20 credits at level HE4
To enable the student to;
Understand the scope and nature of the legal system.
Examine legal principles relating to the construction industry.
Develop an awareness of the application of legal principles whilst working in the construction industry.
To enable the student to;
Develop an understanding of the nature and structure of the construction industry and construction companies.
Understand the economic environment within which the industry has to operate.
Appreciate the influence economic agents have on the construction industry.
Sources of Law ( 5%)
Statutes; case law; the function of Parliament, legislative processes; structure and function of the Courts; and the European Courts
Practice and business - contract and tort (15%)
Legal aspects of contract and tort relating to business organisations; sole traders, partnerships and companies.
Land Law and Leases (10%)
Real and personal property; estates and interests; rights and duties; leases; conveyancing process
Building Law (20%)
Introduction to planning control and building control.
Health and Safety
Terminology and concepts, statistics, economic systems.
Demand and supply, utility theory, elasticity, competition.
Theory of the firm, profit maximisation, capital costs, revenue costs, basic financial documents.
The role of the Government – mixed economies, fiscal policy, monetarism, Keynes, International trade.
Urban Economics 10%
The theory of residential location, the bid price theory, trade off theory and filter down theories.
Learning sessions will consist of lectures, with tutorial work and individual attention for students as appropriate.
Indicative Learning Hours:
Lectures and tutorials 70 hours
Assignment revision 30 hours
Self Study 100 hours
TOTAL 200 hours.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of law as they relate to the construction industry.
Identify the importance of a basic understanding of law and explain its relationship, particularly in contract and tort, to the construction industry.
|2.||Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the principles of law relating to property and real estate.
Identify property and real estate law and apply principles
|3.||Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of legislation applicable to the construction industry.
Identify relevant legislation and apply it to construction issues.
|4.||Demonstrate an understanding of how the
construction industry is influenced by;
Basic economic concepts,
Markets and the marketplace &
Government economic policy.
Relate the importance of a basic understanding of economics and its relationship to the construction industry.
|5.||Have a comprehension of legal principles||Interpret legal principles|
|6.||Use a variety of data, figures and charts||Interpret data, figures and charts|
|7.||Demonstrate an understanding of the economic and legal principles applicable to the students chosen discipline/specialism
Apply specific principles and issues to chosen discipline/specialism.
|8.||Be effective in written and oral communication.
Displays a good standard of written and oral communication skills.
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||Assignment relating to legal issues, to assess the student's ability to apply the knowledge gained in the subject areas.||Assignment relating to economic issues, to assess the student's ability to apply the knowledge gained in the subject areas.|
There are no prerequisites for this module.
No restrictions apply.
Owen, Law for the Construction Industry, CIOB, Longman, 1997
Galbraith, “Building and Land Management Law for Students”, B.H.Newnes 1997.
Broadsheet newspapers (e.g. Daily Times/ Telegraph)
Begg, D Economics (6th Edition), Blackwell, 2000
Evans. A Urban Economics, Blackwell, 1995
Magazines (e.g. the Economist)
Other Digests and Papers.
And any basic general economics textbook stocked in BIHE library – for example Lipsey – an introduction to Positive Economics.
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