UNIVERSITY OF KENT – CODE OF PRACTICE FOR QUALITY ASSURANCE
MODULE SPECIFICATION TEMPLATE
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The title of the module: UU 546 ~ Measurement
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The Department which will be responsible for management of the module
Building & Civil Engineering
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The Start Date of the Module: April 2006
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The number of students expected to take the module
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15
Modules to be withdrawn on the introduction of this proposed module and consultation
with other relevant Departments and Faculties regarding the withdrawal
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The level of the module: Intermediate [I]
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The number of credits which the module represents 15
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Which term(s) the module is to be taught in (or other teaching pattern) Semester 2
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Prerequisite and co-requisite modules
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The programmes of study to which the module contributes : Foundation Degree in
Construction/Civil Engineering, HNC’s Construction, Civil Engineering & Building
Services Engineering
The intended subject specific learning outcomes and, as appropriate, their relationship to
programme learning outcomes
1). Produce bills of quantities of measured works
2). Take off quantities for a range of construction work
3). Evaluate the role of measurement throughout the design and construction process
These objectives directly relate to the listed programme learning outcomes A1 and A5 –
Knowledge & Understanding of the Foundation Degree in Construction/Civil Engineering &
HNC’s in Construction, Civil Engineering & Building Services Engineering
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The intended generic learning outcomes and, as appropriate, their relationship to
programme learning outcomes
1). Locate, extract, analyse, prepare, process, interpret and present data from multiple sources
including drawn information using appropriate quantitative techniques
2). Communicate effectively with other people using visual, graphic, written and verbal means
These learning outcomes directly relate to the listed programme learning outcomes in section D
Transferable skills of the Foundation Degree in Construction/Civil Engineering & HNC’s in
Construction, Civil Engineering & Building Services Engineering
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A synopsis of the curriculum
Role of Measurement
Approximate costing techniques; Bills of Quantities, purpose, types; contract
documentation; variations, valuations, sub-contract and supply chain packages, final
account procedures, maintenance and refurbishment works.
Taking off quantities
Standard methods of measurement, building and civil engineering & BSE work sections,
tables; layout and use of dimension paper, waste calculations, bracketing etc.; taking off,
foundations and substructures, superstructure, including external and internal walls, flat
and pitched roof construction and coverings, internal and external finishes, internal
components
Bills of quantities
Traditional methods; working up, abstracting, billing; preliminary clauses, preambles,
provisional sums and quantities, prime cost sums
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Indicative Reading List
Hore A V, Kehoe J, McMullan R,
Penton M R
Construction 1 – Management,
Finance & Measurement
Packer, A D
Building Measurement
RICS
Standard Method of Measurement
of Building Works
Seeley, I H
Building Quantities Explained
Seeley, I H
Civil Engineering Quantities
(Macmillan, 1993)
Seeley, I H
Advanced Building Measurement
(Macmillan, 1989)
Willis A, Trench W
Elements of Quantity Surveying
ICE
Civil Engineering Standard
Method of measurement
National Building Agency
National Building Specification
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(Macmillan, 1st edition, 1997)
(Longman, 1st edition, 1996)
(RICS, 7th edition, 1998)
(Macmillan, 5th edition, 1998)
(Blackwell Science, 1998)
(Thomas Telford, 1991)
(RIBA)
Learning and Teaching Methods, including the nature and number of contact hours and the
total study hours which will be expected of students, and how these relate to achievement of
the intended learning outcomes
UNIVERSITY OF KENT – CODE OF PRACTICE FOR QUALITY ASSURANCE
By nature of the ‘practical’ aspect of the module that involves developing skills in measuring work
towards producing Bills of Quantities, much of the classroom time will be spent in demonstrating
using worked examples with students subsequently tackling the skills with guidance from the
tutor.
Students will be expected to spend 150 hours of study, which will be apportioned as follows:
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47 contact hours – involving a mixture of lectures and guided studies to allow the
development of measurement skills and the acquisition of the knowledge of roles and
practices of measurement and Quantity Surveying. Both individual and group activities
will be used with research tasks set to supplement the lectures.
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40 hours – assessment & revision
63 hours – private study
Assessment methods and how these relate to testing achievement of the intended learning
outcomes
This module develops the students’ ability to measure a range of building components and
elements and explore the differing uses of measurement throughout the construction process and
the roles of quantity surveyors.
Coursework (50%) will involve a presentation of research findings (SLO1) and assignments to
show development of the skills and techniques in producing Bills of Quantities (SLO2, SLO3).
End examination (50%) will be used to authenticate and assess understanding of all the learning
outcomes.
Specific Learning Outcomes
Assessment criteria
1. Evaluate the role of measurement
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throughout the design and
construction process
Compare the roles of the professional quantity surveyor and the
contractors quantity surveyor
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Compare different uses and applications of measurement in the
design and construction and management of a project
2. Take off quantities for a range of
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Compare the sections and conventions prescribed by different
standard methods of measurement
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Use dimension paper correctly to comply with standard
conventions and layouts
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Determine quantities using standard mathematical techniques
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Work up and abstract quantities using standard techniques
1. Communicate effectively with other
people using visual, graphic, written
and verbal means
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Present information to a group clearly
2. Locate, extract, analyse, prepare,
process, interpret and present data
from multiple sources including
drawn information using appropriate
quantitative techniques
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Produce descriptions to show appropriate specifications and
details
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Show each stage of calculations and mathematical process in
accordance with standard techniques
construction work
3. Produce bills of quantities of measured
works
Generic Learning Outcomes
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Take off quantities in accordance with the requirements of the
standard methods of measurement
Produce simple bills of quantities using manual techniques
Produce preliminary and preamble clauses
Compare the uses of prime cost and provisional sums
Assessment Criteria
Present measurement items clearly, legibly and to standard
conventions
Implications for learning resources, including staff, library, IT and space
UNIVERSITY OF KENT – CODE OF PRACTICE FOR QUALITY ASSURANCE
This module will be taught by appropriately qualified lecturers who have experience in delivering
these topics.
All the items stated in the Indicative Reading List are available at the Horsted Centre, Learning
Resource Centre IT suites which all allow Internet, On-line T.I. Onestop Technical Index Facility
are also available for students to book as required. In addition the Department boasts its own
IT/AutoCAD suite which is incorporated in the programme operation. Standard Methods of
Measurement dimension, abstract and bill paper will be available for student use.
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A statement confirming that, as far as can be reasonably anticipated, the curriculum, learning
and teaching methods and forms of assessment do not present any non-justifiable
disadvantage to students with disabilities
The learning outcomes, teaching and learning methods and assessments are accessible to and
achievable by all students. Any student with disabilities will not face any foreseen disadvantage
or difficulties that cannot be reasonably addressed.
Statement by the Director of Learning and Teaching: "I confirm I have been consulted on the
above module proposal and have given advice on the correct procedures and required content of
module proposals"
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Director of Learning and Teaching
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Date
Statement by the Head of Department: "I confirm that the Department has approved the
introduction of the module and will be responsible for its resourcing"
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Head of Department
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Date
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