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Our Chartered Surveyor Degree Apprenticeship within Quantity Surveying is ideal for those who are already within the industry who wish to develop their skills and knowledge and for those new to the industry who wish to qualify as a Chartered Surveyor whilst working full time. 

 

The Quantity Surveying apprenticeship pathway has been specifically developed by Northumbria University and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), alongside industry and partner education providers to address current skills gaps within the profession.

 

The apprenticeship combines vocational skills and workplace practice with academic, research-rich learning to give students the knowledge and experience that employers need.

 

This degree will give students the ability to cost building designs, manage the procurement of resources and negotiate effectively with partners. They will be able to apply their academic knowledge and research skills to the real world quantity surveying issues encountered daily within working life. 

 

During the programme, apprentices will study a diverse curriculum, which is aligned with the professional requirements of RICS developing practical, analytical, creative skills and problem-solving abilities to ensure students’progress to RICS accreditation and full chartered status within six months of completing their apprenticeship.

Course Information

Level of Study
Undergraduate

Mode of Study
5 years part-time

Department
Architecture and Built Environment

Location
City Campus, Northumbria University

City
Newcastle

Fee Information

Module Information

By combining work and study, students will apply what you have learnt in the classroom to real-life situations in the workplace and gain a comprehensive understanding of the role of the Quantity Surveyor.

Modules include:

  • Digital Built Environment
  • Construction Law
  • Construction Technology
  • Construction Economics
  • Project Management
  • Contract Administration and Procedure

Teaching methods are varied because they are designed to get the best out of each module. As well as traditional lectures and seminars, students might take part in laboratory work, meet professional speakers, and undertake guided study sessions or self-directed independent learning.

Our assessment methods take the form of exams, research projects, reports, presentations, individual tasks, group work and project work.  During the final year, you will draw on the skills, knowledge and expertise you have developed over the last five years to complete a dissertation.

Full details on the modules for each year of the programme can be found below.

Apprentices will be taught by a diverse team of academic professionals, comprising of, surveyors, project managers, solicitors, and other construction professionals.  Their experience in the industry gives them a substantial amount of practical, as well as theoretical knowledge, to draw on in their teaching.

We take a research-led approach to all aspects of teaching. As practising researchers, our lecturers pass on the latest techniques from their ongoing work to ensure your learning is current and relevant at both an academic and a practical level.

We are a top 30 research department, with 50% of our outputs ranked world-leading or internationally excellent according to the latest UK-wide Research Excellence Framework (REF2014, UoA16)

University study will make-up 20% of the apprentice’s weekly learning and timely face-to-face contact will be essential.  Attendance at tutor-led sessions is very important, however as employees, we appreciate apprentices may unavoidably miss an occasionally taught class, therefore, all learning and teaching materials will be available via a virtual classroom and accessible to students remotely. Students will also be allocated an academic coach who will provide support in respect of academic development.

Whilst on campus, students will have access to the University’s exceptional facilities including up-to-date technology in our specialist laboratories, industry-standard IT facilities, virtual reality suites, specialist workshops, social spaces, lecture theatres and not forgetting 24/7 access to our award winner University Library. 

 

Department / Architecture and Built Environment

Architecture and Built Environment encompasses all of our teaching, research and enterprise in Architecture, Interior Architecture, Quantity and Building Surveying, Real Estate and Housing.

In partnership with Northumbria University, the organisation will support the learner at work to achieve their apprenticeship. Whilst studying the apprentice will be required to work full-time, for at least 30 hours a week, and will be supported through learning at work to achieve the requirements of the apprenticeship standard.

Both Apprentice and their Line Manager will be supported by Northumbria University throughout the programme, including access to online support materials for line managers. Apprentices will also meet with their own manager/mentor and individual professional development coach in the workplace at least four times each year.

During the programme, many assessments are work-based and aligned to the context and activity of the organisation, leading to increased organisational understanding and performance by the apprentice whilst ensuring they develop new skills and enhance productivity and business performance.

In order to complete the programme, the learner will have to demonstrate that they have obtained the relevant skills, knowledge and behaviour required during their workplace training.

Whilst off-campus and in the workplace, students will have access to our technology-enhanced learning (TEL) facilities which provide access to module information, electronic reading lists and online learning resources such as podcasts, e-books and e-journals.

The employer covers all tuition fees for the apprentice, the total payment required depends on the organisation’s apprenticeship levy status.

