SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M3K224614
Module Leader Martin MacDonald
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject SCEBE - School Office
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Construction Technology, Engineering Drawing Laboratory

Summary of Content

The module has been designed to illustrate the application of - Principles and techniques involved in the estimation of construction cost - The importance of NRM-2 Code for measurement of building works -Estimating mechanical and electrical items of works - Estimating construction cost of heavy constructions.


Introduction: Different types of estimates, the importance of NRM-2: Code of practice for measurement of building works. The main functions of abstract of estimates, order of items for taking off, data required for detailed estimates. Measurement of Earthworks: General principles, Estimating earth work quantities in cutting and filling using Simpson's 1/3rd rule, Trapezoidal rule, Prismoidal rule for calculation of earth work in cutting and filling in Level sections, two-level section, three-level section and multi-level sections. Project Estimate: Estimate for a project, reports on estimates, estimate for building project, road project, a small sewerage project, and water supply project. Writing Measurement Book: Importance of measurement book, instruction in recording measurement, measurement for inadmissible items, writing up of standard measurement book, different types of bills Measurement of mechanical and electrical items: Different parts of electrification, different systems of wiring commonly used in electrification; earthling, earthlings with Galvanised pipe electrode; rating of lamp; fan and socket outlet points Measurement of heating installation, measurement of ventilation/ Air conditioning, measurement of electrical installation. Prepare bill of quantities for plumbing, heating and electrical items.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:1. Understand the different types of estimates, difference between various estimating methods. (A1, A2, A3, B1, B2, B4, B5, C1, C2, D1)2. Estimate earthwork quantities. (C1, C2,C3, D1)3. Estimate mechanical and electrical works. (B4, B5, B7, D1)4. Estimate heavy construction works. (B4, B5, D1, D2, D5, D10,D11)

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Lectures will be used to convey basic concepts and principles with explanatory examples. Tutorials hours will be used to reinforce the module material taught during the lecture.

Indicative Reading

Reference Book: 1. Buchan, R.D., Fleming, F.W., & Kelly, J.R.(1999). Estimating for Builders and Quantity Surveyors. Oxford: Butterworth Heinemann Publications. 2. Chakraborti, M. (2013). Estimating, Costing, Specification and Valuation in Civil Engineering. 24th Edition. ISBN: 818530436X.Calcutta: India. 3. Ivor H.Seeley (1997). Quantity Surveying Practice. Second Edition. Hampshire and London: Mac Millan Press. 4. Robert L.Purifoy., Garold D.Oberlander. (1989). Estimating Construction Costs. 4th edition. New York: Mac Graw Hill Publishing Ltd. 5. Punmia, B.C., Ashok K Jain & Arun K Jain (2005). Surveying-Volume 1. Sixteenth Edition. New Delhi: Laxmi Publications (P) Ltd 6. RICS: New Rules of measurement (2012). NRM2: Detailed measurement for building works. UK: Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

Transferrable Skills

Critical thinking and problem solving Cognitive/intellectual skills Knowledge and understanding in the context of the subject. Learning style and orientation to learning Time management (organising and planning work) Independent working Information retrieval skills Group working Communication skills, written, oral and listening

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Lectures (FT) 56.00
Independent Learning (FT) 100.00
Tutorials (FT) 28.00
Assessment (FT) 16.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (Exams Office) 2.00 50.00 45% Unseen Written Examination 2hours
Exam (School) 1.50 20.00 35% Mid Term Test - Unseen written Examination 1½ Hours
Coursework 1 n/a 30.00 35% Coursework 1