QUSU08039 2019 Commercial Management for the Quantity Surveyor

General Details

Full Title
Commercial Management for the Quantity Surveyor
Transcript Title
Commercial Management for the
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Subject Area
QUSU - Quantity Surveying
CENG - Civil Eng. and Construction
08 - NFQ Level 8
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Leigh McLoughlin
Programme Membership
SG_JQUAN_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Quantity Surveying SG_JQUAN_K08 201900 Level 8 Honours Degree Add-on in Quantity Surveying

The aim of this module is to develop students awareness and understanding of the key characteristics associated with the effective operation of the construction firm within an ever changing environment. The module also evaluates the areas where lean production theories can make a significant impact in construction.

Learning Outcomes

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


Assess the techniques and tools available to manage risk and value throughout the development process.


Appreciate the potential to apply lean thinking to construction.


Evaluate the difference sources of finance used for construction and property development and the importance of cash flow forecasting.


Develop the ability to analysis whole life costing during the development and design of construction projects.


Critically evaluate the importance of supply chain management to the successful running of a construction project.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be delivered through lectures and tutorials.

Moodle is used by lecturers to direct and manage the learning process and facilitates: Formal Learning: posting of lecture notes and continuous assessments, additional resources and supporting documents. Links to websites. remote collaboration on group work (discussion boards, collaborative document editing) Informal Learning: social communication between learners (discussion boards, chat rooms, Wikis, blogs) learner journals (reflective journals, e-portfolios).


Module Assessment Strategies

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

Repeat Assessments

Repeat Continuous Assessment and / or Final Examination.

Indicative Syllabus

1. Construction industry performance - Current state industry and practice.

2. Financing Construction and Property Development.

3. Cash Flow Forecasting - Common usages; Different valuation methods; Advanced Cash flow forecasting; Client brief.

4. Risk Management - Risks; Risk Identification, analysis, response; Risk register and action planning.

5. Value Management - Value; Application of value management; stages of Value Management; Job Plan.

6. Whole Life Costing - Why use WLC; Calculating WLC.

7. Lean Construction - Lean, Lean Principles; Applying lean thinking to construction.

8. Supply Chain Management - Commercial Management of subcontractors and suppliers.

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 Continuous Assessment 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 Commercial Management for the QS 3 Weekly 3.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Commercial Management for the QS 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Online Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Online Commercial Management for the QS 1.5 Weekly 1.50
Independent Learning Not Specified Commercial Management for the QS 4.5 Weekly 4.50
Directed Learning Not Specified Commercial Management for the QS 1 Weekly 1.00
Total Online Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.50 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2016-09-22 Construction Economics Taylor & Francis
ISBN 9781317292784 ISBN-13 1317292782
Recommended Reading
2015-03-06 Supply Chain Management and Logistics in Construction Kogan Page
ISBN 0749472421 ISBN-13 9780749472429
Recommended Reading
2014-11-17 Value Management of Construction Projects John Wiley & Sons
ISBN 9781118351239 ISBN-13 1118351231
Recommended Reading
2013-02-19 Modern Construction Management John Wiley & Sons
ISBN 9781118510216 ISBN-13 1118510216
Recommended Reading
2013-06-10 Willis's Practice and Procedure for the Quantity Surveyor Wiley-Blackwell
ISBN 0470672196 ISBN-13 9780470672198
Recommended Reading
2018 Contractual Procedures in the Construction Industry Routledge
ISBN 1138693936 ISBN-13 9781138693937

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources


Journal Resources


URL Resources

RICS - Commercial Management of Construction https://www.rics.org/uk/upholding-professional-standards/sector-standards/construction/black-book/commercial-management-of-construction/

Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland:  www.scsi.ie

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors:  www.rics.org

The Chartered Institute of Building: https://www.ciob.org/

Lean Construction Ireland: http://leanconstructionireland.ie/

Lean Construction Institute:https://www.leanconstruction.org/





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