BACHELOR OF QUANTITY SURVEYING
The degree programme in Bachelor of Quantity Surveying is intended to replace the current degree course in B.A. in Building Economics which has been offered since 1967. The course B.A. in Building Economics was offered in the Department of Land Development until 1990 when the Department of Building Economics & Management became fully established. It is important to note that the former course was training the students to enter into the Quantity Surveying profession and construction management. The proposed revision will help to focus on the quantity surveying profession and strengthen its role in the construction industry and in the economy as a whole.
When the B.A. in Building Economics course was started in 1967, it was a generalised degree that was preparing graduates for both the quantity surveying profession and construction management. Over the years, the two areas of knowledge have grown into two separate distinct professions. In response to this the department, in consultation with the industry, has identified the need to revise the existing B.A. in Building Economics into the Bachelor of Quantity Surveying.
It is generally accepted that curriculum review should be undertaken every three (3) to five (5) years. The current curriculum was last reviewed in 1992 and hence the current undertaking. The review of the curriculum was carried out in consultation with various stakeholders in the construction industry and was necessitated by the need to make it more compliant with the changing trends in the construction industry and to introduce new knowledge that will enhance the graduates performance. To this end, all the courses have been streamlined to remove overlaps and outdated materials and include new areas and also new procurement procedures, changes in the methods of measurements, changes in law and international trade in construction, professional computing packages, environmental management in construction.