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Quantity surveyors play a vital role in the building and construction industry around the world.

On the Quantity Surveying BSc course at Northumbria you will learn to cost building designs, manage the procurement of resources and negotiate effectively with partners. Learning outcomes are aligned with the professional requirements of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) to ensure you graduate with the practical, analytical, creative skills and problem-solving abilities to progress to the next level.

What does a Quantity Surveyor do?

Working alongside other professionals, they manage the financial and legal aspects of building projects from initial estimate to final calculation.

Why choose Northumbria University to study Quantity Surveying BSc (Hons)?

For over 40 years, our relationship with RICS has meant strong links with the construction and property industry and an opportunity to spend a year in paid employment, means this well-respected undergraduate degree provides a strong foundation for a career in quantity surveying.

  • Northumbria University is ranked 6th in the UK for Building studies (Times Good University Guide, Subject League Table 2023).
  • Accredited by the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (CICES) for the purpose of eligibility to apply for Graduate Membership.
  • Accredited by the Board of Quantity Surveyors Malaysia (BQSM) for the purpose of eligibility for registration with that body.

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See other similar courses you may be interested in: Building Surveying BSc (Hons)Construction Management BSc (Hons) or Real Estate BSc (Hons)

Course Information

UCAS Code
K240

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 2023

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Entry Requirements 2023/24

Standard Entry

120 UCAS Tariff points

From a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A-level, T Level, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, Access to HE Diplomas, or the International Baccalaureate.

Find out how many points your qualifications are worth by using the UCAS Tariff calculator: www.ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator

Subject Requirements:

There are no specific subject requirements for this course.

GCSE Requirements:

Applicants will need Maths and English Language at minimum grade 4/C, or an equivalent.

Additional Requirements:

There are no additional requirements for this course.

International Qualifications:

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications which may not match those shown above.

If you have qualifications from outside the UK, find out what you need by visiting www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English Language Requirements:

International applicants should have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or an 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 in our English Language section: www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Fees and Funding 2023/24 Entry

UK Fee in Year 1: £9,250

* The maximum tuition fee that we are permitted to charge for UK students is set by government. Tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, these are subject to government regulations and in line with inflation.


EU Fee in Year 1: £17,500

International Fee in Year 1: £17,500


Scholarships for 23/24 are currently being announced.  Please see the main Funding Pages for more information




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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.

KA4001 -

The Evolution of the Built Environment (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about how buildings evolved from antiquity to the modern age, with the intent of your being able to identify differing architectural and constructional styles. Supporting this, you will learn to identify how key developments in materials and technologies led to new ideas on construction and planning for urban living. You will learn about the building information modelling and we use digital representations of existing buildings to manage and planning our built environment, including how to use this data to meet the needs of sustainability in our society that is changing the way we live and how we build.

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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.

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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

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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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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.

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KA4027 -

Professional Practice (Core,20 Credits)

It is important that you obtain an understanding of the role of the surveyor of your relevant discipline at the initial stage of your degree programme. To facilitate this, the module will create a platform for you to learn some important academic, study and professional skills in relation to your degree programme. . You will learn how to work both individually and as part of a team and be able to assess your own and others’ role, responsibilities and contribution via reflective practice.

You will study a range of topics to support the above including:
The roles of different Built Environment professionals, including introductory presentations from different professionals and practitioners.
An introduction to academic, study and professional skills

Teamwork to produce solutions to a project related problem/ scenario and working to tight deadlines.

On completion of this module the knowledge and understanding acquired forms part of the broader contextual framework for the study of your discipline specific programme. The programme is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. The academic content and skills development within the module is aimed at developing you both in terms of your current and future career aspirations.

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KA5041 -

Academic Language Skills for Architecture and Built Environment (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

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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.

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.

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KA5010 -

Construction Law (Core,20 Credits)

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

Key topics include;

• Comparison of Standard Forms
• Letters of Intent
• Retention of Title
• Payment Issues
• Occupiers Liability
• • Legal Issues and BIM• Dispute avoidance and resolution
• The role of a surveyor as an Expert
• Professional Liability and Ethics

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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 Modelling
• Building Morphology
• Building Information Modelling and 5D BIM
• Risk Management (Programming)
• Programming of Construction Work

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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

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KA5032 -

Contract Administration and Procedure (Core,20 Credits)

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

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KA5040 -

Business and Professional Development (Core,20 Credits)

This module will teach you about the surveying profession, the governing bodies and give you an understanding of the skill set required to succeed within the profession to allow you to consider the direction of your future career. You will learn how to develop your professional CV and how to conduct yourself within an employment interview through a mock interview. You will also look at the RICS Assessment of Professional Competence in order to understand the process to become a Chartered Surveyor to be able to start planning a learning strategy.

