Subject details

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

  1. apply appropriate sources of information in cost planning
  2. explain and test appropriate techniques to manipulate data in assessing the cost of buildings
  3. evaluate the cost and/or benefit of various building designs and components
  4. assess future building costs by manipulating historic cost data.
    • Cost Benefit Analysis
    • Design Economics (Time Cost and Quality)
    • Design Economics (Physical Design Criteria)
    • Cost Planning Techniques
    • Elemental Estimating - Components
    • Elemental Estimating - Elemental Cost Analyses
    • Elemental Estimating - Developing the Elemental Cost Plan
    • Elemental Estimating - Manipulating and Interpreting the Data
    • Exercises in Elemental Estimating
    • Approximate Quantities
    • Stages in Cost Planning
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

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

      • Printable format materials
      • Resources and Links
      • Online Assessment

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

CUR-CME105-Introduction to Measurement of Construction Works


Note: Level 2 subjects normally assume a moderate level of prior knowledge in the area, eg from completing all Level 1 subjects or relevant experience.

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject introduces the process of cost planning in the building industry including investigation of the various techniques used and sources of information. Students will explore the processes of design economics, cost benefit analysis and elemental cost analysis.

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  • Case study (50%)
  • Invigilated Exam (50%)

Textbook information is pending.

Textbook information is pending.

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