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BST21231 Design and Specification

    Course Aims

    This course aims to enable students to:

    ; develop fundamental principles and skills for solving design problems of small-scale

    buildings; and

    ; understand the functions and types of different specifications and prepare specifications

    for minor building works.

No. CILOs Weighting*

    Explain the fundamental concepts and development of 1. 2 architecture.

    Explain key design factors, theories and principles related to 2. 2 new buildings and/or preservation of buildings.

    Solve design problems of new and/or existing small-scale 3. 3 buildings.

    Explain the functions, requirements, types and structures of 4. 2 different specifications.

    5. Develop specifications for minor building works. 3

Keyword Syllabus

    Architecture and society: Built forms, design features, characteristics, principles, concepts and methods in architectural practice; Analysis and evaluation criteria of user requirements.

    Design process: The design process and constraints from inception to completion; Interior spatial planning and optimisation of space; Applications of design theory, major government regulations and practice to the conservation, adaptation and extension of existing buildings. Study of major building types: environmental, socio-cultural, technological and economic factors affecting design decisions of architectural development; Material selection criteria: aesthetic and function requirements, colour, texture and pattern, etc.; Introduction to sustainable architecture.

    Standard specifications and codes of practice: Types, use and limitation.

    Specifications: Functions and types of specifications; Relationship between specification and other tender documents.

    Specification writing: formats, skills and techniques; essential elements in specification.

BST21162 Building & Development Control

    Course Aims

    This course aims to equip students with the principles and practices of the statutory and

non-statutory development control on new and existing buildings.

No. CILOs Weighting*

    Recognise the government lease conditions and restrictions on 1. 2 land-use and development potential of a site.

    Recognise the planning control procedures and systems under 2. 2 Town Planning Ordinance.

    Assess the compliance of design and supervision of new and

    3. existing building works according to Buildings Ordinances and 3

    Buildings Regulations.

    Assess the health and safety problems on existing buildings 4. 3 according to Buildings Ordinances and Buildings Regulations.

    Identify other relevant statutory and non-statutory means of

    5. building and development control for new and existing 1


Keyword Syllabus

    Lease control: Conditions and restrictions in relation to land use and development potential of a site; control and enforcement; modification and waiver.

    Planning control: Planning law affecting property development, alteration and addition (A&A) works; function of the Town Planning Board, the Appeal Board; zoning plans and control; development control administration; enforcement, appeal and enquiries process. Building control: role of Authorised Person, Registered Structural Engineer and Registered Contractor, Technical Competent Person; Plans approval mechanism; site supervision; modification and appeals; practice notes and circular letters; building (planning) regulations; building (construction) regulation, building (demolition) regulations; building (standards of sanitary fitments, plumbing, drainage works and latrines) regulations; Building (Refuse Storage Chambers) Regulations.

    Code of practice: Means of Escape, Fire Resisting Construction, Means of Access for Firefighting and Rescue Purposes, Minimum Fire Service Installations and Equipment, Overall Thermal Transfer Value, Design Manual for Barrier Free Access.

    Control on existing buildings: Dangerous buildings and slopes etc., Unauthorised building works, Dangerous advertising signs, drainage problems, Deed of Mutual Covenant. Environmental laws: Environmental Impact Assessment Ordinance, Noise Control Ordinance, Air Pollution Control Regulations, Control on Environmental Asbestos.

    Control on Licensing premises: Identify procedures and requirements.

BST21713 Construction Contracts 2

    Course Aims

    This course aims to:

    ; equip students with the knowledge of different forms of contracts and different types of

    contractual arrangements; and

    ; enable students to administer the standard forms of building contracts.

No. CILOs Weighting*

    Describe different standard forms of contract under different 1. 1 contractual arrangements.

    Explain the general obligations of various parties under standard 2. 2 forms of building contracts.

    Apply contractual principles and procedures related to payment, 3. variations and final account under standard forms of building 3


    Apply contractual principles and procedures related to extension

    4. of time, liquidated damages and loss and/or expense under 3

    standard forms of building contracts.