Students studying an apprenticeship do not pay any tuition fees, however, as they are in full-time employment they do not have student status and therefore are not entitled to apply for student finance.  

To discuss the fees for this apprenticeship in detail or to explore signing an agreement with the university, complete the enquiry form below and someone from our Business and Enterprise team will be in touch shortly.

 Enquire now about this apprenticeship:

We guide both employer and employee through the application and funding process and will be on hand to assist you during the apprenticeship journey.

To start the application process for either current employees or new recruits contact our Business and Enterprise team today by email or complete our online enquiry form. Alternatively, you can call 0191 227 3251.

All students are required to be in full-time employment to study this apprenticeship. If you are interested in studying this apprenticeship and you are in current full-time employment complete our online enquiry form.

If you are not in full-time employment but would like to study this apprenticeship programme, keep checking our vacancies page for information regarding job opportunities.  

 Enquire now about this apprenticeship:

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Entry Requirements 2019/20

Standard Entry

GCSE Requirements:

A good GCSE profile is expected including Maths and English Language at minimum grade C or equivalent.  If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a minimum grade 4.

UCAS Tariff Points:

120 UCAS Tariff points including one or more of the following:

GCE and VCE Advanced Level:

From at least 2 GCE/VCE A Levels 

Edexcel/BTEC National Extended Diploma:

Distinction, Distinction, Merit 

Scottish Highers:

BBBCC - BBBBC at Higher level, CCC - BCC at Advanced Higher 

Irish Highers:

BBBBB  - ABBBB to include

IB Diploma:

120 UCAS Tariff points including minimum score of 4 in at least three subjects at Higher level

Access to HE Diploma:

Award of full Access to HE Diploma including 18 credits at Distinction and 27 at Merit

Qualification combinations:

The University welcomes applications from students studying qualifications from different qualification types - for example A level and a BTEC qualification in combination, and if you are made an offer you will be asked to achieve UCAS Tariff points from all of the qualifications you are studying at level 3.  Should the course you wish to study have a subject specific requirement then you must also meet this requirement,

Plus one of the following:

  • International/English Language Requirements:

     

    Applicants from the EU:

    Applicants from the EU are welcome to apply and if the qualification you are studying is not listed here then please contact the Admissions Team for advice or see our EU Applicants pages here https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/international/european-union/eu-applications/

    International Qualifications:

    If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

    English Language Requirements:

    International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

    *The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications</<

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Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

KA4015 -

Construction Technology (Core,20 Credits)

This module seeks to provide you with a fundamental understanding of how construction and structural technologies can be employed to address key principles of building, and to satisfy performance and regulatory requirements. You will also be introduced to the aesthetic, environmental, economic and legislative factors that influence the choice of technologies in the construction industry. In particular, you will develop an understanding of the following aspects of technologies for small-scale buildings:

- the construction team and their specific roles in technological decisions
- structural principles
- foundations and groundworks
- principles of enclosure
- principles of environmental control
- building envelope as a climatic modifier
- daylight and lighting need; room conditions and sound transfer
- air transfer mechanisms
- alternative sources of energy
-principles of heat loss
- material properties and choices
- external wall construction methods
- internal walls floors and stairs
- fixtures, fittings and furniture
- principles of sustainability and the impact of construction on the built and natural environments
- health and safety in the construction and use of buildings
- building regulations and associated legislation
- communications and graphical standards in construction technology

More information

KA4026 -

Property Surveying (Core,20 Credits)

This module is designed as part of a package of first year modules to provide you with the key skills and knowledge to embark on a programme of study leading to professional qualification as a chartered surveyor. The module will draw on and supplement the module on Construction Technology.

The module will be introduced by exercises to identify the characteristics of property matching them to occupier demands. You will learn and experience land and building surveying and measurement, instructed in the use of surveying equipment and be able to apply these techniques in real building surveys. In addition you will learn how to analyse building defects and specify and supervise their remediation, in the context of the contractual obligations imposed in property purchase and leasing transactions.

It is essential that the property professions make a contribution in combating climate change and as such you will be taught a range of low carbon design and construction philosophies and the application of renewable energy technologies. Property refurbishment and enhancement can also make a substantial contribution to minimising the environmental impact of property occupation, you will apply the techniques taught to the refurbishment of a range properties.

