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Bachelor of Quantity Surveying Honours Degree

To be admitted to the Bachelor of Quantity Surveying Honours degree, a candidate must meet the following   requirements:

  • Applicants for the Bachelor of Quantity Surveying Honours Degree Programme must have a pass at “A” Level in Mathematics or Physics and any other approved subject, OR
  • For Special entry, applicants must have at least a National Diploma in Quantity Surveying with a pass at “O” Level Mathematics. Relevant experience will be an added advantage. For special entry, applicants will be required to attend a selection interview.
  • Post experience will be an added advantage

COURSE SYNOPSIS

AQS1101 THEORY AND PRACTICE OF QUANTITY SURVEYING & PROJECT MANAGEMENT
Introduction to Quantity Surveying and the construction industy. An overview of the building design and construction process, the scope of the activities of construction, project management and the responsibilities of the stakeholders and discussion of the work environment in engineering architecture and site construction.

PLC1101 PEACE, LEADERSHIP, CONFLICT AND TRANSFORMATION
The course is tailored in a manner to provide students with intellectual skills on the symbiotic relationship that exist on the three tier terms (peace, leadership and conflict). The course attempts to probe into the interplay between these thematic motifs and show their role ad complementarities in the process of human development. The course further seeks to provide a skills kit on how to analyse conflicts, identify their underlying causes, evaluate hoe conflict undermines the productive use of resources thereby plaguing development and how responsible leadership transforms adversity into peaceful, equitable and just global society in harmony with nature.

AQS1102 DESCRIPTIVE GEOMENTRY
This course gives an introduction to the purpose of architectural drawings and the process of communication through presentation and working drawings, types of two dimensional drawings and heir uses. Architectural lettering, relationship between scale and degree of detail, the use of hatching, the layout of architectural drawing sheets, dimensions- are some of the topics also covered in this course. Quantity Surveying professionals deal with working drawings and also architectural presentation drawings. The main aim and objectives of this course is to make students able to interpret the architectural presentation and working drawings in detail.

AQS1104 PRINCIPLES OF MICROECONOMICS
Definitions of Economics, Economics as a social science Differences between Macro Economics and Micro Economics. Wants, Needs and Demand, Scarcity, Choice and Opportunity Cost, The Economic problem, Factors of production and Economic Systems.

AQS1105 INTRODUCTION TO CONSTRUCTION LEGISLATION
Introduction to risk and safety regulations, accident prevention, public welfare, discussion of laws, safety equipment and inspection procedures. Lectures and seminar discussions also cover other legal obligations and model building by-laws in Zimbabwe.

AAR1108 INTRODUCTION TO CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS 1

An introduction review of the materials used in construction, of their physical properties and characteristics, and the processes they undergo to convert them to building materials.

AQS1108 PRINCIPLES OF MANAGEMENT (Fit to PLC1101-2)
History and development of management, thought, functions of management, organisational structures, decision making, communication centralisation and decentralisation, delegation, leadership and motivation, controlling budgeting and non-budgetary controls.

AQS1109 INTRODUCTION TO INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
The course introduces students to the use of computers with special reference to computer hardware, system software and computer network. Also covered in this course are communication systems with focus on hardware and software, data transmission, the internet and email.

AQS1110 BUILDING CONSTRUCTION 1
The course examines the construction process and the materials used in construction of simple structures through lectures, case studies and project assignments. Students will be required to study a building under construction and create a portfolio for documenting the project.

AQS1201 THEORY AND PRACTICE OF QUANTITY SURVEYING AND PROJECT MANAGEMENT II
A continuation of the course taught in the first semester with introduction to the scope of activities of construction, project management and the responsibilities of the stakeholders; discussion of the work environment in engineering architecture and construction, prerequisite AQS1101.

PLC1201 PEACE, LEADERSHIP, CONFLICT AND TRANSFORMATION
A continuation of the course taught in the first semester.

AQS1203 MEASUREMENT 1
This is an introduction to Mensuration and Measurement in accordance with the System of Measurement of simple structures e.g. foundations, brickwork, surface beds, carpentry, joinery and ironmongery, glazing, doors, windows, floors and pavings. Lectures will also focus on measurement of simple structures e.g. internal and external finishes, roof work, plumbing and external works. The course is a prerequisite for AQS 2208.

