Full Title:Building Surveys 1
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:BLDS E8010
Credits: 5
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2015/16 ( September 2015 )
Module Delivered in 3 programme(s)
Module Description:This module aims to provide students with a knowledge and understanding of the various types of building surveys offered in practice, including their purpose and the methodology for carrying them out. The module also aims to develop a student's report writing & communications skills by providing them with an understanding of how to prepare specific types of survey reports.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Explain why and when building surveys of various types are needed.
  2. Describe and compare the various types of building surveys offered in Ireland and internationally and explain the theory and key principles underpinning such surveys.
  3. Apply the correct methodology and procedures when undertaking a variety of building surveys, including international best practice.
  4. List, explain the purpose of, and use building surveying equipment.
  5. Create professional reports on various types of building surveys for domestic properties and present findings in a logical and concise manner.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Reasons for Surveys
Property acquisition; company sale; maintenance management; property refurbishment; legal requirements; insurance; valuations; landlord and tenant.
Building Survey Categories and Types
Acquisition surveys including building survey reports, SCSI type 1, 2 & 3 surveys, RICS Homebuyers Survey, valuations; Lease related surveys including schedules of condition and an introduction to dilapidations; record surveys including measurement, photographic, schedules of condition; specialist surveys and audits including access, environmental, energy, security, space utilisation etc.; insurance surveys including reinstatement cost assessments, loss assessment and loss adjustment; building work inspections.
Pre-inspection Methodology
Preparation generally; client brief; taking and confirming instructions; the fee; conditions of engagement; information required prior to survey; duties and obligations of surveyors; professional indemnity insurance; necessary equipment and survey templates; health and safety considerations.
Inspection Methodology
Appropriate actions and procedures including sequence of inspection; resources including templates, information technology, equipment and time; health & safety.
Post Inspection Methodology
Review of all information gathered prior to forming a considered opinion; report preparation; the use of technology; report checklists; report layout; standard paragraphs and clauses; caveats and reservations; professional opinions and recommendations; client expectations; follow up services including the need for specialist advice and or further investigation.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Continuous Assessment A series of approximately 8 class-based practical building surveying tasks worth approximately equal marks, relating to the methodology of preparing and undertaking various building surveys. 3,5 30.00 100 40 Every Week 0
Continuous Assessment A written building survey report on a standard domestic property. 3,5 30.00 100 40 Week 11 0
Continuous Assessment A brief report describing the range of building surveys offered in practice. None 5.00 100 40 n/a 0
Continuous Assessment A brief report describing the standard and non-standard pieces of building surveying equipment used in practice. None 5.00 100 40 n/a 0
Continuous Assessment A portfolio presentation of all Building Survey 1 coursework. 3,5 10.00 100 40 Week 13 0
Class Test A test to assess a student's knowledge and understanding of the key principles and theories relating to building surveys. 3 20.00 0 0 n/a 0
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
No repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will be offered solely on the basis of coursework and a repeat examination will not be offered.
Reassessment Description
Students will be given the opportunity to remediate part or all of their CA performance by the autumn/repeat examinations board by repeating part or all of the same or similar CA.

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload & Resources

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Theory class. 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Practical Practical class. 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Directed Reading Preparation for CA. 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • Hollis M., Surveying Buildings, 5th Ed., RICS Books 2005 [ISBN: 1842191926]
  • Glover P. 2013, Building Surveys, 8th Ed., Routledge [ISBN: 0415635845]
  • Noy E. & Douglas J. 2011, Building Surveys and Reports, 4th Edition Ed., Wiley Blackwell [ISBN: 9781405197]
  • RICS 2013, Surveys of Residential Property – Guidance Note, 3rd Ed., RICS Books [ISBN: 9781783210411]
  • RICS 2010, HomeBuyer Report, practice note, 4th Ed., RICS Books [ISBN: 9781842196304]
  • RICS 2011, Reinstatement Cost Assessments of Buildings - Guidance Note, 2nd Ed., RICS Books [ISBN: 9781842196656]
  • RICS 2013, A Clear Impartial Guide to Dilapidations, RICS Books
  • SCSI 2011, Dilapidations: Guidance Note to Best Practice
  • RICS 2011, Surveying Safely – Guidance Note, 1st Ed., RICS Books [ISBN: 9781842196809]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources
  • Website: www.isurv.com, scsi.ie, rics.org.
  • Database: DkIT library electronic databases
  • DVD: Limelite Media Ltd.Mike Parrotts’s Guide to Building Pathology DVD series covering: Roofs, Walls, Floors & Basements.
  • DVD: NBS TVThe Surveyor's Channel: Material Risks
  • DVD: Video Project: Construction of Houses Series III (Includes Building Survey of a Residential Victorian Property)

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_EBSUR_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Building Surveying 4 Mandatory
658 Bachelor of Science in Construction Surveying 4 Mandatory
656 Higher Certificate in Science in Construction Surveying 4 Mandatory