Contract Management

Subject ABPL90335 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 25-Jul-2016 to 23-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 18-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 05-Aug-2016
Census Date 31-Aug-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 23-Sep-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 3 hours per week
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours


Admission into one of the following courses:

MC-CM Master of Construction Management
MC-CONMG2Y Master of Construction Management (200 points)
MC-CONMG3Y Master of Construction Management (300 points)

Or approval from the subject coordinator.

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

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, 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 Student Equity and Disability Support:


Dr Ajibade Aibinu



The Eastern Precinct (building 138)
(between Doug McDonell building and Eastern Resource Centre)

Current Student:

Subject Overview:

This subject examines the principles and procedures for effective contract management from both clients’ and contractors’ perspectives. Practices and techniques of planning and managing a contract through to a successful conclusion are presented.

Topics include: development of legal framework for project delivery (contract formation – principles and philosophies of contract drafting); contract negotiation techniques and execution; contract performance, monitoring and enforcement; managing project close-out; relationship management during the construction phase; project procurement and allocation of risks; payment systems; contractual responsibilities and liabilities imposed by general conditions of contracts; construction delay claims management; conflict and dispute management.
The subject also examines alliancing and partnering contracts, performance-based contracts as well as contract management in the context of BIM-based projects.
Contract management software applications are used where applicable.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  1. Interpret, explain and compare the obligations and responsibilities imposed by selected general conditions of contracts used locally and internationally.
  2. Identify potential situations which may have legal consequences and negatively impact upon the project delivery outcomes.
  3. Analyse the complex and interrelated issues associated with contract management and identify when to seek professional advice on a project.
  4. Manage and control the contractual environment of projects.
  5. Identify, prepare, and analyse extension of time claims as well as explain the management and legal principles involved.
  6. Differentiate and explain various conflicts and dispute resolution processes.
  • Written assignment of 1000 words, due week 4 (20%);
  • Written assignment of 2000 words, due week 9 (40%);
  • Two-hour written exam of 2000 words, end of semester (40%).
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

At the completion of the subject students should have developed the following skills and capabilities:

  1. Work effectively with other professionals on a project;
  2. Team building;
  3. Critical thinking and problem solving;
  4. Adapt to and work effectively in different contract environments, both locally and internationally.

Links to further information:
Related Course(s): Master of Construction Management
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: 300 point Master of Construction Management
Building Systems and Trade Specialties
Cost Management
Melbourne School of Design multidisciplinary elective subjects
Project Management

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