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KA5041 -

Academic Language Skills for Architecture and Built Environment (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

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AT5004 -

Year in International Business (This is made up of modules studied in Newcastle (Semester 1) & Amsterdam (Semester 2) (Optional,120 Credits)

The programme comprises of six modules consisting of 20-credits each. They are delivered by means of lectures, seminars, and where appropriate business clinic workshop.
Each of the modules is presented and delivered according to a Teaching and Learning Plan and is supported through its suite of module-based e-learning portals. The e-learning portals will encompass various standard interventions in line with Faculty and University expectations. These include Panopto recordings of lectures, electronic reading lists and Electronic Marking and Assessment (EMA) submission.

Research provides an essential pillar to the teaching of the programme, with a research-led approach being adopted within various modules with directed reading towards various research outputs. As this is a programme delivered at Level 5, research papers and professional industry-produced reports play a part in the delivery of the module sessions, and as such, research tutored interventions play a part. The group-based assessments will provide instruction on how to undertake research in a team-setting and therefore demonstrates research-oriented approaches, whilst the individual research activity gives you experience of enquiry-based approaches to research and engagement with a number of real-world issues for which you will provide research-informed solutions.

The modules are outlined below:

Semester 1 - Newcastle
HR9513 (20 credits) People, Management & Organisation
SM9513 (20 credits) Introduction to Entrepreneurship
AF5022 (20 credits) Financial Decision Making

Semester 2 – Amsterdam
AT5011 (20 credits) International Business Consultancy Project
AT5012 (20 credits) Global Business Environment
AT5000 (20 credits) Digital Business

In semester 1, students will learn in an environment aligned to that of business students on full time programmes. A mixture of large group and small group sessions will take place. In semester 2, in accordance with the experiential learning pedagogical approach in the Business Clinic operated at Newcastle Business School, the International Business Consultancy Project will involve students working in groups, facilitated by academics but also independently and amongst their peers in collaborative project work to provide real business consultancy. Assessment has been developed in accordance with Northumbria’s Assessment for Learning principles including a broad mix of assessment appropriate to the learning outcomes being assessed and with opportunities for formative feedback.

A student who passes all modules will have these recorded on their transcript and HEAR record.

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KA5029 -

International Academic Exchange 1 (Optional,60 Credits)

This module is designed for all standard full-time undergraduate programmes within the Faculty of Engineering and Environment and provides you with the option to study abroad for one semester as part of your programme.

This is a 60 credit module which is available between Levels 5 and 6. You will undertake a semester of study abroad at an approved partner University where you will have access to modules from your discipline, but taught in a different learning culture. This gives you the opportunity to broaden your overall experience of learning. The structure of study will be dependent on the partner and will be recorded for an individual student on the learning agreement signed by the host University, the student, and the home University (Northumbria).

Your study abroad semester will be assessed on a pass/fail basis. It will not count towards your final degree classification but, if you pass, it is recognised in your transcript as an additional 60 credits for Engineering and Environment Study Abroad Semester.

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KA5044 -

Work placement year (Optional,120 Credits)

This module is designed for all standard full-time undergraduate programmes within the Faculty of Engineering and Environment to provide you with the option to take a one year work placement as part of your programme.

You will be able to use the placement experience to develop and enhance appropriate areas of your knowledge and understanding, your intellectual and professional skills, and your personal value attributes, relevant to your programme of study, as well as accreditation bodies such as BCS, IET, IMechE, RICS, CIOB and CIBSE within the appropriate working environments. Due to its overall positive impact on employability, degree classification and graduate starting salaries, the University strongly encourages you to pursue a work placement as part of your degree programme.

This module is a Pass/Fail module so does not contribute to the classification of your degree. When taken and passed, however, the Placement Year is recognised both in your transcript as a 120 credit Work Placement Module and on your degree certificate.

Your placement period will normally be full-time and must total a minimum of 40 weeks.

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KA5045 -

Study abroad year (Optional,120 Credits)

This module is designed for all standard full-time undergraduate programmes within the Faculty of Engineering and Environment and provides you with the option to study abroad for one full year as part of your programme.

This is a 120 credit module which is available between Levels 5 and 6. You will undertake a year of study abroad at an approved partner University where you will have access to modules from your discipline, but taught in a different learning culture. This gives you the opportunity to broaden your overall experience of learning. The structure of study will be dependent on the partner and will be recorded for an individual student on the learning agreement signed by the host University, the student, and the home University (Northumbria).

