Award: 5 credits at level 4
Duration: 12 weeks
Start Date: 09/09/2013 (Semester 1) or 20/01/2014 (Semester 2)

ARCT40780 Procurement & Contracts


This module is for students in Semester 1 or Semester 2 of the Professional Diploma (Architecture). It is also available as a CPD (Continuing Professional Development) module.

What will I study?

This module covers the range practice and procedures related to construction procurement in Ireland. Topics include:

  • Building Procurement (pre-tender and post-tender from inception to completion and operation)
  • Designs Team and Consultants, Construction Contracts (standard forms of contract and alternatives)
  • Project Management (theory and practice related to construction projects)
  • Project Programming
  • Cost Control
  • Risk Management
  • Construction Insurances

How will I study?

The Online Professional Diploma (Architecture) will be delivered through the UCD Blackboard system and will consist of:

  • Interactive learning including lecture notes, powerpoint presentations, linked external reading/ video and interactive learning including reinforcement quizzes etc.
  • Screen recordings to demonstrate reference material
  • Online multiple-choice quizzes
  • Interactive discussion boards

Expected Commitment

Students are not required to attend any lectures at the UCD campus as part of the course. However, they are expected to attend for one day at the end of the semester to take the exam of the module.  Students are expected to spend a total 120 hours workload during the semester consisting of:

  • Lectures, videos and other online learning materials (throughout the semester):  24 hours
  • Specific related reading: 12 hours
  • Student Autonomous Learning: 84 hours

How will I be assessed?

2-Hour Written Examination at the end of the Semester: 100%

On successful completion of this module I will be able to

Having successfully completed this module, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an ability to professionally advise a client throughout all stages of a project from inception to completion.
  • Demonstrate a good understanding of standard/ non-standard forms of contracts, methods of procurement and contract administration.
  • Demonstrate an ability to critically appraise contractual issues and to formulate solutions (in the context of administering a contract and providing professional advice).
  • Demonstrate an ability to effectively manage a project and to implement effective cost control systems.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of risk management and the requirements of construction insurances.
  • Demonstrate an ability to initiate and manage a good system of record keeping, production of documents and circulation of information.
  • Demonstrate an ability to communicate clearly and comprehensively.

Am I eligible?

Students must have a primary qualification in architecture (B.Arch or equivalent approved 5-year qualification) in order to enter the Professional Diploma (Architecture) programme. This module is also available as CPD (Continuing Professional Development) without the requirement for a primary qualification.