SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code MMK223963
Module Leader Siobhan Morrison
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Construction and Surveying
  • B (January start)

Summary of Content

T his module operates an overall 50% pass rate. There are three main themes contained within this module: Measurement and Quantification of construction work using a range of Measurement Methods Estimating and pricing of construction works based upon a variety of information Computer-based systems will be examined for both themes of the module


-360b7 Measurement conventions b7 Measurements documentation b7 Forms of tender documentation and preparation b7 Estimating, tendering, tender strategy, tender documentation and procurement methods b7 Approaches to Estimating; b7 Analysis of impact of various factors on pricing strategy; b7 Risk Appreciation b7 Preliminary costs pricing, Overheads and Profits and other on-costs

Learning Outcomes

1- Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:Apply theoretical learning to practical tasks involving the principles of measurement and good practice (A1, A2, & B1),Critically assess and apply formalized codes of measurement practice in the production of bills of quantities and tender documentation (A3, B3 & C4).Effectively use standard and where possible, dedicated software packages in the production of bills of quantities, estimates and tender documentation (A4, B2, B3, B4, & C4).Have an appreciation of the various estimating methods and identify when they can be used and why (A4, A5, & B4).Understand input resources required to build-up rates and evaluate rates based on identified resources (A5, B5, & B6).Identify and evaluate the impact of various forms of contract, procurement strategies and market conditions on pricing strategy (A4, B5, C2, & C5).

Teaching / Learning Strategy

A web-based form of delivery will be used throughout the module. All students will use the web for all of their teaching and learning materials. Full-time and part-time students will be able to participate in seminars that will facilitate discussion. Web-based activities will be used to encourage discussion and interaction. Use will be made of formative objective on-line quizzes to aid students understanding. Module assessment will be through 100% Continuous Assessment. This will be done using two assignments, a discussion board and on-line tests.

Indicative Reading

Ashworth A., (2010), Cost Studies of Buildings, 5 th Ed., Routledge Aqua Group, (2015), Guide to Procurement, Tendering and Contract Administration, Wiley Blackwell Brook M., (2008), Estimating and Tendering for Construction Work, 4 th Ed., Routledge Buchan R.D., Fleming E.F.W, and Fiona E K Grant (2003), Estimating for Builders and Surveyors, 2 nd Ed., Routledge Cartlidge D, (2012), Quantity Surveyor's Pocket Book, 2nd Ed, Routledge Potts, K., (2008), Construction Cost Management - Learning from Case Studies, Taylor & Francis Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, (2013), The RICS Code of Measurement Practice, 6th Ed, RICS Books Sandra Lee, W. Trench, and Andrew Willis (2005), Willis's Elements of Quantity Surveying 11 th Ed., Blackwell Publishing ICE CESMM4 Civil Engineering Standard Method of Measurement, (2012), ICE Publishing

Transferrable Skills

-360b7 Collect, analyse and manage data and information from various sources (D8, D9, & D10). b7 Critical thinking, creative and innovative problem solving and logical reasoning (D1, D3). b7 Competency in common ICT software packages (D10 & D13). b7 Manage time and other resources (D2 & D6) b7 Work independently and in groups (D6, D7, D8) b7 Communicate effectively in a variety of formats (D9 & D14).

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Seminars (FT) 24.00
Assessment (FDL) 20.00
Independent Learning (FT) 106.00
Independent Learning (FDL) 130.00
Assessment (FT) 20.00
Independent Learning (PT) 106.00
Assessment (PT) 20.00
Seminars (PT) 24.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 20.00 45% On-line test 40 minutes
Coursework 3 n/a 50.00 45% Project submission of measurement and estimation task: 2000 words excluding tables, diagrams, etc.
Coursework 2 n/a 30.00 45% Contributions to on-line discussion boards. (750 words)