Course Title: Identify and produce estimated costs for building and construction projects

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2013

Course Code: BUIL5985C

Course Title: Identify and produce estimated costs for building and construction projects

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5256 - Diploma of Building and Construction (Building)

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4338

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 60

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to establish the estimated costs associated with the acquisition of materials and labour on building and construction sites, together with the application of relevant overhead costs and margins. Knowledge of physical resource and supplier identification, assessment of the availability of and requirements for skilled labour and application of appropriate codes, regulations and approvals gaining processes is essential.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CPCCBC4004A Identify and produce estimated costs for building and construction projects


1. Read and interpret plans and specifications.

Performance Criteria:

1.1. Appropriate plans and drawings are correctly identified.
1.2. Project plans and specifications are read and understood.
1.3. Levels, heights, gradients and other measurements are interpreted.
1.4. Measurements are made and quantities identified from plans and specifications that conform to standard industry practice.


2. Identify and calculate labour costs.

Performance Criteria:

2.1. Types and numbers of appropriate on-site personnel are identified and the time required on site is estimated.
2.2. Labour hours for non-contract elements of on-site work are calculated.
2.3. Costs or rates for required on-site work are calculated.


3. Identify and establish physical resource requirements.

Performance Criteria:

3.1. Physical resource requirements are identified.
3.2. Lists of materials are produced and quantities calculated.
3.3. Quantities are established against project or standard construction contracts.
3.4. Supplier prices for materials and consumables are obtained.
3.5. Plant or equipment requirements are identified and costed.


4. Develop estimated project costs.

Performance Criteria:

4.1. Appropriate labour rates and material costs are selected and applied.
4.2. Estimates of unit costs are determined and applied as appropriate.
4.3. Costs to the project of WorkCover, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requirements, seeking approvals, waste management site fees and other statutory or additional costs are identified and applied.
4.4. Company overhead recovery and margins are applied.
4.5. Completed estimated project costs are calculated for inclusion in a tender or bill.

Learning Outcomes

Refer to elements.

Details of Learning Activities

This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to manage environmental management practices and processes in building and construction, as part of the organisation’s overall management system. To successfully manage practices and processes requires knowledge of current trends in environmental practices and methodologies, statistical analysis and legislative requirements.

Students will be assessed on a number of competencies during class assignments and journal entries throughout the semester that will ensure that they are competent.

Teaching Schedule

Week 1.-3
Introduction to estimating and costing.
Weeks 4 to 16
Basic quantities will include but not be limited to excavation, concrete, wall and roof framing, roof cladding, windows, external doors, plasterboard, brickwork, internal fixing, painting, commercial steel and concrete structures and finishes. 
The preparation of individual costing schedules and total net costs for all of the above quantities
Week 17 to 18
Course completion and final assessment

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

australian standards, BCA and esitmating e books

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will incorporate a variety of methods including written,oral, practical tasks and activities. You will be asked to personally demonstrate to your teacher/assessor the practical skills gained during this course to the relevant industry standards. Assessment activities will occur throughout this course and feedback will be provided at regular intervals.

Assessment Tasks

Students must pass each of the following assessment tasks to demonstrate competent.



Assessment 1



Assessment 2

Part A - Summative - (Workbook)


Assessment 2

Part B Summative - (Workbook)


Assessment 3

Summative assessment


These tasks assesses the following Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):

Assessment Mapping Matrix

Element / Performance Criteria CoveredAssessment 1Assessment 2 Part AAssessment 2 Part BAssessment 3
2.1 X 
2.2 X 
2.3 X 
3.1 X 
3.2 X 
3.3 XX 
3.4  X  
3.5 X X 
4.1 XX 
4.2  XX 
4.3  XX 
4.4   X
4.5   X


To be deemed competent you must demonstrate an understanding of all aspects required of the competency. Assessment methods have been designed to measure your achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over multiple tasks.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment No. 1 – Knowledge test completed by week 5 20%

Assessment No. 2 portfolio 7 estimating take offs sheets   Week 5 to 15 60%

Assessment No.3. Report 10% and journal 10% completed by week 17

In order to be given a competent grade in this course, students must pass ALL assessment tasks regardless of percentage.

Assessment Matrix


Assessment No. 1Knowledge test completed by week 5 20%
Assessment No. 2portfolio of 7 take off sheets  Week 5 to 15 60%
Assessment No.3.Report 10% and journal 10% completed by week 1720%

Other Information

Competency requirements and Grading:
To be deemed competent students must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of a competency. Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over multiple tasks.
Students are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment work to their teacher to ensure that the relevant competency standards are being met. Observation of students performing work is used to confirm competency.

Grading available are:
Grade level Competency Level
CHD Competent with High Distinction -The learner will confidently apply novel but relevant solutions to unfamiliar and complex tasks.
CDI Competent with Distinction -The learner will confidently evaluate alternative solutions to an unfamiliar task or problem and use the most appropriate solution.
CC Competent with Credit -The learner will elegantly apply appropriate facts, rules and standard solutions to achieve an unfamiliar task or problem with confidence.
CAG Competency Achieved - Graded -The learner will be able to apply facts, rules and standard solutions to achieve a predictable task or solve a problem.
NYC Not Yet Competent
-Although the learner exhibits access to a limited range of facts and rules, the learner has difficulty applying these facts and rules to a familiar task.

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Assessment Submission:
Turnitin is an online text-matching service which can be used to support academic integrity and address plagiarism. All submissions via Turnitin within Blackboard include the relevant wording for the e-Submission authorisation process. Students are to use Turnitin. to verify that the work submitted is their own work and referenced accordingly. This software will be used by all staff to ensures original work by students is checked at submission of the assessment.

The University is obliged to obtain clear student authorisation on all assessable works. RMIT’s e-Submission process provides a valid authorisation equivalent to a signature on a paper coversheet allowing students to submit assessment works electronically.
The e-Submission process requires that specific wording and a link to the assessment declaration is included in your assessment documentation in order to comply with legal and statutory obligations, and can be used with all RMIT teaching technologies, including;
• Blackboard
• PebblePad
• WebLearn
• RMIT’s Google Apps for Education (Gmail, Drive, Sites etc.)
The use of fully electronic submissions saves significant time for both staff and students.

Good practice
• Providing clear advice to students on the e-Submission process as part of their assessment expectations assists in ensuring that it is straightforward for RMIT students to submit work electronically.
• Students can submit non-electronic works via conversion by a digital scanner, i.e. paper-based assessments can be scanned and submitted for assessment via the e-Submission process.
• Establishing a Turnitin assignment in Blackboard is a quick way to provide an e-Submission process for a class group.
Students must submit all assessment task electronically via blackboard as directed by their teacher.
Students are not to email or hand assessment tasks to teachers in class, corridor or cafeteria etc

Late submission:
If you require an Extension of Submittable Work (assignments, reports or project work etc.) for 7 calendar days or less (from the original due date) and have valid reasons, you must complete and
lodge an Application for Extension of Submittable Work (7 Calendar Days or less) form and lodge it with the Senior Educator/ Program Manager.
The application must be lodged no later than one working day before the official due date. You will be notified within no more than 2 working days of the date of lodgement as to whether the extension has been granted.
If you seek an Extension of Submittable Work for more than 7 calendar days (from the original due date) must lodge an Application for Special Consideration form under the provisions of the Special Consideration Policy, preferably prior to, but no later than 2 working days after the official due date.
Assignments submitted late without approval of an extension will not be accepted or marked.
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Special consideration:
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