BSc Quantity Surveying

Want a career in the construction industry? Study our BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying degree course at Birmingham City University. We’ll prepare you for a flourishing career.

With our quantity surveyor training, you will work collaboratively with tutors, practitioners, theorists and designers who will equip you with everything you need to help shape the future of the built environment.

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Today’s construction industry is facing the challenges of globalisation, climate change, demanding clients and a complex regulatory framework. The growing importance of technology and integrated delivery plays an increasingly important role in the industry.

This surveying degree will give you the skills to deal with these challenges and more. With innovation at the core of the programme, you will learn through creative problem solving and working with our industrial partners. You’ll also develop the intellectual and practical competencies required by professional bodies such as the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

You’ll leave with a broad knowledge of the legal, technical, managerial, economic, social and environmental aspects of construction projects, and able to confidently manage both commercial and civil engineering projects.

This course is taught by experienced staff with a wealth of industry experience. A flexible approach to delivery allows construction professionals to study alongside their professional role.

You’ll gain expertise in cost management, procurement and quantification skills. You’ll also develop expertise in risk management, costing techniques, design economics, buildability, procurement and the ability to add value. You’ll also learn how to work effectively with a range of people from different construction disciplines.

Year 1: In order to complete this programme a student must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 120 credits):

  • Introduction to the Built Environment – 20 credits

This module explores how key ‘actors’, including professional bodies, landowners, developers, investors, politicians, members of the public, and the state, etc. influence the development of the built and natural environment.

Broader forces also influence development processes. This module therefore encourages you to explore how Politics, Economy, Society, Technology, Law and the Environment (PESTLE) all shape the built and natural environment. This module also offers an opportunity not only to look at past and current trends, but potential future trends that influence development, including significant issues such as governance, resource availability and climate change; and a chance to learn how development processes occur at different spatial scales and contexts.

  • Built Environment  Technology 1 – 20 credits

This module introduces, for all of the built environment professions, a range of concepts relating to the technology of construction. It provides you with an understanding of modern and sustainable methods of construction. We use the example of low rise residential construction as it is relatively straightforward and allows us to introduce and explore these issues appropriately.

In particular, you will be introduced to everyday materials, construction methods, building services Building Regulation and Health, Safety and Welfare legislation. You will gain an insight into the properties of materials and the basic scientific principles that apply to them. The module will focus on construction materials in general and how they can be used in creating a construction element and/or component (e.g. a floor, an external wall, a roof). You will develop the ability to identify, describe and visualise these materials in terms of types, dimension, size and weight.

  • Law –  20 credits

This module is delivered to all of the undergraduate programmes in the built environment disciplines and provides you with the basic legal concepts and principles you will need throughout your professional career.

  • Integrated Digital Design – Residential – 20 credits

Digital construction is an integral component of contemporary design, development and maintenance of modern residential development. Building Information Modelling (BIM) technology is at the forefront of the progressive movement towards total digitalisation of the built environment.

Against this backdrop, this module aims to provide a foundation for you to successfully execute the BIM process, facilitate its adoption and achieve interdisciplinary integration on a single project that simulates a residential project.

  • Professional Environment and Materials Sciences – 20 credits

Environmental and materials science is an important area of study for all disciplines involved with the design, planning, developing and management of the built environment. This module encourages you to consider how the properties, structures and performance of materials influence why buildings and structures function. You will be encouraged to consider how these properties impact construction from a design and practical use perspective. This module will therefore enable you to develop innovative solutions for more robust, resilient, safe and sustainable buildings and structures. It also gives you the opportunity to produce a professional cv and related documents which you will share with industry on your assessment day.

  • Residential Qualification and Cost – 20 credits

In this module you will be introduced you to the core Quantity Surveying skill of quantification and cost.

This introductory module provides you with an understanding of the procedures for costing, via the development of the skills of measurement and interpretation of construction drawings.

You will apply the measurement principles, Industry standard descriptions and develop specifications to enable you to prepare and manage cost estimates.

This module will feed forward into your level 5 and 6 measurement and cost modules.

Year 2: In order to complete this programme a student must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 120 credits):

  • Procurement – 20 credits

In this module you will cover core areas required in designing and setting up a contract. It is designed to give you an understanding of the procurement process and how it can deliver on a range of benefits to clients, contractors and other stakeholders involved with the development process.

During the module, you are required to develop your knowledge on issues that affect the choice of a procurement strategy by evaluating various projects and the best management and procurement approaches to be adopted. You will also learn about how the choice of procurement strategy will impact on time, cost, viability, quality and sustainability issues. Current issues influencing procurement, such as international markets, legislation and sustainable procurement, will also be covered.

  • Cost Management – 20 credits

This module is pivotal in the curriculum as the ability to understand the process and techniques appropriate in cost planning in accordance with professional codes of practice and the RICS core competences is a principal role of the QS.

