CE3CBP-Building Surveying Projects

Module Provider: School of Construction Management and Engineering, School of Built Environment
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2020/1

Module Convenor: Mr Adrian Tagg

Email: a.tagg@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

The study of the condition and refurbishment of existing buildings.

To provide a student with the opportunity to inspect and report on the condition of a building. To enable a student to report upon the current condition and anticipated material lifecycles to provide a cost plan which will meet a client’s needs with respect to the acquisition of the building inspected.

Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of the module, it is expected that the student will be able to:

• Evaluate a client’s brief.

• Undertake a detailed site inspection and collect data for an existing building.

Appraise critically the condition of a building.

• Advise in the RED Flag (critical issues) which may affect acquisition of the building.

Provide an Executive Summary detailing the initial findings of the building ins pection and review of technical documents.

• Provide a detailed 10 year cost plan to maintain the building in a ‘like for like’ condition and undertake and access audit on the property to ascertain compliance with the relevant legal prescriptions.

Additional outcomes:
Students will be able to create one project portfolio which will demonstrate their ability to assimilate large amounts of information into a coherent form. Their IT skills will be developed by relevant web resources and databases as well as the preparation of schedules of condition / defects & costs. Students will undertake a building surveys and gain practical experience in the use of surveying equipment.

Outline content:
The module is based on the need to meet a client’s brief in the acquisition of existing buildings. The module starts with an examination of a client’s brief followed by a series of site visits to a building owned by the client. During these inspections students are required to undertake a physical survey of the buildings including measuring and condition assessment.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Site visits, Group Seminars, Individual Tutorials and Private Study.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Tutorials 10 10
Fieldwork 10 10
Guided independent study: 80 80
Total hours by term 100 100
Total hours for module 200

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Report 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:
Two reports and one presentation consisting of one submission at the end of the Autumn term supported by a presentation and a second submission in the last week of the Spring term.

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:

The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.
• where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (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:
An overall mark of 40%

Reassessment arrangements:
Re-submission of project, a pass mark of 40% is required.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

1) Required text books: Tagg, A. 2018. Technical Due Diligence and Building Surveying for Commercial Property. Routledge. (Copies of the book are in the University Library and also an electronic resource available).

2) Specialist equipment or materials: Surveying equipment provided by the SCME

3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear: NIL

4) Printing and binding: Yes; for the Final Report which is a paper hand in

5) Computers and devices with a particular specification: Yes; with Microsoft Office to be able to 

Last updated: 4 April 2020


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