acceptance)
4Contract Law - Essential Elements of a Contract (Consideration, Capacity and Legality)
5Contract Law - Terms and Conditions
6Contract Law - Mistake, Misrepresentation, Undue Influence & Duress
7Forms of contract - Standard Form and Bespoke Contracts
8Termination and Remedies of Contract
9Dispute Resolution
10Tort Law - Duty of Care
11Tort Law - Negligence, Nuisance
12Property Law

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Glossary
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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