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BLCN12038 Project Estimating
Project Estimating
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General Information

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.

Details

Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 2
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 8
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisites: BLAR11049: Built Environment Communications and Skills or COMM11003: Professional and Technical Communication orENEG11005: Fundamentals of Professional Engineering

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 2 - 2020

Online

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).

Class and Assessment Overview

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

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Written Assessment
Weighting: 30%
2. Written Assessment
Weighting: 30%
3. Online Test
Weighting: 40%

Assessment Grading

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 Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

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 from Student evaluation

Feedback

Further exposure to take-off's/measures to be able to efficiently and confidently put that knowledge to use in real life situations

Recommendation

Unit review will look at increasing practice examples.

Feedback from Student evaluation

Feedback

Lectures are well presented; course materials are easy to read and as Neil is actively working in the industry everything is very relatable to my current and past industry experience.

Recommendation

Supportive comments will be passed onto the lecturer.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Explain the general history of the construction industry and the role of estimators in the construction industry
  2. Apply cost planning principles and 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. Apply bidding and tendering principles to appraise tender strategies and formulate actions for successful and unsuccessful tenders
  6. Judge the relationship(s) between project outcomes and tenders ensuring the lessons learned are incorporated into a contractor's intellectual capital.
Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Written Assessment - 30%
2 - Written Assessment - 30%
3 - Online Test - 40%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

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
9 - Social Innovation

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Written Assessment - 30%
2 - Written Assessment - 30%
3 - Online Test - 40%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

Prescribed

Estimating and Tendering for Construction Work 5 (2016)

Authors: Martin Brook
Taylor & Francis Group
New York New York , New York , USA
ISBN:
Binding: Paperback

Additional Textbook Information

If you prefer to study with a paper copy, they can be purchased at the CQUni Bookshop here: http://bookshop.cqu.edu.au (search on the Unit code). eBooks can be purchased at the publisher's website.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Computer headset (microphone speaker combo)
  • Microsoft Office or equivalent software
  • Web camera (webcam)
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: Harvard (author-date)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Peter F Lawrence (Engineering) Unit Coordinator
p.lawrence1@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 13 Jul 2020

Module/Topic

Topic 1 Introduction to project estimating

Chapter

Refer to Moodle for further information.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 2 Begin Date: 20 Jul 2020

Module/Topic

Topic 2 Tender documentation, contractor selection, and project appreciation

Chapter

Refer to Moodle for further information.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3 Begin Date: 27 Jul 2020

Module/Topic

Topic 3 Building Life Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA)

Chapter

Refer to Moodle for further information.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 4 Begin Date: 03 Aug 2020

Module/Topic

Topic 4 Conceptual and square metre estimating

Chapter

Refer to Moodle for further information.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 5 Begin Date: 10 Aug 2020

Module/Topic

Topic 5 Quantity takeoff and detailed estimating

Chapter

Refer to Moodle for further information.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment 1 Due: Week 5 Wednesday (12 Aug 2020) 11:45 pm AEST
Vacation Week Begin Date: 17 Aug 2020

Module/Topic

No class

Chapter

Use the time as a wellness break, to catch-up or work on an assessment.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 24 Aug 2020

Module/Topic

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

Chapter

Refer to Moodle for further information.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 7 Begin Date: 31 Aug 2020

Module/Topic

Topic 7 - Measurement, ASMM and BIM

Chapter

Refer to Moodle for further information.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 8 Begin Date: 07 Sep 2020

Module/Topic

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

Chapter

Refer to Moodle for further information.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 9 Begin Date: 14 Sep 2020

Module/Topic

Topic 9 Pricing the bill of quantities and preliminaries

Chapter

Refer to Moodle for further information.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 10 Begin Date: 21 Sep 2020

Module/Topic

Topic 10 Overheads and profit

Chapter

Refer to Moodle for further information.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment 2 Due: Week 10 Wednesday (23 Sep 2020) 11:45 pm AEST
Week 11 Begin Date: 28 Sep 2020

Module/Topic

Topic 11 Tendering strategies and post tender activities

Chapter

Refer to Moodle for further information.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 12 Begin Date: 05 Oct 2020

Module/Topic

Revision

Chapter

Refer to Moodle for further information.

