An introduction to the legal aspects of construction contracts. Topics include an overview of the construction industry, contractual responsibilities and relationships between the parties to a construction project, bonding, liens and holdbacks, tendering, types of construction contracts, contents of bid and contract documents and the application of typical clauses to construction related issues.
- No prerequisites are required for this course.
Below is one offering of TSYH 3460 for the Spring/Summer 2023 term.
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- 26 weeks
- CRN 20113
Continuous Entry, Distance or Online
This is a distance learning course. Start any time. You have 26 weeks from the date you register to complete this course.
Course outline TBD — see Learning Outcomes in the interim.
- Correspondence format.
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Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
Module 1 - The Construction Industry - A Synopsis
- List the personnel involved in the development and design processes and define their duties and responsibilities.
- List the major personnel involved in the construction process and define their duties and responsibilities.
- Define and discuss the relationships between the personnel involved in the development, design and construction processes.
- Describe the development of a project from conceptualization through to construction completion.
Module 2 - Contract Law and Supplemental Data
- State and discuss the four basic requirements to form a contract.
- Define the concept of a 'surety bond'.
- Describe the purpose of each of the three types of surety bonds used in construction.
- Define and discuss the concept of a 'builders lien'.
- Define and discuss the ramifications of breach of contract by the contractor and/or the owner.
- Define and discuss the concept of 'liquidated damages'.
- Describe the process of advertising for bids.
- Write an 'Invitation to Bid.'
Module 3 - Types of Construction Contract
- Identify the three primary types of construction contract and their derivative forms.
- Explain the advantages and disadvantages of the different types of contract from the point of view of both the owner and the contractor.
- Choose the type of contract most appropriate for a particular type or method of construction.
Module 4 - The Bid and Contract Documents
- Identify and describe the contents of a set of bid documents.
- Employ a set of bid documents to assist in the preparation of an estimate.
- Employ a set of bid documents to assist in executing a contract.
- Identify the location within the documents of provisions to deal with common contractual problems.
- Employ a set of contract documents to assist in the administration of a project.
Effective as of Spring/Summer 2009
Contracts Part 1: Types of Contracts and Contract Documents (TSYH 3460) is offered as a part of the following programs:
School of Construction and the Environment
- Public Works Supervision
Associate Certificate Part-time
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