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PMGT5895: Contracts Management

The aim of this unit is the understanding of fundamental contracts as it relates to project management. The aim is that students are able to understand various contracts that are available and have the ability to select the right contract for a project. The unit aims to give an understanding of contract terms and conditions that may give rise to potential issues and methods to mitigate this. Given contracts are pivotal in a project manager's role the overall aim is for students to understand contracts better and have the confidence to use contracts in their day to day activities to avoid potential risks and conflicts. In addition it will assist students to have the ability to solve complex issues by being able to think critically and analyse issues. Outcomes: Understanding the basis of contract management-including traditional and contemporary theories; Being able to identify contract terms that expose the project manager to risk; Gain confidence to be able to raise contract issues and negotiate terms.


Academic unit Project Management
Unit code PMGT5895
Unit name Contracts Management
Session, year
Semester 1, 2021
Attendance mode Normal evening
Location Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Credit points 6

Enrolment rules

Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Louis Taborda,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Final exam (Take-home extended release) Type E final exam Take Home Final exam
50% Formal exam period 48 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO4 LO3 LO2
Participation Participation
10% Multiple weeks n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO4 LO3 LO2
Tutorial quiz Online Quiz
Multiple Choice
15% Week 08
Due date: 19 Apr 2021

Closing date: 19 Apr 2021
40 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO4 LO1
Assignment group assignment Assignment
Short answer style questions.
25% Week 12 2500 word submission
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO4 LO3
group assignment = group assignment ?
Type E final exam = Type E final exam ?

Tutorial/Discussion-You will demonstrate through discussions a developed understanding of how contracts work and items to be aware of and clauses to avoid.

Assignment – Through research you will be able to fully explore different arguments to a situation and then work through past cases and logic to get to a conclusion to back up your theory.

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.

This unit has an exception to the standard University policy or supplementary information has been provided by the unit coordinator. This information is displayed below:

This applies to assignments as per Sydney Uni Policy

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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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
Ongoing Independent study guided by the online contact and lectures. You are expected to undertake 8-10 hours per week on independent study in addition to workshops Independent study (90 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 02 Intention capacity Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1
Week 03 1. Offer; 2. Termination of offers Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1
Week 04 1. Acceptance; 2. Postal acceptance rule Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1
Independent analysis on information relating to acceptance Independent study (1 hr) LO4
Week 05 1. Consideration; 2. Certainty and completeness; 3. Incompleteness; 4. Letters of intent Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1
Week 06 1. Terms, conditions, warranty of a contract defined; 2. Express and implied terms; 3. Pre-contractual negotiations; 4. Collateral contracts; 5. Privity of contract Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1
Week 07 1. Meaning of terms; 2. Contracts in writing; 3. Signed documents; 4. Unsigned documents; 5. Exclusion clauses; 6. Misrepresentations Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO2
Week 08 1. Mistake, unilateral mistake; 2. Duress; 3. Undue influence; 4. Unconscionable contracts Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO2
Week 09 1. Discharge; 2. Illegal contracts Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO2
Week 10 1. Damages; 2. Liquidated/unliquidated damages; 3. Equitable remedies Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO4
Week 11 1. Rescission of a contract; 2. Negligence; 3. Duty of care Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO4
Week 12 1. Dispute resolution clauses in contracts; 2. Insurance and indemnity clauses Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO3
Week 13 Revision for exam Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4

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. reach a good understanding of the intention of particular clauses when reviewing contracts and determining which clauses should be negotiated
  • LO3. raise contract issues and negotiate terms with confidence.
  • LO4. identify contract terms that expose the project or project manager to risk

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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