    5. Explain termination of contract and disputes resolution methods. 1

Keyword Syllabus

    Contract practice: The forms of contract in common use, the Standard Forms and the International Form, and the contract documents in use in different contractual arrangements. Sub-contracts: Nominated subcontractors and domestic subcontractors, collateral warranty, problems in nomination

Building contract principles and procedures:

    General obligations: rights and duties of contracted parties and parties involved in a building contract, liabilities and remedies.

    Quality of the works: contractual and statutory requirements, materials and workmanship, quality systems.

    Payment for the works: instructions and variations; interim payment and final payment, fluctuation and retention, contractor’s claims (additional cost, direct loss and expense claims)

    Time for the works: commencement and completion, defects liability period, extension of time, liquidated damages.

    Termination of contract: determination by Employer and by Contractor, rights and duties upon determination.

    Methods of resolving disputes: litigation, arbitration, mediation, and other ADRs (Alternative Dispute resolution).

    Indemnities: insurance, bond and warranty.

BST21721 Property Management

Course Aims

    This course aims to:

    ; synthesize the principles of property management in multi-disciplinary context taking

    into account the associated legal, social, economic, technical and administrative aspects;

; apply the knowledge and practices of property management to various properties; and

    ; analyse the key property management problems in a professional manner.

    No. CILOs Weighting*

    Explain the principles and practices of property 1. 2 management.

    Explain the legal and contractual framework of property

    2. management, financial issues in property management, and 2

    major stakeholders’ concerns.

    Apply pre- and post-handover management, management

    3. information systems, and property performance 3

    measurement systems in property management.

    Analyse key problems, remedies and techniques in property

    management including health, safety and environmental 4. 3 impacts, energy conservation, illegal structures, and estate


    Explain professional liabilities in property management

    5. including insurance, negligence, nuisance, employers and 1

    employee liability and contractors’ liability.

    Demonstrate ability in such transferable skills as

    communication, interpersonal, leadership, teamwork and 6. 1

    critical thinking.

Keyword Syllabus

    Principles and practices of property management, property management industry. Organizational principles and establishment of property management business. Social, legal, technical, economic and administrative requirements in property management. Legal framework of property management, Building Management Ordinance, Landlord and Tenant (Consolidation) Ordinance, Deed of Mutual Covenant, Management Agreements. Tenancy management, Contractual and statutory lease conditions, tenancy renewals, tenant mix, rent reviews.

    Financial issues in property management, budget preparation, management charge analysis, cost control.

    Major stakeholders’ concerns, owner’s corporation, estate management advisory committee,

    owners committee, mutual aid committee, merchants associations.

    Pre-hand over management, administrative control regarding building defects rectification, testing and commissioning.

    Post-hand over management, staff deployment, cleaning and security services, maintenance for property management, customer services management, financial management, outsourcing.

    Application of management information systems in property management, development of property performance measurement systems.

Key problems, remedies and techniques in property management.

    Health, safety and environmental impacts in property management; energy conservation, administrative control of illegal structures, estate upkeep and renewal. Professional liabilities in property management, insurance, negligence, nuisance, employers

and employee liability, contractors’ liability.

BST21741 Maintenance Technology and Management

    Course Aims

    This course aims to enable students to:

    ; evaluate existing buildings with strategies appropriate for maintenance, refurbishment,

    alterations & additions, conservation and revitalization according to legal and stakeholders’


    ; examine building obsolescence, diagnose building defects and manage maintenance

    works; and

    ; assess the inter-relationship between design and maintenance with relevant cost


    No. CILOs Weighting*

    Explain the principles and practices of building design and 1. 2 maintenance to minimise defects in buildings.

    Conduct condition and structural surveys for the existing building 2. 2 structures, fabric, components, finishes and services.

    Analyse the causes and diagnose the remedial methods for 3. 3 common building defects.

    Apply relevant strategies to manage maintenance works in 4. 3 compliance with client’s requirements.

Part III

Keyword Syllabus

    Obsolescence of buildings, consideration of maintenance upon material selection, design and construction stages, choice between maintenance and re-development, design provisions and access for inspection and maintenance; health, safety and environmental issues in maintenance.

