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Undergraduate | CUR-CME308-2023

Construction Estimating and Risk Management

Unearth past and current estimation methods and standards in the construction industry. Interpret contracts to develop basic unit rates. Calculate project estimates, review quotations and prepare tenders. Control profit margins and manage overheads. 

Study method

100% online


100% online

Entry requirements

Part of a degree


13 weeks

Start dates

  • 27 Feb 2023
  • 28 Aug 2023

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About this subject

What you'll learn

At the completion of this subject 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 subject rates and apply basic rates to calculate project estimates
  3. evaluate the identification and application of risk management concepts to create authentic project estimates
  4. reflect upon the relationship between risk considerations while preparing a pre-contract estimate and actual cost performance during the cycle-time of a project contract.
    • Introduction to Construction Estimating
    • Roles and types of construction estimates
    • Sources of data for construction estimating
    • Building-up rates: earthwork
    • Building-up rates: concrete work
    • Building-up rates: masonry
    • Building-up rates: painting and finishing
    • Estimates, tender and schedules
    • Estimating for risks and uncertainties
    • Estimates, tender analysis, payment mechanisms and cashflow forecasts
    • Computer applications for estimating
    • Revision
  • This subject was previously known as Construction Estimating.

    In this subject students will develop estimating skills used in construction projects. Students will examine strategic estimating methods to develop documents such as tender action, builder's bills of quantities, sub-contractors’ quotations, preliminaries. Students will also explore methods for determining margins for profit and overheads.

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    • Test (30%)
    • Group Presentation (30%)
    • Case Study Report (40%)
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Entry requirements

Part of a degree

To enrol in this subject you must be accepted into one of the following degrees:


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Prior study

You must either have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject, or currently be enrolled in the following subject(s) in a prior study period; or enrol in the following subject(s) to study prior to this subject:

Please note that your enrolment in this subject is conditional on successful completion of these prerequisite subject(s). If you study the prerequisite subject(s) in the study period immediately prior to studying this subject, your result for the prerequisite subject(s) will not be finalised prior to the close of enrolment. In this situation, should you not complete your prerequisite subject(s) successfully you should not continue with your enrolment in this subject. If you are currently enrolled in the prerequisite subject(s) and believe you may not complete these all successfully, it is your responsibility to reschedule your study of this subject to give you time to re-attempt the prerequisite subject(s).


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

Additional requirements

No additional requirements

Related degrees

Once you’ve completed this subject it can be credited towards one of the following degrees

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