More information

KA4029 -

Professional Practice (Core,20 Credits)

The module aims to facilitate the assessment of work based learning as part of your initial first year on the programme in order to promote good professional and personal development. This will take the form of an introduction to academic, study and professional skills and will draw on your first year studies into an ongoing portfolio of work related knowledge and experience. It aims to reflect the interdependence of the different topic areas you will study at Level 4, in the context of the surveying profession. Within this module you will learn the relevance of key surveying skills such as measurement and inspection of property, together with what is expected of you in the role of the surveyor in the workplace in terms of professional ethics and work standards. The academic content and skills set acquired within the module will assist in personal development in terms of your current and future career aspirations. In this respect, the programme is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and will give you the opportunity to apply core knowledge of the RICS Chartered Surveyor Degree Apprenticeship in preparation for the RICS Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) should you wish to do so.

More information

KA4014 -

Development and Construction Economics (Core,20 Credits)

The demand for construction and property is generated from the global, national and regional economy. In this module you will learn how the surveyor works within the economic environment to provide the good and services demanded by society. You will learn about the basic and fundamental economic concepts such as demand and supply theory, market mechanism and macroeconomic objectives in order to develop an understanding of economic theory as applied to the construction industry and property. These fundamentals will be developed to help you understand money supply, the concept of risk and return and investment finance. Practical exercises will help you understand the components of value in property, property development and the construction process. You will learn about the role, key activities and the basic skills of the surveying and construction professions in different stages of the development and construction process with introductions to the key functions, professional practice techniques and concepts that are commonly deployed within the built environment such as property valuation, cost estimating and property procurement methods.

More information

KA4016 -

Law for Surveyors (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about the key areas of law, which are relevant to the surveying profession, and also start to develop professional skills. Topics include:

• Introduction to the English Legal System and how the law affects the work of surveyors
• Sources of law, reviewing a case, interpreting legislation, legal research and problem solving techniques
• Contract Law
• Land law; land ownership, land registration, public and private rights affecting land and adverse possession.
• The sale of land; overview of the conveyancing process, different methods of sale including auctions and tenders.
• Tort : Negligence, Professional Negligence, Occupiers' liability, nuisance and Trespass.
• Landlord and Tenant Law; reading a lease, key lease obligations and remedies for breach of covenant.

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KA4030 -

Digital Built Environment (Core,20 Credits)

This module will develop your digital communications skills and understanding. You will be introduced to cutting-edge digital communication tools and will establish an advanced knowledge of these tools and their usage in built environment sector. In doing so, you will enrich your ability to choose and apply appropriate communication techniques within a project cycle. You will also be able to demonstrate your new skills in the design, specification and communication of projects within future learning and professional practice.

More information

KA5003 -

Advanced Construction Technology (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn the principles and practical application of building technology used for design and construction of complex and multi-storey buildings. This will include advanced construction techniques and materials that emphasise the repetitive nature of large-scale construction projects, associated aesthetics and building user-related considerations. The main areas to be studied include:

• Advanced foundation construction, and ground water control.
• Deep basement excavation, construction and waterproofing.
• Multi-storey frame construction.
• Hybrid concrete construction.
• Diagrid structures.
• Architecturally Exposed Structural steel (AESS)
• Upper Floor Construction
• External envelope construction.
• Active and Passive fire protection.
• Sustainability issues.

You will learn how to work both individually and as part of a team to produce technical reports for real building projects. On completion of the module, your improved ability to link theory, with appraisal and evaluation will serve to enhance your future employability.

More information

KA5012 -

Construction Economics (Core,20 Credits)

In this module you will learn the consultant Quantity Surveyor’s role in the development process. You will learn preparation of cost estimates using preliminary estimating techniques, order of cost estimate and cost plan. Further, you will explore how to conduct cost checking integration of contemporary software packages compatible with BIM technology and tools. Moreover, you will discover programming of construction work, management of risk in programming of work and modern software packages in construction programming.

