University of Technology Sydney

16423 Procurement and Contract Management

6cp; 1 hpw (lecture, online), 2 hpw (tutorial, on campus)
Requisite(s): 16467 Built Environment Law and Ethics AND 16912 Construction Project Management Principles
These requisites may not apply to students in certain courses.
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This subject examines the project procurement systems used in the construction industry and the principles and practices involved in the administration and management of construction contracts. The variety of methods used to procure construction projects are examined in detail. The subject examines common construction contracts used in the industry and explores typical contractual responsibilities and liabilities imposed by these contracts and the issues that emanate from these. Students are given exercises in examining and interpreting general conditions of contract and contractual risk allocation to strengthen their understanding. The subject then examines the principles and procedures of effective contractual claims management including preparation of variations, progress claims and time extension/delay cost claims. This is extended to include the administration and management of subcontract and supply agreements. Cost/time/quality monitoring, administration and control and cash flow forecasting and earned value analysis during the construction stage are then explored in detail. Students are then introduced to conflict management and dispute resolution as an integral part of the contract management role. The subject utilises contemporary software applications and explores leading edge industry practices such as web-based contract administration and the integration of contract administration and information flow with building information modelling (BIM) systems.

Typical availability

Spring session, City campus

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