    Deterioration factors of building structure, fabric, components and services, economics of maintenance and value engineering techniques in design, equipment and material selections, financial considerations and applications in repair or replacement.

    Assessment of existing buildings and their environment, condition survey, structural survey, dilapidated schedules & reports.

    Alteration and Addition works, adaptation, extension and conservation for existing and historical buildings; renovation and fitting out; design, construction and legal considerations, planning and execution.

    Dangerous buildings, unauthorized building works, temporary works and supports, associated building control. Symptoms, diagnosis and remedies for common exterior building defects such as failure of foundation, envelope & canopy.

    Problems and remedial methods resulting from dampness penetration and condensation; waterproof and roofing system failure; basement leakage, window defects.

    Problems and remedies for cladding systems e.g. curtain walls, stonework, precast concrete cladding, glass reinforced concrete, brickworks.

    Reinforced concrete defects, non-destructive tests, destructive tests, remedial methods under different conditions.

    Common defects and remedies in plastering, rendering, wall tiling, painting, flooring and internal finishes.

    Hazardous materials, asbestos installations, identification, eradication and disposal methods, legislative requirements.

    General timber defects, dry rot, wet rot, termites, beetles, preservation treatments, methods of elimination under various situations.

    Defects and rectifications for building services installations such as mechanical ventilation, air-conditioning, fire services, plumbing, drainage, electrical, gas, lift, escalator, security and building management system.

BST21822 Project Mangement

Course Aims

    This course aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills in project management processes and techniques at various property development stages.

No. CILOs Weighting*

    Explain project management processes with reference to the 1. 2 Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK).

    Prepare a development appraisal with relevant 2. 2 methodologies and techniques.

    Explain key factors in selecting consultants, contractors and 3. 1 suppliers.

    Apply various programming techniques to monitor and 4. 3 control project progress.

    Apply quality planning and control, project cost control and 5. 3 risk management in project management.

    Demonstrate the ability in such transferable skills as 6. 1 communication, teamwork and critical thinking.

Part III

Keyword Syllabus

Project management process:

    Various development stages including the inception; feasibility; strategy; pre-construction;

    construction; engineering services commissioning; completion, handover and occupation; and post completion review/project close-out report stages; Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK).

Project management techniques:

    Project evaluation; development appraisal;

    Selection of consultants and contractors;

    Programme planning and control techniques including bar charts, critical path analysis and precedence networks;

    Quality planning and assurance and control;

    Project cost control including the preparation of interim financial reports to provide effective forecasting of costs; and

    Risk management including risk identification, analysis and evaluation of project risks.

BST21762 Real Estate Valuation

Course Aims

    This course aims to provide students with the knowledge of advanced valuation methods, modern appraisal techniques and the effect of taxation on property valuation.

No. CILOs Weighting*

    1. Collect and analyse market data for real estate valuation. 1

    Apply different valuation methods and appraisal techniques in 2. 3 real estate valuation.

    Conduct valuation for surrender and re-grant of lease, and merge 3. 3 of interests.

    4. Analyse the effect of taxation on real estate valuation. 2

Keyword Syllabus

    Market Research: land registration system, online market information, collection and analysis of market data.

    Valuation Methods and Appraisal Techniques: single rate approach, dual rate approach,

    annual equivalent of premium, computer application in valuation, discounted cash flow. Special Valuation: Surrender and Re-grant for unexpired lease, marriage value. Valuation and taxation: construction of valuation table subject to tax, effect of taxation on valuation.

BST21763 Valuation Practice

    Course Aims

    This course aims to provide students with the ability to perform practical valuation in accordance with the statutory provisions and land administration system in Hong Kong.

No. CILOs Weighting*

    Explain accommodation value approach, phased 1. 1 residual valuation and shop valuation.

    Assess site values based on relevant statutory and 2. 2 non-statutory requirements.

    3. Assess land premium for lease modification. 2

    Value properties for rating, stamp duty and land 4. 3 resumption purposes.

    5. Value special types of properties. 3

Keyword Syllabus

    Valuation for rating: rateable value, tone of the list, hypothetical tenancy, rating appeal, tenements.

    Valuation for stamp duty: documents subject to stamp duty, rate of stamp duty, time limit for stamping.

