SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M1K225134
Module Leader Tony Coleman
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Construction and Surveying
  • A (September start)-B (January start)

Summary of Content

An introduction to measurement practice and conventions based on The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors New Rules of Measurement 2 - Detailed measurement for building work 1st Edition April 2012, including: (a) The history of quantity surveying and the need for measurement; the NRM suite. (b) Measurement conventions and practice including mean girth / centre line calculation; (c) Contract documentation including the use and format of Bills of Quantities and Work Packages in current use; (d) Elementary measurement examples including; internal finishes, windows and doors, flat and pitched roofs and coverings and simple masonry examples. The percentage of Work Based Learning for this module, as represented by the Independent Learning "Activity Type" , is 65%. The percentage of Work Based Assessment for this module is 30%, which is represented by Coursework 2.


Consideration of the following topics some of which may have been introduced in other modules: - The history and context of the quantity surveying profession; - The use and need for measurement; - Introduction to the use of measurement codes of practice with particular reference to The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors New Rules of Measurement 2 - Detailed measurement for building work 1st Edition; - Measurement Conventions / an introduction to software packages - The purpose and application of Preliminaries in Bills of Quantities and Work Packages; Measurement of building works (based on NRM2) including: - Internal finishes; - Windows and doors; - Flat and pitched roof construction including roof coverings, and rainwater disposal; - Simple masonry - Substructures and drainage - Site works / soft landscaping / fencing

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, the apprentice should be able to:1. Demonstrate a specialist knowledge of measurement conventions and be able to assess and interpret both written and drawn information.2. Show an awareness and understanding of design principles, and be able to apply those to their knowledge of construction technology.3. Apply knowledge of construction technology in assessing the level of detail required for the description of works for tendering and procurement purposes.4. Be conversant with and be able to apply the principles of measurement and good practice.5. Interpret and apply formalised codes of measurement practice in the production of bills of quantities and work packages.6. Have developed intellectual skills relating to the module and will be able to demonstrate logical and effective problem solving abilities, exercising sound judgement.7. Apply technical knowledge in the assimilation, and interpretation of differing formats of information, whilst being aware of deficiencies in the amount and content of information provided by others.8. Demonstrate an ability to work independently, and to organise and apply effective time management in the solving of problems related to the discipline.9. Demonstrate, through the use of workshops and given tasks, an ability to work as an integral member of a team, and develop and awareness of the necessity to do so.10. Show, through assessed work, that they have acquired effective IT and communication skills, (written, oral and listening), necessary for the assimilation and solving of problems at this level.[A2, A4, A6, A7, A9, B2, B4, B6, B7 SDS GA: 2.2,2.3,3.1,3.4,3.6,4.2,4.4]

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The essential purpose of this module is to provide the student with the time and environment to develop an understanding of the context and principles of measurement practice and conventions. The strategy further aims to help the student achieve competence in relating construction situations to a contractor's resourcing of a given project as detailed in Part 2 of The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors New Rules of Measurement 2 - Detailed measurement for building work 1st Edition. This is achieved this by: (1) Lectures to teach concepts and principles - these are augmented by practical demonstrations to provide models on which students can build; (2) Workshops to enable students to practise measurement and documentation principles under supervision, utilising drawn information, published guidelines and worked examples; (3) Computer laboratory with computerised taking-off and bill production techniques - these are to augment practical demonstrations and workshops. (4) Provision of computer - generated worked examples and presentations ( some with voice - over provision) to allow individual student - centred supplementary study . Learning and teaching strategies will be developed and implemented, appropriate to students' needs, to enable all students to participate fully in the module. Work Based Education aims to maximise the direct and digitally mediated contact time with students by practicing teaching and learning strategies that use authentic work based scenarios and encourage action learning, enquiry based learning, problem based learning and peer learning. All these approaches aim to directly involve the students in the process of learning and to encourage sharing of learning between students. The module team will determine the level and accuracy of knowledge acquisition at key points in the delivery, inputting when necessary either directly or with the support of external experts who will add to the authenticity, the credibility and application of the education and learning to the workplace.

Indicative Reading

Essential Text: The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors New Rules of Measurement 2 - Detailed measurement for building work (April 2012) 1st Edition Recommended Texts: Cartlidge, D. (2017) Quantity Surveyor's Pocket Book, 3rd Ed, Routledge Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (2007) The RICS code of measurement practice 6th Ed , RICS books Trench, W. & Lee, S. (2014) Willis's Elements of Quantity Surveying, 12th Edition. Blackwell Publishing Ltd. - Note - not NRM2 compliant but good for measurement conventions.?

Transferrable Skills

The development of: (1) communication skills, analysis and evaluation. (2) powers of interpretation of construction drawings and related specifications. (3) creative thinking and independent judgement. (4) an ability to make decisions based on consideration of a multiplicity of differing sources and formats of information. [C1, C2, C3, C5, D1, D3-D6, E1, E3, E5, E6, E7 SDS GA: 5.1 - 5.3]

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (FT) 130.00
Practicals (FT) 46.00
Assessment (FT) 24.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 02 n/a 50.00 35% Measurement exercise related to work contained within syllabus - related to the workplace.
Course Work 01 n/a 50.00 35% Measurement exercise related to work contained within syllabus