Construction Law - 2017

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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2017 Fees
Domestic 1,324.00
HECS 1,324.00
International 1,574.00

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.

1Introduction, Terminology and Legal Searches
2Australian Law
4Misrepresentation, Mistake, Undue Influence & Duress
5Termination and Remedies of Contract
6Negligence and Nuisance
7Property Law
8Tenders and Dispute Resolution
9Acts Relating to Construction

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

  • Online Assessment
  • Printable format 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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