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Margaret E Bennett
CM 500
Seattle Campus

Design and Construction Law

Legal issues arising from design and construction services, focusing on risk management and liability awareness. Topical areas include basic legal doctrines, the design professional/client relationship, contractor selection, the construction process, and professional practice problems. Emphasis on Washington state law. Offered: jointly with ARCH 574; A.

Class description

An in-depth understanding of the design professional's and contractor's relationships with each other, clients, subcontractors, workers, and the public.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Discussion of the week's materials (text and cases) led by the instructor. Students are encouraged to participate in the weekly forums.

Recommended preparation

This course is required for CM students.

Class assignments and grading

Each week students should preview the website's class outlines, then read cases and problems in the text and Washington cases and statutes as assigned. Principles and concepts appearing in the materials will be discussed in weekly forums and students are encouraged to participate in those online discussions.

Students earn scores on a research paper, and leadership and participation in the weekly online discussions.

Grades are based on total scores (research paper plus participation in online discussions).


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Margaret E Bennett
Date: 09/09/2010