KA5027 - Inspections, Survey and Appraisal

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What will I learn on this module?

You will learn about the professional role of the Building Surveyor in the appraisal of buildings and property. You will discover the range of surveys and inspections that are carried out in practice and develop skills in using a variety of surveying instruments and methods. Topics include:
• Building, condition and measured surveys
• Appraising buildings in relation to energy efficiency and access for the disabled
• Legislation and procedures relating to dilapidations, rights to light, asbestos, invasive plants and the Party Wall Act
• Modern methods and technologies for surveying and providing information for BIM (Building Information Modelling) of existing buildings
• Professional ethics for Building Surveyors

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through a combination of lectures, practical workshops, seminars and directed learning. The lectures will provide the theories and concepts that will enable you to carry out the practical surveying tasks using the latest surveying technologies. You will be shown how to use the instruments in small groups during the workshop sessions and develop your skills so that you can then book out the equipment and apply the skills independently. Teaching of professional and legal material will be supported by smaller group discussion and exercises in seminars.

If you are in employment your workplace will be the main learning environment, in effect acting as a framework for inspection, survey and appraisal. 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?

Your tutor will work closely with you and other students in a small group setting during the workshops, demonstrating how to use the equipment and giving formative feedback as you and your peers develop the skills to carry out survey tasks yourselves. Discussion with the tutors during group discussions in seminars will give feedback on the exercises carried out. The tutors have an “open door” policy for answering questions outside formal teaching sessions and you will be able to post questions on the module discussion board on the University’s e-learning portal where all students can benefit from the answers given. You will also have access to online resources including reading material and links to videos to support your directed study.

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)

Bickford-Smith, S. (2014) Rights of Light: the modern law. 3rd edition. Bristol: Jordans.
Booy, O.; Wade, M. and White, V. (2008) Invasive species management for infrastructure managers and the construction industry. CIRIA C679. London, CIRIA.
Centre for Accessible Environments (2013) Access Audit Handbook London: RIBA Publishing.
Clark, D. H. (2013) What colour is your building? Measuring and reducing the energy and carbon footprint of buildings. RIBA Enterprises.
Dowding, N., Reynolds, K. and Oakes, A. (2013) Dilapidations: the modern law and practice. London: Sweet & Maxwell.
English Heritage (Historic England) (2011) 3D Laser Scanning for Heritage. 2nd edition. Swindon: English Heritage.
Environment Agency (2013) The knotweed code of practice. Version 3. Bristol, Environment Agency.
Hollis, M. (2005) Surveying Buildings. 5th Edn. Coventry: RICS Books.
North, G. and Anstey, J. (2005) Anstey’s party walls: and what to do with them. 6th edition. Coventry: RICS
RICS. (2010) Building Surveys and Technical Due Diligence of Commercial Property. 4th Edn. Coventry: RICS Books.
RICS. (2004) Building Surveys of Residential Property. 2nd Edn. Coventry: RICS Books.
Sawyer, A. & Bright, K. (2007) The Access Manual: auditing and managing inclusive built environments. Oxford: Blackwell.

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
• MLO1: You will be able to apply your knowledge of building construction and relevant legislation and regulations to the survey and inspection of buildings.
• MLO2: You will be able to appraise the impact of a building’s design, construction and condition on its accessibility, energy efficiency and fitness for purpose.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
• MLO3: You will be able to demonstrate practical surveying skills for accurate measurement and recording of buildings using modern surveying instruments.
• MLO4: You will be able to gather appropriate data, analyse it, draw conclusions, make recommendations and communicate these in professional reports. Professional report writing is particularly important for placement and graduate employability.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
• MLO5: You will be able to appreciate the importance of abiding by the RICS professional code of conduct and planning and carrying out building inspections in such a way that your own and others’ health and safety is safeguarded.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by a portfolio of surveying tasks submitted in three sections over the course of the academic year. The aim is to build up a professional portfolio that demonstrates your ability to carry out the surveying tasks and to report and present them in a clear and professional manner. For all the practical surveying tasks, you will be encouraged to work in small groups if possible, but you will make your own sketches and notes and submit an individual piece of work for each task.

This portfolio can then be used to provide evidence of your abilities to potential employers at interview stage.

Section A (30%)
Task 1: You will carry out a desk study to research the history of a building and its surroundings and produce an illustrated report. This task will test MLO4.
Task 2: You will carry out a measured survey of the exterior elevation of a building and produce site sketches, notes and a formal scale drawing of the elevation. This task will test MLOs 3, 4 and 5.
Task 3: You will carry out a measured survey of the interior of a building and produce site sketches, notes and a formal scale drawing of the floor plan. This task will test MLOs 3, 4 and 5.

Section B (40%)
Task 4: You will carry out a survey inspection of a commercial, industrial or retail building to assess its condition, suitability and fitness for purpose. You will then produce a building condition survey report with analysis and recommendations. This task will test all MLOs.

Section C (30%)
Task 5: You will be briefed on lease terms relating to a property and will be required to make an inspection and produce a schedule of dilapidations. This task will test MLOs 1, 3, 4 and 5.
Task 6: You will be given details of a project that a notional client wishes to carry out and you will provide appropriate advice on party wall matters. This task will test MLOs 4 and 5.

A significant proportion of the site work for these tasks will be carried out during workshop sessions where tutor feedback can be given on work in progress. Detailed feedback will be given on final marked submissions.

Pre-requisite(s)

N/A

Co-requisite(s)

N/A

Module abstract

This module prepares you for professional practice and provides you with a unique set of essential and transferable skills related to building construction, design, legislation and regulations together with practical surveying skills using the latest tools, technologies and methods. You will carry out a variety of inspections and produce a professional portfolio that can be used to evidence your skills and abilities as a building surveyor. These skills and abilities are core competencies on the career path for the professional assessment to become a Chartered Surveyor.

If you are in employment your workplace will act as a framework for inspection, survey and appraisal to develop your skills and knowledge.

What will I learn on this module?

You will learn about the professional role of the Building Surveyor in the appraisal of buildings and property. You will discover the range of surveys and inspections that are carried out in practice and develop skills in using a variety of surveying instruments and methods. Topics include:
• Building, condition and measured surveys
• Appraising buildings in relation to energy efficiency and access for the disabled
• Legislation and procedures relating to dilapidations, rights to light, asbestos, invasive plants and the Party Wall Act
• Modern methods and technologies for surveying and providing information for BIM (Building Information Modelling) of existing buildings
• Professional ethics for Building Surveyors

Course info

UCAS Code K230

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 2020 or September 2021

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