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Module Title
Built Asset Procurement and Contractual Arrangements

Contemporary procurement, contractual arrangements, dispute resolution mechanisms.

SCQF Points15
ECTS Points7.5
CreatedOctober 2002
ApprovedAugust 2009
AmendedJanuary 2011
Version No.2

Prerequisites for Module

None in addition to the course entry requirements.

Corequisite Modules


Precluded Modules


Aims of Module

To enable students to critically analyse key issues in contemporary built asset procurement practice, contractual arrangements and dispute resolution mechanisms.

Learning Outcomes for Module

On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:

1. Critically analyse strategic issues in contemporary built asset procurement.
2. Critically analyse contractual issues in contemporary built asset procurement.
3. Critically analyse issues in dispute resolution in contemporary built asset procurement.

Indicative Module Content

This module promotes the ability to analyse a wide range of issues relating to various aspects of built asset procurement.

Procurement practice issues may concern arrangements such as traditional, design and build, management, partnering, the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) and the various forms of Public Private Partnerships (PPPs).

Contractual issues may concern arrangements such as standard form contracts, partnering arrangements, joint ventures, long term arrangements and lease and purchase of property.

Dispute resolution issues may concern mechanisms such as litigation, arbitration, adjudication and other alternative dispute resolution methods.

Indicative Student Workload

Contact Hours

Full TimePart TimeDistance Learning

Directed Study

Directed Study

Private Study

Private Study

Mode of Delivery

Emphasis is placed on an integrated approach to communication and learning, with student involvement fostered through discussion and group working. On-campus modes will include formal input, exercises, case studies and group work. Distance Learning mode will involve paper or web based materials, on line support and group work supported by discussion forums.

Assessment Plan

Learning Outcomes Assessed
Component 1 1
Component 2 2,3

Component 2 is coursework which normally consists of a combination of participation in activities and an essay. This component contributes 60% towards the final grade.

Component 1 is coursework which normally consists of a combination of participation in activities and an essay. This component contributes 40% towards the final grade.

Indicative Bibliography

1.BANNISTER, E., 2008. Commercial leases 2008: A Surveyor's Guide. Coventry: RICS.
2.BIGNELL, J. and LEWISON, K., 2006. Lewison's Drafting Business Leases. 7th ed. London: Sweet & Maxwell.
3.CARTLIDGE, D.P., 2006. New Aspects of Quantity Surveying Practice. 2nd ed. Oxford: Butterworth-Heinemann.
4.CARTLIDGE, D.P., 2006. Public Private Partnerships in Construction. London: Taylor & Francis.
5.MACKIE, K., 2007. The ADR Practice Guide: Commercial Dispute Resolution. 3rd ed. Haywards Heath: Tottel.
6.MURDOCH, J. and HUGHES, W., 2008. Construction Contracts: Law and Management. 4th ed. London: Taylor & Francis.
7.ROE, S., 2003. Partnering and Alliancing in Construction Projects. London: Sweet & Maxwell.
8.SUTTON, D.,2007. Russell on Arbitration. 23rd ed. London: Sweet & Maxwell.

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