You will study a range of topics in this module:
• Preliminary Estimating
• Order of Cost Estimating
• Cost Planning
• Cost Checking
• Cost analysis
• Cost Modelling
• Building Morphology
• Building Information Modelling (Costing)
• Building Information Modelling - Naviswork
• Risk Management (Programming)
• Programming of Construction Work

More information

KA5013 -

Measurement (Core,20 Credits)

You will develop core skills and understanding of the quantification of complex construction works and of building services and the relationship that these skills have with the establishment of cost models. You will be supported with worked and practice examples of measurement work and the application of the New 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. Topics will include:
• Basic measurement technique [recapitulation] involving the introduction of computerised measurement software
• The information structure of the New Rules of Measurement
• Complex substructures
• Framed structures
• Drainage
• Building services cost modelling

More information

KA5032 -

Contract Administration and Procedure (Core,20 Credits)

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

More information

KA5010 -

Construction Law (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn to apply principles of the English Law, learnt previously, to the administration of construction contracts, the day to day control of contractual procedures and the avoidance of disputes and, should they arise, their resolution. The module includes a study of the relevant legislation and case law relating to express provisions of the Standard Forms of Construction Contract. You will also study the detailed workings of various aspects of Dispute resolution, including Adjudication, Arbitration, Mediation and Litigation.

Key topics include;

• Comparison of Standard Forms (JCT 11, NEC 3)
• Partnering Contracts
• Bespoke Contracts
• European Legislation
• Occupiers Liability
• Agency
• PFI
• Dispute avoidance and resolution
• Expert witnesses
• Professional Liability

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KA5042 -

Business and Professional Development (Core,20 Credits)

The module aims to facilitate the assessment of work based learning as part of your academic programme in order to promote professional and personal development and enhance interpersonal skills.

It will give you the opportunity to apply appropriate sections of the RICS Assessment of Professional Competence. Initially you will be look at the RICS Mandatory Competencies. In the second part of the module you will be required to select three of the RICS Core Competencies applicable to the RICS APC Pathway that you have chosen and reflect on the experience you have.

You will be assessed by way of a portfolio.

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KA6004 -

Advanced Construction Economics (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn how to apply economic theory and concepts in evaluating large scale public, private and commercial sector development and construction projects. The module will build upon your knowledge on basic economic concepts learned at level 4 and project economic evaluation and estimating knowledge acquired at level 5.

You will study a range of topics that will enable you to achieve this:
• Economic theory and concepts applicable to property development
• Development appraisal of private sector development projects,
• Economic evaluations of large scale development projects such as infrastructure using Cost Benefit Analysis,
• Evaluating commercial development project on a cradle to grave basis using Whole Life Costing concepts.
• Application of the whole life concept in private sector led investment projects and concept of Public Private Partnerships and latest developments in private financing of large scale development projects.
• Sustainability as a universally accepted fundamental concept is evaluated in large scale development projects applying the concepts of Economic Sustainability & Carbon Management, and Building Resilience in the construction projects.
• Role of ICT and e-Business enabling technologies in the construction industry and its application in economic evaluation techniques and development of the commercial viability of construction firms.

On completion of this module the knowledge and understanding acquired forms part of the broader contextual framework for the study of quantity surveying.

You will develop, throughout this module, academic and professional skills relating to the use and evaluation of data; effective communication; self-direction and personal responsibility; and the role of sustainable development and corporate social responsibility within businesses.

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KA6041 -

Contractual and Financial Management (Core,20 Credits)

In this module you will learn a range of key issues related to the strategic management of both contracting and consultancy organisations. You will also explore the requirement for consultants and commercial quantity surveyors to comply with basic accountancy processes and understand key issues such as cash flow and sources of finance. You will develop an understanding of the Quantity Surveyor’s role in the administration of a construction business from the contractor’s or commercial manager’s perspective. You will develop the ability to formulate tender estimates as well as understanding the processes inherent in managing construction business operations.

You will study a range of topics in this module:
• Corporate Strategy
• Corporate Social Responsibility
• Estimating for Tendering
• Accounts including sources of finance and cash flow
• Budgeting (Organisation wide)
• Enterprise Risk
• Benchmarking
• Cost Value Reconciliation
• Quality Planning and Management
• Earned Value Management
• Delays and Delay Analysis
• Construction Claims Management

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KA6005 -

Advanced Measurement (Core,20 Credits)

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

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KA6032 -

Surveying Dissertation (Core,40 Credits)

This module is designed to support you in independently pursuing an original piece of research on a built environment topic of your own choice and aims to provide you with an opportunity to design and conduct a substantive piece of investigative work that is directly related to your programme of study. You will draw upon and develop your independent research skills to answer a research question or test a hypothesis of your choosing. You will assemble and review relevant scholarly literature and data and to present a cogent, reasoned and objective critique of published scholarly work on your chosen topic, in order to define a precisely focus for your research.