AQS1204 PRINCIPLES OF MACROECONOMICS
Principles of Macroeconomics builds our principles of microeconomics. It seeks to introduce students to how economic aggregates such as national income, investment, savings, taxation, imports, exports, government expenditure, fiscal and monetary policies/employment/ unemployment and inflation are related to micro-economic behaviour. Emphasis is put on the definition; measurement and inter-linkage of these.

AQS1205 LAW: CONSTRUCTION AND ENGINEERING I
Lectures covering an introduction to Law to Tort and Contract, product liability, professional liability, surveying law, patents.

AAR1206 INTRODUCTION STRUCTURAL DESIGN
An introduction to the static and dynamic behaviour of the major structural systems applied in architecture. An examination of monolithic wall, post-lintel and multistory framed construction, tunnels, vaults and domes, suspended, catenary and tensile structures, etc, to enable the students to develop their understanding of the structural principles that underlay their physical structural forms.

AAR1208 INTRODUCTION TO CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS II
A continuation of the course taught in the first semester, with an examination of constructional systems, and the ways in which materials are used in construction, and visits to construction sites.

AQS1208 ENGINEERING SURVEYING
The course introduces students to definitions, classes and branches of surveying. It also covers theory of errors, chain surveying. Theodolites and theodolite work: Triangulation: Calculations and theory Resection: Calculations Areas and Volumes: Setting out engineering plans and specifications. Curve Ranging; Quality take off, planning and scheduling Deformation Survey.

AQS2104 BUILDING CONSTRUCTION II
The course examines the construction process and the materials used in construction of multi-storey buildings through lectures, case studies and project assignments. Students will be required to study a building construction and create a portfolio for documenting the project.

AAR2105 STRUCTURAL DESIGN I
An introduction to structural systems, and their underlying physical principles, using historical and contemporary precedents. Simple methods of calculation are introduced, and field trips, and laboratory demonstrations are included.

AQS2106 LAW: CONSTRUCTION AND ENGINEERING II
A continuation from Part I, Second Semester with Lectures and seminar discussions covering in detail topics of contracts, product liability, professional liability, surveying law, patents, and preparation of documents utilized by quantity surveyors, engineers and architects,Proposals and bidding, technical investigations, test reports and design documents.Prerequisite: AQS 1205.

AQS2108 CONSTRUCTION ECONOMICS
Discussions of fundamental principles and basic techniques used in economic comparisons of various investment options, project appraisals, cost analyses of equipment and facility/ property ownership, retirement and replacement, considering the time value for money, inflation, depreciation, maintenance and related costs. Principles of engineering/technological economics, including compound interest, present worth, annuity, sinking fund, capital recovery, equivalence and uniform gradient series, are conceptualized.

AQS2109 STATISTICS I
Randomness, probability. Random variables, probability distribution and density function.

AAR3103 BUILDING SERVICES I
A study of infrastructural services of water supply, drainage, sewage treatment: electricity: and telephone installations.

AQS2201 BUILDING CONSTRUCTION III
The course investigates a range of conventional construction systems, for foundations, walls, suspended floors and roots. Systems are compared in timber, steel, masonry, and reinforced precast concrete. Lecturers are supplemented by demonstrations and site visits.

AQS2203 TECHNIQUES OF GATHERING INFORMATION AND REPORT WRITING
Introduction and development of use of exploring source and preparation of specialised and technical information, document research organisation, format and style. Drafting and interpretation of in-depth technical reports and comprehensive specification in the various forms of surveying, construction and engineering.

AQS2205 CONSTRUCTION ESTIMATES AND PRICING
Concepts and techniques of pricing, forecasting and estimating cost materials, engineering, construction and service operations, equipment, projects and systems; preliminary, detailed procedures using qualitative, quantitative and computer methods.

AQS2207 COMPUTER APPLICATIONS IN QUANTITY SURVEYING
Practical application of computer software in Quantity Surveying context; software instruction, including word processing, use of spreadsheets, data bases and specialised Quantity Surveying Software. Emphasis is laid on the generation of technical documents, bills of quantities, cost and tender reports, and interim valuations.

AQS2208 MEASUREMENT II
Introduction to Measurement of complex structures e.g. reinforced concrete multi-storey frames – the framed foundations, stepped foundations, reinforced concrete beams, columns, slabs, flat roofs, complex roofs, alterations and additions to existing structures. Pre-requisite for AQS 4107 and AQS 4204.

