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National Institute of Technical Education of Sri Lanka (NITESL) Ministry of Vocational and Technical Training

National Diploma in Quantity Surveying (NDQS) Distance Learning

Course Hand Book 2007/2009


National Institute of Technical Education of Sri Lanka No. 100, Kandawala Road Ratmalana, Sri Lanka Tel: 0094112624405, Fax: 0094112622461 Email: ndqs2007_nitesl@yahoo.com

National Institute of Technical Education of Sri Lanka (NITESL)


The Institute was established in 1983 as the National Technical Teacher Training College (NTTTC) and it was renamed as the National Institute of Technical Education (NITE) in 1994. The Institute became a statutory body in the year 1999 as the National Institute of Technical Education of Sri Lanka (NITESL) under the Parliamentary Act No. 59 of 1998. In the near future, the University of Vocational Technology (UNIVOTEC) will be established in the premises of NITESL. The university comprises of three faculties; namely Faculty of Training Technology, Faculty of Industrial Technology and Faculty of Vocational technology. The National Institute of Technical Education of Sri Lanka will be restructured as the Faculty of Training Technology, which will provide the trainers in the sector to uplift their professional qualifications to degree and post graduate levels and in the same way for those who are in the industry and other training institutes can study for a degree in the respective faculties. OUR VISION To facilitate the development of demand driven Technically skilled training staff in the Technical and Vocational Education and Training Sector in Sri Lanka

OUR MISSION To provide services of Human Resources Development, Curriculum Development and Instructional Resource Materials Development for the Technical and Vocational Education and Training Sector in Sri Lanka

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National Diploma in Quantity Surveying (NDQS) Distance Learning


INTRODUCTION:
Construction is one of the fastest growing industries in the world as well as in Sri Lanka. The development of new technology and new industrial knowledge and the increased emphasis on infrastructure development gave rise to the present status of the construction industry. Today, construction offers a wide range of job opportunities for those who seek high profile, lucrative and satisfying career. The Quantity Surveyor is a highly acclaimed profession within the construction Industry and a well-qualified and well-experienced Quantity Surveyor plays an indispensable role in the Industry and is highly demanded both locally and internationally. Quantity surveyors provide a range of services, including cost advice and forecasting, contractual advice, cost control and financial management of construction projects from the inception to completion. This type of work provides an excellent basis for progression to management positions throughout the industry. According to the Labour Market Information Bulletin (2006) published by the Tertiary and Vocational Education Commission Quantity Surveyor is ranked as the forth most demanded overseas profession. Especially they have excellent career opportunities in the Middle Eastern region including the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The proposed course is designed for the practicing Quantity Surveyors employed in the Middle Eastern countries who are facing difficulties in obtaining further professional advancement through higher qualifications due to the non-availability of a Diploma level course in Quantity Surveying. The course was initiated by a request from the Association of Practicing Quantity Surveyors and Estimators - Sri Lanka on behalf of the practicing Sri Lankan Quantity Surveyors in Dubai. This course is an extension of the National Diploma in Quantity Surveying (NDQS) two year parttime (weekend) course which is conducted at the National Institute of Technical Education of Sri Lanka (NITESL) targeting the practicing Quantity Surveyors in Sri Lanka. The Parliament Act No. 59 of 1998 of the National Institute of Technical Education of Sri Lanka, which came into operation with effect from 08th January 1999, has vested the powers on the Institution under Section 4 of PART -II, to award certificates, diplomas, associate degrees, and other academic distinctions by conducting education and training programmes through different modes of instruction for persons who wish to qualify in the field of technical and vocational education and training.

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OBJECTIVES OF THE COURSE:


To provide trainees with knowledge, skills and attitudes required to perform duties and responsibilities confidently and competently as Quantity Surveyors. To stimulate the career development of the Quantity Surveyors serving in the construction Industry. To enable the trainees to possess a recognized qualification in Quantity Surveying, that provides a firm base for higher education.

