Surveying (Quantity Surveying) BSc(Hons) 2017-18

This course also available for 2018-19 entry

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About the course

The Quantity Surveying course aims to prepare you to become a professional, able to operate in the global construction industry. This course particularly focuses on UK and international surveying practices and the latest digital technologies, such as Building Information Modelling (BIM). It provides you with the opportunity to develop skills in Lean Construction and BIM, which are on governments' construction agendas worldwide, in addition to the core competences of a Quantity Surveyor. You'll have the chance to develop the necessary skills to support better value generation for clients, improve processes and reduce waste in design and construction.

While the Quantity Surveyor's primary task is to manage costs and value within both the design and construction phases, their involvement in the construction process also includes managing construction contracts, advising on construction procurement methods, managing risks (specifically from the cost and value point of view) of construction projects, and quantifying construction work. This course will help you to develop the skills needed to work in design and construction teams, applying state-of-the-art processes and technologies. This degree forms part of an integrated suite of architecture and built environment courses. Therefore, you will have the opportunity to work in multidisciplinary projects with peers from other courses, such as Architecture, Building Surveying and Construction Project Management. This will help you to gain the necessary skills to work within collaborative multidisciplinary global teams.

This course is part of a suite of two Surveying courses. The two courses within the suite are Surveying (Building Surveying) BSc(Hons) and Surveying (Quantity Surveying) BSc(Hons). Once you have enrolled on one of these courses, you can transfer onto the other course within the suite should you wish. This offers you flexibility on the course and allows you to develop your own path. You therefore only need to apply for one course from the Surveying suite.


UCAS code:
K2K2

Start date:
18 / 09 / 2017

Duration:

3 years full-time
4 years inc. placement year

Course type:

Full Time inc. placement year

Course content

The Quantity Surveying pathway of the course aims to provide you with knowledge of and exposure to a wide range of approaches and techniques related to the quantity surveying profession. While the Quantity Surveyor's primary task is to manage costs and value within both the design and construction phases, their involvement in the construction process also includes managing construction contracts, giving advice on construction procurement methods, managing risks (specifically from the cost and value point of view) of construction projects, and quantifying construction work.

The course has been awarded provisional accreditation by the Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors (PACS), which incorporates a number of international members. The course has also been awarded provisional accreditation by the Board of Quantity Surveyors Malaysia (BQSM).

Inspirational field trips to destinations of educational and cultural significance are a component of the course and will be funded by the University.

Year 1

Core modules:

Technology 1: An Introduction to Architectural Technology

This module introduces three parallel strands of Architectural Technology:

Structures Through an exploration of structural equilibrium and the assessment of stress and deformation in simple elements, the module will discuss the properties of building materials and the implications for element design.

Buildings Fabric Design Common materials, assemblies and construction techniques used to achieve safe, environmentally sound and aesthetic constructions will be explained and exemplified. Common failures in materials and assemblies will be highlighted.

Environmental Design A building’s fabric and services combine to create an internal environment that the occupants find comfortable and pleasurable. This extends to physiological (and psychological), thermal, visual and acoustic comfort, and the health and wellbeing of the occupants. You will consider how responsive design (both passive and interactive) can be utilised to provide the internal conditions necessary for comfort.

All of the above topics will be considered in relation to sustainable design necessary for protecting internal, local and global environments for both current and future generations. On-line multi choice test of one hour duration 50% / Reflective journal 50%


Construction Business

This module will introduce the overall construction business to you. The content is structured into three distinctive, but interrelated areas, namely, business at industry level, business at project level and business at individual level.


Environmental Science and Services

Services in buildings facilitate interactions between the building and its internal and external environments. As such, buildings should be equipped with appropriate services to make those habitable. The current global drive for sustainable environments demands that the modern services in buildings should focus on providing comfortable living environments to building occupants through the most sustainable means.

This module provides an opportunity to explore the concepts and relevant technologies in building services and their links with environmental sciences within the context of current sustainability agenda.


Construction Law and Regulatory Framework

The aim of this module is to provide an introduction to English Law and relevant statutory requirements for the construction, property and surveying practice. You will be introduced to the workings of the English legal system, to the law relating to contracts and to the regulatory framework affecting the use, management and development of land, in particular, planning, building control and the Construction Design Management (CDM) regulations.


