Quantity surveying and commerical management
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Introduction
This assignment is intended to help you meet and assess your achievement of the learning outcomes, stated below, for this module. It will contribute towards the mark for this module and your overall level aggregate for the programme year. The assessment criteria are clearly set out within the assignment brief and it is in your own interests to ensure that your work addresses the assessment criteria clearly and in a logical sequence. If you are unsure or unclear about any aspect of what is required of you, you should contact the assignment author or module leader straight away.
COURSEWORK NUMBER 1 – 20%
TASK – Introduction to measurement
Provide answers to the following questions. These questions are similar to those completed in the workshop sessions but applied to a different project.
The focus of this coursework is the use of dimension paper and your accuracy of quantification. For each question, you need to identify the actual quantity of material required, and then use the information provided to answer the questions.
All work is to be completed on dimension paper. All costing works are to be completed in the waste column ONLY – no costing is to be in the dimension columns.
Please make sure that you clearly identify each question/answer in your work.
The following exercises shall be done with reference to the following drawing:
Drawing: PST/550/94 – Housing at Oakham Hill Phase 2 – House Type TC
 The owner wishes to replace the old skirting and the coving in both the Living room and Kitchen/ Dining room. Calculate the cost of buying the skirting boards and coving, using the following information :
 The skirting boards are available in 2.4m lengths, a pack of four costs £25.00
 The coving are available in 3.0m lengths, cost per length is £5.00
 Allow a 10% wastage on any materials.
 Assume all door openings are 910mm wide.
(18 Marks)
 The floor of the kitchen is to be finished with marble effect floor tiles, each measuring 300mm x 300mm.
 If there are 10 tiles in a pack, calculate the number of packs required.
 The cost of one pack is £25, labour cost is £15 per m2, calculate the cost of tiling the kitchen floor.
 Allow a 10% wastage on any materials.
 Measure under all kitchen units.
(18 Marks)
 The owner wants to replace the floor finishes in bedrooms 1 & 2 and they have two options; either use softwood floor boards or chipboard flooring. Help them find out which is the cheaper option using the following information :
 Floorboards cost £15 for a pack. One pack covers an area of 1.71m2. Cost of labour is £13 per m2.
 One sheet of chipboard costs £8. One sheet covers an area of 1.44m2. Labour cost is £5.50 per m2
 Allow a 10% wastage on any materials.
 Width of Bedroom 1 is 3100mm.
(18 Marks)
 The internal wall and ceiling surfaces for all bedrooms on the first floor require a coat of emulsion paint. Calculate the area for the painting works. Measure the ceilings separate to all the walls and make sure you clearly identify each rooms measurements, as well as the totals.
 Assume all internal door openings are 2100 x 910mm
(13 Marks)
 The owner wishes to replace the roof covering on their house.
 Calculate the area of roof tiling to the main house.
 Assume a 300mm overhang on the eaves
 Assuming that using 600 x 300mm slates with a 75mm lap gives a coverage of 12.5 slates per m2, calculate how many slates will be required.
 Assume a waste allowance of 5%
(19 Marks)
 The concrete can be one of the most important materials of the project.
 Measure the volume of concrete required for the foundations.
(14 Marks)
Presentation Requirements
 The assignment must be in dimension paper format.
 Work can be hand written and then scanned, or you may use an excel template (provided)
 All pages must be numbered.
 Copies of marked up drawings may be submitted for clarity if required.
 Make sure you proof read and check your calculations.
Module Learning Outcomes
Knowledge and understanding.
After studying the module you should be able to:
 Recognise and explain the purpose and need for measurement including its impact upon the practice of measurement and the management of construction cost
 Recognise and explain the importance of estimating quantities and establishing the outline cost
 Demonstrate the relationship between construction, cost and time
Skills, qualities and attributes.
After studying the module, you should be able to:
 Apply measurement skills to domestic construction work
 Apply measurement convention
 Produce simple estimates of quantities, time and cost for parts of domestic structure
 Communicate effectively in oral, written and graphical format incorporating relevant information
 Use numbers accurately and apply quantitative techniques to given scenarios
Assessment Criteria  Areas Considered

Learning Outcomes Assessed 
Use of Dimension paper (36%)  Technique, clarity, presentation. Your answers will need to comply with dimension paper conventions as shown in the lecture and additional guidance provided.

