Adjudication Decision Writing

1. Overview

Adjudication Decision Writing is a short course which is taught fully online.

Students learn about the key issues in an adjudication under the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996. They will analyse the key component parts and gain knowledge of the legal and formal requirements of a 1996 Act adjudication decision.

This is an optional non-credit bearing six week course, consisting of four weeks online tuition followed by the decision writing assessment.

2. What you will study

By completing this course, students should be able to:

  • Analyse the facts and legal issues in an adjudication under the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996 with a view to preparing an adjudication decision;
  • Discover the different types of adjudication decision under the 1996 Act;
  • Analyse the key component parts of a 1996 Act adjudication decision;
  • Gain knowledge of the legal and formal requirements of a 1996 Act adjudication decision;
  • Understand the importance of reflecting reasons adequately in a 1996 Act adjudication decision.

Students will require to undertake an adjudication decision writing exercise, based on an adjudication under the 1996 Act. This will be done on a time limited basis, with the decision being submitted electronically by the deadline. Advance papers (consisting of all case papers except the adjudicator’s notes) will be distributed around one week in advance of the deadline. Students will be expected to part-prepare their decision during this period. Notes on Evidence taken by the adjudicator will be distributed 24 hours in advance of the deadline, and students will be expected to complete their decisions. The marking scheme will be identical to that adopted by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators for their adjudication decision writing exams.

The passmark will be 50%, but for CIArb Fellowship purposes (see below) the passmark will be 70%, as per the Institute’s equivalent assessment.

3. Placements and accreditations

Students who successfully complete this course with a grade of 70% or higher will be exempt from the Fellowship examinations of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Module 4 (Adjudication Pathway).

Please note that this only applies to students who have passed the Institute’s Adjudication Modules 1, 2 and 3 or are eligible for exemption from the Institute’s Adjudication Modules 1, 2 and 3 via passing the equivalent modules on the accredited course of a Recognised Course Provider to Membership level.

4. Student Funding

The course fee covers all materials, tuition, assessment and a completion certificate.

Since you will be a student of Robert Gordon University, you will have full access to our extensive online library facilities, including many e-books, journal articles and case law reports. These will assist you in your studies. However, much of the material you will need for the module will be provided in the course materials.

5. Course Fees

For Academic Year 2016/2017

All Students

  • £660 .

For Academic Year 2015/2016

All Students

  • £640 .

For Academic Year 2014/2015

All Students

  • £620 .

All course fees are reviewed annually and subject to change. Published fees apply to the course's mode of delivery. You will also be liable to pay a graduation fee of £40 before receiving a University award.

For further information see Student Finance pages


6. How to apply

If you are interested in this course please register your interest on the Keep Me Informed online form.

For further information the Course Leader, Bukola Faturoti

Department of Law
Aberdeen Business School
Robert Gordon University
Garthdee Road
Aberdeen AB10 7QE

Tel: +44 (0)1224 263558

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Course length

Six Weeks

Mode of Attendance

Distance Learning

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