Online course in Business & Management

Contract Management and Procurement: An Introduction

Explore the fundamentals of contract management and learn about the contract management process in construction.

Contract Management and Procurement: An Introduction

  • Duration 2 weeks
  • Weekly study 3 hours
  • Learn Free
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This course is part of the program Contract Management Practice and Law, which is one of the building blocks that leads to degrees in MSc Construction Management with BIM and MSc Construction Project and Cost Management. Find out more.

Build your understanding of contract management in construction

On this short course, you will have the chance to explore the contract management process in the context of construction. The course offers insight into contractual mechanisms and procedures at both pre-construction and construction stages.

During the course, you’ll have the opportunity to develop an in-depth understanding of the principles of the formation of a contract in English law, explore the rights and obligations of parties, and get to know the role of the contract administrator and project manager in a construction contract.

What topics will you cover?

  • Formation of a contract in English law and the impact of terms and representations on the construction professional

  • Rights and obligations of parties and the role of the contract administrator and project manager in a construction contract

  • Procurement routes/strategies and standard forms of contract with reference to JCT 2016 and NEC3

  • Types of contract – lump sum, measurement, and cost reimbursement – JCT family, NEC family

When would you like to start?

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Explore the principals involved in the formation of contracts
  • Explain the nature of construction contracts
  • Explore the processes involved in tendering contracts
  • Develop an understanding of the procurement strategies involved in construction
  • Develop an understanding of the parties involved in a construction contract
  • Describe how to manage contractual relationships

Who is the course for?

This course is for anyone keen to build their understanding of contract management and how to form contracts in English law.

Please note that the individuals listed below under the title ‘Who will you learn with?’ may be subject to change.

Who will you learn with?

Dr Andrew Oyen Arewa

Dr Andrew Oyen Arewa

Senior Lecturer Quantity Surveying/Project Management
Course Director BSc (HON) Quantity Surveying/Commercial Management
Faculty of Engineering & Computing Coventry University

Who developed the course?

Coventry secured gold in the UK Government’s 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and is University of the Year for Student Experience in The Times & The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.

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What's different about this course?

Since 2017 you have been able to take a degree on FutureLearn. This free course is a bit like a starter course for a degree — it should give you a flavour of the degree subject but can also be your first step towards a degree qualification.

If you enjoy this course you can apply to join the program it’s part of to start working towards a degree on FutureLearn.

Don’t worry, you can still take the course without doing a full degree!

How do degrees work on FutureLearn?

Do the free course
Join and complete the program
Get academic credit for an online degree from Coventry University

Which program and degree is this course part of?

This course is part of the program Contract Management Practice and Law, which is one of the building blocks that leads to degrees in MSc Construction Management with BIM and MSc Construction Project and Cost Management.