CE2QCT-Introduction to Quantification and Computerised Taking Off

Module Provider: School of Construction Management and Engineering, School of Built Environment
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Pre-requisites: CE1CCT Construction Technology
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2020/1

Module Convenor: Dr Lawrence Mbugua

Email: l.mbugua@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module covers the basic principles and techniques of quantification of construction work and how these techniques may be carried out using both traditional and computerised technology. This module is delivered at University of Reading and University of Reading-Malaysia. 


• To give a basic, initial skill in the fundamental techniques whichthat underpin the techniques of quantification of construction work,; that is, the mensuration, definition and quantification of items of construction work for the purposes of early stage estimates of cost and preparation of contract documentation.

• To provide a knowledge and understanding of ITsoftware applications used for the techniques in the above aim and to give practical experience in the use of the technology.

Assessable learning outcomes:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the various principles, techniques and standard methods of measurement and the practices of quantification, definition and costing of construction works

  • Apply the understanding of how these are appropriately used at different stages of the construction process and in different circumstances.

  • Undertake simple, practical examples of taking-off quantities of construction work items at appropriate level of detail, using traditi onal dim paper as well as with a computer software programme.

  • Use and interpret plans, drawings and specifications.

  • Know the key sources of cost information relating to the costing and pricing of building work

  • Understand the production of pricing documents such as cost estimates, bills of quantities, schedules of rates, and other tender documentation

  • Knowledge and understanding of the present and potential applications of digital te chnologies in quantification and costing of construction works.

  • Tackle problems, generate potential solutions and make well-considered decisions

  • Develop effective self-management and independent learning skills; and responsibility for their own life-long learning as a budding professional.

Additional outcomes:

Outline content:

The module covers:

  • Basic measurement techniques related to a simple residential building.

  • Using standard methods of measurement, taking off and standard booking methods.

  • The basics of estimating, such as functional unit rates, elemental estimates, and approximate quantities

  • Use and application of CostX, or similar computer programmes, for estimating, measurement and pricing of construction works.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Lectures will be given on key points and principles of the module subject matter. The lectures will be supplemented with hands-on workshops, exercises and discursive seminars. The techniques will be covered by the setting of individual practical task project work. The exercises projects will be simple material to enable the students to demonstrate enable an understanding and application of the principles of the techniques taught.

Students will be given practical sessions i n the PC Lab 

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Practicals classes and workshops 10
Guided independent study: 70
Total hours by term 100
Total hours for module 100

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 70
Class test administered by School 30

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Formative assessment methods:

A computer-based (online) test will contribute 30% of the overall assessment and a written assignment will contribute 70% of the overall assessment. 

Penalties for late submission:

The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day[1] (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.
The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

Assessment requirements for a pass:

Reassessment arrangements:
Re-submission of assignment

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
1) Required text books:
2) Specialist equipment or materials:
3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
4) Printing and binding:
5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

Last updated: 27 April 2020


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