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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 \0x22real-life\0x22 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.


Academic unit Project Management
Unit code ENGG3854
Unit name Legal Aspects of Projects
Session, year
Semester 2, 2020
Attendance mode Normal day
Location Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Credit points 6

Enrolment rules

PMGT2821 OR (ENGG2850 AND (ENGG2852 OR PMGT2854))
Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Natalie Perisa,
Lecturer(s) Natalie Perisa ,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Final exam (Take-home extended release) Type E final exam Take Home Final exam
A take home paper
50% Formal exam period 48 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO5 LO7 LO8
Participation group assignment Tutorial contribution (via online)
10% Multiple weeks n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO4 LO6 LO7
Online task Online Quiz
5% Week 05 40 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3
Online task Online Quiz
5% Week 08 40 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO3 LO4 LO7 LO8
Online task Online Quiz
5% Week 11 40 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO5 LO6 LO8
Assignment Assignment
Short essay style response
25% Week 12 n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO3 LO7 LO8
group assignment = group assignment ?
Type E final exam = Type E final exam ?

Quiz-Consisting of 20 multiple choice questions and this will test your understanding of material covered of the content covered leading up to the quiz.

Assignment – up to 4 questions will be provided seeking students to respond in an essay style form and using references/cases to support their answers

Final Exam-The exam will cover all material in the unit from both lectures and practical classes.

Tutorial contribution-Students participating in Canvas Discussions and responding to the Tutorial Questions.

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


High distinction

85 - 100



75 - 84



65 - 74



50 - 64



0 - 49

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

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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 Workshop (2 hr) LO3 LO7
Introduction to law Independent study (8 hr) LO3 LO7
Week 02 Elements of contracts and intention Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4 LO6
Various elements of a Contract to be explored Independent study (4 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4 LO6
Week 03 Acceptance and instantaneous communications Workshop (2 hr) LO3
Contract acceptance and communication Independent study (10 hr) LO3
Week 04 Consideration and letters of intent Workshop (2 hr) LO3
Letters of intent reading and understanding of Consideration in Contracts Independent study (10 hr) LO3
Week 05 Different disciplines of law Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO3 LO7 LO8
Reviewing disciplines of law Independent study (6 hr) LO1 LO3 LO7 LO8
Week 06 Discussion on procurement and expressions of interest Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO5
Understanding all aspects of Procurement, this is to cover weeks 6 and 7 Independent study (20 hr) LO1 LO2 LO5 LO6 LO8
Week 07 Procurement analysis Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO5 LO6
Week 08 Employment contracts and internet transactions Workshop (2 hr) LO6 LO7
Employment Contracts and the like Independent study (10 hr) LO6 LO7
Week 09 Exclusion clauses: what to be aware of, whether a document has been signed, whether it is a notice Workshop (2 hr) LO3 LO6
Exclusion clause review in different forms Independent study (10 hr) LO3 LO6
Week 10 Misrepresentation in Contracts Workshop (2 hr) LO6 LO8
Misrepresentation in contracts Independent study (10 hr) LO4 LO6
Week 11 1. Discharge of contracts (termination); 2. Negligence in project management Workshop (2 hr) LO3 LO4
Discharge of contracts (termination); Negligence in project management Independent study (10 hr) LO2 LO6 LO8
Week 12 Dispute resolution mechanism discussion and research Workshop (2 hr) LO4 LO6 LO8
Dispute resolution mechanism discussion and research Independent study (10 hr) LO4 LO6

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 procurement methods from inception to completion in relation to services and contracts generally
  • LO2. Describe, select and apply appropriate procurement strategies appropriate to different project contexts.
  • LO3. Differentiate between forms of contract; describe how contracts are chosen, initiated and formalised.
  • LO4. Contribute to the negotiation and agreement of contractual terms and conditions that meet project objectives.
  • LO5. Manage the procurement process up to execution of contracts; manage all pre-contractual issues to the satisfaction of all key stakeholders.
  • LO6. Acknowledge and apply ethical values/behaviours to all decisions and actions, including private and public sectors.
  • LO7. Explore implications inherent in employee relations and employee contracts.
  • LO8. Identify, and ensure that the project documents and the project comply with all relevant codes of conduct and professional standards.

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
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