30 credits at level HE4
The aims of this module are to:
1. Extend and develop the knowledge acquired in Construction and Materials Technology.
2. Examine alternative techniques used in the production of buildings and their elements over the
years and assess the strengths and weaknesses.
3. Investigate, diagnose and specify remedial measures for a variety of building defects.
4. Prepare specifications for work and understand the project management process.
5. Develop an understanding of the methodology of residential valuation
6. Develop an understanding of the law relating to land and property and statutory control
regulations and procedures .
Building Technology (10%)
Construction techniques related to older buildings and alteration, refurbishment and repair works.
Forensic Defects Analysis (20%)
Undertaking surveys, collection and analysis of evidence, identification of defects, specification of remedial work and prevention of defects.
Statutory Control of Development (20%)
Building and planning regulations
Property Appraisal (10%)
Comparable method, residual method, income and yields, zoning.
Management of Projects (10%)
Cost advice, pre-design estimating, sources of cost data, budgeting and use in development appraisals.
Health and Safety (10%)
Health and safety legislation applicable to designers. Risk assessment.
Contract Administration (10%)
Role of the contract administrator and administration of contracts.
Land and Property Law (10%)
Landlord and tenant, dilapidations, party walls and boundaries, easements.
Indicative Learning Hours: Lectures and tutorials 84 hours
Coursework preparation 110 hours
Survey 16 hours
Self Study 90 hours
TOTAL 300 hours.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||The structural alteration of buildings.||
Identify and analyse structural details and
|2.||Forensic defect analysis and building
Identify building defects and propose
suitable methods of remediation and repair.
Identify and apply correct methodology for
valuation of property.
|4.||The law relating to land and property.||
Apply relevant legislation to legal issues
related to land and property.
|5.||Understand the statutory control
processes and regulations involved in
developing a project from inception to
Identify the processes, regulations and
information required when preparing
planning and building regulations
|6.||Understand health and safety legislation.||
Identify and comply with relevant health
and safety legislation.
|7.||Understand contract administration
|Comply with contract conditions.|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||Written assessments, drawings and reports based on case studies involving responses to problems related to the practice of building surveying, to assess the extent of individual student understanding, application and accuracy.|
Before taking this module you must have successfully completed the following:
No restrictions apply.
ABE/CIOB/RICS Publications; Professional Journals.
Glover, Building Surveys, Butterworth – Heineman 2001
Hollis, Surveying Buildings, RICS Books, 2000
HMSO, “Party Wall etc Act 1996”, HMSO 1996.
Noy, E.A., “Building Surveys and Reports” 2nd Edition, 1995, Blackwell Science.
Seeley, “Building Surveys, Reports and Dilapidations”, 1985, The Macmillan Press
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