Core Module Information
Module title: Construction Cost Studies 2 (GA)

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

Module code: BSV08402
Module leader: Mike Thomson
School School of Engineering and the Built Environment
Subject area group: Building and Surveying

BSV07403 Construction Cost Studies 1

Description of module content:

Introduction to Building Economics
Introduction to Design Team Cost Planning and Control
Approximate estimating the total cost for new and refurbishment projects
Design economics
Cost Planning Data and Indices
Constructing a Cost Plan
Controlling project cost during the contract period from inception to completion

Learning Outcomes for module:

On completion of this module you will be able to:

LO1 explain the background and purpose of Cost Planning and Cost Control and how they interface with the stages of design and construction from inception to completion;
LO2 apply appropriate techniques to estimate for a Client the probable tender price for example new and refurbishment projects;
LO3 demonstrate an understanding of how different design solutions and construction processes impact on project cost and feasibility.
LO4 demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the manipulation of building price, cost indices and appropriate historical cost data.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2021/2, Trimester 1, 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:
There will normally be a lecture/seminar up to 2 hours with a linked 1-hour tutorial/seminar period held twice per day over a consecutive five day period. The tutorials will reflect the material presented at the lecture. The purpose of the lecture is to introduce or develop a topic and for students to consider the issues presented. The tutorials will provide the opportunity for formative feedback on the assessment criteria contained in the assessment which will result in a draft assessment submission being finalised in the afternoon of the fifth day. Students will normally work in groups both in the classroom and in the JKCC computer centre/SEBE computer lab. Students will be given the opportunity to develop the cognitive skills necessary to competently use the industry standard software BCIS Online.

The face-to-face teaching delivered in Week 1 shall be supported by independent guided study and underpinned with work-based learning when back in the office and involved in the assessments specified for the module (Weeks 2-15).

Students are encouraged to read outside the teaching units and will receive directed module-related reading in order to address all of the LOs above.

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 students 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 students' 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. The final tutorial session will result in the preparation of a draft Elemental Cost Plan which will form the main part of the module assessment.

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment takes place one week after the module has been completed with the final submission being made electronically on the Friday. Daily formative feedback sessions will generate the draft cost plan, with the submission of the final Project Cost Estimate based on a theoretical project based in Edinburgh. Students are given a week to reflect on the draft and make any improvements for final submission (100% of module grade).

Students shall also submit a log of the learning experiences they have accumulated following the submission of Coursework 1 and report on how they meet LOs 2, 3 & 4.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 18
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 12
Independent Learning Guided independent study 70
Other Work based learning 100
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 75 1-4 2 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1500
Reflective Log 25 2-4 14 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1000
Component 1 subtotal: 75
Component 2 subtotal: 25
Module subtotal: 100

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