Introduction to Digital Technology in Construction

The aim of this module is to provide you with an introduction to the digital technologies in construction, with a focus on the applications of Building Information Modelling (BIM). The module will start from the traditional Computer Aided Design (CAD) applications, such as 2D and 3D CAD, and continue to the latest development of BIM, including 4D and 5D BIM. The concept of nD modelling will also be introduced together with other emerging technologies including robotics, laser scanning and 3D printing, which are used in the construction industry worldwide.

Year 2

Core modules:

Technology 2: Integrated Technology

The module develops your understanding of technological innovation in architecture in relation to the three parallel strands of Structures, Building Fabric Design and Environmental Design.

Structures You will explore the use of a variety of materials and assemblies and consider their behaviour under gravity and lateral loading. Different foundations and earth-retaining structures will be introduced and methods for the assessment of stability will be developed. You will be introduced to the principles of designing structural members subject to bending and axial loading and the principles of elastic behaviour in structural members of any cross-section.

Building Fabric Design You will consider more advanced construction techniques and building systems and you will extend and develop your technical vocabulary, your appreciation of natural and synthetic material elements, and the principles and techniques of their transformation into objects and components used in the assembly of buildings and building components.

Environmental Design You will develop further the consideration of psychological and physiological, thermal, visual and acoustic comfort, and the affects on building occupants. Because of the close relationship between environmental systems, energy consumption and the health and wellbeing of a building’s occupants, issues of sustainability will be considered at all stages. In particular you will focus on the range of environmental control systems found in buildings and how these affect our interaction with the spaces we inhabit and the artefacts and services we use. General services used to provide safety and facility in buildings will be considered such as mechanical movement, electrical and drainage systems.

On-line multi choice test of hour duration 50% / Reflective journal 50%.


Construction Cost Management

In this module you will explore cost control and financial management strategies within the design and construction process and examine the process of setting, controlling and monitoring of cost/ financial objectives during the project life cycle, including the appraisal of building design in economic terms. You will be introduced to the construction cost management techniques for each stage of the design and construction process. The use of the Building Information Modelling (BIM) for construction cost management is also included in this module.


Procurement and Contract Administration

Advice on construction procurement and contract administration is a major responsibility that comes under the job profile of Quantity Surveyors. At the same time, procurement system and contractual arrangements often have major influences over the strategies used to design and manage a given construction project. As such, it is important that the future Quantity Surveyors, Building Surveyors and Construction Project Managers have a deep insight of various construction procurement systems and contractual arrangements. Accordingly, this module introduces the principle types of procurement systems and associated contracts used in the UK construction market and internationally. In addition, it explores the fundamental procedures related to construction contract administration.


Building and Civil Engineering Measurement and Quantification

Measurement/quantification is a core skill of the Quantity Surveyor. This module will introduce the basic concepts in building and civil engineering measurements. As an introductory module to measurements, the aim of this module is to establish the fundamental knowledge about the role, the process, the basic rules and the industry standards of building and civil engineering measurements.


Collaborative Project

The aim of the module is to provide you with an opportunity to work in multi-disciplinary teams and enable you to perform your role/discipline in the context of a team based project. It offers you the experience of team working and the multi-disciplinary nature of built environment projects. The project will allow you to practice and further develop both discipline based and generic key skills required by a built environment professional and encourage self-reflection and enable you to further develop a personal development plan, that aligns your learning needs and career aspirations and the requirements of your professional institutions

Year 3 - optional placement year

School of Art and Design Placement

You will normally spend a total of 48 weeks between the end of year two and the beginning of your final year in a managed work experience. You will be encouraged to obtain a placement activity relevant to your area of specialism, however a wide range of placements will be regarded as suitable. The placement will be monitored and you will be assessed on completion. (100%).

Final Year

Core modules:

Professional Practice

In this module you will consolidate the prior learning in technical, professional and managerial subjects to attain a level of preparedness for professional practice and career development. In part, this is a response to the requirements of built environment professional institutions where the future practitioners are expected to have a fuller understanding and awareness of business and commercial matters and the enterprise characteristics of their chosen profession.


