Subject details

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
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Standard Media
      • Web links
    • Online materials

      • Printable format materials
      • Online Assessment
      • Resources and Links

You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:

CUR-CME201-Building Measurement


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.

Special requirements

No special requirements

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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  • Estimating Exercise (15%)
  • Report and Presentation (35%)
  • Invigilated Exam (50%)

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Textbook information is pending.

Related degrees

undergraduate CUR-CME-DEG-2019

Bachelor of Applied Science Construction Management

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  • Level 4 Subjects - Honours