Core Module Information
Module title: Surveying 4

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: BSV09106
Module leader: Grant Sinclair
School School of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
Subject area group: Built Environment


Description of module content:

Survey, sampling, testing and diagnosis of common defects.
Underground - foundation shrinkage and swelling; drainage systems.
Examination of causes of common failure in the external building envelope (foundations, walls, roof, windows, doors, etc.); finishes (internal and external); services.
External works deterioration.

Learning Outcomes for module:

On completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: apply knowledge and understanding of traditional building techniques in order to identify causes of building/building element failure;
LO2: demonstrate an understanding of the consequenses of foundation failure and changing ground conditions;
LO3: evaluate material/building element performance characteristics in order to determine optimum remedial/maintenance solution;
LO4: identify structures/circumstances which contravene regulatory requirements and recommend appropriate action;
LO5: determine appropriate remedial works and subsequent intervention where buildings insurance claims occur.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 2, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Grant Sinclair
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Lectures deal with the basics of the subject and seek to convey the knowledge base to the students. Active discussion is encouraged throughout the teaching process. Tutorials and practical activities are used to encourage students to apply their skills to the art of recognising specific building failure. In doing so, they learn to identify a solution and a method statement for the required remedial action that is appropriate in each case.
Students are encouraged to read outside the teaching notes and have weekly directed reading specified in the module study guide.
The use of sketching and developing the ability to illustrate a problem/ solution in pictorial form is identified as an essential communication tool when explaining to prospective clients or as an important record of any survey undertaken.
The learning material has been developed in thirteen sections and has been used successfully for several years. The module is assessed by a closed book examination at the end of the semester.

Research/teaching linkages
Laboratory based exercises will provide opportunities for exploration and discussion around topics and provides the opportunity to link the material delivered in the formal lectures with practical demonstrations. Where appropriate this also provides the opportunity for staff to introduce students to relevant areas of their current research.

Supporting equality and diversity
The nature of the delivery of the various components that make up this module provides scope for engaging students in the module content in ways which can be varied to accommodate a wide range of needs. Particular attention will be given to students with specific special needs, on an individual basis, to ensure that they receive an equivalent experience.

Formative Assessment:
The project assessment is continuous and in the form of a comprehensive coursework.

Summative Assessment:
The module is assessed by an end of semester examination.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 96
Independent Learning Guided independent study 104
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Project - Written 30 1,2,3,4 & 5 12 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2000
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 70 1,3,4 & 5 14/15 HOURS= 3, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 30
Component 2 subtotal: 70
Module subtotal: 100