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This one-year postgraduate course is designed to enable civil engineers and other suitable qualified professionals, such as architects and quantity surveyors and lawyers, to acquire a knowledge of construction law.
The diploma is accepted by Engineers Ireland as fulfilling criterion no. 2 (Knowledge of Law and Contract Procedure) for admission to the IEI list of conciliators. This Diploma has also been approved by Engineers Ireland as meeting the requirements for continuing professional development. Accreditation has also been given for Part II status of membership of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
Lectures are normally held on Friday evening 7 - 10 p.m. and Saturday morning 9.30 a.m. - 12.30 p.m. each week throughout the three academic terms (October to May) with some lectures and workshop sessions scheduled for Friday afternoons. In addition to attending lectures, participants are required to participate in workshops, which comprise a major part of the course and involve coursework to be submitted as part of the students' assessment.
Introduction to Legal Systems and Methods * The Law of Tort, including Product Liability
* The Law of Contract
* The Irish Litigation Process
* The Law of Evidence
* Contracts in Construction, with particular reference to the standard forms used in Ireland
* Public Procurement
* Risk and Insurance
* Methods of Dispute Resolution
* Mechanical, Electrical and Process Contracts
* Statutory Duties in respect of Construction Projects
* A series of special lectures on construction methods, codes and terminology is provided as an alternative for some of the lectures on the basic aspects of law for those with law qualifications
Assessment Two three-hour examinations are held on two Saturdays in April/May. Each of these constitutes 40% of the overall assessment. Coursework, which is done throughout the year, accounts for the remaining 20% of the overall assessment. Students must pass each examination paper and each coursework assignment.
An honours degree in Engineering or related subject, or a suitable professional qualification (B.Sc. Surveying will be considered if the candidate is working in an engineering environment). The number of places on this Diploma course is limited, and applications are assessed based on academic qualifications, together with the number of years of relevant experience.
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