AQS2209 STATISTICS II
Binomial poissin, exponential and normal distributions. Histograms, data analysis. Standard estimations and their distribution, confidence intervals. Hypothesis testing, linear regression quality control.

AQS 2210 BUILDING DESIGN ECONOMICS
The study of efficient use of resources in the pursuit to increase the rate of growth in construction and development work in the most efficient manner. The examination is made into the cost implications of various building forms, functional requirement and construction methods. Influences of site and market conditions, and economics of fabrication and industrialisation, as well as in use techniques in Building design, are also studied.

AAR 3203 BUILDING SERVICES II
A study of the integrated mechanical, electrical and telecommunications systems that enable large complex buildings to function efficiently as working environments. Air conditioning systems. Acoustics.

AQS 3001 INDUSTRIAL ATTACHMENT
The 4-year Bachelor of Quantity Surveying Honours Degree Programme shall include an Academic Year of Supervised Industrial Attachment either with a professional quantity surveying firm or with a building contract. This attachment will expose the students to commercial systems and practicalities not encountered in the classroom. The Industrial Attachment shall be taken during Part III of the programme before they return to NUST for a final preparation of the outside world.

AQS 4001 QUANTITY SURVEYING RESEARCH PRACTICAL PROJECT
Lectures and discussions on preparation of dissertations. With practice and lectures, students will choose topics of their choice and prepare a dissertation individually.

AQS 4102 CONSTRUCTION PLANNING SIMULATION AND SCHEDULING
Focuses on fundamentals of planning, simulation and scheduling construction projects. The principles of Operations Research, including Queuing, Simulation, Linear Programming, Network Analysis, Transport and Assignment models, are conceptualized.

AQS4105 STANDARD FORMS OF CONTRACT FOR BUILDING AND CIVIL ENGINEERING
Lectures and a practical application of the Standard forms of Contract for Buildings and Civil Engineering.

AQS4106 CONSTRUCTION ACCOUNTING
Examination and analysis of the practices of financial and management accounting in the construction industry, including accounting processes, internal control, cost elements, overhead allocation and financial reports.

AQS4107 MEASUREMENT III
This course introduces students to measurement of different types of civil engineering works, plumbing and structural steelworks. The focus is on external works in roads, bridges, surface and subsurface drainage systems.

AQS4108 CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT AND METHODS
Advanced study in method of planning scheduling projects relate to heavy and large-scale construction, coursework focusing on the more complex issues of building construction estimating, considering both quantity surveying and pricing of labour, materials and equipment costs to determine resource allocations, levelling cost curves; application of manual computer network systems; team Research Project.

AQS 4001 QUANTITY SURVEYING RESEARCH PRACTICE PROJECT
A continuation from the semester.

AQS4203 CONSTRUCTION FINANCE
Exploring the critical factors in national, regional and local markets that determine development opportunities, business and construction cycles, regional and urban growth trends restructuring of urban space, commercial and industrial location theories, and demographic analysis and projection techniques; principles of managerial finance focusing on financial markets, financial statement analyses, planning and control, working capital management and international finance, discussion centered on the research required to find the best financial packages projected development, including assessment of market potential strategies, appraising alternative funding opportunities, capital budgeting and estimating debt, cash flow and appraisal techniques, joint ventures and partnerships, various loan structures, and micro-computer applications.

AQS4204 MEASUREMENT IV
The course’s is to equip students with skills of measurement with special focus on electrical and mechanical services. It also includes measurement of specialist items found in building works.

AQS4207 PROPERTY DEVELOPMENT AND ESTATE MANAGEMENT
Lecture and discussion topics including techniques for selecting, organising, and managing the development team, scheduling and risk management, negotiating strategies, utilising government financing and subsidy programmes and marketing, managing completed projects, tax assessment procedures and appeals, negotiating public private partnerships, various loan structures, and micro-computer applications.

AQS4209 PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE
Lectures and discussions; exploration of the ethics of the profession: values, ethical theory and practice; moral reasoning; morality in law and codes. Professional standards and societies; extensive use of case studies.

AQS 4210 INTERNATIONAL CONSTRUCTION: CONTRACTS AND ARBITRATION 
Technical and legal assessment of market potential developing overseas strategies, appraissing alternative funding opportunities, estimating and tendering joint ventures and partnership.