BLCN12038 - Project Estimating
Term 2 - 2017


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Overview

In this unit, you will learn about the history of the building and construction industry, the importance of preparing accurate cost estimates, the basic cost components integral to building projects and the development of cost estimates for projects at different stages of their life cycle including feasibility studies, procurement, retrofitting and "change of use". You will have the opportunity to prepare partial cost estimates for competitive tenders, use tendering strategies, discuss successful and unsuccessful tenders, and capture tendering data into cost monitoring systems. Students who have successfully completed BLCN14040 should not enrol in this unit.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisite: BLAR11049 Built Environment Communications and Skills or COMM11003 Professional and Technical Communication.

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 2 - 2017
  • Distance

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 30%
2. Written Assessment 30%
3. Examination 40%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback Source Recommendation
Real life examples given by Neil, very helpful in relating Course evaluation The unit lecturer is an industry practitioner who brings this experience to the unit. This experience is reflected in this comment and the benefits such practitioners bring to authentic learning supports the continued use of industry practitioners as casual lecturers.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Explain the general history of the construction industry.
  2. Develop construction cost estimates for building practice.
  3. Evaluate typical building life cycles and the application of different types of building cost estimates at different times in the cycle.
  4. Assess activities involved in the preparation of a detailed building estimate and its development into a building tender.
  5. Appraise tender strategies and formulate actions for successful and unsuccessful tenders.
  6. Judge the relationship(s) between project outcomes and tenders and how the outcomes can be incorporated into a contractor's intellectual capital.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Written Assessment      
2 - Written Assessment        
3 - Examination

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1. Communication        
2. Problem Solving  
3. Critical Thinking    
4. Information Literacy
5. Team Work            
6. Information Technology Competence            
7. Cross Cultural Competence            
8. Ethical practice            

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Written Assessment        
2 - Written Assessment        
3 - Examination        

Prescribed Textbooks

Estimating and Tendering for Construction Work
Author/s: Martin Brook Year: 2008
Edition: 4 Publisher: Butterworth Heinemann Ltd
Country: USA
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop
Note: eBook is available via CQUniversity library.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Microsoft Office or equivalent software
  • Web camera (webcam)
  • Computer headset (microphone speaker combo)
All submissions for this unit must use the Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorPeter Lawrence - lawrenp1 (p.lawrence1@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 10-07-2017

Topic 1 Introduction to project estimating

Refer to Moodle for further information.

Week 2 17-07-2017

Topic 2 Tender documentation, contractor selection, and project appreciation

Refer to Moodle for further information.

Week 3 24-07-2017

Topic 3 Building Life Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA)

Refer to Moodle for further information.

Week 4 31-07-2017

Topic 4 Conceptual and square metre estimating

Refer to Moodle for further information.

Week 5 07-08-2017 Topic 5 Quantity takeoff and detailed estimating

Refer to Moodle for further information.

Assessment 1 Due Thursday (10 Aug 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Vacation Week 14-08-2017

No class

Week 6 21-08-2017

Topic 6 - Building Areas. Elements. Trades. ASMM.

Refer to Moodle for further information.

Week 7 28-08-2017

Topic 7 - Measurement, ASMM and BIM

Refer to Moodle for further information.

Week 8 04-09-2017

Topic 8 Cost of labour, materials and plants including unit rates

Refer to Moodle for further information.

Week 9 11-09-2017 Topic 9 Pricing the bill of quantities and preliminaries

Refer to Moodle for further information.

Week 10 18-09-2017 Topic 10 Overheads and profit

Refer to Moodle for further information.

Assessment 2 Due Thursday (21 Sep 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 11 25-09-2017

Topic 11 Tendering strategies and post tender activities

Refer to Moodle for further information.

Week 12 02-10-2017

Revision

Refer to Moodle for further information.

Review/Exam Week 09-10-2017

Review period & exams begin

When advised, go to MyCentre for your exam schedule.

Exam Week 16-10-2017

Exam period concludes

When advised, go to MyCentre for your exam schedule.

Please post unit content questions on the Q&A forum in Moodle so everyone can benefit from the raised enquiry and the resultant reply.

For an individual issue, please initially email the lecturer who will try to respond within 48 hours or so. A telephone discussion may be subsequently arranged.

Success criteria

To pass this unit, you must sit the examination (assessment 3) and achieve an aggregate score of 50% or better from the assessments.

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Assessment 1
Task Description

This assessment covers topics 1-4 in the study guide and will you to research and answer questions that explore estimating practices, building life cycle cost analysis (LCCA) principles and feasibility studies.

As with all assessments, formatting and presentation is really important, technical accuracy and referencing where required is paramount with an overarching requirement for demonstrating your answer / submission / design with clarity.

Your submission must be done, via the assessment link in Moodle, by uploading your file, following the on-screen instructions. Your work will be processed through the similarity detection software, Turnitin. You may amend your work based on the detection report, prior to finalising the upload.

Assessment Due Date Week 5 Thursday (10-Aug-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 7 Thursday (31-Aug-2017)
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria

The assessment will be assessed on the following basis:

Clarity of expression and comprehensive coverage of issues;

Use of quality supporting documentation as appropriate;

Use of original thought and content;

Overall presentation and ability to communicate using correct spelling, grammar and punctuation and the use of appropriate diagrams and other visual communication;

Demonstration of core knowledge and demonstration of appropriate application of knowledge.


Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Submit a single PDF file.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Explain the general history of the construction industry.

2. Develop construction cost estimates for building practice.

3. Evaluate typical building life cycles and the application of different types of building cost estimates at different times in the cycle.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Assessment 2
Task Description

This assessment covers topics 5-9 in the study guide and will you to research and answer questions that explore conceptual and square metre estimating, quantity takeoff and detailed estimating.

As with all assessments, formatting and presentation is really important, technical accuracy and referencing where required is paramount with an overarching requirement for demonstrating your answer / submission / design with clarity.

Your submission must be done, via the assessment link in Moodle, by uploading your file, following the on-screen instructions. Your work will be processed through the similarity detection software, Turnitin. You may amend your work based on the detection report, prior to finalising the upload.

Assessment Due Date Week 10 Thursday (21-Sep-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 12 Thursday (05-Oct-2017)
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria

The assessment will be assessed on the following basis:

Clarity of expression and comprehensive coverage of issues;

Use of quality supporting documentation as appropriate;

Use of original thought and content;

Overall presentation and ability to communicate using correct spelling, grammar and punctuation and the use of appropriate diagrams and other visual communication;

Demonstration of core knowledge and demonstration of appropriate application of knowledge.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Submit a single PDF file.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

4. Assess activities involved in the preparation of a detailed building estimate and its development into a building tender.

5. Appraise tender strategies and formulate actions for successful and unsuccessful tenders.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy



Examination

Outline Complete an examination
Date During the University examination period
Weighting 40%
Length 150 minutes
Details Dictionary - non-electronic, concise, direct translation only (dictionary must not contain any notes or comments).
Calculator - non-programmable, no text retrieval, silent only.
Closed Book
Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Explain the general history of the construction industry.

2. Develop construction cost estimates for building practice.

3. Evaluate typical building life cycles and the application of different types of building cost estimates at different times in the cycle.

4. Assess activities involved in the preparation of a detailed building estimate and its development into a building tender.

5. Appraise tender strategies and formulate actions for successful and unsuccessful tenders.

6. Judge the relationship(s) between project outcomes and tenders and how the outcomes can be incorporated into a contractor's intellectual capital.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy


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