Module title: Construction Cost Studies 1

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

Module code: BSV07113
Module leader: Mike Thomson
School School of Engineering and the Built Environment
Subject area group: Building and Surveying


2019/0, 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:
This module presents you with the opportunity to consider how construction, refurbishment or building repairs contracts may be tendered as well as considering a number of appropriate procurement strategies based on project factors and different client requirements. You will be given the opportunity to examine local site locations in order to assess what the issues present are and formulate strategies for mitigating physical risks and minimising financial risk. You will consider what aspects of the contractor's tender allows for the most potential in providing a competitive price for a project and using scenario-based problems look at solutions for ensuring your firm remains on tender lists for the future and how your tendering procedures could be improved in the event of being unsuccessful.
You will carry out simple measurements of quantities in order to understand the function of the Bill of Quantities and the role this document can play in the tendering process.
Tutorials are based around real-life scenarios and problem solving based on worked examples supported by model answers produced as Student Learning Aids. Students are encouraged to read outside the teaching units and have weekly directed reading.
Through a series of weekly lectures and workshops, the skills required to appreciate a commercially minded approach to construction work tendering are developed in conjunction with a booklet of notes and self-assessment exercises as well as our on-line learning platform Moodle.
The module content is considered to be part of a 'working toolbox' of skills that will allow you to gain knowledge, put that knowledge into practice and ultimately be able to advise others on various as the key skills developed partially align with the RICS Quantity Surveying and Construction Pathway Competencies at Levels 1 & 2.
Materials are provided in hard and soft (VLE) 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:
The provision of formative feedback is a key component of the LTA approach underpinning this module. Formative feedback opportunities are built into each tutorial where you will be encouraged to engage with and reflect upon module themes via a series of different learning tasks. These provide opportunities for the module tutor to help with your understanding and interpretation of module topics. This formative feedback is delivered in class time in response to student contributions both individually and collectively. Formative feedback arises via the discussion and analysis of tutorial questions, practical examples/cases and associated reflection on a range of learning tasks.

Summative Assessment:
A report is required which will demonstrate ability with regards to observing and identifying site-related problems and identifying the main features of both the Traditional and Design and Build procurement routes in the UK. The assessment counts for 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 6
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 6
Independent Learning Guided independent study 164
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Portfolio 100 1-4 12 , WORDS= 1500
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

Consider the factors that affect the decisions made by contracting firms in the UK when tendering for projects; site factors that affect project costs; tendering factors and how to successfully tender for projects; Building Information Modelling (BIM); Traditional and Design and Build procurement routes; understanding client types and their requirements in relation to construction projects; Building Morphology and how building shape affects cost; measuring and understanding the need for Bills of Quantities.

Learning Outcomes for module:

On completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: Demonstrate an understanding of the economics of the construction firm and the acquisition of work;
LO2: Demonstrate an understanding of modern initiatives and current industrial practice in the Built Environment;
LO3: Describe and explain pre-tender policies used to evaluate priorities, viability, assess risk; evaluate different selection procedures and documentation;
LO4: Identify the key features of traditional UK procurement strategies.

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