CE3CQC-Quantification & Costing

Module Provider: School of Construction Management and Engineering, School of Built Environment
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Pre-requisites: CE1CCT Construction Technology and CE2CBT1 Building Technology and CE2QCT Introduction to Quantification and Computerised Taking Off
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:

The module covers the advanced measurement and quantification of construction work; as well as the financial management of construction contracts by quantity surveyors and commercial cost managers.   quantity surveyors and commercial cost managers 


The aims of the module are to develop an understanding of the principles and practice of measurement of building work, applied to commercial buildings and more advanced forms of construction, and to develop a critical understanding of  the financial management of construction contracts as key skills of the quantity surveyor.

This module is designed for students who already have some knowledge of construction technology and the quantification of construction work for cost management purposes. The module develops the basic quantification skills to a more advanced level, sufficient to demonstrate expertise in quantity surveying/commercial management, using a workshop-based format.

On completion of the module, the student should be sufficiently skilled and knowledgeable to fulfil a productive junior role in relevant employment in preparation for more intricate professional practice. 

Assessable learning outcomes:

On completion of the module, the student will be able to:

  • Use and interpret plans, drawings and specifications.

  • Measure building work for more complex forms of building construction for the purposes of tender document production.

  • Understand the importance of agreed methodologies of measurement nationally and internationally;

  • Know key sources of information relating to the measurement and specification of more adv anced types of building work;

  • Understand advanced processes of measurement and be able to measure building work for complex forms of construction.

  • Assemble information and data from a variety of sources; discern and establish connections;

  • Present quantitative and qualitative information; produce professional reports; proposals; professional documentation in accordance with published conventions.

  • Effectively and confidently communica te complex ideas, information and data by oral, written and visual means in a form appropriate to the intended audience;

  • 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:

Quantification and costing of more advanced measurement; such as

  • Advanced foundations

  • Sloping sites

  • Basements

  • Underpinning

  • Steel frames

  • Concrete frames

Advanced cost estimating, cost planning and cost analyses of construction works

Advanced use and application of CostX or other similar computer programmes

Cont ract administration practice at both pre-contract and post-contract stages. 

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 0 0
Total hours for module 100

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 40
Class test administered by School 60

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Formative assessment methods:

 A class test administered by the school will contribute 60% of the overall assessment and a written assignment will contribute 40% 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:
A mark of 40%

Reassessment arrangements:

Re-submission of written assignment and/or resit of class test administered by School.

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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