DURATION:
2 years (4 semesters 20 weeks per semester)

TARGET GROUP:
Practicing Quantity Surveyors in Middle Eastern countries with the qualifications and experience specified below.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS:
National Certificate in Technology (NCT) in Quantity Surveying OR National Certificate in Technology (NCT) in Civil Engineering National Diploma in Engineering Science (NDES), in Civil Engineering National Diploma in Technology (NDT), in Civil Engineering Higher National Diploma in Engineering (HNDE), in Civil Engineering City & Guilds Parts I & II in Quantity Surveying Diploma in Technology Open University of Sri Lanka in Civil Engineering Any other relevant qualification approved by the Academic Committee of the NITESL WITH Minimum 1 year experience as a Quantity Surveyor

MEDIUM OF INSTRUCTION: English METHODS OF INSTRUCTION:


Flexible delivery of material including study guides and supplementary material. Tutorial assistance will be provided by tutors in Dubai. Further assistance will be from Lecturers/Course developers in Sri Lanka by e-mail, telephone and facsimile. Networking and discussion groups are encouraged.

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COURSE FEE:
SLR 60,000/= (To be paid in two installments of SLR 30,000/= before registration for each academic year) to the NITESL.

STRUCTURE OF THE COURSE:


Year 1-Semester 1 (Duration- 20 Weeks) Year 1-Semester 2 (Duration- 20 Weeks)

NDQS101- Building Technology NDQS102- Quantitative Techniques NDQS103- Communication Skills NDQS104- Quantity Surveying Practice I NDQS105- Tendering & Estimating NDQS106- Legal Systems & Business Law NDQS107- Structural Design & Detailing

NDQS201- Advanced Building Technology NDQS202- Principles of Economics NDQS203- Construction Accounting & Finance NDQS204- Quantity Surveying Practice II NDQS205- Management Studies NDQS206- Materials & Maintenance Technology NDQS207- Applications of Information Technology NDQS208- Technical Writing

Year 2-Semester 1 (Duration- 20 Weeks)

Year 2-Semester 2 (Duration- 20 Weeks)

NDQS301- Building Economics NDQS302- Environmental Engineering & Building Services NDQS303-Contractual Procedures & Administration NDQS304- Civil Engineering Technology NDQS305- Construction Decision Making Techniques NDQS306 - Land Use & Valuation

NDQS401-Contract Law NDQS402- Construction Economics NDQS403-Project Management NDQS404-Quantity Surveying Practices in Building Services NDQS405- Civil Engineering Quantities & Contracts NDQS406-Project

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ACADEMIC SCHEDULE 1st semester/1st Year Date 01.07.2007 Event Official starting of the course 1st Semester 1st semester examination

01.07.2007 30.11.2007 (20 weeks)

01.12.2007- 09.12.2007

The schedule for the remaining semesters of the course will be informed later. MONITORING OF COURSE:
The following panel will conduct the monitoring activities. Director General, NITESL Director (Academic) Director (Curriculum Development) Head (Academic Division) Course Coordinator Course Co-coordinator Program Officer, NITESL President of the APQSE-SL

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EVALUATION CRITERIA:
All modules are assessed by semester end examinations and/or continuous assignments. Module NDQS101- Building Technology NDQS102- Quantitative Techniques NDQS103- Communication Skills NDQS104- Quantity Surveying Practice I NDQS105- Tendering & Estimating NDQS106- Legal Systems & Business Law NDQS107- Structural Design & Detailing NDQS201- Advanced Building Technology NDQS202- Principles of Economics NDQS203- Construction Accounting & Finance NDQS204- Quantity Surveying Practice II NDQS205- Management Studies NDQS206- Materials & Maintenance Technology NDQS207- Applications of Information Technology NDQS208- Technical Writing NDQS301- Building Economics NDQS302- Environmental Engineering & Building Services NDQS303-Contractual Procedures & Administration NDQS304- Civil Engineering Technology NDQS305- Construction Decision Making Techniques NDQS306 Land Use & Valuation NDQS401-Contract Law NDQS402- Construction Economics NDQS403-Project Management NDQS404-Quantity Surveying Practices in Building Services NDQS405- Civil Engineering Quantities & Contracts NDQS406-Project Semester End Exam 60% 60% 60% 40% 60% 60% 60% 60% 60% 60% 40% 60% 60% 60% 60% 60% 60% 60% 60% 60% 60% 60% 40% 40% Continuous assessments 40% 40% 40% 60% 40% 40% 40% 40% 40% 40% 60% 40% 40% 100% 100% 40% 40% 40% 40% 40% 40% 40% 40% 40% 60% 60% 100%