As cost managers within the construction industry, you will need to demonstrate the ability to achieve a depth of understanding of how construction projects are cost managed at design stage and valued through the use of internal and external sources of information and cost data. This allows development of technical skills to a level, which will enable in depth knowledge of how the cost estimating and cost planning structure of projects can be applied to cost advice for both new build and refurbishment works.

  • Built Environment Commercial Technology 1 – 20 credits

This module will explore the wider implications of the key factors which affect the selection of both traditional and new building methods and materials used in the construction of new build commercial and industrial buildings and introduce environmental and mechanical services systems which need to be installed in these buildings.

In particular you will gain an insight into the operational complexities involved in the construction of large-scale commercial and industrial buildings to ensure that projects are delivered in time and on budget to meet the required standard of quality.

  • Integrated Digital Design for Complex and Structures – 20 credits

Building Information Modelling (BIM) is an intelligent 3D model-based process that provides built environment professionals with the insight and tools to help plan, design, construct, and manage buildings and infrastructure. In this module, you will be encouraged to explore the potential of BIM in helping to understand the social, economic and environmental benefits associated with co-ordinated infrastructure and complex structure development.

You will be given a real construction project in which you will become increasingly aware of your own impact on the environment and communities we work within. Through group work, reporting writing and presentations you will develop the self-confidence to critically reflect upon your own leadership and problem solving skills via an integrated project delivery.

 

  • Commercial Management – 20 credits

This module aims to facilitate both knowledge and professional practices involved in commercial management at an undergraduate level.

The module acts as a major platform for both the quantity surveying and construction management professions in preparing you for level 6.

This module will broaden your knowledge on different costs involved in a construction project. It encompasses cost considerations from early feasibility, final account stage, to life cycle costs. Through the module, you will also be looking into different requirements, intellectual and ethical considerations included in throughout the process.

  • Commercial Qualification and Cost – 20 credits

This module will further develop your core Quantity Surveying skills of quantification and cost.

During the module you will measure steel structural frames and In situ concrete construction.

You will apply the measurement principles, Industry standard descriptions and develop specifications to enable you to prepare and manage cost estimates for more complex work and drawings.

This module directly relates to earlier work in your previous studies and will feed forward into your level 6 modules.

Year 3: In order to complete this programme a student must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 120 credits):

  • Contract Practise – 20 credits

Further deepening your knowledge and understanding of contract law and procurement, this module will provide you with the hands on experience of designing and executing a contract, which is a core requirement of you, as a construction professional.

This module will introduce you to the various forms of contracts and the responsibilities of the people involved in executing a contract.

We will pay particular attention to roles of the key people and clauses in FIDIC, JCT and NEC3 contracts. Issues such as clauses on the provisions for extension of time, managing change, and resolution of disputes arising in the execution of contracts will be covered.

  • Civils Quantification and Cost – 20 credits

This module is the final module in helping to develop your core Quantity Surveying skills of quantification and cost.

This module will test your ability to understand the management procedures and techniques appropriate in pricing a tender document in accordance with the RICS/CIOB. You will be required to work as managers gaining an in-depth understanding of how design and construction projects are tendered and valued through the use of internal and external sources of information.

You will develop technical skills which will enable in-depth knowledge of how pricing structure of projects can be applied to cost control by tendering companies.

It is expected that you will develop your own method of working and approach to the project challenges, enabling you to think creativity and developing self – confidence in your professional judgement.

  • Individual Honours Project – 40 credits

The purpose of the module is to enable you to undertake a sustained, in-depth and research-informed project exploring an area that is of personal interest to you. In agreement with your supervisor, you will decide upon your topic which will take the form of a practical outcome (artefact) with accompanying contextual material. The main consideration when choosing your topic is that it must be aligned to the programme you are studying, and you should consider the relevance of this topic to your future academic or professional development .

At this level, you will be expected to work independently but you will receive additional one-to-one support from your supervisor, who will be familiar with your chosen topic area. As you progress on the module, extra support will be available and this may take the form of group seminars, workshops and online materials that will help to develop your project.

  • Project Management – 20 credits

This module will provide you a critical perspective on the nature, and a number of essential aspects of construction projects together with the approaches and techniques to manage them.

The module will establish construction projects as an organisational entity, and highlight the two main approaches to the management of projects. The first one is the functional management approach which is largely based on structured techniques and methods, and the second one is the organisational management approach which sees management as an ongoing social and organisational process. You will be introduced to both approaches, and shown how to use them in a balanced way for the successful management of construction projects. While the organisational management approach to project management will provide you the intellectual skills that you need for project management, the functional management approach will equip you with the technical skills.

  • Professionalism and Citizenship – 20 credits

This module will focus on extending and providing appropriate evidence of your professional skills and development. Within an applied socially responsive framework, you will examine a range of issues related to the client, the site, planning, financial/development appraisal, design technology, legal and regulatory, health and safety etc. These will be covered in conjunction with other professional courses or your own discipline as appropriate, given that all built environment professions and recent reports such as the Farrell Review place increasing stress on interdisciplinary understanding and working.

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