    Valuation for land resumption: statutory and non-statutory claims, Lands Tribunal, business loss, plant and machinery, mitigate the loss principle, “no scheme world”, equivalent reinstatement.

    Premium assessment from lease modification: full premium modification, reduced premium

    modification, empirical premium modification and technical modification. Valuation for special properties: car parks, hotels.

    Accommodation value approach and its significance in property valuation. Phased residual valuation for longer development period.

    Valuation of sites based on Building (Planning) Regulations, Outline Zoning Plans, lease documents.

    Valuation of shops using investment method.

BST21764 Estate Agency & Marketing

    Course Aims

    This course aims to equip students with the general marketing theory and its applications to the sales and lettings of real property, including the skills and knowledge required of an estate agent.

Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs)

    Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

    No. CILOs Weighting*

    Apply the general theory of marketing for the sales and lettings 1. 3 of real property.

    Apply auction, tender and private treaty for disposal of real 2. 2 property.

    Describe the roles, obligations and responsibilities of an estate 3. 1 agent.

    4. Describe the structure of estate agency firms. 1

Keyword Syllabus

    Marketing: definitions and development; concepts of wants/needs; functional aspects; marketing mix; consumer behaviour; organisation buying behaviour; market segmentation; pricing theory; marketing plan; objectives/methods of marketing research; application of computer in marketing.

    Methods of disposal of real property: Auction, tender and private treaty.

    Estate Agency: set-up of an agency firm; methods of obtaining instructions; creation and termination of agency; relationship between agent and principal; duties, responsibilities and authority of agent; liabilities and obligation of principal; statutory and non-statutory controls on

    estate agents.

BST21767 Land Management & Development

    Course Aims

    This course aims to provide students with an understanding of:

    ; the planning concepts and principles relating to land use and conversion of land;

    ; the current practice of land administration in Hong Kong; and

    ; the basic legal concepts of real estate.

    Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs)

    Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

    No. CILOs Weighting*

    1. Explain planning legislations relating to land use and 1

    real estate development.

    2. Assess the development potential and financial 3

    feasibility of a site.

    3. Describe the land administration system and practice. 2

    4. Explain the basic legal concepts of real estate. 1

Keyword Syllabus

    Planning: Planning legislation. Planning application and development. Modification of government lease.

    Land development: Development process. Market analysis. Design criteria. Development potential. Development appraisal and financial evaluation.

    Land system: Land tenure system in Hong Kong. Methods of disposal of Government land. Lands Department functions. Development control in lease conditions. Lease Enforcement. Small house policy. New town development.

    Land Law: Leasehold interest; covenants and other encumbrances on lands. Licence. Landlord and Tenant Ordinance.

BST21784 Estate Surveying Project

    Course Aims

    This course aims to enable students to consolidate, integrate and apply the theories, knowledge and skills learnt in the programme and to develop students' competence to solve real-life practical land management problems in general practice surveying.

Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs)

    Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

    No. CILOs Weighting*

    Apply valuation techniques in real estate development such as 1. 3 premium assessment and feasibility study.

    Apply principles of development control in real estate

    development such as development proposal, lease modification 2. 3

    and planning application.

    Apply marketing principles and practices for real estate 3. 2 development.

    4. Communicate information effectively and persuasively in oral 1

    and written presentation in a professional manner.

    5. Apply interpersonal, leadership, teamwork, self-management 1

    and life-long learning skills.

CILO TLAs Total Hours No.

    Briefing and Seminar:

    Project brief is conducted in week 1 for students to understand the

    aims and objectives of the project and how to proceed with the

    project. Each student has to select his/her own redevelopment site

    and area of study related to CILOs 13 for his/her supervisor’s

    approval. Seminars on specific topics will be given to students by

    external guests from time to time. CILOs Individual supervision: N/A1 - 4 Starting from week 3, each student is required to consult and report

    to his/her project supervisor on the following matters:

    (i) explaining how to proceed with the project works;

    (ii) informing the supervisor what has been done; and

    (iii) seeking advice from the supervisor on such areas as

     suitability of the redevelopment site, framework of the

     report, interpretation of different types of development

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