Day and time for online test during the exam period released.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 12 Oct 2020

Module/Topic

Unit review and exam period begins

Chapter

Online test as advised. 

Events and Submissions/Topic

Exam Week Begin Date: 19 Oct 2020

Module/Topic

Exam period concludes

Chapter

Online test as advised.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Term Specific Information

Success criteria

To pass this unit, you must receive a minimum mark of 16/40 for assessment 3 (online test) and then, achieve an aggregate score of 50% or better from the assessments.

Assessment Tasks

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Assessment 1

Task Description

This assessment covers topics 1-4 in the study guide and will require 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 Wednesday (12 Aug 2020) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 7 Wednesday (2 Sep 2020)


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; and

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



Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Submit a single PDF file.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Explain the general history of the construction industry and the role of estimators in the construction industry
  • Apply cost planning principles and develop construction cost estimates for building practice
  • Evaluate typical building life cycles and the application of different types of building cost estimates at different times in the cycle


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy

2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Assessment 2

Task Description

This assessment covers topics 5-9 in the study guide and will require 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 Wednesday (23 Sep 2020) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 12 Wednesday (7 Oct 2020)


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; and

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


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Submit a single PDF file.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Assess activities involved in the preparation of a detailed building estimate and its development into a building tender
  • Apply bidding and tendering principles to appraise tender strategies and formulate actions for successful and unsuccessful tenders


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy

3 Online Test

Assessment Title
Online test

Task Description

This assessment covers topics 1-11 in the study guide and will require you to research and answer questions that explore the learning content presented during the term. The online test will be held during the University examination period at a date and time advised by week 12.

The duration of test will be 150 minutes.

The test will be Open Book and will require the use of a calculator - non-programmable, no text retrieval, silent only. 

Your submission will be uploaded via the assessment link in Moodle.



Assessment Due Date

Day and time for online test during the University exam period


Return Date to Students

Friday 30/10/2020


Weighting
40%

Minimum mark or grade
16/40

Assessment Criteria

The test 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; and

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


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Submit a single PDF file.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Explain the general history of the construction industry and the role of estimators in the construction industry
  • Apply cost planning principles and develop construction cost estimates for building practice
  • Evaluate typical building life cycles and the application of different types of building cost estimates at different times in the cycle
  • Assess activities involved in the preparation of a detailed building estimate and its development into a building tender
  • Apply bidding and tendering principles to appraise tender strategies and formulate actions for successful and unsuccessful tenders
  • Judge the relationship(s) between project outcomes and tenders ensuring the lessons learned are incorporated into a contractor's intellectual capital.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy

Academic Integrity Statement

As a CQUniversity student you are expected to act honestly in all aspects of your academic work.

Any assessable work undertaken or submitted for review or assessment must be your own work. Assessable work is any type of work you do to meet the assessment requirements in the unit, including draft work submitted for review and feedback and final work to be assessed.

When you use the ideas, words or data of others in your assessment, you must thoroughly and clearly acknowledge the source of this information by using the correct referencing style for your unit. Using others’ work without proper acknowledgement may be considered a form of intellectual dishonesty.

Participating honestly, respectfully, responsibly, and fairly in your university study ensures the CQUniversity qualification you earn will be valued as a true indication of your individual academic achievement and will continue to receive the respect and recognition it deserves.

As a student, you are responsible for reading and following CQUniversity’s policies, including the Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure. This policy sets out CQUniversity’s expectations of you to act with integrity, examples of academic integrity breaches to avoid, the processes used to address alleged breaches of academic integrity, and potential penalties.

What is a breach of academic integrity?

A breach of academic integrity includes but is not limited to plagiarism, self-plagiarism, collusion, cheating, contract cheating, and academic misconduct. The Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure defines what these terms mean and gives examples.

Why is academic integrity important?

A breach of academic integrity may result in one or more penalties, including suspension or even expulsion from the University. It can also have negative implications for student visas and future enrolment at CQUniversity or elsewhere. Students who engage in contract cheating also risk being blackmailed by contract cheating services.

Where can I get assistance?

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