Construction Estimating - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP2 , SP4
  • Availability for 2017: SP2 , SP4
  • Assessment: Assignment - Estimating exercise (20%) , Invigilated Exam (50%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 1,131.00
HECS 1,131.00
International 1,381.00

The history and development of estimating methods and principles used in contracting organisations. Strategic estimating areas such as tender preparation, the use of builder's bills of quantities, obtaining and checking sub-contractor quotations, pricing preliminaries and determining margins for profit and overheads.

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At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. apply the process of estimating and the techniques used by construction contractors in preparing a tender
  2. interpret contract documents in order to develop basic unit rates
  3. apply basic rates to calculate project estimates
  4. analyse sub-contractor quotations and synthesise into a tender document.
  • Assignment — Estimating exercise (20%)
  • Invigilated Exam (50%)
  • Presentation (10%)
  • Report (20%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

Note: Level 3 units normally assume a moderate level of prior knowledge in the area, eg from completing all Level 2 units or relevant experience.

  • Broadband access
  • Other special requirement — Provide an email address

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to Construction Estimating
2Roles and types of construction estimates
3Sources of data for construction estimating
4Building-up rates: earthwork
5Building-up rates: concrete work
6Building-up rates: masonry
7Building-up rates: painting and finishing
8Estimates, tender and schedules
9Estimating for risks and uncertainties
10Estimates, tender analysis, payment mechanisms and cashflow forecasts
11Computer applications for estimating

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Online Assessment
  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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