You will develop expertise to achieve the following:

• identify an appropriate research topic
• critically review relevant academic literature;
• formulate research questions/hypotheses and appropriate methods of inquiry;
• collect your own data and/or using existing datasets and literature
• analyse and interpret your results using appropriate quantitative, statistical and/or qualitative techniques,
• relate your findings to existing and up-to-date literature and theory;
• objectively appraise the ethical considerations of conducting research; and
• independently manage and implement your own research project.

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KA6034 -

Project Management (Core,20 Credits)

In this module you will learn the concept of construction projects and related activity within the changing nature of the construction industry and Quantity Surveying. You will explore how the processes of the industry are managed within constraints imposed by the environment. In particular, core industry concepts which key to professional development and employability will be explored to provide with sound preparation for career development. Further, you will explore management of project using contemporary software packages compatible with BIM technology and tools.

You will study a range of topics in this module:
• Project Risk Management
• Value Engineering and Management
• Offsite Manufacturing
• Lean Construction
• Management of Project Using BIM
• Supply Chain Management
• Collaborative Working in Construction
• Health and Safety
• Soft Landings
• Facilities Management

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Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

KA4015 -

Construction Technology (Core,20 Credits)

This module seeks to provide you with a fundamental understanding of how construction and structural technologies can be employed to address key principles of building, and to satisfy performance and regulatory requirements. You will also be introduced to the aesthetic, environmental, economic and legislative factors that influence the choice of technologies in the construction industry. In particular, you will develop an understanding of the following aspects of technologies for small-scale buildings:

- the construction team and their specific roles in technological decisions
- structural principles
- foundations and groundworks
- principles of enclosure
- principles of environmental control
- building envelope as a climatic modifier
- daylight and lighting need; room conditions and sound transfer
- air transfer mechanisms
- alternative sources of energy
-principles of heat loss
- material properties and choices
- external wall construction methods
- internal walls floors and stairs
- fixtures, fittings and furniture
- principles of sustainability and the impact of construction on the built and natural environments
- health and safety in the construction and use of buildings
- building regulations and associated legislation
- communications and graphical standards in construction technology

More information

KA4026 -

Property Surveying (Core,20 Credits)

This module is designed as part of a package of first year modules to provide you with the key skills and knowledge to embark on a programme of study leading to professional qualification as a chartered surveyor. The module will draw on and supplement the module on Construction Technology.

The module will be introduced by exercises to identify the characteristics of property matching them to occupier demands. You will learn and experience land and building surveying and measurement, instructed in the use of surveying equipment and be able to apply these techniques in real building surveys. In addition you will learn how to analyse building defects and specify and supervise their remediation, in the context of the contractual obligations imposed in property purchase and leasing transactions.

It is essential that the property professions make a contribution in combating climate change and as such you will be taught a range of low carbon design and construction philosophies and the application of renewable energy technologies. Property refurbishment and enhancement can also make a substantial contribution to minimising the environmental impact of property occupation, you will apply the techniques taught to the refurbishment of a range properties.

More information

KA4029 -

Professional Practice (Core,20 Credits)

The module aims to facilitate the assessment of work based learning as part of your initial first year on the programme in order to promote good professional and personal development. This will take the form of an introduction to academic, study and professional skills and will draw on your first year studies into an ongoing portfolio of work related knowledge and experience. It aims to reflect the interdependence of the different topic areas you will study at Level 4, in the context of the surveying profession. Within this module you will learn the relevance of key surveying skills such as measurement and inspection of property, together with what is expected of you in the role of the surveyor in the workplace in terms of professional ethics and work standards. The academic content and skills set acquired within the module will assist in personal development in terms of your current and future career aspirations. In this respect, the programme is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and will give you the opportunity to apply core knowledge of the RICS Chartered Surveyor Degree Apprenticeship in preparation for the RICS Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) should you wish to do so.

More information

KA4014 -

Development and Construction Economics (Core,20 Credits)

The demand for construction and property is generated from the global, national and regional economy. In this module you will learn how the surveyor works within the economic environment to provide the good and services demanded by society. You will learn about the basic and fundamental economic concepts such as demand and supply theory, market mechanism and macroeconomic objectives in order to develop an understanding of economic theory as applied to the construction industry and property. These fundamentals will be developed to help you understand money supply, the concept of risk and return and investment finance. Practical exercises will help you understand the components of value in property, property development and the construction process. You will learn about the role, key activities and the basic skills of the surveying and construction professions in different stages of the development and construction process with introductions to the key functions, professional practice techniques and concepts that are commonly deployed within the built environment such as property valuation, cost estimating and property procurement methods.

