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Unit of study_

ENGG3854: Legal Aspects of Projects

In this unit, we draw on examples on project negotiation and contracting from "real-life" business situations and provide practical information on what to do and what not to do. Student would be exposed to the complexity involved in negotiation and contracting from initiation to formalization of final form of contract which is agreed upon and executed by all parties. Students will be taught how to understand each party's interests and then working towards reaching a common goal. In particular, dealing with complex characters including situations will be covered. We will provide a basic understanding of commercial contracts and all their ramifications every step of the way. This unit also explains the basics of commercial contract law, highlights how to spot potential issues before they become a problem and then how to work with a lawyer more effectively if things go wrong which is intended for corporate managers rather than lawyers. This unit further contains coverage on forming contracts, restitution, contract interpretation, modification and dispute resolution. We also discuss remedies, performance, and third-party beneficiaries.

Details

Academic unit Project Management
Unit code ENGG3854
Unit name Legal Aspects of Projects
Session, year
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Semester 1, 2020
Attendance mode Normal day
Location Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Credit points 6

Enrolment rules

Prohibitions
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CIVL4813
Prerequisites
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PMGT2821 OR (ENGG2850 AND (ENGG2852 OR PMGT2854))
Corequisites
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None
Available to study abroad and exchange students

Yes

Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Natalie Perisa, natalie.perisa@sydney.edu.au
Type Description Weight Due Length
Final exam Take Home Final exam
A take home paper will be prepared to replace the final exam
50% Formal exam period 2 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2
Participation group assignment Tutorial contribution (via online)
Tutorial
10% Multiple weeks n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2
Assignment Online Quiz
15% Week 09 40 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2
Assignment Assignment
25% Week 13 n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO2
group assignment = group assignment ?

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range

Description

High distinction

85 - 100

 

Distinction

75 - 84

 

Credit

65 - 74

 

Pass

50 - 64

 

Fail

0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

For more information see sydney.edu.au/students/guide-to-grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Special consideration

If you experience short-term circumstances beyond your control, such as illness, injury or misadventure or if you have essential commitments which impact your preparation or performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Academic integrity

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The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic dishonesty or plagiarism seriously.

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic dishonesty. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of dishonesty, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Introduction to law Independent study (2 hr) LO1
Week 02 Elements of contracts and intention Workshop (2 hr) LO1
Week 03 Acceptance and instantaneous communications Workshop (2 hr) LO1
Week 04 Consideration and letters of intent Workshop (2 hr) LO1
Week 05 Different disciplines of law Workshop (2 hr) LO1
Week 06 Discussion on procurement and expressions of interest Workshop (2 hr) LO2
Week 07 Procurement further analysed and invitation to tender Workshop (2 hr) LO2
Week 08 Employment contracts and internet transactions Workshop (2 hr) LO2
Week 09 Exclusion clauses: what to be aware of, whether a document has been signed, whether it is a notice Workshop (2 hr) LO2
Week 10 Misrepresentation in contracts Workshop (2 hr) LO2
Week 11 1. Discharge of contracts (termination); 2. Negligence in project management Workshop (2 hr) LO2
Week 12 1. Insurance; 2. Claims; 3. Disputes in project management Workshop (2 hr) LO2

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University’s graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. understand the basis of contract management, including traditional and contemporary theories, and its importance in common commercial dealings
  • LO2. demonstrate a good understanding of the intention of particular clauses when reviewing contracts, and determine which clauses should be negotiated

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities
GQ1 GQ2 GQ3 GQ4 GQ5 GQ6 GQ7 GQ8 GQ9
No significant changes have been made since this unit was last offered.

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