A REVIEW OF THE CURRICULUM OF QUANTITY SURVEYING OF AHMADU BELLO UNIVERSITY ZARIA TO THE MODERN CHALLENGES OF THE PROFESSION


A REVIEW OF THE CURRICULUM OF QUANTITY SURVEYING OF AHMADU BELLO UNIVERSITY ZARIA TO THE MODERN CHALLENGES OF THE PROFESSION  

ABSTRACT

This paper seeks to review the current curriculum of Quantity Surveying of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in tackling the modern challenges posed to the profession by the changing nature of the construction industry. Literatures reviewed shows that technological advancement and the complex nature of clients’ needs are some of the major factors causing these changes. The study is carried out via literature reviews and an interview survey with practicing Quantity Surveying Professionals. The result shows that the current Quantity Surveying curriculum cannot be categorized as totally insufficient for training students in the undergraduate Quantity Surveying programme of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. Little modification is required to put the curriculum at a higher standard.

The research reveals that bid security and performance bond are important areas of the Quantity Surveying profession and hence, should be an integral part of the undergraduate Quantity Surveying curriculum. In addition, internet studies should also form part of the curriculum. The research also shows that natural sciences should be given more attention in the curriculum of Quantity Surveying given that it helps Quantity Surveyors to think logically and it also helps them in areas of Engineering Works.

Table of Contents

CERTIFICATION. I

DECLARATION. II

DEDICATION. III

LIST OF TABLES. I

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT.. 2

ABSTRACT. 3

CHAPTER ONE. 4

Introduction. 4

Background of the study. 4

1.2. Aim and Objectives. 7

1.2.1. Aim.. 7

1.2.2. Objectives. 7

1.3. Statement of the Problem.. 7

1.4. Scope. 8

1.5. Limitation. 8

CHAPTER TWO.. 9

Literature Review.. 9

2.1. Meaning of Quantity Surveying. 9

2.2. The Quantity Surveyor. 10

2.3. How to become a Quantity Surveyor in Nigeria. 10

2.4. Institutions Offering Quantity Surveying in Nigeria. 11

2.5. Challenges of the Modern Quantity Surveyor. 13

2.6. Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Quantity Surveying. 14

2.7. Profile of an Ideal Quantity Surveyor. 15

2.8. Competence of a Quantity Surveyor. 16

2.9. Improving the Competency of the Quantity Surveyor. 21

2.10. The Diversity of the Quantity Surveying Profession. 21

2.11. The Education of Quantity Surveying. 22

2.12. The Need for Dialogue between Quantity Surveying Organisations and Quantity Surveying Educational Institutions. 23

2.13. CURRICULUM... 24

The organization of schooling and further education has long been associated with the idea of a curriculum.  What actually is curriculum?. 24

2.14. Problem with the Curriculum of Quantity Surveying in Nigeria Tertiary Institutions. 25

2.15. COURSES OF A DEFREE PROGRAMME IN QUANTITY SURVEYING.. 26

CHAPTER THREE.. 29

RESEARCH METHODOLOGY.. 29

3.1. INTRODUCTION.. 29

3.2. AREA OF STUDY.. 29

3.3. POPULATION.. 29

3.4. SAMPLING.. 30

3.5. DATA GATHERING.. 30

CHAPTER FOUR.. 32

DATA ANALYSIS. 32

SUMMARY OF INTERVIEWS CONDUCTED. 32

The relevance of the curriculum to the changing Construction industry. 42

The relevance of ICT to Quantity Surveying profession. 47

The suitable SMM to govern the measurement of building works. 47

The state of law and cost control in the Quantity Surveying profession. 48

The performance of ABU Zaria’s graduates in Quantity Surveying organizations. 49

The significance of natural science to the Quantity Surveying profession. 50

CHAPTER FIVE: CONCLUSION AND RECOMMENDATION.. 52

CONCLUSION.. 52

RECOMMENDATION.. 53

1.      QTYS 514 (with the course title information and communication technology) is the appropriate course section to incorporate the aspect of exposure to internet for the reason that it focuses basically on the area of information and communication technology. As defined in the Microsoft Encarta Dictionary the Internet is a network that links computer networks all over the world by satellite and telephone, connecting users with service networks such as e-mail and the World Wide Web. 53

REFERENCE.. 54

APPENDIX A.. 58

INTERVIEW QUESTIONS. 58

LIST OF TABLES

Table 1: Services offered by the Quantity Surveyor. 5

Table 2: Profile of an ideal Quantity Surveyor. 15

Table 3: Skills that lead to a competent Quantity Surveyor as provided by the Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS). 16

Table 4: Competencies required of Quantity Surveyors by RICS. 20

Table 5: lists of new areas in the construction industry. 46

Table 6: Respondents' perception on natural science topics. 50

     

CHAPTER ONE Introduction Background of the study: 

