KA5032 - Contract Administration and Procedure

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What will I learn on this module?

The aim of this module is to build upon and ultimately practice the QS skills introduced to you at level 4. The common theme of the module will be to develop an understanding of the consultant’s role in the procurement process. You will be able to apply and develop skills through a range of seminar activities and online tasks which will provide verbal and written formative feedback in preparation for summative assessments. During the first semester you will learn to develop cost models by applying appropriate and relevant software applications compatible with BIM technologies. During your second semester you will be tought to conduct a range of standard administrative procedures The summative assessment will comprise a coursework at the end of Semester One and an examination at the end of the module.

Key Topics include;

• Procurement Methods
• Tender Processes including pre-qualification
• Sub-contracting
• Interim Valuations
• Delays/ Extensions of Time
• Loss and Expense
• Variations
• Final Accounts
• Insurances
• Determination
• Letters of Intent
• Retention of Title
• Ethics

How will I learn on this module?

In Semester One you will learn through lectures and practical sessions in computer labs. You will master the necessary skills to seek and apply data to standard industry programmes, generating outcome such as Client Reports. You will be assessed via an ICT driven assignment whereby you will prepare cost data in response to a case-based scenario. Formative and summative feedback will be provided following this work.

In Semester Two you will learn through lectures and seminars. Lectures will be used to introduce the topics and emphasize key points. Directed learning will prepare you to exercise practical surveying skills in seminar sessions. Feedback on seminar sessions will encourage your development and progress in readiness for the examination at the end of the year which will assess skills gained during this semester.

If you are in employment your workplace will be the main learning environment, in effect acting as a framework for contract administration and procedure. However, tutor support will be available via drop-in sessions throughout the module study period. If you are in employment it is recognised that there is the need for modes of blended learning delivery, experiential assessment, and opportunities to combine work and study through independent study, embedded learning opportunities, and relevant communications technologies. Lecture capture will be used to elaborate on the content contained in any teaching material along with audio recording and notes to support presentations on key topics.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

The Seminar sessions, workshops and project associated with this module will be designed to assist you in learning and applying facts and procedures tought you in lectures. You will be given formative feedback as a group, at the conclusion of each seminar exercise. In addition, you will be given individual feedback on your Project work and on your exam. You may support one another in the learning process through discussion though not in the final preparation of submissions .

If you are in employment your workplace will be the main learning environment, however, tutor support will be available via drop-in sessions throughout the module study period. The eLP, telephone and email will be used as a means of communication once the initial briefings have taken place and work-based visits will be made by tutors if appropriate.

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)

Key Texts
Kirkham, RJ; Ferry, DJ. Brandon, PS.(2007) Ferry and Brandon's cost planning of buildings (8th Edition) Published Oxford, UK ; Malden, MA :
Blackwell
Ramus, JW., Birchall, S. & Griffiths, P. (2006) Contract Practice for Surveyors. (4th Edition) London: Butterworth Heinemann
Supporting Texts
Ashworth, A., Hogg, K. & Willis, CJ. (2007), Willis’s Practice & Procedure for the Quantity Surveyor (12th Edition). Oxford – Blackwell Publishing
Ashworth, A. (2010) Cost studies of buildings (5th Edition) Published Harlow: Pearson.
BCIS Online (available in Faculty IT labs and Desktop Anywhere)
Cartlidge, DP. (2011) New Aspects of Quantity Surveying Practice (3rd Edition) Oxford – Spon Press
Eggleston, B. (2006) NEC3 Engineering and Construction Contract (2nd Edition) Blackwell.
Greenhalgh, B. & Squires, G. (2011) Introduction to Building Procurement Oxford – Spon Press
Hackett, M., Robinson, I. & Statham, G. (2007) The Aqua Group guide to procurement, tendering & contract administration, Published Oxford ;
Malden, MA : Blackwell Pub./Davis Langdon
JCT (2012) Contracts Discovery – Sweet and Maxwell
Lee, S., Willis, A. & Trench, W. (2005) Willis's Elements of Quantity Surveying (10th Edition) Published Malden, MA : Blackwell Pub 2005
RICS (2012) NRM 1 – RICS New Rules of Measurement - Order of Cost Estimating and Cost Planning for Capital Building Works. (2nd. Edition)
Published by RICS.
www.RICS.org

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
• MLO1: Appraise accurate, evidence-based cost advice on construction projects.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
• MLO2: You will be able to analyse existing cost data, determining its appropriateness to new situations
• MLO3:You will be able to exercise cost estimating and cost planning skills in simulated professional practice examples
• MLO4:You will be able to carry out a variety of practical tasks required of the professional Quantity Surveyor in the pre- and post-contract stages of the management of a typical project

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
• MLO5:You will develop awareness of the importance of sustainability

How will I be assessed?

MLO1-3, 5 will be assessed via the ICT-based project conducted in Semester One. You will receive personalised feedback regarding the level of accuracy which you achieve.

MLO1, 2, 4 and 5 will be assessed through your performance or explanation of a number of practical functions of the practicing quantity surveyor through the medium of scenarios set in the end of year examination

Pre-requisite(s)

None

Co-requisite(s)

None

Module abstract

This module will equip you ro play an active part in working life, whether in a Professional Office, working for the Client, or on site, working in a Contracting Organisation. Building on understandings gained in the first year of your degree you will now learn to apply these through practical procedures which you will learn during this year. In your first semester you will apply these in workshops employing contemporary software packages. In your second semester you will engage with practical pre and post contract activities directly related to lecture content, such as the preparation of estimates, valuations and Cost Reports.

If you are in employment your workplace will act as a framework for contract administration and procedure to develop your skills and knowledge.

Course info

UCAS Code K240

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Architecture and Built Environment

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2019 or September 2020

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