Alliance Contracting

Subject MGMT90139 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2014:

September, Hawthorn - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

5 days of intensive delivery

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 hours
Total Time Commitment:

120 hours


This subject is only available for enrolment as a single subject (CAP). Please contact the School of Melbourne Custom Program for more information.

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Objectives, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and the Disability Liaison Unit:


Assoc Prof Colin Duffield


School of Melbourne Custom Programs

Kathy Griffiths
Program Coordinator
Tel: +61 3 9810 3174
Fax: +61 3 9810 3149

Subject Overview:

This subject will cover the philosophy, management and practice of delivering commercially astute Alliance Contracts. The subject will contextualise the dynamics of the Australian construction industry and then improve understanding of the techniques, mind sets and attitudes people require to successfully deliver projects using the alliance approach. The course seeks to build skills such that participants can pro-actively manage alliances in a commercially sensitive manner such that value is maximized for all stakeholders as part of the process. The overall theme of the subject is to help participants ask the right questions during an alliance contract such that they understand the boundaries of commercial reality, how to preserve the public interest, and enhance the management of these agreements such that there is an improved ability to withstand public scrutiny.

The target audience for the course includes everyone involved in alliancing team – e.g. as project manager, engineer or a commercial person.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject you should be able to:

  1. Discuss the importance of sound commercial practice in the application of alliance contracting as a procurement strategy for public projects.
  2. Describe the details of a Target Outturn Cost in both price competition and non-price competition alliances, considering prevailing market conditions.
  3. Identify issues, risks and opportunities in the lifecycle of a successful alliance project.
  4. Discuss the establishment, delivery and management of alliancing projects to preserve the public interest.
  • 15% Pre-course submission (500 words)
  • 10% Daily learning reflection (500 words) - due at the end of each of the 5 days
  • 15% Consolidation of subject workshop activities (1000 words) - due one week after the intensive delivery
  • 60% Major paper on alliance issue - 10% on group discussion and 50% on 2500 words written submission
Prescribed Texts:

All class materials will be provided.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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