Core Module Information
Module title: Quantity Surveying 1 (GA)

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

Module code: BSV08408
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:

Tender documentation; Notation; SMM7/NRM General Rules; the use of SMM7/NRM in the preparation of Bills of Quantities for new work associated with internal finishes, in situ concrete, brickwork and blockwork; excavation, joinery, external works; synthesis of drawn and narrative information; drafting of preliminaries; format and composition of standard Bills of Quantities and tendering documentation.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1 undertake measurement and present information gained from leasure in an appropriate and industry-related manner;
LO2 understand the methods and principles of measurement including RICS standards of measurement;
LO3 produce documents such as bills of quantities measured sections, preliminaries and schedules of works;
LO4 demonstrate an awareness of current Quantity Surveying practice issues and initiatives.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2021/2, 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 shall comprise a lecture of up to 2 hours with a linked 1-hour tutorial, 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 and underpinned with work-based learning when back in the office and involved in the assessments specified for the module (Weeks 2-15).

QS1 presents students with the opportunity to take information from drawings, quantify the construction work therein and convent that into Bills of Quantities 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. The graduate students are therefore enabled upon leaving Napier to contribute immediately upon entering the workplace. This is very much a theme that runs throughout the QS Programme - we have a 'use, apply and act' approach which makes Edinburgh Napier QS graduates highly sought after by industry.

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.
Level 1:
Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the principles of quantification and costing of construction works as a basis for the financial management of contracts:
The quantification of construction works and various Standard Methods of Measurement.
The measurement of buildings and structures to agreed standards.

Level 2:
Quantifying construction works at various stages of a project.

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 tasks 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. In addition, a formal formative feedback session is timetabled to allow students to present drafts of their submissions for comment before final submission is made.

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment in week 10 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/NRM work sections (varies). Students will be required to commit circa 36 hours in preparing, taking off quantities, drafting items and producing the finished draft tender document. The assessment will also include a number of more discursive-type tasks to allow the student to reflect on any work-based measurement practices they have experienced which align with the module learning outcomes.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 18
Face To Face Tutorial 3
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 8
Other Work based learning 100
Independent Learning Guided independent study 71
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 10 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1500
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
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