QUSU08026 2012 Multidisciplinary Capstone Project 1

General Details

Full Title
Multidisciplinary Capstone Project 1
Transcript Title
Multi Project 1
75 %
Subject Area
QUSU - Quantity Surveying
CENG - Civil Eng. and Construction
08 - NFQ Level 8
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2012 - Full Academic Year 2012-13
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Sean McGagh
Programme Membership
SG_JQUAN_K08 201400 Level 8 Honours Degree Add-on in Quantity Surveying SG_JQUAN_H08 201400 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Quantity Surveying

This is designed as a total problem based learning module in order to develop students’ critical thinking, analytical, ethical and problem solving skills required of construction professionals working in a complex built environment. Quantity Surveyors will work as part of a multidisciplinary team, involving Construction Project Managers, Interior Architects, Structural Engineers and Health & Safety Professionals, on a multifaceted community based project while being facilitated by lecturers.

Learning Outcomes

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


Demonstrate an awareness of and articulate a personal knowledge base of principles, practice and theories-in-use from cognate modules


Appreciate the requirement for the integration of construction professionals through teamwork in order to solve problems


Devleop self-directed learning with respect to professional transferrable skills


Develop competence in active- and self-motivated tasks


Provide strategic and reasoned advice, including the preparation and presentation of reports with reference to cost, time, quality and buildability

Module Assessment Strategies

Continuotus Assessment

Indicative Syllabus

Cost management of design process from feasibility to contract signing

Issue of a Joint Brief, Joint Multi-disciplinary Meeting, appoint teams

Site visit, recording, health & safety

Set the clients brief

Indicative estimate and Budget setting (Based on Interior Architects Sketch Designs and Structural Engineers Provisional Scheme Designs)

Weekly Quantity Surveying Meetings

Weekly Design Team Meetings

Elemental Estimate (Based on Interior Architects Designs and Structural Engineers Scheme Designs)

On-going facilitation by lecturers in terms of technical content and professional transferrable skills, role-playing (setting agendas, chairing meetings, minute taking, problem solving exercises, information requests), arrange seminars on cost planning

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Continuous Assessment Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 100 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Problem Based Learning Computer Laboratory Multidisciplinary Capstone Project 1 4 Weekly 4.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Multidisciplinary Capstone Project 1 3 Weekly 3.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Part Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Problem Based Learning Online Multidisciplinary Capstone Project 1 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Multidisciplinary Capstone Project 1 5 Weekly 5.00
Total Part Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Moon, J.A. (2006) 2nd ed. Learning Journals: A Handbook for Reflective Practice and Professional Development, Routledge

Schön, D. (1983) The Reflective Practitioner, London, Temple Smith

Smith, J. & Jaggar, D. (2006) 2nd ed. Building Cost Planning for the Design Team, Butterworth-Heinemann

Tunstall, G. (2006) 2nd ed. Managing the Building Design Process, Butterworth-Heinemann


Other Resources

Multidisciplinary Project Joint Brief, Department of Civil Engineering and Construction – revised and updated annually by Multidisciplinary Facilitators

Quantity Surveying Brief, Quantity Surveying Facilitator

Lam, T. Y. M. (2008) Teaching Strategy for Inspiring Critical Thinking Required by Construction Professionals, RICS Construction and Building Research Conference COBRA 2008, Dublin, 4 to 5 September 2008.

Lam, T. Y.M. (2008) A Group-based Multiple Assessment Strategy for Construction-related Subjects, Journal for Education in the Built Environment, Vol. 3, Issue 2, pp. 46-62 (17).

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