Course Information Undergraduate prospectus

Building Surveying Practice

Course summary

Course code: BUIL1174
Level: 6
Credits: 30
School: Architecture, Computing and Hums
Department: Built Environment
Course Coordinator(s): Stephen Rickards


Pre and co requisites



The aims of the course are to:

Equip the student with the essential knowledge required in order to undertake core elements of the ¿professional¿ work required of a chartered building surveyor in a modern practice.
Review, promote awareness and critically examine the law and key protocols in connection with those.
Reinforce and critically appraise the ethical standards expected of a professional.
Examine philosophy of building conservation, and rehabilitation and investigate associated legislation.

Learning outcomes

On completing this course successfully you will be able to:

Demonstrate an informed knowledge of the core elements of professional work, and provide reasoned judgement or advice in a variety of areas.
Investigate and critically examine contemporary research in these areas and respond effectively to unfamiliar situations.
Reflect upon and demonstrate knowledge of key relevant legislation.
Recognise, debate and create opportunities based upon this expertise.

Indicative content

This course will cover core professional work including:

• Contract Administration & Procurement.
• Conflict Avoidance & Dispute Resolution.
• Construction Design & Management Regulation.
• Advanced Building Services (Electrical, HVAC, Integration of Sustainable Technologies).
• Use of BIM to enhance project outcomes .
• Party Walls.
• Dilapidations.
• Professional Ethics and Practice.
• Access & Equality.

Teaching and learning activity

The course will be taught using a combination of formal lectures and tutorial sessions. Formal lecture will primarily focus on traditional construction techniques, material performance and deterioration. Tutorial sessions encompass practical surveying techniques and provide an opportunity for students to explore issues with the peer group through the use of case studies and projects. Tutorial sessions based on the combination of case studies and research or discussion, together with a range of individual tasks.

Learning Time (1 credit = 10 hours)

Scheduled contact hours:

Note: include in scheduled time: project supervision, demonstrations, practical classes and workshops, supervised time in studio or workshop, scheduled lab work , fieldwork, external visits, work-based learning where integrated into a structured academic programme.
Lectures 36;
seminars 0;
supervised practical sessions 0;
Tutorials 24;
formative assessment 12;
other scheduled time 0.
Guided independent study:

Note: include in guided independent study preparation for scheduled sessions, follow up work, wider reading or practice, revision.
Independent coursework 228;
Independent laboratory work 0;
other non-scheduled time 0.

Total hours (Should be equal to credit x 10) 300.


Written Work - 50% weighting. 2500 words. Pass mark 40%.
Portfolio of written assignments. Series of summative assessments including field trip, quiz and case studies

Unseen examination - 50% weighting. Pass mark 40%.