Core Module Information
Module title: Construction Cost Studies 1 (GA)

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

Module code: BSV07403
Module leader: Mike Thomson
School School of Engineering and the Built Environment
Subject area group: Building and Surveying

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

Description of module content:

Calculation of quantities for areas, perimeters and volumes and relate to construction details for brickwork, concrete, excavation. Apply composite rates to calculate costs relative to quantities. Use Function Unit Rate and Cost/m2 costing techniques and introduce the elemental cost plan format. Examine the Traditional procurement route and the Design and Build Procurement route. Introduction to the role of the Quantity Surveyor and Building Information Modelling (BIM).

Learning Outcomes for module:

On completion of this module you will be able to:

LO1: Understand the methods and principles of measurement in the Built Environment;
LO2: Interpret published construction industry standard costs for new building work;
LO3: Identify the key features of traditional UK procurement strategies.
LO4: Demonstrate an understanding of the key issues of Time, Cost and Quality concerned with project feasibility and implementation.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2021/2, Trimester 3, 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 shall comprise a lecture/seminar of up to 2 hours with a linked 1-hour tutorial/seminar, held twice per day over a consecutive five day period. The face-to-face teaching delivered in Week 1 shall be supported by independent guided study when back in the office and completing the assessments set for the module (Weeks 2-15).

This module presents students with the opportunity to take information from drawings and quantify the construction work therein which can then be priced by tendering contractors. Through a series of lectures and workshops, the skills required to identify relevant work and quantify it in accordance with a set of standard measurement rules specified by RICS are learned and as above, presented in a professional format that has become an industry standard. We have a 'use, apply and act' approach which makes Edinburgh Napier graduates highly sought after come graduation time.
The key skills in applying a broad range of costs to various types of buildings is then considered and the students can apply this knowledge to a number of scenarios to build up initial cost proposals for a client.
Fundamental to this active approach is an understanding of the UK traditional procurement route, which is covered, along with Design and Build to allow an awareness of the options available for a project when it comes to implementing the physical asset’s creation. The module content is considered to be part of a 'working toolbox' of skills that will allow our graduates to gain knowledge, put that knowledge into practice and ultimately be able to advise others on various aspects of their professional abilities and skills.

Tutorials are based around developing 'measurement skills' 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.

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 abstracting quantities from drawings, conducting research on Building Information Modelling (BIM) and identifying the main features of both the Traditional and Design and Build procurement routes in the UK. There will also be an opportunity for students to carry-out work-based research activities which align with the module's learning outcomes. 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 16
Face To Face Tutorial 3
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 20
Independent Learning Guided independent study 161
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 100 1-4 10 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1500
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

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