Quantity Surveying Practice 2

Module summary

Module code: BUIL1267
Level: 5
Credits: 30
School: Liberal Arts and Sciences
Department: Design
Module Coordinator(s): Roy Hills


Pre and co requisites

Level 4 or equivalent


Quantity surveyors are employed in the construction industry to provide advice and guidance on many diverse areas. This module will offer students the opportunity to develop and apply knowledge and skills in a practical context at the appropriate level.
• This course further develops the skills acquired in level 4 of the course and reflects on the skills developed in the other level 5 courses.
• To further develop practical skills
• To further develop analytical skills and the student’s ability to develop valid solutions for given criteria
• To further develop communication and management skills, including presentation skills

Learning outcomes

To become a professional, the Quantity Surveyor needs to develop several skills, understand different concepts and appreciate techniques used by other professionals within the built environment. On successful completion of this course a student will be able to:
1 Enhance understanding of the role of the Quantity Surveyor, through practical scenario based work from pre contract to post contract
2 produce documentation for a variety of Quantity Surveying tasks by providing an initial estimate through value analysis to preparation of tender documentation and cost control
3 Analyse client’s briefs and interpret client requirements and make reasonable advice

Indicative content

• Small scale projects covering a variety of QS tasks from pre-contract; providing an initial estimate through value analysis to preparation of tender documentation including amending and drafting contract clauses and preparation of preliminaries to reporting on tender returns.
• Post contract task covered include, chairing of progress meetings, preparation of valuations and financial reports, dealing with variations to final account preparation and negotiation.

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.


Coursework 1 (Report and Interview) - 50%
LO - 1, 2.
Pass mark - 40%
2000 words.
Preparation of a tender report and interview.

Coursework 2 (Report) - 50%
LO - 1, 3.
Pass mark - 40%
2000 words.
Preparation of final account and negotiation.

Nature of FORMATIVE assessment supporting student learning:
In class steering on coursework assignments, interaction at PCs in the computer lab enabling questions and answers around work in progress. Model answers on exercises undertaken in class subsequently posted on Moodle.