The Construction industry has a long history of poor project delivery due to fragmentation, lack of appropriate training, lack of automation, and slow uptake of ICT etc. Various industry and government reports have tried to address these problems and there has been a considerable improvement in the last decade. However, it is the use of collaborative approach to project delivery that seems to have galvanized processes in construction industry in the recent past.
a) To explore contract management issues in relation to their implications to project delivery
b) To develop students analytical, evaluative and critical thinking skills
i. Develop thorough and appropriate research on collaborative approach to contracting as an alternative to existing adversarial approach.
ii. Critically analyse the implications of NEC Contracts in the construction processes.
Many critics argue that, collaborative contracts (e.g. NEC contracts), do not necessarily make the process of project delivery efficient and cost effective and evidence to sustain such argument need to be proven. They point out to extra paper work required, more human resources (to administer the contract), more time for various types of meetings etc. They claim traditional adversarial contracts are perfectly capable of achieving better results without the extras that come with collaborative contracts.
Write a well-researched and persuasive discussion on whether the assertions made above are justified.
Assessment criteria % of the mark
- clear introduction of the issue and identification of limitations of work
- clear statement of the aims and objectives of the work
- evidence of background reading and development of a balanced perspective in relation to the knowledge base of the subject
Analysis and synthesis of the task
- discussion of the relevant issues relating to the topic, showing depth of research and understanding
- significance of results and balanced arguments/ discussion
- Development and expression of own ideas and views.
Conclusion and recommendations
- summarising the main points raised and discussion on how these can be developed and improved upon
Structure and presentation
- the content of the paper should be clear an well structured in logical sequence
- paper should follow the prescribed academic format including referencing 10
Instructions for coursework submission
Submissions should not exceed 3000 words. Work should be fully referenced in accordance with Harvard system. Submissions must be on or before the scheduled time.