Your study abroad year will be assessed on a pass/fail basis. It will not count towards your final degree classification but, it is recognised in your transcript as a 120 credit Study Abroad module and on your degree certificate in the format – “Degree title (with Study Abroad Year)”.

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KA5046 -

Work Placement Semester (Optional,60 Credits)

This module is designed for all standard full-time undergraduate programmes within the Faculty of Engineering and Environment to provide you with the option to take a one semester work placement as part of your programme.

You will be able to use the placement experience to develop and enhance appropriate areas of your knowledge and understanding, your intellectual and professional skills, and your personal value attributes, relevant to your programme of study, within the appropriate working environments. Due to its overall positive impact on employability, degree classification and graduate starting salaries, the University strongly encourages you to pursue a work placement as part of your degree programme.

This module is a Pass/Fail module so does not contribute to the classification of your degree. When taken and passed, however, the placement is recognised both in your transcript as a 60 credit Work Placement Module and on your degree certificate.

Your placement period will normally be full-time and must total a minimum of 20 weeks.

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KA5041 -

Academic Language Skills for Architecture and Built Environment (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

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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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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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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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Modules

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

KA4001 -

The Evolution of the Built Environment (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about how buildings evolved from antiquity to the modern age, with the intent of your being able to identify differing architectural and constructional styles. Supporting this, you will learn to identify how key developments in materials and technologies led to new ideas on construction and planning for urban living. You will learn about the building information modelling and we use digital representations of existing buildings to manage and planning our built environment, including how to use this data to meet the needs of sustainability in our society that is changing the way we live and how we build.

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.

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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

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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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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.

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KA4027 -

Professional Practice (Core,20 Credits)

It is important that you obtain an understanding of the role of the surveyor of your relevant discipline at the initial stage of your degree programme. To facilitate this, the module will create a platform for you to learn some important academic, study and professional skills in relation to your degree programme. . You will learn how to work both individually and as part of a team and be able to assess your own and others’ role, responsibilities and contribution via reflective practice.

You will study a range of topics to support the above including:
The roles of different Built Environment professionals, including introductory presentations from different professionals and practitioners.
An introduction to academic, study and professional skills

Teamwork to produce solutions to a project related problem/ scenario and working to tight deadlines.

On completion of this module the knowledge and understanding acquired forms part of the broader contextual framework for the study of your discipline specific programme. The programme is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. The academic content and skills development within the module is aimed at developing you both in terms of your current and future career aspirations.

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KA5041 -

Academic Language Skills for Architecture and Built Environment (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

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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.

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.

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KA5010 -

Construction Law (Core,20 Credits)

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

Key topics include;

• Comparison of Standard Forms
• Letters of Intent
• Retention of Title
• Payment Issues
• Occupiers Liability
• • Legal Issues and BIM• Dispute avoidance and resolution
• The role of a surveyor as an Expert
• Professional Liability and Ethics

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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 Modelling
• Building Morphology
• Building Information Modelling and 5D BIM
• Risk Management (Programming)
• Programming of Construction Work

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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

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KA5032 -

Contract Administration and Procedure (Core,20 Credits)

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

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KA5040 -

Business and Professional Development (Core,20 Credits)

This module will teach you about the surveying profession, the governing bodies and give you an understanding of the skill set required to succeed within the profession to allow you to consider the direction of your future career. You will learn how to develop your professional CV and how to conduct yourself within an employment interview through a mock interview. You will also look at the RICS Assessment of Professional Competence in order to understand the process to become a Chartered Surveyor to be able to start planning a learning strategy.

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KA5041 -

Academic Language Skills for Architecture and Built Environment (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

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AT5004 -

Year in International Business (This is made up of modules studied in Newcastle (Semester 1) & Amsterdam (Semester 2) (Optional,120 Credits)

The programme comprises of six modules consisting of 20-credits each. They are delivered by means of lectures, seminars, and where appropriate business clinic workshop.
Each of the modules is presented and delivered according to a Teaching and Learning Plan and is supported through its suite of module-based e-learning portals. The e-learning portals will encompass various standard interventions in line with Faculty and University expectations. These include Panopto recordings of lectures, electronic reading lists and Electronic Marking and Assessment (EMA) submission.

Research provides an essential pillar to the teaching of the programme, with a research-led approach being adopted within various modules with directed reading towards various research outputs. As this is a programme delivered at Level 5, research papers and professional industry-produced reports play a part in the delivery of the module sessions, and as such, research tutored interventions play a part. The group-based assessments will provide instruction on how to undertake research in a team-setting and therefore demonstrates research-oriented approaches, whilst the individual research activity gives you experience of enquiry-based approaches to research and engagement with a number of real-world issues for which you will provide research-informed solutions.

