SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code MHK203095
Module Leader Gordon Henderson
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Construction and Surveying
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

M3K220824 Construction Technology 3 or equivalent

Summary of Content

The provision of a "real-life" project which will include a site visit to a property involving substantial repairs and rennovation. The need to undertake a dimensional survey to include both physical and digital measurement via 3D Laser scanning distortion analysis and utilisation of BIM To understand the Clients remit and to action accordingly. The full and "live" requirements of Statutory Consent, particularly Parts D and E of the Standards and also the new requirements under the Disability Discrimination Act 2003. The relationship between the Landlord and the Tenant where leases are involved. The understanding of costs involved, and sources. The preparation of contract documentation and the methods to be employed. The availability of financial assistance from both Local and Central Sources. The integration of the above individual areas to provide a portfolio which will equip the Building Surveying Graduate for their future career.


A site visit to a "real-life" building. A supervised Building Survey Report (Fabric/Strucutral) using equipment on site such as Thermal Imaging, Endoscopy, SurveyMaster and digital/electronic measuring devices and 3D Laser scanning and virtual modelling. The requirement of the client in a prepared brief with an open remit to provide the survey report and possible reuse of the property. The requirements of Statutory Bodies ranging from Planning, Building Warrant and other Statutory Bodies such as Roads Department, Environmental Health, Water Board and such like. The provision of Contract Documentation, methods available under current Scottish Minor Works Preparation of Specifications; NBS (National Building Specification) with specific use; Descriptions of Work or Approximate Quantities; the references to pricing documentation available to the Building Surveyor.(BCIS) The provision of a portfolio for the Client including Inspectory Report, drawings, contract documentation, advice on costing, Statutory Consents and advice on the future maintenance of the property including distortion survey 3D model records. To advise on the preparation of a portfolio of the above requirements to enable the Graduate to present such information at an interview.

Learning Outcomes

On succesful completion of this module the students should be able to:1. describe the role of the Building Surveyor as a Design Team Leader and member (A4, A6, B1, B5, C1, C5)2. complete drawings which meet the requirements of The Technical Standards and to meet Planning and Building Control requirements (A1, A2, B2, B4, B6, C3, C5)3. appraise opinions on design and also those areas which impinge on the design and technical requirements by both the Client and Statutory Bodies (A1, A4, A5, B2, B3, B5, C1, C2)4. appraise the overall involvement of the Building Surveyor in the refurbishment and repair exercise (A1, A2, A3, A5, B4)

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Lectures will provide fundamental theoretical concepts to inclucate in the student previous experience in the area, and suported by the site visits to a live project. Staff will be involved on site to advise stdents of possible problematic areas in connection with the remit and Technical Standards. The Drawing Studio CAD Labs will be available and staffed throughouit. The tutorials ans seminars will becomplimented and supported by guest lecturers from various fields within the discipline and the areas being addressed. Learning and teaching strategies will be developed and implemented, appropriate to students' needs, to enable all students to participate fully in the module

Indicative Reading

Hollis M/ RICS (2006, 5th ed.) Surveying Buildings, RICS Books. Building Surveys, London Butterworth. (8 th Edition) Glover P / Routledge 2013 Building surveys & Reports 4 th Edit Douglas J / Wiley & Blackwell 2011 Understanding Housing defects / Marshall, Worthing, Heath, Dann / Routledge 2013 Residential building Defects / Geoffrey Hunt RICS Books 201 0 Commercial & Industrial Building Defects / Trevor Rushton / RICS Books 2010 Refurbishment and upgrading of buildings, Highfield & Gorse 2 nd Edit T & F books 2009 Building Adaptation 2 nd Edit Douglas / Butterworth-Heinemann 2006 RICS GN Surveying Safely 1 st Edit 2011 RICS GN Design & Specification 1 st Edit 2013 RICS BP/GN Tech Due Diligence 2011 Barry's Advanced Construction of Buildings 2nd edit / Emmitt & Gorse; Wiley & Blackwell 2014 Chudley & Greeno (2014) Building Construction Handbook 7th Ed Butterworth Heinman Construction Technology 3 /Technology of Refurbishment and Maintenance / Mike Riley & Alison : 2011 Palgrave MacMillan Mitchells Structure and Fabric Part 2 - 7th Edition Foster & Greeno 2007 Pearson Journals RICS / Building surveying - Building control CIOB - Construction Mananger (CM) ISurv online data base (Scotland) Regulations 2015

Transferrable Skills

Draughting Communication Skills both manual and CAD (D1, D3, D6, D7, D10, D12, D13, D14) Written Communication Skills (D1, D3, D6, D8, D9, D10, D14) Oral Communication Skills (D1, D3, D6, D8, D9, D10, D14)

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (FT) 44.00
Assessment (FT) 24.00
Practicals (FT) 60.00
Seminars (FT) 72.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 100.00 40% Final submission Building Survey report (including CAD element, regulations & tender documents) (Max no. of words 4000)