SYLLABUS

CMT 2125 CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTS & SPECIFICATIONS

WEEK DATE TOPIC READING DUE (7th Ed)
0 22JAN24
LIVE classes
Introduction to the course and principles of the law. All classes are expected to be LIVE on Temple campus.
If LIVE class cancelled by weather or other issue, we will convene at regular time at Zoom meeting at https://drexel.zoom.us/j/85772241521.
Or if YOU have a personal issue and cannot join us at posted time, you may see pre-recorded materials as noted. These may also be used for review.
Please read Chapters
before class
Access slide set HERE
1 22JAN24
LIVE class
Introduction to the course and principles of the law     View Zoom Recording of class on 22jan24 {start at 6m20s}
view http://www.fplotnick.com/EDUC/drexel13/LAWa1.htm (65 min) remastered 2022
view http://www.fplotnick.com/EDUC/drexel13/LAWa2.htm (52 min) remastered 2022
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 29JAN24
LIVE class
Definition of the term "CONTRACT." Formation / Terms & Conditions View Zoom Recording of class on 29jan24 {start at 3m0s}
view http://www.fplotnick.com/EDUC/drexel13/LAWb1.htm (65 min) remastered 2022
view http://www.fplotnick.com/EDUC/drexel13/LAWb2.htm (50 min) remastered 2022
see also ENR: Law and Risk Mitigation
Ch 6-8 (& 29-30)*
3 05FEB24
LIVE 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 12FEB24
LIVE class
Discharge, Breach & Remedies - General Review of Contracts - Midterm Distributed     View Zoom Recording of class on 12feb24 {start at 4m0s}
view http://www.fplotnick.com/EDUC/drexel13/LAWc1c.html (43 min)
view http://www.fplotnick.com/EDUC/drexel13/LAWc2.htm (39 min) remastered 2022
view http://www.fplotnick.com/EDUC/drexel13/LAWd1.htm (23 min) REVIEW for MIDTERM
Ch 13
    Midterm Distributed 12FEB24 and Due Back 19FEB24
Review of Midterm (Suggested Answers) Posted 20FEB24
Chapter Questions
and Answers
5 19FEB24
LIVE class
Torts: Civil Wrongs     View Zoom Recording of class on 19feb24 {start at 14m14s}
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 26FEB24
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
  04MAR24 NO CLASS - SPRING BREAK  
7 11MAR24
LIVE 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
8 18MAR24
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 25MAR24
LIVE class
Writing Enforceable Specifications
LIVE only - we do not have pre-recorded materials on this topic
Ch 31-33
10 01APR24
LIVE class
General Conditions, Finance, Proposals, Bid Documents
LIVE only - we do not have pre-recorded materials on this topic
Ch 34-37
11 08APR24
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 15APR24
Internet Video
Real Property (continued) -      NOTE: Professor at Annual Meeting ABA Forum Construction Law, thus no live class
view http://www.fplotnick.com/EDUC/drexel13/LAWh3.html (84 min)
view new material on Blockchain and Recordation of Title (9:46 min)
see also http://www.newsweek.com/blockchain-sell-real-estate-first-time-ethereum-682982
see also https://www2.deloitte.com/us/en/pages/financial-services/articles/blockchain-in-commercial-real-estate.html
see also https://www.investopedia.com/news/how-blockchain-technology-changing-real-estate/
Blockchain materials 
13 22APR24
Internet Video
Delay Claims: Legal Basis, Analysis, Preparation and Presentation -      NOTE: Passover Celebrated at Sunset, thus no live class
view http://www.fplotnick.com/constructioncpm/2014Videos/THU21.html
view http://www.fplotnick.com/constructioncpm/2016Presentations/MON47-OBrien-PlotnickMethodEvaluation2016.pdf
CPM in Construction Management 8th Edition
Chapters 32 33 34 35
14 29APR24
LIVE class
REVIEW for FINAL
Bonus: 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)
Review materials
FN 06MAY24 In-Class Final none

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