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Subject details

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

  1. identify appropriate sources of information for use in cost planning
  2. use 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. manipulate historic cost data to allow assessment of future building costs.
    • 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
    • Cost Benefit Analysis
  • 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


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. Specifically the subject addresses the processes of design economics, cost benefit analysis and elemental cost analysis.

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