ARCHITECTURAL SUBJECTS

The following is a list of subjects in the architectural division of the CIQS syllabus

Introduces the basic laws of physics as they relate to construction, and to problems in buildings and other structures; particularly the effects of loads, stress, bending, moisture and temperature changes, acoustics and electrical theory.

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Introduces the materials and methods used in construction associated with excavation and earth works, concrete works including reinforcing steel, masonry and metals. The purpose being to acquaint the student with the manufacturing process of various materials and the way in which the materials and methods are implemented in a construction project. The contents of this subject cover sections 2, 3, 4 and 5 of Masterformat.

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Introduces basic blueprint reading and the measurement of construction work, including the proper use of the approved CIQS estimate form, along with the fundamentals of estimating. This course will also cover sections 2, 3 and 4 of the Method of Measurement of Construction Works, published by the Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors.

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Introduces the equipment, methods and calculations used in land surveying. The student will study the various types of instruments along with the ability to interpret and record data from the various types of surveys and survey drawings.

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Provides a general overview of computers, application software, hardware, and computer systems. Emphasis is to be placed upon computer literacy topics with the main emphasis upon the use of commercial application software packages for word processing and spreadsheet.

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Introduces the theory of economics and addresses the micro economic policies, issues and debates. This course along with subject 206, Economics II, will assist the quantity surveyor in predicting price fluctuations and explaining why prices, on various projects, have fluctuated, or may fluctuate, in future.

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Introduces the nature and framework of Canadian law, its operation and subdivisions. Emphasis shall be placed upon the study of the law of contract and the law of tort. This course is to provide a basis for future study of Construction Contracts and Contract Administration.

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Introduces the complex writing tasks found in the workplace. Students are to learn the difference between informational, persuasive and researched writing. Students learn to express themselves clearly and concisely, focusing on audience and purpose.

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Adds to the knowledge gained in Construction Technology I, covering subjects dealing with wood and plastics, thermal and moisture protection, doors, windows and glazing, interior and exterior finishes as covered in sections 6,7,8 and 9 of Masterformat.

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Continues the studies introduced in Measurement of Construction Work I and covers the construction details found in more sophisticated structures. The course expands on the topics of Measurement of Construction Works I (subject 103) plus introduces sections 5, 6 and 7 covered by the CIQS Method of Measurement of Construction Works.

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Introduces financial accounting concepts; accounting procedures; bookkeeping fundamentals; financial statements; and analyzing of company financial data.

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This subject builds upon the principles of law and introduces the most commonly used standard forms of construction contracts issued by the Canadian Construction Documents Committee and the Canadian Construction Association.

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This subject deals with the organization of construction, construction projects and construction firms along with the interrelationship between the various parties involved in a construction project. Introduced are the subjects of Scheduling, Cost Control and Contract Administration.

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Supplements the knowledge gained in Economics I by addressing the macro economic theories.

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Adds to the knowledge gained in Construction Technology I and II and covers sections 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16 of the Masterformat specification divisions along with additional studies concerning larger scale site servicing and municipal servicing including water supplies and sewers.

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Students will learn to read, comprehend and analyze and apply Parts 1, 2, 3 and 9 of the National Building Code as applicable to light commercial and residential buildings.

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Continues the studies introduced in Measurement of Construction Work I and II and covers the construction details found in more sophisticated structures. The course expands on the topics of 103 and 202 plus introduces Divisions 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14 covered by the CIQS Standard Method of Measurement.

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The final measurement course and is designed to be a summation of the knowledge gained in subjects 103, 202, and 301. The subject of General Requirements section 1 of the CIQS Standard Method of Measurement is also introduced.

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In this course the candidate learns the principles and methods used in preparation of the unit prices for individual items of work, the procedures and considerations used in the preparation of the total bid or tender price. The candidate will utilize the information obtained from quantity take off, drawings and specifications.

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This subject deals with the practical application and administration of construction contracts studied in subject C204, Construction contracts. The student will also apply the legal principles studied in subject C107, Introduction to Canadian Business Law as well as selected case law, as it applies to the administration of the contract.

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Builds on the knowledge gained in subjects of Construction Cost Accounting and Measurement of Construction Works I, II, and III. Introducing the concept of financial control over the project by utilizing the estimating data, production data and the cost data obtainable from all projects.

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Deals with engineered construction such as sewers, roads, shoring and underpinning and mass excavation works. Unlike building construction, Civil or Engineered work has a high component of equipment costs. In addition, much of the work is undertaken in remote locations, which adds additional costs not found in building construction. Civil Works also commonly employ Unit Rate type contracts and Work Breakdown Structures to enhance project management.

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Introduces the concepts of project scheduling including various types of schedules used in the construction industry. This course is designed to acquaint the student with the basic principles of scheduling to enable the student to prepare schedules from given or calculated data.

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Using the knowledge developed in the measurement and pricing subjects, the student is introduced to concepts of cost planning from project inception to end of contract. This subject will cover various types of conceptual estimating, including elemental costing and analysis.

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Deals with the economic viability of a proposed project or building site. The student will be required to prepare feasibility studies and other economic analyses such yield analysis and life cycle costing.

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