Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus

Construction Law

CSM80003  12.5 Credit Points
One Semester or equivalent
Contact hours
48 Hours


PG Civil/Construction/Risk: Nil.
UG Civil/Engineering: 250 credit points


Aims and learning outcomes

The aim of this unit is to introduce the fundamental aspects of the law related to construction and infrastructure management projects.

Students who successfully complete this unit should be able to:

  1. Appreciate fundamentals of legal processes related to construction management
  2. Identify and analyse legal risks related to construction process and project management aspects in construction industry
  3. Identify and apply suitable alternate dispute resolution mechanisms to resolve disputes in project based settings
  4. Negotiate contracts for a diverse range of construction projects

Unit information in detail

– Learning and teaching structures, content, assessment and key generic skills.

Learning and teaching structures*

ActivityTotal HoursHours per WeekTeaching Period Weeks
Problem Solving48 contact hours for Lectures and Tutorials
+ 102 hours independent study
12.5 hours Weeks 1 to 11 


The unit is divided into eight modules, comprising:

  • Module 1 – Introduction to the Legal System
  • Module 2 – Torts Law
  • Module 3 – Legal Structures in the Construction Industry
  • Module 4 – Contract Law
  • Module 5 – Insurance and Bankruptcy
  • Module 6 – Novation
  • Module 7 – Mediation
  • Module 8 – Tenders


Tasks and DetailsIndividual or GroupWeightingUnit Learning Outcomes that this assessment task relates to the topics 
Worksheets Individual & Group60% 1,2,3,4 
Presentation Individual & Group29% 1,2,3,4 
Reflection Journal Individual 11% 1,2,3,4 

Minimum requirements to pass this Unit

As the minimum requirements of assessment to pass a unit and meet all Unit Learning Outcomes to a minimum standard, a student must achieve:

  • an aggregate mark of 50% or more.

Key generic skills

During this unit, students will receive feedback on the following key generic skills:

  • Ability to apply knowledge of basic science and engineering fundamentals
  • Ability to communicate effectively, not only with Engineers but also the community at large
  • In-depth technical competence in at least one engineering discipline
  • Ability to understand problem identification, formulation and solution
  • Ability to utilise a systems approach to design and operational performance
  • Ability to function effectively as an individual in a project team, have the capacity to be a leader or manager as well as an effective team member
  • Understanding of the social. cultural, global and environmental responsibilities of the professional engineer, and the need for sustainable development
  • Understanding the principles of sustainable design and development
  • Understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities and have a commitment to uphold these responsibilities
  • Expectation of the need to undertake lifelong learning and the capacity to do so.

Study resources

– Resources and reference material.

Resources and reference material

Students are advised to check the unit outline in the relevant teaching period for appropriate textbooks and further reading.