More information

KA4016 -

Law for Surveyors (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about the key areas of law, which are relevant to the surveying profession, and also start to develop professional skills. Topics include:

• Introduction to the English Legal System and how the law affects the work of surveyors
• Sources of law, reviewing a case, interpreting legislation, legal research and problem solving techniques
• Contract Law
• Land law; land ownership, land registration, public and private rights affecting land and adverse possession.
• The sale of land; overview of the conveyancing process, different methods of sale including auctions and tenders.
• Tort : Negligence, Professional Negligence, Occupiers' liability, nuisance and Trespass.
• Landlord and Tenant Law; reading a lease, key lease obligations and remedies for breach of covenant.

More information

KA4030 -

Digital Built Environment (Core,20 Credits)

This module will develop your digital communications skills and understanding. You will be introduced to cutting-edge digital communication tools and will establish an advanced knowledge of these tools and their usage in built environment sector. In doing so, you will enrich your ability to choose and apply appropriate communication techniques within a project cycle. You will also be able to demonstrate your new skills in the design, specification and communication of projects within future learning and professional practice.

More information

KA5003 -

Advanced Construction Technology (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn the principles and practical application of building technology used for design and construction of complex and multi-storey buildings. This will include advanced construction techniques and materials that emphasise the repetitive nature of large-scale construction projects, associated aesthetics and building user-related considerations. The main areas to be studied include:

• Advanced foundation construction, and ground water control.
• Deep basement excavation, construction and waterproofing.
• Multi-storey frame construction.
• Hybrid concrete construction.
• Diagrid structures.
• Architecturally Exposed Structural steel (AESS)
• Upper Floor Construction
• External envelope construction.
• Active and Passive fire protection.
• Sustainability issues.

You will learn how to work both individually and as part of a team to produce technical reports for real building projects. On completion of the module, your improved ability to link theory, with appraisal and evaluation will serve to enhance your future employability.

More information

KA5012 -

Construction Economics (Core,20 Credits)

In this module you will learn the consultant Quantity Surveyor’s role in the development process. You will learn preparation of cost estimates using preliminary estimating techniques, order of cost estimate and cost plan. Further, you will explore how to conduct cost checking integration of contemporary software packages compatible with BIM technology and tools. Moreover, you will discover programming of construction work, management of risk in programming of work and modern software packages in construction programming.

You will study a range of topics in this module:
• Preliminary Estimating
• Order of Cost Estimating
• Cost Planning
• Cost Checking
• Cost analysis
• Cost Modelling
• Building Morphology
• Building Information Modelling (Costing)
• Building Information Modelling - Naviswork
• Risk Management (Programming)
• Programming of Construction Work

More information

KA5013 -

Measurement (Core,20 Credits)

You will develop core skills and understanding of the quantification of complex construction works and of building services and the relationship that these skills have with the establishment of cost models. You will be supported with worked and practice examples of measurement work and the application of the New 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. Topics will include:
• Basic measurement technique [recapitulation] involving the introduction of computerised measurement software
• The information structure of the New Rules of Measurement
• Complex substructures
• Framed structures
• Drainage
• Building services cost modelling

More information

KA5032 -

Contract Administration and Procedure (Core,20 Credits)

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

More information

KA5010 -

Construction Law (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn to apply principles of the English Law, learnt previously, to the administration of construction contracts, the day to day control of contractual procedures and the avoidance of disputes and, should they arise, their resolution. The module includes a study of the relevant legislation and case law relating to express provisions of the Standard Forms of Construction Contract. You will also study the detailed workings of various aspects of Dispute resolution, including Adjudication, Arbitration, Mediation and Litigation.

Key topics include;

• Comparison of Standard Forms (JCT 11, NEC 3)
• Partnering Contracts
• Bespoke Contracts
• European Legislation
• Occupiers Liability
• Agency
• PFI
• Dispute avoidance and resolution
• Expert witnesses
• Professional Liability

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KA5042 -

Business and Professional Development (Core,20 Credits)

The module aims to facilitate the assessment of work based learning as part of your academic programme in order to promote professional and personal development and enhance interpersonal skills.

