Course Information Undergraduate prospectus

Quantity Surveying Skills 1

Course summary

Course code: BUIL1211
Level: 4
Credits: 30
School: Architecture, Computing and Hums
Department: Built Environment
Course Coordinator(s): Laura Elson


Pre and co requisites



To become a professional the Quantity Surveyor needs to develop many skills and understand different concepts. It is important to appreciate techniques used by other professionals within the industry whilst simultaneously developing those skills necessary for a career in quantity surveying.
This course introduces the basic concepts of quantity surveying which will be further developed in the second and third stage of the programme.
• To develop practical skills
• To develop analytical skills
• To develop communication and management skills
• To develop problem solving skills
• To develop presentation skills

Learning outcomes

On completing this course successfully you will be able to:
• To understand the role of the Quantity Surveyor
• To understand drawings and how to interpret plans, sections and elevations
• To understand and draw plans and sections using different scales
• To understand the principles of measurement
• To understand simple estimates
• To understand personal health and safety
• To develop Microsoft Project skills
• To develop CAD skills
• To develop land surveying skills
• To develop excel skills
• To develop report writing skills

Indicative content

An introduction to construction and the role of the quantity surveyor. Using drawings, interpreting plans, sections and elevations, identifying scales. Principles of measurement. Calculating lengths, areas and volumes. Identifying different trades and how to calculate the quantities involved. Simple estimating. Excel Spreadsheets. Land Surveying, CAD design, Microsoft project, site visits and health and safety.

Teaching and learning activity

The course will be delivered through seminars, discussions and workshops related to the course with emphasis on investigations, problem solving and group working.


Portfolio - 100%
2000 Words
Outline Details - Practical exercises based on course content
Portfolio of formative assessments leading to a series of practical submissions
Pass Mark 40%