Module title: Construction Cost Procedures

SCQF level: 08:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: BSV08110
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

2018/9, Trimester 2, Blended, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Blended
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
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
This module is of a quasi-flexible learning nature; the student is issued with a full set of flexible learning documentation which they are expected to work through at a pre-determined rate, with this being supported by a lecture and tutorial programme designed to reinforce and develop the topics and themes within the flexible learning documentation and that act as formative assessment for the student.
This is also supported by the coursework which is designed to assess specific areas and provide narrative and formative feedback for student development. In addition, within the flexible learning material are both self-assessment exercises and studies, and developmental exercises designed to test student understanding of a topic, these being backed up with model answers and discussion in tutorial sessions. Learning Outcomes 1 - 4 partially achieved by week 9

Embedding of employability/ PDP/ scholarship skills
Industry techniques and procedures are discussed, with students developing transferable skills in addition to competencies in line with the CIOB Educational Framework.

Research/ teaching linkages
Close links are maintained with the Building Performance Centre (BPC) at Napier, including reference to research papers and guest lectures. Current research issues from CIOB are also included where appropriate to form an industrial research link with teaching.

Formative Assessment:
An interim presentation will be submitted half-way through trimester 2 to provide the opportunity for formative feedback to be provided, to allow students the opportunity to improve their final submissions. This will form part of the timetabled classes and therefore available to all who attend.

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment set in report format with the students presenting a portfolio of tasks based on the module content. Report-writing skills will be formally presented by the School Academic Support Adviser in class-time. Report structuring, referencing, presentation, research skills and technical input will form the final report which will address all of the module learning outcomes. Electronic submission will be made via Turnitin will allow students to assess their work for appropriate referencing to allow final submissions to be all the student’s own work.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 14
Face To Face Tutorial 14
Independent Learning Guided independent study 172
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 12 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 3000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

Economics of the construction firm; pre-tender policies; factors affecting the decision to tender: client requirements; allocation of design time and price risk.
Estimating methods: analytical, method related and operational; labour and plant estimating; estimating calculations.
Cost management and control systems; principles and applications; relationship between target cost, estimates and programmes.

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: describe and explain pre-tender policies used to evaluate priorities, viability, assess risk; evaluate
different selection procedures and documentation;
LO3: describe and evaluate construction estimating methods and relate them to worked examples;
LO4: appraise cost management and control systems, apply to simple examples, evaluate results and
prepare reports.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
BSV08110 Construction Cost Procedures