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CMG3002 Contract Administration

Semester 1, 2021 On-campus Springfield
Short Description: Contract Administration
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
Student contribution band : Band 2
ASCED code : 040303 - Building Construction Manageme
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 14 April 2021


Examiner: Amirhossein Heravi


Pre-requisite: LAW1101 or LAW1500

Other requisites

Pre-Requisite - LAW1101 or LAW1500


Contract administration is essential for effective management of construction projects and requires the establishment, administration and monitoring of construction contracts. This courses provides an introduction into contract administration in the building construction industry and will prepare students for the administrative and contractual interactions that occur between the contractors and sub-contractors during a project.


This course aims to provide students with the basic principles and practice of contract administration for building construction projects in accordance with the conditions of contract. Common industry standard form contracts are presented including the principles and practice for administration of a construction contract. In particular, conditions of contract, role and responsibilities of parties to the contract, variations to the contract, adjustment to the contract, delays, defects, practical completion of the works and dispute resolution procedures are covered.


The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course. On completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of contractual concepts and terminology relating to various standard form contracts for building construction projects.
  2. Assess and implement the necessary administrative procedures required to manage various types of construction contracts.
  3. Apply their knowledge of common standard form contracts – including obligations of various parties under the contract – to ensure the smooth running of the contract.
  4. Assess and implement the necessary document control techniques and systems, to ensure ease of access to information – especially when assessing claims for loss, additional expense or time.
  5. Analyse and report on-site administration problems and issues that may arise during the running of a construction project and determine strategies to successfully overcome these, especially in relation to disputes and options for dispute resolution.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Introduction to various types of standard form contracts 10.00
2. Contract definitions 7.50
3. Roles and obligations of the parties under the contract 10.00
4. Communication and document control 10.00
5. Administration of and contract requirements for claims – i.e. Notices, forms, procedures, claim content, etc 10.00
6. Variation claims 10.00
7. Extension of Time claims 10.00
8. Administrative and contract requirements for disputes 7.50
9. Dispute resolution procedures and options 7.50
10. Breach of contract and common remedies 10.00
11. Practical completion, defects liability period and discharge of contract 7.50

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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Greg Goldfayl (2004), Construction Contract Administration, 2nd edn, UNSW Press.
Philip Loots and Donald Charrett (2009), Practical Guide to Engineering and Construction Contracts, (AUS).

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
John Murdoch and Will Hughes 2015, Construction Contracts: Law and Management, 5th edn, (UK).

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 60.00
Examinations 2.00
Lectures 39.00
Private Study 41.00
Tutorials 13.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 250 25 21 Mar 2021
ASSIGNMENT 2 350 35 16 May 2021
OPEN ONLINE EXAM 400 40 End S1 (see note 1)

  1. This will be an online exam. Students will be provided further instruction regarding the exam by their course examiner via StudyDesk. The examination date will be available via UConnect when the Alternate Assessment Schedule has been released.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures and tutorials) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks available

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S1 2021 are:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

    Requirements after S1 2021:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course (i.e. the Primary Hurdle), and have satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), i.e. the end of semester examination by achieving at least 40% of the weighted marks available for that assessment item.

    Supplementary assessment may be offered where a student has undertaken all of the required summative assessment items and has passed the Primary Hurdle but failed to satisfy the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), or has satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised) but failed to achieve a passing Final Grade by 5% or less of the total weighted Marks.

    To be awarded a passing grade for a supplementary assessment item (if applicable), a student must achieve at least 50% of the available marks for the supplementary assessment item as per the Assessment Procedure (point 4.4.2).

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S1 2021 are:
    An Open Examination is one in which candidates may have access to any printed or written material and a calculator during the examination.

    Requirements after S1 2021:
    In a Closed Examination, candidates are allowed to bring only writing and drawing instruments into the examination.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Normally Deferred and Supplementary Examinations are held in the next Examination period. In S1 2021 selected courses will pilot an early Deferred and Supplementary Examination period held within 30 business days of results release. The list of courses involved can be found at

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Date printed 14 April 2021