4,5,6,7,8 
Accuracy and clarity of calculations (44%)  Accuracy, clarity. Your calculations will be assessed against the model answer with marks awarded for accuracy. Consideration will also be taken into account with regard to the clarity of your waste calculations and how you arrived at the final answer.  1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 
Accuracy and clarity of costing calculations (20%)  As above, but care needed when calculating materials and labour aspects.  1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 
Grading
Your work will be assessed in accordance with the above criteria, but unlike other assessments on your course this one will be marked using a numerical mark scheme. This is because the work is calculation based.
Your work will be marked in accordance with the below weightings, but you will be provided with a grade for each of the three criteria. This will be sent to you along with grade specific feedback once the work has been graded.
The marks for each question are provided in the text, but each question is broken down into the assessment criteria. As follows:
Question  Dim Paper (36%)  Calculation (44%)  Costing
(20%) 
Total
(100%) 
1  6  7  5  18 
2  6  7  5  18 
3  6  7  5  18 
4  6  7  NA  13 
5  6  8  5  19 
6  6  8  NA  14 
Total  36  44  20  100 
Your overall percentage score will be converted to a grade in accordance with the following conversion table.
Class 
Grade

%
Range 
First  Exceptional 1^{st}  93 – 100 
High 1^{st}  85 – 92  
Mid 1^{st}  78 – 84  
Low 1^{st}  70 – 77  
Upper second  High 2.1  67 – 69 
Mid 2.1  64 – 66  
Low 2.1  60 – 63  
Lower second  High 2.2  57 – 59 
Mid 2.2  54 – 56  
Low 2.2  50 – 53  
Third  High 3^{rd}  47 – 49 
Mid 3rd  44 – 46  
Low 3rd  40 – 43  
Fail  Marginal Fail  35 – 39 
Mid Fail  30 – 34  
Low Fail  1 – 29  
Zero  Zero  0 
In this example, if your grade for the work is a Mid 2.2, this means that your score was between 54 – 56%.
Therefore, using the table above, you will be able to use your grade to calculate your overall score for each criteria.
For anyone who would like more detailed feedback on their work, you can request this from your workshop tutor.
Task Specific Grading Descriptors
Assessment criteria  Grade  Descriptors 
Correct use of dimension paper and measurement convention  Exceptional 1^{st}  Use of dim paper exceptionally good and complies with all conventions and used appropriately. 
1st  Use of dim paper exceptionally good and complies with most conventions with only minor errors.  
2.1  Use of dim paper is very good, consistent, and complies with some conventions with minor errors.  
2.2  Use of dim paper is good, but contains errors and only complies with some conventions.  
3^{rd}  Use of dim paper generally weak and only complies with some conventions.  
Fail  Use of dim paper is poor and fails to comply with conventions.  
Zero  Work of no merit, work not submitted


Accuracy and clarity of calculations  Exceptional 1st  Excellent accuracy of all calculations provided in a clear and logical format. All waste calculations are accurate with logical formatting and clear annotations. 
1^{st}  Excellent accuracy of all calculations provided in a clear and logical format with only minor errors All waste calculations are accurate with logical formatting and clear annotations.  
2.1  Very good accuracy of all calculations provided in a clear and logical format with some minor errors. All waste calculations are generally accurate and clear throughout, with logical formatting and clear annotations.  
2.2  Good overall accuracy of all calculations provided, although format could improve, with some errors. waste calculations are generally clear with some logical formatting and some clear annotations.  
3rd  Sufficient overall accuracy of all calculations provided. Format generally acceptable but with several errors present. Waste calculations are generally clear but could improve with more annotations provided and clearer structure and approach adopted. Accuracy could improve.  
Fail  Poor overall accuracy of all calculations provided. format generally unacceptable with several errors present. waste calculations are poor and difficult to follow. Weak approach adopted.  
Zero  Work of no merit or absent, work not submitted, penalty in some misconduct cases.


Accuracy and clarity of costing calculations  Exceptional 1^{st}  Costing calculations are accurate and clear throughout, with logical assumptions made and clear annotations. 
1^{st}  Costing calculations are accurate and clear throughout, with logical assumptions made and clear annotations  
2.1  Costing calculations are very good, and generally accurate and clear throughout, with some logical assumptions made and some clear annotations.  
2.2  Costing calculations are good, with some logical assumptions but some errors are present and some missunderstanding of the main principles is apparent.  
3rd  Costing calculations are sufficient, with some logical assumptions but several errors are present and some missunderstanding of the main principles is apparent.  
Fail  Costing calculations are generally poor, with some assumptions made but several errors are present and some missunderstanding of the main principles is apparent.  
Zero  Work of no merit OR absent, work not submitted, penalty in some misconduct cases. 
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