Contract Foundations online

Engineering context

Whether you work in contract administration, contract drafting, design or project management, it is vital that you understand your legal rights, responsibilities and obligations for project contracts. With the help of experienced legal professionals, this course will guide you through the Australian legal system, preparing a contract and managing common issues that may arise during a contract.

Upon completion of this course, you will have a greater understanding of the legal framework in which contracts operate and a toolbox of practical tips to guide you in your day-to-day contracting tasks. You can join the course anytime and work through it at your own pace.

What you will learn?

Through this Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), you will explore how contracts are constructed and learn to identify the potential legal risks involved in day-to-day contracting.

Course outcomes:

  • Explain the legal and social context in which contract law operates
  • Identify potential legal issues in the preparation of a contract
  • Recognise a party's rights, responsibilities and obligations under contract
  • Identify potential issues that may arise in a legal contract

How will you learn?

This course is delivered through the Open Learning social online learning and MOOC platform. In addition to the learning materials and access to an industry expert facilitator, you have opportunity to collaborate with other learners, initiate and join conversations, influence each other and share your knowledge and experience

Join the course anytime and work through it at your own pace.


"The format of course was very engaging. The presentation of course content made it easy to follow" - Gillian, 2019

"The online [format] is very useful as I work overseas so being able to stop and start and go back to areas helps" - Alan, 2019

"I found it simple... it addressed all I wanted to know" - Ali, 2019

"The content was well presented, activities were very useful. Open Learning works well" - Rob, 2019

"I liked that the course involved people with industry experience sharing ideas together" - Yibing, 2019

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8 hours
AU$285 to enrol

Your facilitator for this course

Margaret Andre is a lawyer who specialises in contract law having advised and represented a wide range of parties on their rights, obligations and risk exposure under a contract.  She has particular expertise in the building and construction sector and experience in dispute resolution of contract claim by way of mediation, adjudication, arbitration and court processes. Margaret has extensive experience as an educator and endeavours to create an enthusiastic, collaborative learning environment by scaffolding on the skills and experience of course participants.

Full Course Outline

Module 1: Introduction to Law

You will begin by building an understanding of how law is made in Australia and the legal framework in which contracts operate.

Module 2: Contract requirements

From here, you will learn to identify the elements that make a legal contract. This will assist you in preparation of a new contract.

Module 3: Conceptual concepts and remedies

Following on, you will be able to discuss the circumstances in which contracts could become voidable and remedies could be sought.

Module 4: Negligence

Next, you will be able to evaluate the extent of your duty of care and look at ways to minimise negligence.

Module 5: Disclosure in contracting

In this last module, you will consider whether failure to disclose certain information can be considered as misleading.