QUSU08027 2012 Multidisciplinary Capstone Project 2

General Details

Full Title
Multidisciplinary Capstone Project 2
Transcript Title
Multi Project 2
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;


Develop team-working skills, individual confidence and appreciate the need for self-directed learning and CPD


Synthesise solutions to multi-faceted problems through a sharing of perspectives and experiences 


Develop professional judgement through the encouragement of logical and analytical approaches 


Enhance professional transferrable skills through the development of oral/written presentation and research skills, report writing 


Evaluate courses of action in situations of uncertainty and under conditions of commercial pressure


Demonstrate an ability to reflect critically on work undertaken, outcomes of decisions and evaluate learning achieved, competencies gained and decisions for future planning

Module Assessment Strategies

Continuous Assessment

Indicative Syllabus

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

Schedule of savings to meet clients budget


Final written presentation report encompassing:

Introduction giving brief details of the site, location, designs and features which will

have significant cost implications

Brief description of the form of construction of each element.

Two elemental cost plan summaries (one for each Structural Design Scheme).

Analyse estimating and cost planning functions, tender documentation, contract signing

Sound decision making based on a clear understanding of the evidence presented and consider possible courses of actions available

Integration of the subject areas of the programme to demonstrate the overall cost management of the design and construction process

Comments on accuracy and risk.

Qualifications and exclusions

Overall Discussion on trends in construction costs, market forces, current economy, influences and tendering conditions.

Comments on whole life costing (future maintenance costs, replacement of materials).

Comments on any sustainable features/technology.

Health & safety aspects influencing the costs in construction.

Appreciation the need for further research into options, methods, data and materials

A conclusion and Client recommendation.

Appendix I - A detailed estimate of the works in an Elemental Cost Plan format using Buildsoft Software.

Further Appendices – minutes of meetings (both Design Team and Quantity

Surveying), query/assumption sheets, site visit notes, photographs, marked-up

drawings, etc.


Final Design Team Oral Presentation attended by the client guest design-team professionals, facilitators and other teams:

Presentations will last approximately a half hour (including questions from the floor) and are to be supported by PowerPoint presentation software.

Professional dress required.

The Presentation is not the forum for discussing your learning experiences from undertaking the project or your experience of working within multidisciplinary teams.

Furthermore individual disciplines should not be discussing topics outside their area of expertise.

Individual report encompassing:

an account of the works they carried out

how they operated as a team member,

details of collaborating with Construction Project Management, Interior Architecture and Civil Engineering students,

Reflection in-, on- and for-practice, learning journals (records of reflection),

rationale for rejection of options not selected, adopted course of action and critical appraisal of the results

details of learning experiences which took place,

problems experienced in the process and how these problems were overcome.

Include any significant learning experiences as a result of undertaking the assignment through teamwork

recommendations on how to improve the process.

Give an account of how the assignment reflects the design team’s role in industry.

This document is to be supported by a timesheet indicating the time periods and dates that you worked on the assignment and a brief description of the work that you carried out during each time period. References of all documentation consulted in the process should be included in Harvard style referencing.

Include Appendices of any minutes, notes, or other material to support your report.

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 1,2,3,4,5,6

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Problem Based Learning Computer Laboratory Multidisciplinary Capstone Project 2 4 Weekly 4.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Multidisciplinary Capstone Project 2 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 2 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Multidisciplinary Capstone Project 2 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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