NEW Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Quantity Surveying CW488

  • NFQ Level 8
  • CW488
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  • New Course
  • 4 Years
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What is this Course about?

Construction Projects supply the key infrastructure that is vital for the functioning of our modern society ranging from Schools to Hospitals, Houses, Apartment Buildings, Office Blocks, Factories, Warehouses, Data Centres and Shops & Retail.  Quantity Surveyors manage and control all aspects of costs on a construction project. Their expertise is critical to ensuring that construction projects are completed on time and within budget.

While Measuring and Valuing construction work is at the heart of what Quantity Surveyors do, they are deeply involved in many other aspects of the construction process including Tendering and Contract Administration, Procurement of Materials and Subcontractors, Pricing of Tenders, Project Management and advising clients on contractual implication and Building Economics.

Quantity Surveyors must have a deep understanding of Construction Technology and Construction Methods. The core expertise of a Quantity Surveyor is in all aspects of the Cost of Construction and in particular Measuring and Valuing Construction Work. They will have a deep knowledge of Construction Contract Law and Administration, and strong Procurement and Negotiation skills.

Quantity Surveyors normally work for Professional Quantity Surveyor firms as part of the Design Team advising Clients or they work as quantity surveyors or estimators for Building Contracting firms that construct the projects. They may also work with Property Developers, directly for Clients as Building Procurement Managers and in a variety of other roles across the Construction Industry.

Course Structure

Our course is built around helping you to develop the key skills to become a Quantity Surveyor. You will develop a deep understanding of different Methods of Construction and Construction Technology ranging from housing to complex commercial and industrial developments. Central to the course are subjects to develop your expertise in the core quantity surveying costing skills of Measurement and Valuing of Building Work, Pricing, Estimating and Building economics. You will learn about Legal Aspects of Construction Contracts and how to administer them. Other important subject areas you will study include Project Management, Procurement and Negotiation Skills.

We believe in Learning by Doing. In addition to lectures, we place a strong emphasis on the practical application of what you have learned. You will develop your skills through working on Individual and Team Projects that are focussed on real construction situations. 

Quantity Surveyors increasingly rely on sophisticated computer software and technology to assist them in their work. You will develop and practice your skills in the use of the leading-edge technology and software packages that are used in industry.

A key part of the course is the industrial placement in the second semester of Year 3 where you will spend 6 months working in industry.

Is this course for you?

Do you enjoy working on practical projects and working in teams with other people? Do you have a practical and logical mind? Do you enjoy problem solving? Are you comfortable with numbers? Do you want to work in a vibrant industry with great employment / career prospects? If Yes, then Quantity Surveying should be of interest to you.

Special Features:

  • This course is accredited by the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI) and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) which means that it meets the high standards for an honours degree set by these Professional Institutes.
  • A strong commitment to Learning by Doing.  Theory and Lectures are combined with practical individual and team-based projects which allow you to tackle real construction challenges.
  • Training in leading edge technology and software used by Quantity Surveyors to ensure that you are work ready on completion of your degree.
  • Equips you with the core skills of a Quantity Surveyor in Construction Technology, Measuring and Costing of Construction Work, Construction Contract Law and Administration & Procurement and Negotiations.
  • Our 6-month industrial placement allows you to learn and develop in an industrial setting and make vital contacts to help progress your career.
  • Excellent career prospects in an expanding construction industry

What follow-on study opportunities are available?

Graduates may progress to an MSc in Management in the Built Environment or to a research masters or doctoral studies at Institute of Technology Carlow.

What exemptions will I receive?

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Notes

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What will I be able to do when I finish the course?

Graduates will be qualified to:

  • Manage building design costs
  • Manage contract and procurement procedures
  • Administer financial construction contracts and budgets
  • Manage projects.

Quantity Surveyors can find employment with consultancy firms, general and specialist building contractors, local authorities and government departments.

Mechanical and electrical services are becoming an increasingly important function within buildings and this course is unique in providing specialist training in this area at undergraduate level.
 

What are the minimum entry requirements?

Leaving Certificate:

  • 2H5 & 4O6/H7

Subjects required:

  • English or Irish at O6/H7
  • Mathematics at O6/H7

Subjects

Year 1

Semester 1

Land Surveying
AutoCAD, IT & IT Communications
Introduction to the Construction Industry
Domestic Technology & Structural Appreciation 1
Applied Mathematics
 

Semester 2

Materials, Building & Land Surveying
Quantity Surveying principles & Procedures
Domestic Technology & Structural Appreciation 2
Building Services 1
Building Information Modelling 1
 
 

Year 2

Semester 3

Measurement & Estimating
Commercial and Industrial Technology 1, Sustainable Technology 1
Earthworks measurement
Construction Health, Safety & Risk Management
Building Services 2
 
 

Semester 4

Measurement
Contract management & Planning 1
Accounting & Mathematics
Construction Law Introduction
Commercial and Industrial Technology 2, Sustainable Technology 2
 
 

Year 3

Semester 5

Contract Management & Planning 2
Integrated Construction Technology Project
Research Methods
Professional Practice
Measurement & Costing
 
 

Semester 6

Work Placement
 
 

Year 4

Semester 7

Dissertation (Part 1 of 2)
Built Environment Law
Advanced Construction Technology
Design Economics
Measurement, Evaluation & Reporting
 
 

Semester 8

Dissertation (Part 2 of 2)
Contract Law & Public Procurement
Management of Construction Projects
Building Economics
Tendering, Estimating & Cost Control
 

For Further Information Contact

Programme Director
Fiona Dawson
BSc (Hons), MSCSI, MRICS
E: fiona.dawson@setu.ie