Trisa (2004) mentioned that change is the dominant factor of the society today. It is in this line that Ashworth & Hogg (2007), Nkado, and Hasmawati and Johan all asserted that the construction industry is changing and the Quantity Surveying professional status quo is no longer applied to the challenges brought by the changes. Matzdorf, et al (1997) explains further by asserting that the Quantity Surveying profession is facing threats to its traditional roles and functions as a result of the changing client needs in the construction industry. Ashworth & Hogg (2007) went further to assert that if the profession did not adapt to change then it will not exist in the future. Due to rapid changes and diversification in both the profession and the construction industry, it has become more important to produce well qualified and competent graduates to meet the challenges of the profession. Anago (2006) in her paper “the Quantity Surveyor and road map to the future” contended that ‘our basic education and training should be an enhanced package of our current core competencies decorated with knowledge ‘pouched’ or acquired from professions/discipline.’ Education is one of the critical factors in the success or failure of the construction industry. Education is the backbone of the development of the innate potential of an individual. Knowledge, skills and belief (philosophy as end product of education) are acquired and developed through teaching and learning. The philosophy of professional disciplines acquired and developed at higher educational institutions goes a long way to determine the professional outcomes. (Olukayode, 2006).

Tunde (2006) identified the services offered by Quantity Surveyors follows:

Table 1: Services offered by the Quantity Surveyor

50 years ago

Today

Pre contract work:

Measuring work to defined rules

Sector-specific design advice

Analysis and scheduling of work

Early stage comparative cost planning

Preparing cost estimates

Advice on cost of design options

Preparing tender documents (BOQ)

Analysis and scheduling of work

Measuring work to defined rules

Preparing cost estimates

Preparing tender documents

Drafting contracts

Assembling frameworks

Benching and value management

Funders/mergers and acquisitions due diligenc

Post contract work:

Valuation of work in progress

Acting as contract administrator

Valuation of variations

Valuation of work in progress

Evaluation of claims for an additional cost

Valuation of variations

Settling final account

Contractual advice

Evaluation of claims for an additional cost

Settling final account

Setting capital allowances calculations

Acting as adjudicator or mediator

Acting as expert witness or arbitrator

Risk management

Other services:-

Project and facilities management

Program management

Development management

Supply chain management

Construction management

Project monitoring

Strategic development and portfolio advice

Insurance valuations

Building surveying

Source: Tunde (2006).

These aforementioned services provided by the Quantity Surveyor suggest that Quantity Surveying, within the context of construction industry is multi disciplinary in nature. As mentioned by Zakaria et al (2006) ‘Quantity Surveying study encompasses various elements which includes law, economics, management, administration, technology, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), manufacturing, mathematics, operational research etc.

The University is established for knowledge generation. It is central to the development and growth of any discipline. The University is known not only for teaching but also primarily for research as a basis for advancing the frontier of knowledge and clearing the fog of ignorance. The University is a community of scholars, teachers and researchers who are exploring the body of existing knowledge in relation to the evolving reality and seeking to discover new knowledge (Olukayode, 2006).

As the scope of the Quantity Surveying profession is fast expanding, it is important to structure the university curricular to adapt to the changes. Ahmadu Bello University is one of the universities offering Quantity Surveying in Nigeria. Thus the curriculum of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria need to be structured in order to address the changing needs. Therefore producing competent graduates who are up to date and abreast with express changes in the construction industry should be paramount to an institution as important as Ahmadu Bello University.

1.2. Aim and Objectives:  1.2.1. Aim

The aim of this research is to review curriculum of Quantity Surveying in Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in order to fulfill the need of the contemporary construction industry.

1.2.2. Objectives

The above aim will be supported by the following objectives:

To obtain and study the curriculum of Quantity Surveying of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria; To identify the new areas in the profession caused by the changing nature of the construction industry; To examine the current syllabus of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria to see if it fulfills the needs of the industry; To propose a curriculum that befits today’s practice in the Quantity Surveying profession.

1.3. Statement of the Problem

Trisa (2004) mentioned that change is the dominant factor of the society today. It is in this line that Ashworth & Hogg (2007), Nkado, and Hasmawati and Johan all asserted that the construction industry is changing and the Quantity Surveying professional status quo is no longer applied to the challenges brought by the changes. Matzdorf, et al (1997) explains further by asserting that the Quantity Surveying profession is facing threats to its traditional roles and functions as a result of the changing client needs in the construction industry.

1.4. Scope

This study seeks to review the curriculum of Quantity Surveying in Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.

1.5. Limitation: 

The research focuses on the new areas that should be incorporated in the curriculum of the undergraduates Quantity Surveying programme of ABU, Zaria. It gives little attention to areas that may be obsolete and needs to be expunged from the curriculum.

A REVIEW OF THE CURRICULUM OF QUANTITY SURVEYING OF AHMADU BELLO UNIVERSITY ZARIA TO THE MODERN CHALLENGES OF THE PROFESSION

 

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A REVIEW OF THE CURRICULUM OF QUANTITY SURVEYING OF AHMADU BELLO UNIVERSITY ZARIA TO THE MODERN CHALLENGES OF THE PROFESSION



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