Project Contract Management in Construction Industry

MQF Level 7

6 Credits (ECTS)

Project Contract Management in Construction Industry

October 2024
Module Type
ECTS Credits
6 Credits (ECTS)
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Module Description

This module focuses on the scope of a construction contract and what the terms of a construction contract should define such as: Construction contract planning, including objectives; the number/types of contracts to have; risk allocation policy, with a look at contract practice; supply, delivery and payment chains; supervision of contracts and subcontracts including channels of communication; the introduction to legal provisions applicable to contracts and some background history; and general points on the law of contract.

Entry Requirements

Candidates who apply for this course must possess one of the following: 

  • Level 6 degree in a related field; 


  • Level 5 diploma or higher diploma and 5 years’ work experience in a managerial role 


Preference is given to applicants having a Level 6 degree in a discipline related to construction, and a minimum of 3 years’ work experience in management within the industry. 


Target Audience

This course is targeted at professionals with supervisory and/or middle management experience in the construction industry who wish to have a more thorough background in the subject in order to further advance their careers , namely:  

  • Architects and Civil Engineers 
  • Mechanical and Electrical Building Services Engineers  
  • Project Managers and Coordinators 
  • Project Owners 

The target group can be extended to groups working within the construction industry, such as logistics managers, maintenance managers and facilities managers. 

Module / Unit Instructions

The proposed structure comprises a blended approach promoting the building of a community of practice via peer-to-peer learning.

The structure uses primarily two dimensions of teaching-learning modes:

  1. Face-to-face sessions: 18 hours.
  2. Online Learning Activities: 12 hours.

Face to Face sessions

  • Face-to-face sessions include lectures, tutorials, discussions, presentations and workshop activities promoting peer-to-peer learning.

Online Learning Activities

Online learning activities incorporate tutorials and asynchronous discussions. These may consist of active interaction, participation and contributions in fora discussions, sharing resources and self-reflection exercises.

Learners also contribute to the building of the community of practice by providing feedback to their peers as critical friends, enhancing the learner’s critical engagement throughout the study period.

The tutor provides continual support during both teaching -learning modes by providing information, readings and tasks relevant to the module in question.

The tutor provides continuous formative feedback as an on-going guidance during the student’s learning experience in preparation for their summative assessment.

How you’ll be assessed

Assessment of each module consists of two assignments, each carrying a weighting as below:

a) One Formative assignment carries 20% of total module mark achieved. b) One Summative assignment carries 80% of total module mark achieved.

For successful completion of a study module the student is required to achieve a minimum of 41% pass mark in both the formative and the summative assignment.

The overall grade achieved for each module is calculated as the sum of:  20% of the mark achieved for formative assignment; and  80% of the mark achieved for the summative assignment.

All assignment tasks of both formative and summative assessment aim to provide the learner an opportunity to produce evidence of his/her competences aligned to the learning outcomes of each individual Module.


a) Formative assessment tasks are provided in the form of structured online discussions that support learners in their development throughout all of the modules studied.

Such discussions are facilitated and monitored by lecturer who provides students with constructive feedback to help them improve and prepare for summative assignment and dissertation.

Formative assessment tasks will contribute to the student’s final mark to acknowledge their work and give chance to improve.

This method allows students to also contribute to the building of the community of practice by providing feedback to their peers as critical friends, enhancing the learner’s critical engagement throughout the study period

b) Summative assessment is done via one assignment at the end of each module.

The mode of assessment varies and may include in-class assignments, and home-based written assignments. The recommended assessment tool for this module is essay title. Other assessment tools which may be used are case studies and reports.

Word count range: 3000 ± 10%. For successful completion of a study module the student is required to achieve a minimum of 41% pass mark in summative assignment


Module Intake Dates

October 2024

Additional Info

Reading for the entire Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Construction Management as presented in this brochure costs €9,775.*  

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be eligible for a 70% refund of the cost through the ‘Get Qualified’ scheme.** 

Due to the modular structure of the course, you may also opt to take individual modules as stand-alone. The entry requirements still apply.***  

*Prices are applicable to students who reside in Malta at the time of applying. 

**Terms and conditions apply.  

*** For the price of individual modules, please contact the IDEA Academy team.  

Learning Outcomes


At the end of the module/unit the learner will have acquired the ability to, independently:

  • Critically analyse and assess the contract terms and conditions and their implications and restraints on a wide spectrum of construction projects, in particular those in internationally used contract models such as FIDICi.
  • Critically assess the construction related project deliverables to devise a contract management strategy for example what type of competencies and resources are required to appropriately manage the contract, including architects and engineers, quantity surveying etc.
  • Identify and address risks and opportunities during the lifetime of a variety of construction contract model – example the pros and cons of each of the major contract models like design and build.
  • Critically assess and administer the construction related contract to ensure that all parties deliver their contractual obligations within the limits set out in the contract.
  • Critically analyse different roles and duties within the project contract management team according to expertise and competencies required § Critically evaluate project environments and the role played by legal concepts.
  • Critically evaluate changes in project scope and specifications duirng the entire project life cycle in context of handling contract close out.
  • Critically analyse and offer recommendations related to contract management, disputes and resolutions.


At the end of the module/unit the learner will have been exposed to the following:

Students will be asked to critically analyse, challenge, evaluate, assess and synthesize the following content in context of construction industry settings:

  • Theoretical concepts in relation to contract management within the construction industry context.
  • The implications and requirements of a construction contract.
  • The legal implications of managing projects and the formulation of contract law in relation to the various construction contract models.
  • The importance of proper and clear communications between all parties involved in a contract, and in general all parties within a construction project.
  • The importance of proper record keeping in contract management.
  • Legal issues affecting the management of contracts.
  • The environment in which contracts are conceptualised, sanctioned and delivered.
  • The transactional environment within construction related contracts.
  • The importance of critical environmental factors that affect the management of contracts in construction settings.


At the end of the module/unit the learner will have acquired the following skills:

  • Critically compare theoretical and practical knowledge with respect to common project contract management issues in the construction industry.
  • Critically apply different mechanisms in contract management with a view to minimizing risk and ensuring value for money in a variety of construction scenarios.
  • Apply IT skills to facilitate contract procedures.
  • Critically analyse documentation policies in relation to contracts.
  • Critically analyse and lead contract management teams in context of managing changes in scope and variations commonly encountered in the construction industry.
  • Critically appraise various parties including project owners, building contractors, architects and engineers etc. to fulfil their commercial and contractual commitments.

Judgment Skills and Critical Abilities:

The learner will be able to:

  • Critically analyse and apply appropriate contract management techniques and methodologies when carrying out own project.

Module-Specific Communication Skills:

The learner will be able to:

  • Communicate plan of action to key stakeholders during different stages of project implementation.
  • Write up regular reports to document changes, deadlines and disseminate important information as a means of reference.

Module-Specific Learner Skills:

The learner will be able to:

  • Improve personal time management and planning skills in relation to project and contract management.

Module-Specific Digital Skills and Competences:

The learner will be able to:

  • Navigate through the online learning platform to find assignments, discussion boards, literature, tutorials etc.
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