SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M1K212594
Module Leader Gibril Njie
School INTO
Subject INTO
  • A (September start)-B (January start)
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)

Summary of Content

Using and applying elementary measurement techniques, including standard methods of measurement, will allow measurement of simple structures and, through the use of cost forecasting techniques, provide an introduction to construction cost.


Measurement: Introduction to: use and importance of measurement and measurement conventions and basic measurement including: introduction to use of measurement codes of practice, particularly SMM7; basic substructures including earthworks, concrete and masonry; basic superstructure including walls and partitions; pitched and flat roof construction and coverings; external works including rainwater disposal and drainage Cost: Introduction to: approaches to cost modeling from inception to construction; the techniques, principles and procedures of Cost Planning and Cost Control; Design Economics including factors affecting design and cost, building shape, size and height; methods, uses and selection of appropriate methods of Cost Forecasting; sources, uses, limitations and applications of construction cost data, including use of cost indices; interpretation, uses and application of BCIS Standard Form of Cost Analysis, including methods of updating and adjustment

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:Interpret construction and services drawings Apply the principles of measurement in the production of pricing documentationApply methods of cost forecasting including cost modeling and the use of Cost Analyses to determine likely project cost

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Measurement: Theoretical concepts and principles are taught by lectures, augmented by practical demonstrations to provide models on which students can build. Tutorials will enable students to practice measurement and documentation principles, utilizing drawn information, published guidelines and given examples. Cost: Lectures, supported by tutorials and augmented by flexible learning materials, will provide the basis for delivery. Other source references will be outlined as the module syllabus is delivered.

Indicative Reading

Measurement: The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the Building Employers Confederation "Standard Method of Measurement of Building Works 7th Edition" (revised 1998) RICS The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the Building Employers Confederation "A Code of Procedure for measurement of Building Works" (1998) Seeley I H and Winfield R (1999) "Building Quantities explained" Macmillan Wheeler R and Clarke A (1992) Building Quantities: Worked Examples" Newnes Packer A (1995) "Building Measurement" Longman Cost: Ashworth A "Cost Studies of Buildings 2nd Ed" Longman Ferry D J, Brandon PS and Ferry J (2006) "Cost Planning of Buildings 8th Ed" Granada Flanagan R and Tate B (1997) "Cost Control in Building Design" Blackwell

Transferrable Skills

Development of problem-solving and application of knowledge Effective communication: written, graphical and oral Effective use of Information Technology Effective Time Management Independent Working Analytical, appraisal, interpretative and quantitative skills Creative thinking and independent judgment Ability to make decisions based on consideration of a multiplicity of differing sources and formats of information

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 18.00
Independent Learning (FT) 38.00
Practicals (FT) 48.00
Tutorials (FT) 48.00
Lectures (FT) 48.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 2 n/a 50.00 35% Measurement Exercise including practice related problem
Coursework 1 n/a 50.00 35% Construction costs - project scenario