PE7005 - Quantity Surveying Practice and Management

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What will I learn on this module?

This module aims to further develop your understanding of the key processes and practices applied within the quantity surveying profession. The module has been designed to be aligned with the RICS competencies framework.

The module will cover the following topics:

• Building Measurement (NRM2)
• Civil Engineering Technology and Measurement (CESMM4)
• Construction Administration (including Strategic Procurement, Ethics)
• Financial Management (Including Financial Control of Projects)
• Project Management (Including Health and Safety, and Value Management, Risk Management)
• Construction Law (including Forms of Contract, Expert Witness, and Dispute Avoidance and Resolution)
• Construction Economics (Economic theory and concepts, Land Use and Value, Estimating, BIM-costing)
• Development Economics (Development Appraisal, Cost Benefit Analysis, Whole Life Cycle Costing)

This module will develop your understanding of the knowledge underpinning the work of the professional quantity surveyor including: measurement, procurement, management, law and economics. You will develop, throughout this module, academic and professional skills relating to the use and evaluation of data; effective communication; and self-direction and personal responsibility. Exposure throughout the module to real world practice will enhance the skills necessary for employment in this surveying discipline.

How will I learn on this module?

The module is delivered entirely online via our electronic learning platform (eLP). You will interact with a range of materials on the module site. The module home page provides you with quick access to detailed information about the module in an interactive, easily accessible format. The teaching materials support your learning. Each session delivers flexible, interactive learning materials, accessible in a variety of formats such as audio and video presentations, podcasts, MP3 files and hard copies. Tasks to extend and test your learning are interspersed within the learning materials. A range of different tasks, with formative feedback, are aimed at supporting your learning style. In addition to this you will be encouraged to utilise peer to peer support opportunities through the use of eLP supported platforms for interaction or, if you choose to, external student supported platforms. Each session is supported by directed reading accessed through the electronic reading list.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be an autonomous, self-motivated learner within a supportive distance-learning environment. You will be introduced to the module by the module tutor in an introductory video. The online module sessions and interactive tasks form the cornerstone for supporting you during your study. These sessions are delivered via the medium of Pebble+. Academic support is available from the teaching team and each session includes a link to enable you to email a question directly to the tutor from within the session. In advance of each assessment a video presentation is uploaded to support you in your preparation for this session. This is followed by an online question and answer session prior to submission of your assessed work. Focused academic support coupled with timely formative and summative feedback should enable you to meet your full academic potential within this module.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
• MLO1 Critically analyse the key strategic technical, legal and financial frameworks and theories underpinning construction development and procurement.
• MLO2: Critically appraise and evaluate the operational roles and professional procedures used in the management and administration of development and construction projects.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

• MLO3: Critically analyse information, identify solutions, demonstrate judgement and communicate findings.
• MLO4: Apply appropriate professional practices to complex contemporary development scenarios.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

• MLO5: Demonstrate the capacity for independent, evidence based thinking and decision-making.

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment: tasks within the module sessions provide formative feedback to consolidate and enhance learning as you move through the module.

Summative assessment: this module is assessed by two pieces of coursework

Coursework one an essay, accounts for 50% of the module mark. You will critically analyse the development of quantity surveying as a discrete discipline and consider how and why changes have occurred and the opportunities now presented for future practitioners. (MLO1-5)

Coursework two, a report, accounts for 50% of the module mark. It is scenario based and allows you to choose a particular stage of the procurement process (negotiated with the module tutor and related to the framework provided in the module). You are required to critically evaluate the typical issues that can arise at this stage of a project and outline and justify appropriate, professional, solutions to a specialist audience . (MLO1-5)

Pre-requisite(s)

None

Co-requisite(s)

None

Module abstract

This module will develop your understanding of the knowledge underpinning the work of the professional quantity surveyor including: measurement, procurement, management, law and economics. You will develop, throughout this module, academic and professional skills relating to the use and evaluation of data; effective communication; and self-direction and personal responsibility. Exposure throughout the module to real world practice will enhance the skills necessary for employment in this surveying discipline. It is delivered and supported via our eLP and though your interaction with the learning materials and independent research you will be able to identify, analyse and apply key principles and concepts essential to the professional practice of the quantity surveyor.

What will I learn on this module?

This module aims to further develop your understanding of the key processes and practices applied within the quantity surveying profession. The module has been designed to be aligned with the RICS competencies framework.

The module will cover the following topics:

• Building Measurement (NRM2)
• Civil Engineering Technology and Measurement (CESMM4)
• Construction Administration (including Strategic Procurement, Ethics)
• Financial Management (Including Financial Control of Projects)
• Project Management (Including Health and Safety, and Value Management, Risk Management)
• Construction Law (including Forms of Contract, Expert Witness, and Dispute Avoidance and Resolution)
• Construction Economics (Economic theory and concepts, Land Use and Value, Estimating, BIM-costing)
• Development Economics (Development Appraisal, Cost Benefit Analysis, Whole Life Cycle Costing)

This module will develop your understanding of the knowledge underpinning the work of the professional quantity surveyor including: measurement, procurement, management, law and economics. You will develop, throughout this module, academic and professional skills relating to the use and evaluation of data; effective communication; and self-direction and personal responsibility. Exposure throughout the module to real world practice will enhance the skills necessary for employment in this surveying discipline.

Course info

Credits 20

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 2 years Distance Learning

Department Architecture and Built Environment

Location Ellison Building, Newcastle City Campus

City Newcastle

Start January, April, July or October Starts

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