BLDG 5001 Construction Claims

Credit Points 10

Coordinator Krisanthi Seneviratne Opens in new window

Description This subject introduces contractual procedures and legal principles relating to construction claims. Students develop cognitive and technical skills to construct and assess construction claims through practical and real world activities. In addition, students examine delay analysis and quantum determination in extension of time (EoT) claims with real work examples. An important component of this subject is understanding the role and responsibility of an expert witness, managing expert appointments effectively, acquiring skills when compiling comprehensive expert reports and delivering expert evidence to tribunals. Students will have opportunities to expand their skills through professional practice tasks.

School Eng, Design & Built Env

Discipline Building Construction Management

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 2 10cp

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Level Postgraduate Coursework Level 5 subject


Students must be enrolled in the following programs:

3795     Master of Construction Law

3752     Master of Project Management

Learning Outcomes

  1. Integrate legal principles and knowledge in relation to Claims and in solving practical problem cases
  2. Assess different types of Claims in the industry and their underlining principles
  3. Critically evaluate different tools used to analyse Construction Claims from both time and cost perspectives
  4. Articulate specialised legal and technical skills in writing comprehensive professional reports 
  5. Appraise the roles and responsibilities of the expert witness and procedural requirements in providing expert evidence
  6. Communicate in an effective and convincing manner in delivering expert evidence to tribunals and other legal contexts 

Subject Content

  1. Contractual Procedures relating to Claims
  2. Basic Principles in Claims 
  3. Extension of Time Claims 
  4. Delay Analysis Methods
  5. Quantum
  6. Claims Presentation
  7. Disruption Claims and Global Claims
  8. Other Claims
  9. Expert Witness

Special Requirements

Essential equipment

Access to MS Project Software


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Type Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Professional Task 3000 words 30 N Individual
Quiz 30 minutes 20 N Individual
Presentation 15 minutes 20 N Individual
Professional Task 2500 words 30 N Individual

Teaching Periods

Spring (2023)



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Spring (2024)



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