2021/22 Part-time Postgraduate Short course and CPD
Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
Belfast School of Architecture and the Built Environment
24 January 2022
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This course provides an insight into claims management and the consequences of failing to resolve issues that can escalate into a dispute.
This course provides participants with an insight into the myriad of issues associated with contractor's claims. From the administration of the construction contract to the eventual resolution of the disputed matters, participants obtain a comprehensive understanding of the entire process. The practical application of the construction contract provisions, together with the applicable legal principles provides for a positive learning experience that is transferable to professional practice.
This course can be taken individually or combined over a period of time towards a Postgraduate Certificate of Professional Development.
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The role of the commercial manager can be varied, with similar functions being performed within some orgainsations but with distinct differences between others. There does however appear to be a clear focus that those in a commercial management role will be dealing with matters of a contractual nature and potentially their resolution. Finding a solution through the application of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) techniques such as negotiation, does not always achieve the desired result. It may therefore be necessary to consider other options such as mediation/conciliation, adjudication and arbitration, as an alternative to litigation. This course is designed to give the commercial manager the skills that are necessary to evaluate the contractual and legal issues associated with claims and the disputes that may arise. Informed decisions may then be made to manage a claim situation by ensuring that the relevant documentation is in place, to avoid disputes in the first instance, or support the advancement of any perceived entitlement at a later stage. In the event that negotiation proves unsuccessful, the course is designed to provide an appreciation of other alternatives such as mediation, adjudication or arbitration.
The main aim of this course is to provide an insight into claims management and the consequences of failing to resolve issues that have the potential to escalate into a dispute.
This course therefore aims to provide participants with the necessary skills to manage claims and to avoid disputes or resolve disputes through the dispute resolution mediums available.
Lastly, it aims to provide participants with an opportunity to evaluate their ability to manage claims and disputes through analysis, interpretation and interrogation.
100% Coursework - Written Report (Exemplar)
Commercial managers are acutely aware of the need to support business development needs through maintaining a profitable business model with a positive cashflow. Construction claims have the potential to impact on business delivery if poorly administered and managed. There is also the potential for claims to be viewed in a negative way. This could give rise to challenges in maintaining a healthy business and could result in adversarial relationships and conflict.
Participants are required to work on a simulated construction project that examines some of the commonly occurring issues typically encountered during the execution of a contract. In your capacity as commercial manager, you are tasked with managing the contractor's claim by administering the relevant construction contract in support of the entitlement claimed.
To mirror the situation where amicable settlement has proved problematic, various options relating to ADR are considered with a view to obtaining closure.
The construction claim should be submitted in the first instance. In the concluding stage, there will be further focus on advancing an arguable case based on the principles and concepts underpinning the alleged entitlement (3000 words).
Timetabling to be confirmed for course to take place from January 2022 onwards. On-campus attendance at Belfast campus or online attendance to be confirmed.
Degree in Construction, Architecture or the Built Environment.
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