The modules are outlined below:

Semester 1 - Newcastle
HR9513 (20 credits) People, Management & Organisation
SM9513 (20 credits) Introduction to Entrepreneurship
AF5022 (20 credits) Financial Decision Making

Semester 2 – Amsterdam
AT5011 (20 credits) International Business Consultancy Project
AT5012 (20 credits) Global Business Environment
AT5000 (20 credits) Digital Business

In semester 1, students will learn in an environment aligned to that of business students on full time programmes. A mixture of large group and small group sessions will take place. In semester 2, in accordance with the experiential learning pedagogical approach in the Business Clinic operated at Newcastle Business School, the International Business Consultancy Project will involve students working in groups, facilitated by academics but also independently and amongst their peers in collaborative project work to provide real business consultancy. Assessment has been developed in accordance with Northumbria’s Assessment for Learning principles including a broad mix of assessment appropriate to the learning outcomes being assessed and with opportunities for formative feedback.

A student who passes all modules will have these recorded on their transcript and HEAR record.

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KA5029 -

International Academic Exchange 1 (Optional,60 Credits)

This module is designed for all standard full-time undergraduate programmes within the Faculty of Engineering and Environment and provides you with the option to study abroad for one semester as part of your programme.

This is a 60 credit module which is available between Levels 5 and 6. You will undertake a semester of study abroad at an approved partner University where you will have access to modules from your discipline, but taught in a different learning culture. This gives you the opportunity to broaden your overall experience of learning. The structure of study will be dependent on the partner and will be recorded for an individual student on the learning agreement signed by the host University, the student, and the home University (Northumbria).

Your study abroad semester will be assessed on a pass/fail basis. It will not count towards your final degree classification but, if you pass, it is recognised in your transcript as an additional 60 credits for Engineering and Environment Study Abroad Semester.

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KA5044 -

Work placement year (Optional,120 Credits)

This module is designed for all standard full-time undergraduate programmes within the Faculty of Engineering and Environment to provide you with the option to take a one year work placement as part of your programme.

You will be able to use the placement experience to develop and enhance appropriate areas of your knowledge and understanding, your intellectual and professional skills, and your personal value attributes, relevant to your programme of study, as well as accreditation bodies such as BCS, IET, IMechE, RICS, CIOB and CIBSE within the appropriate working environments. Due to its overall positive impact on employability, degree classification and graduate starting salaries, the University strongly encourages you to pursue a work placement as part of your degree programme.

This module is a Pass/Fail module so does not contribute to the classification of your degree. When taken and passed, however, the Placement Year is recognised both in your transcript as a 120 credit Work Placement Module and on your degree certificate.

Your placement period will normally be full-time and must total a minimum of 40 weeks.

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KA5045 -

Study abroad year (Optional,120 Credits)

This module is designed for all standard full-time undergraduate programmes within the Faculty of Engineering and Environment and provides you with the option to study abroad for one full year as part of your programme.

This is a 120 credit module which is available between Levels 5 and 6. You will undertake a year of study abroad at an approved partner University where you will have access to modules from your discipline, but taught in a different learning culture. This gives you the opportunity to broaden your overall experience of learning. The structure of study will be dependent on the partner and will be recorded for an individual student on the learning agreement signed by the host University, the student, and the home University (Northumbria).

Your study abroad year will be assessed on a pass/fail basis. It will not count towards your final degree classification but, it is recognised in your transcript as a 120 credit Study Abroad module and on your degree certificate in the format – “Degree title (with Study Abroad Year)”.

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KA5046 -

Work Placement Semester (Optional,60 Credits)

This module is designed for all standard full-time undergraduate programmes within the Faculty of Engineering and Environment to provide you with the option to take a one semester work placement as part of your programme.

You will be able to use the placement experience to develop and enhance appropriate areas of your knowledge and understanding, your intellectual and professional skills, and your personal value attributes, relevant to your programme of study, within the appropriate working environments. Due to its overall positive impact on employability, degree classification and graduate starting salaries, the University strongly encourages you to pursue a work placement as part of your degree programme.

This module is a Pass/Fail module so does not contribute to the classification of your degree. When taken and passed, however, the placement is recognised both in your transcript as a 60 credit Work Placement Module and on your degree certificate.

Your placement period will normally be full-time and must total a minimum of 20 weeks.

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KA5041 -

Academic Language Skills for Architecture and Built Environment (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

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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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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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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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