SYLLABUS

CMT 2125 CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTS & SPECIFICATIONS

WEEK DATE TOPIC READING DUE (7th Ed)
1 16JAN18
LIVE class
Introduction to the course and principles of the law
view http://www.fplotnick.com/EDUC/drexel13/DU15-1.html (10 min)
view http://www.fplotnick.com/EDUC/drexel13/LAWa1.htm (65 min)
view http://www.fplotnick.com/EDUC/drexel13/LAWa2.htm (52 min)
see also ENR: A Real Judge Will Decide What an Ambiguous Spec Means, Not You
Ch 1-5
Extra Reading: Footnotes and Chapter Questions
2 23JAN18
LIVE class
Definition of the term "CONTRACT." Formation / Terms & Conditions
view http://www.fplotnick.com/EDUC/drexel13/LAWb1.htm (65 min)
view http://www.fplotnick.com/EDUC/drexel13/LAWb2.htm (50 min)
see also ENR: Law and Risk Mitigation
Ch 6-8 (& 29-30)*
3 30JAN18
internet class
Definition of the term "CONTRACT".  Interpretation / Coordination
view http://www.fplotnick.com/EDUC/drexel13/LAWc1a.html (58 min)
view http://www.fplotnick.com/EDUC/drexel13/LAWc1b.html (48 min)
see also ENR: What's Wrong With Change Orders?
Ch 9-12
4 06FEB18
LIVE class
Discharge, Breach & Remedies - General Review of Contracts - Midterm Distributed
view http://www.fplotnick.com/EDUC/drexel13/LAWc1c.html (43 min)
view http://www.fplotnick.com/EDUC/drexel13/LAWc2.htm (39 min)
view http://www.fplotnick.com/EDUC/drexel13/LAWd1.htm (23 min)
Ch 13
    Midterm Distributed 06FEB18 and Due Back 013FEB18
Review of Midterm (Suggested Answers) Posted 14FEB18
 
5 13FEB18
LIVE class
Torts: Civil Wrongs
view http://www.fplotnick.com/EDUC/drexel13/LAWf1.html (35 min)
view http://www.fplotnick.com/EDUC/drexel13/LAWf2.html (40 min)
see also ENR: Will Google Voice Open the Door Again to Trustworthy Verbal Contracts?
Ch 20-23
6 20FEB18
LIVE class
Torts: Civil Wrongs
view http://www.fplotnick.com/EDUC/drexel13/LAWf3.html (56 min)
view http://www.fplotnick.com/EDUC/drexel13/LAWf4.html (50 min)
see also ENR: RFID Tags in ID Badges for All Employees?
Ch 24-25
7 27FEB18
internet class
Torts: Civil Wrongs and Professional Liability
view http://www.fplotnick.com/EDUC/drexel13/LAWf5.html (42 min)
view http://www.fplotnick.com/EDUC/drexel13/LAWf6.html (72 min)
see also ENR: Fla. Supreme Court Reverses Course on Economic Loss: A Must-Read for Designers
Ch 38-40
  06MAR18 NO CLASS - SPRING BREAK  
8 13MAR18
LIVE class
Agency, Partnership, Corporations, Forms of Business, Insurance, Bonds and Sureties
view http://www.fplotnick.com/EDUC/drexel13/LAWe1.html (45 min)
view http://www.fplotnick.com/EDUC/drexel13/LAWe2.html (43 min)
Ch 14-18
9 20MAR18
LIVE class
Writing Enforceable Specifications Ch 31-33
10 27MAR18
LIVE class
General Conditions, Finance, Proposals, Bid Documents
 
Ch 34-37
11 03APR18
LIVE class
Real Property
view http://www.fplotnick.com/EDUC/drexel13/LAWh1.html (62 min)
view http://www.fplotnick.com/EDUC/drexel13/LAWh2.html (73 min)
Ch 26-27
12 10APR18
LIVE class
Real Property (continued)
view http://www.fplotnick.com/EDUC/drexel13/LAWh3.html (84 min)
 
13 17APR18
LIVE class
Delay Claims: Legal Basis, Analysis, Preparation and Presentation
view http://www.fplotnick.com/constructioncpm/2014Videos/THU21.html
view http://www.fplotnick.com/constructioncpm/2016Presentations/MON47-OBrien-PlotnickMethodEvaluation2016.pdf
TBA
14 24APR18
LIVE class
A Mock Trial - How to be an effective lay or expert witness
view http://www.fplotnick.com/constructioncpm/2017Presentations/MT2017.pdf
view http://www.fplotnick.com/constructioncpm/2017Presentations/MT2017anno.pdf
view http://www.fplotnick.com/constructioncpm/2017Videos/FRI00.html  (156 min)
TBA
  01MAY18 Study Days  
FN 08MAY18 In-Class Final Ch 26-27

Text: Contracts and the Legal Environment for Engineers & Architects, Joseph T. Bockrath and Fredric L. Plotnick, 7th Edition, McGraw Hill, ISBN 978–0–07–339784–9, MHID 0–07–339784–9
New paperback edition (discounted price) ISBN 978-1-30-894246-9 only at Drexel Bookstore