Module title: Construction Cost Studies

SCQF level: 07:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: BSV07109
Module leader: Mike Thomson
School School of Engineering and the Built Environment
Subject area group: Building and Surveying


2018/9, Trimester 2, Face-to-Face,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Mike Thomson
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & teaching methods including their alignment to LOs:
Where lectures relate to SMM7 Work Sections students will be expected to conduct preparatory study.
Tutorials are based around developing 'measurement skills' based on worked examples supported by model answers produced as Student Learning Aids. All exemplars are provided on Moodle.
Students are encouraged to work in groups in tutorial sessions to further their understanding of the standard practices they are identifying from industry guidance.
Embedding of employability/ PDP/ scholarship skills:
The key skills developed partially align with the RICS Quantity Surveying and Construction Pathway Competency: Quantification and Costing of Construction Work at RICS Level 1.

Examples of knowledge comprised within this level are:

- The quantification of construction works (including both measurement and definition) (Lectures and tutorials) (LO2).
- The various standard methods of measurement. (Lectures and tutorials) (LO1).
- The measurement of buildings and structures to agreed standards. (Lectures and tutorials) (LO2).
- Manual methods and computerised methods for taking off quantities from various levels of drawing information. Lectures, tutorials, guest presenters) (LO4).
- Methods used for estimating the final cost of construction projects through the use of the Building Cost Information Service (BCIS) (LO4).
- The potential effects of BIM and other technologies on the construction industry in general and in Quantity Surveying in particular. (Lectures, workshops, video presentations, guest lecturers) (LO5).
- Identifying how the traditional procurement route applies in the UK. Lectures, further reading, tutorials) (LO3)

Industry Practitioners:
- In line with all modules taught in the Built Environment, guest speakers from industry will be invited to contribute to the Learning Outcomes through the delivery of presentations giving the theoretical class activities a relevant industry perspective.

Supporting equality and diversity:
Materials are provided in hard and soft (Moodle) formats to ensure their availability to all students on the module. Timetabled academic supervision is available in each teaching week of the module to support students in addition to the normal tutorial time allocation.

Formative Assessment:
A formative assessment opportunity will be provided for the students in week 5/6 when a draft format of the BQ items can be submitted with appropriate feedback relating to standard notation, measurement technique and calculation of quantities provided to allow any errors or omissions to be rectified.

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment in week 12 based on a Portfolio of Work. The portfolio will require students to demonstrate essential measurement skills to produce a draft Bill of Quantities for a number of SMM7 work sections (varies). Students will be required to commit circa 36 hours in preparing, taking off quantities, drafting items and producing the finished tender document. In addition, the portfolio will include more discursive tasks based on modern professional practice in the construction industry and how the industry could improve by considering modern technology opportunities. This portfolio will contribute 100% of the module grade.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 24
Face To Face Tutorial 24
Independent Learning Guided independent study 36
Independent Learning Guided independent study 116
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Portfolio 100.00 1 - 5 12 HOURS= 36, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

Tender documentation - Bills of Quantities, Specification; interpretation and understanding of Architect's and Engineers' drawings; industry standard notation practices; SMM7 General Rules; the use of SMM7 in the preparation of Bills of Quantities for new work associated with brickwork, internal finishes, in situ concrete, excavation, joinery; on-site measurement techniques; synthesis of drawn and narrative information; appreciation of the techniques required for estimating the approximate cost of a building for budgeting purposes; introduction to Building Information Modelling (BIM) and its industry application; the introduction of the New Rules of Measurement (NRM2) and its application and relevance to the construction industry; importance of the accurate quantification of works to the client and the contractor in both pre-contract and post-contract contexts.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:

LO1: Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of measurement practice and the quantification of construction works;
LO2: Interpret the published construction industry standard methods for new building work;
LO3: Identify the key features of traditional UK procurement strategies.
LO4: Demonstrate an awareness of current Quantity Surveying work practice.
LO5: Identify any opportunities for improving the measurement and quantification processes maximising the use of current and developing technologies.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
BSV07109 Construction Cost Studies