All semester end examinations will be conducted in Dubai under the supervision of NITESL representatives. The participants have to submit minimum of 2 continuous assignments for each module in hard copy or via Internet. The following modules will be assessed by continuous assignments only.

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8 NDQS207- Applications of Information Technology NDQS208- Technical Writing The individual final project under the module NDQS406- Project which incorporates all subject areas taught in the course will be assessed by a project report, a presentation and an interview. All other modules are assessed by both continuous assessments and the end examination. To pass a module, the participant should obtain minimum marks (40%) in all continuous assessments and the semester end examination. When there is only continuous assessments for a subject the student should obtain minimum of 40% in all assignments.

Grades for Modules:


Grades of performance for the modules will be awarded as follows. Guideline (%)Module Average Grade Description

75 and above D Distinction Pass 65 to 74 M Merit Pass 55 to 64 C Credit Pass 40 to 54 S Simple Pass 30 to 39 WP Weak Pass Below 30 F Fail If a trainee is unsuccessful in the semester end examination for any module, he/she will be allowed maximum of two attempts in the next consecutive examinations for the same module. If a student fails in an assignment the lecturer in charge of the module will assign a suitable second assignment. Maximum of one weak pass per a semester and 2 weak passes for the whole course are allowed without re-examination.

Grading for the Course:


The final grade of performance for the course will be awarded by considering the average of all four semester averages. Guideline (%) (Module Average) 75 and above 60 to 74 40 to 59 Below 40 Grade Description

D M S F

Distinction Pass Merit Pass Pass Fail

To achieve a pass as the final grade, a trainee should obtain at least a pass for all four semesters.

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CERTIFICATION
The National Diploma in Quantity Surveying (NDQS) certificate will be awarded on successful completion by the NITESL under the Ministry of Vocational and Technical Training.

PARTNERSHIP
Association of Practicing Quantity Surveyors and Estimators Sri Lanka UAE Group and the National Institute of Technical Education of Sri Lanka. Association of Practicing Quantity Surveyors and Estimators Sri Lanka UAE Group UAE correspondent: Mr. D. A. H. Gunaratne, MRICS; AAIQS; AIQS (SL); AMIE (SL); MIIE (SL) I. Eng; Mem. AACE; Mem. ICC (SL); Mem. SLQA; Reg. Arb. NACSL; Fellow APQSE-SL Chartered Quantity Surveyor & Engineer Roads & Transport Authority, Government of Dubai P. O. Box 118899, Dubai, UAE Sri Lankan correspondent: Mr. P. B. G. Wickramasinghe, Tech. RICS (UK), AAIQS, MIIE (SL), I. Eng., Fellow APQSE (SL), FIDT (SL), ACIOB (UK), Mem. IPM (SL), Reg. Mem. IQS (SL), President, Association of Quantity Surveyors and Estimators Sri Lanka, Director/Chief Quantity Surveyor & Incorporated Engineer (Civil) Design Team Three (Pvt.) Ltd., 107 D, Havelock Road, Colombo 5 Course Coordination at NITESL: Course Coordinator: Eng. (Ms.) Ramya Kumanayake B. Sc. Eng. (Hons), MBA (Colombo), AMIE (SL) TAFE Australia accredited Master Trainer Lecturer (Civil Engineering) / Head, Research Division National Institute of Technical Education of Sri Lanka Tel: 011-2624405 ex: 216 e-mail: ramya_kumanayake@yahoo.com ndqs2007_nitesl@yahoo.com

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