SHE Level 2
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M1K225357
Module Leader Tony Coleman
School School for Work Based Education
Subject SCWBE
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)
  • C (May 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", i s 82 %. 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 knowledge of measurement conventions and be able to assess and interpret both written and drawn information.2. Show an 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]

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. In the context of a work based ethos, teaching and learning methods use authentic work based scenarios to promote action learning, inquiry based learning, problem based learning and peer learning. These approaches directly involve the apprentice in the process of learning and also encourage collaborative learning. The module will begin with 2 days of introductory seminars to provide the apprentices with a clear understanding of the curriculum and assessment requirements of the module and to engage in question / answers sessions. The remainder of the module is delivered online via GCULearn. The online component is structured using a week by week template and guides the apprentice through the subject learning and assessment requirements of the module. A range of resources such as PowerPoint, Camtasia, video clips, web links and other tailored learning relevant to the module topics are used.. Learners will be supported throughout by the module team. This includes the lecturers, work based / industrial mentors and Academic Development Tutors. Clear sign posting will ensure that module learning outcomes are progressed, reinforced though a carefully mapped formative assessment of concepts / strategies and the application of critical subject matter. This facilitates an evaluation of the level of comprehension attained by the apprentice and also enables the module team to provide support and guidance as required through email, GCULearn announcements, blogs, skype of Collaborate discussions. Summative assessments are compulsory. A mark of 35% must be achieved for each summative assessment and an overall / aggregate mark of 40% must be achieved.

Indicative Reading

Essential Text: The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors New Rules of Measurement 2 - Detailed measurement for building work (April 2012) 1st Edition ISBN: 978-1-84219-716-5. Recommended Texts: Cartlidge, D. (2017) Quantity Surveyor's Pocket Book, 3 rd Ed, Routledge ISBN 978-1-138-69836-9. RICS professional statement; RICS property measurement 2nd edition 2018 ISBN 978-1-78321-217-0. Trench, W. & Lee, S. (2014) Willis's Elements of Quantity Surveying, 12th Edition (2014). Blackwell Publishing Ltd. - Note - not NRM2 compliant but good for measurement conventions: ISBN 978-1-118-49920-7. International Construction Measurement Standards (July 2017): Published by the International Construction Measurement Standards Coalition (ICMSC) ISBN: 978-1-78321-197-5.

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]

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Seminars (FT) 12.00
Assessment (FT) 24.00
Independent Learning (FT) 164.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 n/a 30.00 35% Measurement exercise related to work contained within syllabus
Course Work 02 n/a 30.00 35% Measurement exercise related to work contained within syllabus - related to the workplace.
Exam (Dept) 01 2.00 40.00 35% Measurement exercise on-line test