QUSU08038 2019 Public Works Contract

General Details

Full Title
Public Works Contract
Transcript Title
Public Works Contract
N/A %
Subject Area
QUSU - Quantity Surveying
CENG - Civil Eng. and Construction
08 - NFQ Level 8
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Leigh McLoughlin
Programme Membership
SG_JQUAN_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Quantity Surveying SG_JQUAN_K08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Quantity Surveying (Add-on) SG_JQNTY_K08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Quantity Surveying (Add-on) (PT)

The aim of the module is to enable the student to acquire a thorough understanding of contract administration of the public works contracts.


Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Demonstrate a critical awareness of the administration process of the public works contract from commencement to completion.


Formulate advice for the Client and the Design team with respect to cost and the financial administration of the project.


Explain procedures for dealing with delays and disruptions on construction projects.


Manage contract documentation in order to avoid potential disputes.


Formulate advice on the most suitable option for the procurement of Specialist Contractors.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be delivered through lectures and tutorials.

Moodle is used by lecturers to direct and manage the learning process and facilitates: Formal Learning: posting of lecture notes and continuous assessments, additional resources and supporting documents. Links to websites. remote collaboration on group work (discussion boards, collaborative document editing) Informal Learning: social communication between learners (discussion boards, chat rooms, Wikis, blogs) learner journals (reflective journals, e-portfolios).

Module Assessment Strategies

This module is 40% Continuous Assessment and 60% Final Examination.

Repeat Assessments

Repeat Continuous Assessment and / or Final Examination.

Indicative Syllabus

1.      Preliminary and routine considerations required before commencement on site.

2.      Payment - interim payment, unfixed work items, retention, full payment, final statement, time for payment and interest, VAT.

3.      Disputes - various dispute resolution mechanisms available for use under the Public Works Contract.

4.      Time, Completion and Liquidated Damages.

5.      Claims and adjustments - Delay and Compensation events

6.      Specialists works contractors.

7.      Termination and Suspension.

8.      Price Variation clause options.

9.      Programme Contingency.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
40 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
60 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Continuous Assessment Continuous Assessment Assignment 40 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Final Exam Closed Book Exam 60 % End of Term 1,2,3,4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Lecture Theatre Public Works Contract 3 Weekly 3.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Public Works Contract 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Online Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Online Public Works Contract 1.5 Weekly 1.50
Independent Learning Not Specified Public Works Contract 4.5 Weekly 4.50
Directed Learning Not Specified Public Works Contract 1 Weekly 1.00
Total Online Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.50 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2016-04-18 The Aqua Group Guide to Procurement, Tendering and Contract Administration John Wiley & Sons
ISBN 9781118346549 ISBN-13 1118346548
Recommended Reading
2015-10-08 Contract Practice for Surveyors Routledge
ISBN 1138126527 ISBN-13 9781138126527
Recommended Reading
2017-12-05 New Aspects of Quantity Surveying Practice Routledge
ISBN 1138673765 ISBN-13 9781138673762
Recommended Reading
2018 Contractual Procedures in the Construction Industry Routledge
ISBN 1138693936 ISBN-13 9781138693937

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources


Journal Resources


URL Resources

Construction Procurement Reform:  https://constructionprocurement.gov.ie/

eTenders Public Procurement:  www.etenders.gov.ie

Office of Government Procurement:  www.ogp.gov.ie

Public Spending Code:  http://publicspendingcode.per.gov.ie/

Irish Government Public Private Partnership: www.ppp.gov.ie

Irish Government Website: www.gov.ie

Information about EU Public Procurement: www.simap.europa.eu

Access to European Legislation Database:  www.eur-lex.europa.eu

Other Resources


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