CE3CQC-Quantification & Costing

Module Provider: School of Construction Management and Engineering, School of Built Environment
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Level:6
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
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Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Emmanuel Essah

Email: e.a.essah@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
The content of the module is the current, main strategic practices of quantity surveying and construction cost managers in the UK; taking off quantities and design cost planning.

Aims:
1.To provide a descriptive and analytical knowledge of the practices which are currently used for construction cost management, (quantity surveying), in the development and construction industries in the UK.
2.To give a basic, initial skill in the fundamental techniques which underpin the practices described in Aim 1, that is;
•Mensuration and quantification of items of construction work for the purposes of early stage estimates of cost, cost planning, preparation of contract documentation and financial settlement.
•Analysis of cost of items of construction work.
•Estimating techniques
3.To provide a knowledge and understanding of IT techniques used for the techniques in aim 2.
4.To give a critical analysis of the practices which are the subject of the module and an understanding of their strengths and weaknesses in the context of the contemporary and future development and construction processes.

Assessable learning outcomes:
1.Knowledge of the different roles of the practices of quantification and costing in the development and construction processes and an understanding of how these are appropriately used at different stage of the process and in different circumstances.
2.Ability to undertake simple, practical examples of the following techniques.
•Take of quantities of construction work items at appropriate level of detail for:
i.Early stage cost forecasts
ii.Elemental design cost plans
iii.Contract documentation preparation
iv.Financial settlement
•Estimate unit rate cost/prices for work items.
3.Knowledge and understanding of the present and potential IT methods in quantification and costing.
4.An analytical understanding of the role of quantification and costing in projects and an ability to apply this understanding to related disciplines; project management, design management, construction economics and construction contract law.

Additional outcomes:

Outline content:
1.Mensuration related to construction work.
2.Standard method taking off.
3.Analysis of cost and price of construction work
a.Labour
b.Material
c.Plant and equipment
d.Unit rate techniques
4.Quantification for:
a.Early stage cost forecast
b.Cost planning
c.Contract documentation
d.Financial settlement
e.IT techniques

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Lectures will be given on key points and principles of the module subject matter. The techniques will be covered by the setting of individual practical task project work. The projects will be simple material to enable an understanding of the principles of the techniques. Model answers will be provided for the projects after completion, which will be discussed in tutorial for the purpose of provision of feedback.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 10
Tutorials 15
Project Supervision 4
Practicals classes and workshops 6
Guided independent study 65
       
Total hours by term 100.00
       
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Other information on summative assessment:

Formative assessment methods:

Projects and tasks are set, for which model answers are provided after completion, which are used as the basis of tutorial discussion and the provision of feedback.

Penalties for late submission:

In accordance with the School rules for undergraduate programme
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.

The Module Convenor 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.

    Length of examination:
    n/a

    Requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40%

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Re-submission of assignments

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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    Last updated: 31 March 2017

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