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Quantitative Methods for Property Studies

School of Civil Engineering

and Surveying
Coursework self-assessment
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Unit Name Quantitative Methods for Property Studies
Artefact Item 2 – Coursework
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Criteria Description Weighting
Student Evaluation
(to be completed before submission)
(enter an ‘x’ in required boxes)
Pass Fail
A* A B C D E F
Question 1 (LO 3,6)
Linear programming and decision analysis
Question 2 (LO 5,7)
Critical path analysis and calculations of properties of materials
Question 3 (LO 4)


Overall Grade
(to be completed before submission)
Letter Grade
(A* – F)
(100 – 0)

Key: A*: 80% or above, A: 70% – 79%, B: 60% – 69%, C: 50% – 59%, D: 40% – 49%, E: 30% – 39%, F: 29% or less
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Answer all three questions, showing all working. Upload your solutions as a single file (with the
cover sheet) to the Turnitin box on Moodle by 11pm on
Tuesday 27th March 2018.
Question 1
A developer plans to convert a small disused warehouse into a number of studios for local artists. To
support the development, they will also include at least one retail unit. The space available could be
developed into a maximum of four retail units or 24 studios. There is a restriction on the availability
of specialised labour, with a maximum of 500 hours. Each retail unit would require 100 hours of
specialised labour, whereas each studio would require 25 hours. A restriction required by the local
council is that there must be no more than one retail unit for every five studios.
The monthly rent chargeable for each retail unit is £1000, and the monthly rent chargeable for each
studio is £200.
(a) Formulate this problem as a linear programming plot, and determine the optimal number of
retail units and studios that the council should include in the development in order to maximise
rental income. Explain your decision, and state the maximum monthly rental income.
[15 marks]
Market research suggests that such studios are in demand, and so a higher rent could be
charged. How high would the monthly rent for the studios need to increase to for you to change
your decision on the optimal number of rental units and studios? What would your new
recommendation be? Explain your decision.
[15 marks]
The developer is considering applying for £5000 of funding to support the project. If they submit
an initial outline bid, they will incur a cost of £50. The probability of then being invited to submit a
full bid is 0.1. At this stage, if they were to choose to submit a full bid, they would incur a cost of
£200. The probability of a full bid being successful is 0.25. Represent this problem as a decision tree,
and calculate the expected value of submitting an initial outline bid.
[15 marks]
Question 2
The tasks that form a phase of the project are listed below, with their durations and dependencies.

Task Dependencies Duration (days)
A 2
B 4
C A 5
D 1
E C 2
F D 2
G B 2
H B,F 6
I G 2

(a) Construct a critical path network diagram for these tasks, and calculate the total float for each
task. Find the critical path, and determine the total duration of this phase of the project.
[18 marks]
The duration of Task H has been revised to 4 days. Explain the impact (if any) this will have on the
overall duration of this phase of the project.
[5 marks]
The concrete mix for this phase of the project will be in the ratio 1:4:4 by volume (cement: sand:
aggregate). Cement has density 1.414 tonnes per m
3. Calculate the mass of cement (tonnes)
required for X.Y m
3 of concrete, where X and Y are the first and second digits of your student
number. Give your answer to two decimal places.
[7 marks]
Question 3
Sales figures (£) for a retailer from the past six years are shown in the table below. Using Excel,
analyse this data with deseasonalised moving average techniques, and report your results.
details of your calculations
predictions for the next year
a graph showing the original data, seasonally adjusted data, a trend line, predicted trend,
and predicted data
a screenshot of the Excel spreadsheet used for your calculations
Note that the value for Year 6, QIII should be replaced by your 6-digit student number.

Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6
Q I 279700 327310 316410 383570 421790 445340
Q II 362580 435550 455290 521850 534080 593260
Q III 478810 558170 581740 736020 773410 student
Q IV 665440 676210 775120 918240 1064750 1132360

[25 marks]

Last Updated on February 10, 2019

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