KA6005 - Advanced Measurement

What will I learn on this module?

You will be introduced to advanced concepts in the quantification of building and civil engineering works and the development of detailed cost models. You will be provided with worked and practice-based examples of measurement work and the application of building and civil engineering rules of measurement. You will also develop throughout this module numeracy skills relating to the use and evaluation of data and communication skills using accepted industry terminology. Example topics include:
• Basic measurement technique [recapitulation]
• The information structures of NRM2 and CESMM4
• Earthworks
• In situ concrete works
• Piling works
• Pipework

How will I learn on this module?

The module is delivered via workshop sessions in class. Your learning will be technologically enhanced by animated, narrated slides so that the materials can be studied remotely if required.

If you are in employment your workplace will be the main learning environment, in effect acting as a framework for advanced measurement. 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?

Advice and guidance is given in class by staff. Written feedback will be provided online for work you submit for assessment.

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)

A draft reading list has been created and on the university Library Reading List Service (required for approval)
Measurement using the new rules of measurement, Ostrowski, Sean C, Chichester, Wiley Blackwell, 2013.
Seeley and Winfield’s building quantities explained, Seeley, Ivor H; O’Kelly, Maria; Winfield, Roger, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009
Civil engineering quantities, Seeley, Ivor H., 5th ed., Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1993
Building quantities: worked examples, Wheeler, r. J., clark, a. V., oxford; Boston: newnes, 1992
cesmm4: civil engineering standard method of measurement london: ice, c2012 4th ed
rics new rules of measurement. Nrm 2, detailed measurement for building works coventry: rics, 2012
1st ed

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:

MLO1: You will be able to interpret complex drawings of buildings and convert this pictorial information into quantitative and qualitative measurement information involving computerised measurement software.

MLO2: You will be able to utilise specialist terminology for communicating complex building and civil engineering measurements.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

MLO3: You will be able to prepare work according to industry standards and procedures and specify and communicate information effectively in a variety of appropriate formats.

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

MLO4: You will be able to ensure that projects are undertaken in an ethically appropriate manner.

How will I be assessed?

Summative assessment: this module is assessed by one piece of coursework. The coursework consists of measurement exercises prepared in accordance with the New Rules of Measurement and the Civil Engineering Method of Measurement. It will assess MLO1, MLO2, MLO3 and MLO4.

Coursework will be submitted, assessed and feedback provided to you online. Electronic feedback will take the form of specific comments on the script and feedback against each assessment criterion accessed via an assessment rubric.





Module abstract

The ability to measure building and civil engineering work, and to communicate the measurement information, are the “bread and butter” skills of the quantity surveyor, which greatly enhance the student’s employability. In this Module you will learn techniques of mensuration and accepted terminology for communicating what has been measured. You will learn how to produce and communicate measurements according to accepted rules and industry standards. Your learning will be technologically enhanced by means of animated and narrated slides that supplement your convention classroom materials; some of your learning can thus be done at distance if the necessity arises. Feedback on your assessed work is provided electronically.

If you are in employment your workplace will act as a framework for advanced measurement 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 2024 or September 2025

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Full time Courses starting in 2023 are primarily delivered via on-campus face to face learning but may include elements of online learning. We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to flex accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

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