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LAW3473 Construction Law

Units : 1
School or Department : School of Law and Justice
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules
Version produced : 22 March 2023


Pre-requisite: LAW1101 or LAW1500 or LAW1501 or ((LAW1111 and (LAW1123 or LAW1116))


The law governing the construction profession and building, engineering and infrastructure projects is extensive. To identify and respond to the diversity of legal issues encountered as a construction professional, an understanding of the industry and its practices is necessary.
Construction and engineering professionals and their lawyers work collaboratively, with shared understandings. Future construction professionals require the knowledge and skills necessary for timely and appropriate responses to legal issues as they arise across all aspects of the construction process. They must be able to provide meaningful assistance to, or as part of, a legal team.
Problem-based learning in this course will integrate theory and practice relevant to construction, engineering and infrastructure projects. Students will gain understanding of how law regulates and informs the diversity of interactions that occur within these projects. They will be exposed to the common legal problems encountered when initiating and administering the complex, long-term commercial relationships characteristic of the construction industry and similar industries.
Students will gain interdisciplinary understanding, knowledge about the law essential to professional practice, and the skills necessary to work within a team so as to address complex legal issues effectively.

This unit will allow students to acquire to an intermediate standard analytical and problem-solving skills needed to be able to identify and respond to legal issues they are likely to encounter as industry professionals engaged in building, engineering and infrastructure projects. It will examine the law which forms a core part of construction projects, enabling students to recognise when legal issues are likely to arise and to respond in a timely and effective manner. Problem-based learning, an intentional, inquiry-based teaching approach, will teach both declarative knowledge and functioning skills, with the latter including communication and collaboration skills.

Course offers

Study period Mode Campus
Interim Trimester 1, 2023 On-campus Ipswich
Interim Trimester 1, 2023 On-campus Toowoomba
Interim Trimester 1, 2023 Online
Date printed 22 March 2023