Quantity Surveying Practice 1

Module summary

Module code: BUIL1268
Level: 4
Credits: 30
School: Liberal Arts and Sciences
Department: Design
Module Coordinator(s): Patrick O'Leary


Pre and co requisites

Successful admission to the programme.


The module aims to introduce and develop skills in land surveying, CAD (computer aided design), financial appraisal, measurement and cost estimating which are relevant to students joining a RICS accredited course in quantity surveying. The module will use case material which is the simple design and construction of a modest building at varying stages of its development. The module exposes students to new skills and it seeks to integrate and utilize knowledge acquired in the other level 4 modules. The aim is to build a solid foundation for students to progress to the levels 5 & 6 of the course, where more in-depth skills development will take place. On completing the module successfully students will be able to demonstrate the early development of skills, which a QS is expected to possess in the context of the property and construction industry.

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. This module introduces some basic skills applicable to quantity surveying which will be further developed in the second and third stages of the course.
On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:
1 Carry out simple land surveying and be able to interpret levels
2 Produce construction detail drawings using CAD
3 Appraise the financial feasibility of a project.
4 Use measurement techniques to ascertain project costs.

Indicative content

The module covers subjects which are formative to a Quantity Surveyor’s development and which are land surveying, CAD, financial feasibility using Excel, and introductory measurement. These elements feature in the three assignments in the module, the progression of which stems from workshop style classes which will enable learners to produce better work and acquire skills, such as collaborative working and time management. The module will use case material which is simple construction project (either housing or commercial) to gain appreciation of the estimated construction costs v market value for the completed asset prompting students to assess viability as one of the deliverables. In measurement students are introduced to the principles of and to the rationale for standardisation in estimating construction costs and the link between the elements in the module. In these exercises use is made of various industry wide materials such as NRM, Spon’s & elemental costs analysis (and project comparison) from BCIS.

Teaching and learning activity

This 30credit module is delivered in Terms 1 and 2.
The approach to delivery is hands‐on and classes are timetabled in an appropriate environment to suit the `practice’ ethos of the module, such as studios, workshop, computer labs, classrooms and outside when the land surveying element is being tackled. Classes are expected to be very interactive and staff lead with examples which demonstrate principles and assist students on formative work.


Land Surveying project - 25%
LO - 1.
Pass mark - 40%
Developing Land surveying skills.

CAD - 25%
LO - 2.
Pass markk - 40%
Developing CAD related skills.

Measurement and Financial Feasibility - 50%
LO - 3 & 4.
Pass mark - 40%
1,000 words.
Developing measurement and financial feasibility related skills.

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.