Advanced Measurement and Quantification

This module focuses on the detailed and advanced quantification of construction work and uses commercial buildings as the basis. This enhances your knowledge and understanding of the basic principles of measurement developed in Year 1. Upon completion of this module you should be able to carry out quantification work of complex commercial buildings competently.


Commercial and Value Management

The aim of this module is to enable you to develop an in-depth understanding of the processes of commercial and value management. You'll also learn how to apply the principles and decision making criteria for the commercial management and cost control of construction and property projects. You'll also be introduced the emerging processes and techniques to improve the reliability and accuracy of the practice.


Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management

This module aims to explore the nature and causes of disputes between contracting parties in the construction industry and the various mechanisms for dispute resolution. In doing so, this module will help develop your knowledge on contract law and civil procedures. It also introduces alternative dispute resolution mechanisms and relevant laws within the context of construction disputes.


Major Project Dissertation

This module provides you with an opportunity to lead investigation into an area of the Built Environment that is of enough interest to you to support a piece of work of this magnitude. You must choose and define the topic, research relevant information (either primary or secondary), set that information in the context of an appropriate intellectual framework, draw relevant conclusions, and write up and submit the dissertation in the approved format. A support lecture programme and an individual dissertation supervisor will be provided.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

Placements

The course offers an optional one-year (48 week) work placement after the second year, in the UK or abroad. This will give you the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on experience, insight into your chosen career and open up your graduate employment prospects. Our Placement Unit and academic staff have industry links and can support you in applying for and finding your placement(s), as well as during your placement year.

You can find out more information on placements here.

Career opportunities

93% of graduates from courses in this subject area go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating. The course aims to help you to develop the necessary skills leading to be a professionally qualified Chartered Quantity Surveyor. As a graduate you could consider a career as a quantity surveyor, possibly through first working as an assistant. To practice as a professionally qualified Chartered Quantity Surveyor you will need to become a professional member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) or any other relevant professional body.

Professional links and accreditations

The University of Huddersfield has been awarded Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) Accredited Centre Status.

The course has been awarded provisional accreditation by the Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors (PACS), which incorporates a number of international members. The course has also been awarded provisional accreditation by the Board of Quantity Surveyors Malaysia (BQSM).

Teaching and assessment

You will be taught through a series of lectures and tutorials and your assessment will include coursework, presentations and exams.

22.3% of the study time on this course is spent in lectures, seminars, tutorials etc.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

Huddersfield is the UK's only University where all our permanent teaching staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.*

*Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching.

Facilities

The department of Architecture and 3D Design is based in Queen Street Studios; a self-contained building which, as well as housing contemporary studio space, also offers advanced 3D technologies. This includes high-performance computer aided design (CAD) and 3D computer visualisation facilities and high definition and multi material 3D printers. You'll also have access to the Digital Print Centre, our specialist facility capable of printing on a variety of media. All of this is supported by our expert technical staff.

In addition to having full access to the facilities during University opening hours, you'll also be able to access the specialist software licensed to the University from your own computer, whilst away from the campus out of studio opening hours.

How much will it cost me?

In 2017/18, the tuition fee for UK and EU students at the University of Huddersfield will be £9,250.

Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and Finance.

If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.

Please email the Student Finance Office or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.

Further study

Progression to a postgraduate course is dependent on successful completion of your undergraduate studies, there may also be minimum qualification requirements such as a first class or higher second (2.1) degree. Please check the course details to confirm this.

You may be interested in studying:

Advanced Project Management in Construction MSc

or

Design Integration and Building Information Modelling MSc

International

If you're an international student (including EU) you can check if you meet our entry requirements (both academic and English language) by visiting our country pages.

If you do not meet the entry requirements you can consider completing a degree preparation programme (if you are from a country outside of the EU) at the University's International Study Centre (ISC). You can call the ISC on +44 (0) 1273 339333 to discuss your options. You can also complete the online application form or to ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers.

If your English language is not at the required level (IELTS 6.0 overall), we have a range of Pre-Sessional English programmes that you can enrol on before starting your degree course. You will not need to take an IELTS test after completing one of our Pre-Sessional English programmes.

How to apply

Research community

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry. For more information, see the Research section of our website.

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