LAWS 5005 Construction Law

Credit Points 10

Coordinator Dominic Maley Opens in new window

Description This subject introduces students to the foundational legal and technical concepts required to understand the specialised area of construction law practice. Students will examine the key issues, concepts and topics that are specific to construction law from project preparation, through to contract formation, regulation, procurement methodologies, and finally to dispute avoidance and management. Students will engage with construction practitioners to enhance their learning experiences in this subject.

School Law

Discipline Business and Commercial Law

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 4 10cp

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Level Postgraduate Coursework Level 5 subject


Must be enrolled in a Post Graduate program.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Analyse key legal information, concepts and theories used on construction projects.
  2. Examine key technical principles relevant to the drafting of construction contracts.
  3. Utilise and evidence-based approach to explore key contractual processes and administrative challenges typical of a construction contract.
  4. Communicate practical, well-informed solutions to emerging legal issues relevant to construction contracts. 
  5. Engage in independent investigations to enhance personal and professional development,
  6. Collaborate with key stakeholders in response to legal issues in construction projects.

Subject Content

  1. Introduction. Understanding the law: contracts and torts.
  2. Interpreting Construction Contracts and Incorporating terms.
  3. Regulation of the construction industry.
  4. Participants in the construction industry.
  5. Construction contracts: types and methodologies.
  6. Security of performance
  7. Contract administration.
  8. Time, delay and liquidated damages.
  9. Completion and Defects.
  10. Dispute avoidance, management and resolution.


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
Presentation 10 minutes 20 N Individual
Professional Task 1500 words 40 N Individual
Case Study 2000 words 40 N Individual

Prescribed Texts

Jeremy Coggins, Tom Davies, Tony Earls, Phil Evans Understanding Construction Law, 2nd edition (LexisNexis, 2019)

Teaching Periods

Autumn (2024)



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Spring (2024)

Parramatta - Victoria Rd


Subject Contact Christopher Maley Opens in new window

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