MSc Construction Project Management

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Conflict Management & Dispute Resolution

Course unit fact file
Unit code ENGM66061
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Available as a free choice unit? No


This is an optional unit on an MSc programme. The unit addresses legal issues, management techniques and the application of strategic and organisational issues. The unit runs over twelve weeks with no pre-requirements for  the students. The students attend structured lectures on specific topics of law, conflict management and dispute resolution. In addition to this the students work through a web-based course on Blackboard [including self-assessment; discussion and scenarios]. The web-based course and exercises will provide the students with the opportunity for practical expression of the theory and principles taught in this unit. The students will be assessed by unseen exam and coursework consisting of: report; on-line questions; self-assessment; discussion and scenarios.


Develop a critical understanding of the factors that influence commercial conflict and disputes with emphasis on management and avoidance;
Introduce the legal issues affecting and regulating PMs;
develop an understanding of the legal issues affecting and regulating PMs;
develop an awareness of the structure and framework of relevant law via Common law and Statute (legislation)


- Conflict Management and Dispute Resolution.
- Conflict management, conflict theory.
- Evaluate the factors that influence Negotiation.
- Evaluate the techniques used for Alternative Dispute Resolution.
- Discuss and evaluate the concepts and principles of Mediation .
- The legal framework for Dispute Resolution; via the law of: Contract and Tort.
- The legal framework for Arbitration.
- Law of Arbitration.
- Arbitration Practice and Procedure.
- Game theory and application.

- Dr Peter Fenn

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written exam 70%
Report 30%

Feedback methods

Students complete Socratic method discussions on Blackboard, feedback is given via podcasts; of course the main pedagogy here is that students 'listen' to the discussion and participate. Students also submit a 'traditional' essay coursework via Blackboard; for this individual written feedback is given

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
eAssessment 12
Lectures 24
Project supervision 30
Tutorials 12
Independent study hours
Independent study 72

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Francis Fenn Unit coordinator

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