Contract Law and Construction Documents

    EXCST 4203 is offered this winter:

Exam­ine the prin­ci­ples of con­tract law as they relate to the con­struc­tion indus­try. In par­tic­u­lar, the course will deal with the cre­ation and inter­pre­ta­tion of con­tracts and the reme­dies avail­able for breach­es of con­tracts. There will be con­sid­er­able empha­sis on the rights and respon­si­bil­i­ties of own­ers, con­trac­tors, and con­sul­tants in the bid­ding process. You will acquire knowl­edge and skills to admin­is­ter projects with reduced legal dif­fi­cul­ty and to resolve dis­putes in a time­ly and cost-effec­tive manner.

Course at a glance
  • Recognized by CIQS, Gold Seal, and Blue Seal both as required education for accreditation and continuing professional development (post-accreditation maintenance).
  • Aimed at a wide range of construction workers, including tradesmen and journeymen, managers and supervisors, administrators, contractors, consultants, architects, and construction business owners.
  • Comprehensive content aimed at providing knowledge, skills, and a sense of confidence in your ability to deal with legal issues, emphasizing the early recognition of issues and practical procedures to avoid and resolve problems.
  • Class dynamics heavily based on active student participation, with close guidance from the instructor/subject-matter expert and group work via case study review for industry application.
  • Learning materials available through eClass, the University of Alberta’s eLearning management tool.
What you will learn

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Understand the requirements in order to create a contract, recognizing the elements that must be present for a contract to exist and utilizing the proper procedures and language to create a contract.
  • Create concise and effective contracts.
  • Create effective bidding packages and instructions to bidders, employing practical language and utilizing the required elements.
  • Identify and utilize bidding strategies which are more effective, preparing bids that are more likely to be successful and analyzing bids more fairly and with reduced confrontations.
  • Identify the skills required to administer construction projects with a reduced risk of legal difficulty.
  • Recognize potential issues with legal implications, identifying the problem and analyzing the degree of risk and the likely outcome.
  • Distinguish between situations that require legal and consulting advice.
  • Identify and resolve construction disputes more efficiently, saving time and money.

Offered:

Take note:
  • Course assessment includes assignments, group work, and exams.
  • Students are expected to read materials before each class, present materials in class, and participate in open discussions of the principles and concepts. Questions and comments are encouraged.
Overall Schedule
Lecture/Class Schedule
Mondays

Tuesdays

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm MT

Wednesdays

Thursdays

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm MT

Fridays

Saturdays

Sundays

Mar 12Mar 26
Mondays

Tuesdays

Wednesdays

Thursdays

Fridays

Saturdays

8:30 am – 4:30 pm MT

Sundays

Mar 29 — post-class component closes

Students in this section may have post-class readings or assessments to complete.

Syn­chro­nous online learning, eClass

39 hours of instruction

In synchronous online courses, students move through the course material at the same pace as their peers. These courses also provide learners with pre-scheduled online lectures that have the instructor and students interacting at the same time. All components of this type of course are accessible through eClass, the University of Alberta’s eLearning management tool. for­mat details

Philip Perry

Your Instructor

Philip PerryID: philip-perry

Class info
  • This is a syn­chro­nous course that fea­tures live online activ­i­ties at pre­de­ter­mined times. For the real-time class­room ses­sions, a com­put­er with both audio input and out­put is required. To start your online learn­ing expe­ri­ence vis­it www​.ext​-leo​.ca/​s​t​u​dents
  • 39 course hours in total
  • Cost assistance: may be eli­gi­ble for the Cana­da-Alber­ta Job Grant, the Canada Training Benefit, and the Skilled Immigrant Micro-Loan.
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    Cor­po­rate mul­ti-reg­is­tra­tion pack­ages (groups of 4 or more) are avail­able for most Exten­sion cours­es. Con­tact us at corporate.learning@ualberta.ca for pre­ferred pricing.
  • Open for registration until March 10, 2022. Register at least one week before the course start date to secure your spot. If space is available you may register until the day the course starts. Refunds, withdrawals & transfers policies
This course has no prerequisites

Students from all educational backgrounds welcome. You can register for this course without applying and enrolling in a program.

Take note:

  • Course assessment includes assignments, group work, and exams.
  • Students are expected to read materials before each class, present materials in class, and participate in open discussions of the principles and concepts. Questions and comments are encouraged.
Currently counts towards

We recommend that you apply to the program as soon as possible to lock in your course requirements as they are subject to change.

*If you are already enroled in this program, please refer to your specific program requirements as outlined at the time of your admission: Bear Tracks > Academic Advisement.

You can register for and take a course without applying and enrolling into the program.

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EXCST 4203 is offered this winter: