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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Civil, Chemical & Enviromental Eng Short Name: ENGM222
Level: M Module Co-ordinator: CLARKE BA Mr (C, C & E Eng)
Number of credits: 15 Number of ECTS credits: 7.5
Module Availability
Assessment Pattern

Unit(s) of Assessment


Weighting Towards Module Mark (%)


  • Conditions of Contract, Bill of Quantities & Estimating group project


  • Group project on the professional implications of conflict between procedural and evidence based Environmental Impact Assessment in relation to a major project.


  • Group project on the role of the newspapers in information provision



  • Individual project on the implications of the Law of Tort in relation to construction projects.



  • Individual project on an issue associated with the Law of Contract




















Qualifying Condition(s) 


An overall mark of 50% is required to pass the module.


Module Overview

To introduce students to civil engineering estimating and the inter-relationship between the process and the production of a Bill of Quantities in accordance with the provisions of the Civil Engineering Standard Method of Measurement. Broader management issues will be introduced, including ethical issues associated with  the environmental impacts of projects, the role of Local Authorities as clients and the role of the Press as a source of information. Elements of UK Law particularly relevant to civil engineers will be described, including the Law of Contract, the Law of Torts and Health & Safety Legislation.


Completion of the progress requirements of Level HE3
Module Aims

To introduce students to the estimating process by teaching them fundamental concepts associated with typical approaches to estimating in civil engineering, linked to the provisions of standard ICE procedures. Particular documents wit be introduced, including  the Civil Engineering Standard Method of Measurement 3, NEC/ECC3 & ICE 7th Ed. Conditions of Contract and associated Sub-Contracts.



A broader view of management and professional standards will be described, linking civil engineering construction and standard environmental impact approaches to a major project, critically assessing the potential conflicts between client needs and environmental damage. The role of Local Authorities as clients will be described. The role of the Press as a source of information for a civil engineering manager will be assessed by critically contrasting current newspapers.



The role of UK Law in relation to the “high-risk activity” of civil engineering will be described and illustrated, including the scope and origins of Common Law, Statutes, the Law of Contract,  the Law of Tort and the provisions of the Health and Safety at Work Act in relation to construction.



Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:



  • Prepare an estimate for a typical civil engineering project.


  • Relate the estimating process to the role of the Civil Engineering Standard Method of Measurement 3


  • Prepare contract documents and evaluate associated issues relating to the provisions of NEC/ECC3 and the ICE 7th Edition Conditions of Contract. 


  • Assess the potential ethical issues raised by civil engineering environmental impact assessments which conflict with other evidence linking probable environmental damage to the project.


  • Distinguish the roles of various Local Authority clients and their current influence in the civil engineering industry.


  • Differentiate the potential role of different newspapers as a source of both broader national, international and industrial information for the civil engineering manager.


  • In relation to typical civil engineering practice, understand and critically evaluate important implications associated with the Law of Contract and Law of Torts.


·       Critically explain the Health and Safety at Work Act in relation to liabilities in law.


Module Content

·           Detailed estimating procedures and Bill of Quantities preparation in accordance with the provisions of CESMM 3.


·           ICE Conditions of Contract (7th Ed) and New Engineering Contract (NEC3/ECC), including associated sub-contracts.


·           Local Authorities and their different roles as highways, drainage and structures clients.


·           The newspapers and their potential as a source of information for professional engineers.


·           Professional and moral responsibility.


·           Company culture and management style.


·           The English legal system, Common Law, Statute & European Law.


·           Contract Law and construction contracts.


·           Law of Torts and construction.


·           Dispute resolution.


·            Health and Safety at Work Act, 1974, and implications in construction.


Methods of Teaching/Learning

Learning is supported by written coursework and, extensively, by group projects. 20 hours of lectures, 6 hours of tutorial classes, and 124 hours independent learning. 
Total student learning time 150 hours.


Selected Texts/Journals

Essential reading





Required reading






Recommended background reading


ICE, Civil Engineering Procedure, Thomas Telford  (ISBN 07277 03633)




ICE, Conditions of Contract, 6th & 7th Edition, Thomas Telford  (ISBN 07277 16174)




The Engineering and Construction Contract, 3rd Edition, Thomas Telford  (ISBN 07277 33591)




Civil Engineering Standard Method of Measurement, 3rd Edition, Thomas Telford  (ISBN 07277 15615)




Kast FE and Rosenzweig JE,  Organization and Management: a systems and contingency approach, McGraw-Hill, 1985.  (ISBN 00703 34439)   




Students will be advised of other specific texts during the module.



Last Updated
26 October 2009