It will give you the opportunity to apply appropriate sections of the RICS Assessment of Professional Competence. Initially you will be look at the RICS Mandatory Competencies. In the second part of the module you will be required to select three of the RICS Core Competencies applicable to the RICS APC Pathway that you have chosen and reflect on the experience you have.

You will be assessed by way of a portfolio.

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KA6004 -

Advanced Construction Economics (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn how to apply economic theory and concepts in evaluating large scale public, private and commercial sector development and construction projects. The module will build upon your knowledge on basic economic concepts learned at level 4 and project economic evaluation and estimating knowledge acquired at level 5.

You will study a range of topics that will enable you to achieve this:
• Economic theory and concepts applicable to property development
• Development appraisal of private sector development projects,
• Economic evaluations of large scale development projects such as infrastructure using Cost Benefit Analysis,
• Evaluating commercial development project on a cradle to grave basis using Whole Life Costing concepts.
• Application of the whole life concept in private sector led investment projects and concept of Public Private Partnerships and latest developments in private financing of large scale development projects.
• Sustainability as a universally accepted fundamental concept is evaluated in large scale development projects applying the concepts of Economic Sustainability & Carbon Management, and Building Resilience in the construction projects.
• Role of ICT and e-Business enabling technologies in the construction industry and its application in economic evaluation techniques and development of the commercial viability of construction firms.

On completion of this module the knowledge and understanding acquired forms part of the broader contextual framework for the study of quantity surveying.

You will develop, throughout this module, academic and professional skills relating to the use and evaluation of data; effective communication; self-direction and personal responsibility; and the role of sustainable development and corporate social responsibility within businesses.

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KA6041 -

Contractual and Financial Management (Core,20 Credits)

In this module you will learn a range of key issues related to the strategic management of both contracting and consultancy organisations. You will also explore the requirement for consultants and commercial quantity surveyors to comply with basic accountancy processes and understand key issues such as cash flow and sources of finance. You will develop an understanding of the Quantity Surveyor’s role in the administration of a construction business from the contractor’s or commercial manager’s perspective. You will develop the ability to formulate tender estimates as well as understanding the processes inherent in managing construction business operations.

You will study a range of topics in this module:
• Corporate Strategy
• Corporate Social Responsibility
• Estimating for Tendering
• Accounts including sources of finance and cash flow
• Budgeting (Organisation wide)
• Enterprise Risk
• Benchmarking
• Cost Value Reconciliation
• Quality Planning and Management
• Earned Value Management
• Delays and Delay Analysis
• Construction Claims Management

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KA6005 -

Advanced Measurement (Core,20 Credits)

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

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KA6032 -

Surveying Dissertation (Core,40 Credits)

This module is designed to support you in independently pursuing an original piece of research on a built environment topic of your own choice and aims to provide you with an opportunity to design and conduct a substantive piece of investigative work that is directly related to your programme of study. You will draw upon and develop your independent research skills to answer a research question or test a hypothesis of your choosing. You will assemble and review relevant scholarly literature and data and to present a cogent, reasoned and objective critique of published scholarly work on your chosen topic, in order to define a precisely focus for your research.

You will develop expertise to achieve the following:

• identify an appropriate research topic
• critically review relevant academic literature;
• formulate research questions/hypotheses and appropriate methods of inquiry;
• collect your own data and/or using existing datasets and literature
• analyse and interpret your results using appropriate quantitative, statistical and/or qualitative techniques,
• relate your findings to existing and up-to-date literature and theory;
• objectively appraise the ethical considerations of conducting research; and
• independently manage and implement your own research project.

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KA6034 -

Project Management (Core,20 Credits)

In this module you will learn the concept of construction projects and related activity within the changing nature of the construction industry and Quantity Surveying. You will explore how the processes of the industry are managed within constraints imposed by the environment. In particular, core industry concepts which key to professional development and employability will be explored to provide with sound preparation for career development. Further, you will explore management of project using contemporary software packages compatible with BIM technology and tools.

You will study a range of topics in this module:
• Project Risk Management
• Value Engineering and Management
• Offsite Manufacturing
• Lean Construction
• Management of Project Using BIM
• Supply Chain Management
• Collaborative Working in Construction
• Health and Safety
• Soft Landings
• Facilities Management

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