CONS06033 2019 QS Practice - The role of the QS in the construction industry

General Details

Full Title
QS Practice - The role of the QS in the construction industry
Transcript Title
QS Practice - The role of the
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Subject Area
CONS - Construction
CENG - Civil Eng. and Construction
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Sean McGagh, Morgan Smyth
Programme Membership
SG_JQUAN_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Quantity Surveying SG_CCONS_C06 201900 Higher Certificate in Science in Construction Economics SG_JQUAN_B07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Quantity Surveying

This module introduces students to the Construction Industry and the role of both Design and Building Teams

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Identify the organisational structure of firms in the construction industry


Describe the roles and responsibilities of the members of the building team


Outline the various documentation in circulation within a construction project 


Recognise the influence of professional/representitive bodies on the construction industry


Discuss on-going developments influencing the industry

Teaching and Learning Strategies



Module Assessment Strategies

This module is 40% Continuous Assessment and 60% Final exam.

Repeat Assessments

Repeat Continuous Assessment and/or Final Exam.

Indicative Syllabus

Introduction to Irish Construction Industry: structure; sectors (public/private); fragmented nature; types of firms; influences – economy/energy/government  

International Construction Industry: UK, Europe, Middle East, America, Asia, Australia/NZ

Documentation: Drawings, Specifications, Bills of Quantities, Schedule of Rates

The Design Team: Quantity Surveyor, Architect, Engineer, Project Manager 

The Building Team: Client, Clerk of Works, Contractor, Sub-Contractor, Supplier, Estimator, Site Agent/Manager, Contracts Manager, Foreman

Ther Role of Professional/Representitive Bodies (SCSI, RIAI, EI, CIOB, Liaison Committee, CIF)

The Design Process (Pre-Contract)

The Construction Process (Post-Contract)

Developments (Latham & Egan Reviews)

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
40 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
60 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 CA Continuous Assessment Assignment 40 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Final Exam Closed Book Exam 60 % End of Semester 1,2,3,4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Lecture Theatre Quantity Surveying Studies 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Quantity Surveying Studies 5 Weekly 5.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2017-11-13 Construction Quantity Surveying John Wiley & Sons
ISBN 9781119312901 ISBN-13 1119312906

A practical guide to quantity surveying from a main contractor's perspective. It covers measurement methodology (including samples using NRM2 as a guide), highlights the complex aspects of a contractor's business, reviews the commercial and contractual management of a construction project, and provides detailed and practical information on running a project from commencement through to completion.

Required Reading
2017 Quantity Surveyor's Pocket Book
ISBN 1138698369 ISBN-13 9781138698369

The third edition of the Quantity Surveyor s Pocket Book has been updated in line with NRM1, NRM2, and NRM3, and remains a must-have guide for students and qualified practitioners. Its focused coverage of the data, techniques, and skills essential to the quantity surveying role make it an invaluable companion for everything from initial cost advice to the final account stage. Key features and updates included in this new edition: An up to date analysis of NRM1,2 & 3 Measurement and estimating examples in NRM2 format Changes in procurement practice Changes in professional development, guidance notes and schemes of work Reflects the increased use of NEC3 form of contract The impact of BIM This text includes recommended formats for cost plans, developer s budgets, financial reports, financial statements and final accounts. This is the ideal concise reference for quantity surveyors, project and commercial managers, and students of any of the above. "

Required Reading
2016-04-18 The Aqua Group Guide to Procurement, Tendering and Contract Administration John Wiley & Sons
ISBN 9781118346549 ISBN-13 1118346548

"Gives a detailed account of the building team's roles and responsibilities, with best industry practice required to ensure that building projects meet clients' expectations on time, cost and quality"--

Recommended Reading
2006 Code of Practice for Tendering and Contractual Matters 2006 Liaison Committee

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources
  • Donald Towey 2017-11-13 Construction Quantity Surveying John Wiley & Sons ISBN 9781119312901 ISBN-13 1119312906 
  • Duncan Cartlidge 2017 Quantity Surveyor's Pocket Book ISBN 1138698369 ISBN-13 9781138698369 
  • Mark Hackett, Gary Statham 2016-04-18 The Aqua Group Guide to Procurement, Tendering and Contract Administration John Wiley & Sons ISBN 9781118346549 ISBN-13 1118346548 
Journal Resources


Other Resources

IT Sligo Library

Additional Information