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The New Engineering Contract (NEC)

Explore various standards of contracts and gain an overview of key clauses and contract administration procedures.

The New Engineering Contract (NEC)
  • Duration

    2 weeks
  • Weekly study

    10 hours

How can delays be minimised in a construction project?

This short course seeks to provide a better understanding of administrative mechanisms of standard forms of construction contracts and an overview of the JCT 2016 and NEC3 ECC types.

NEC3 is a family of contracts that are unique in offering a complete end-to-end project management solution for the entire project lifecycle. During the course, we’ll look at the roles and responsibilities in NEC contracts, together with the early warning and risk management processes.

What topics will you cover?

  • Formation, concentrating on JCT 2016 and NEC 4 Option C
  • Programme of work
  • Extension of time
  • Loss and expense and collateral warranties
  • Performance bonds
  • Construction Design and Management (CDM) regulations
  • Dispute resolution mechanisms in various forms of contract

Learning on this course

You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

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

  • Explore NEC4 standard forms of contract
  • Develop an understanding of the roles and responsibilities involved in NEC
  • Describe the early warnings and risk management in NEC
  • Summarise contract data, works information and site information in NEC

Who is the course for?

This course is aimed at students looking to gain a better understanding of NEC3 and JCT 2016 contracts.

Please note that the individuals detailed in the ‘Who will you learn with?’ section below, are current staff members and may be subject to change.

Who will you learn with?

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 University

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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