310 PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS OF CONSTRUCTION LAW CLASS SYLLABUS

INTRODUCTION

Take This Course to Get a Good Grasp of Construction Law as You Pursue Our Construction Management Certificate Programs!

The purpose of the 310 Practical Applications of Construction Law online course is to provide a framework for understanding the legal environment in which construction takes place, an essential piece of knowledge in our construction management certificate programs.

Students will learn the stages of contracts, how to avoid litigation, methods to protect yourself/ your company in a litigious society, understand the legal liability of construction professionals, avoid disputes using clauses, and be more informed when navigating the legality of the jobsite.

Students will learn about the different models of contracts, contract principles, offers, and defenses to the formation of contracts. We will review the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) and how it is used in sales contracts. Topics also include the roles and responsibilities of the contractor, architect, and the documents that bind them.   

Bonds, liens, and waivers, the legal liability of construction professionals, avoiding disputes through use of clauses, and how to avoid defects are included in this course.

Students can take this class as part of the SDSU Construction Management online program, one of our offerings in our construction management certificate programs at CEI. 

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SELF-PACED

A self paced course can be started at any time. You must complete the course within 10 weeks but you can work through the course as quickly as you like.

There are no weekly goals and no interaction with other students. Please check your inbox to read additional information in your welcome email.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

Students who successfully complete Practical Applications of Construction Law will learn the basic principles of construction law in order to advance in their careers and to get one step closer to completing any of our construction management certificate programs. Topics to be studied include:

Recognize the validity of offers and counter-offers

Explain how the lack of a contract, or change order does not justify unjust enrichment

Recognize that Parol Evidence is subordinate to the four corners of the contract

Explain how the UCC governs the actions of suppliers

Establish the different methods commonly used to prevent litigation

Understand the protections afforded by bonds, liens, and waivers

Examine the legal liability of construction professionals

Explain how to avoid disputes through the use of clauses and how to avoid defects

Students Learn Online Courses

CLASS ORGANIZATION & GRADING

The course will be taught in ten modules. Each module lasts one week. In that week students will read through the online lectures, participate in online discussion, take a quiz and submit a homework assignment using the IRAC format.

It is important that students keep up with the class and not fall behind.

GRADING POLICIES

Points will accrue each week. Students will learn about an area of law that affects the construction industry, read cases relevant to the law, then compose a narrative on how the problem/grievance may be decided using the Issue, Rule, Analysis, Conclusion (IRAC) format.

The Honor Code in this class is simple: No student shall copy or plagiarize another’s work. Vigorous debate is recommended, however your written communications and your answers must be your own. Failure to abide by the Honor Code shall result in penalties to the student’s grade.

You will have full access to your grade sheet so you will be able to keep track of how you are doing at all times.

Your overall grade in the course will be determined by the total number of points you have accumulated on quizzes and assignments.

The grading scale is as follows:

A

300 to 270 points

B

269 to 240 points

C

239 to 210 points

D

209 to 180 points

F

Anything less will be considered an unauthorized withdrawal from the course or F

You will be given more information about the grading and other course matters in the Orientation Module.

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