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

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2019

Course Code: BUIL5985C

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

School: 174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science

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

Auvi Tehzeeb

Phone: +61 3 9925 4522

Appointment by email

Program Manager
Ahmet Ertuncay

Phone: +61 3 9925 8375

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

Students will learn through a number of planned activities (face to face classes, simulated workplace learning, online learning via CANVAS and other forms of structured teaching and learning). Students will be observed and assessed through their planned activities throughout the duration of the course.

Teaching Schedule


Lesson Plan

Assessment Due

Week 1 Session 1

Introduction to – Building cost estimation

-          Assessment Time Management Plan

-          Assessment 2 Template

-          Residential building drawing


Week 1 Session 2

Reading residential building drawing

Excavation (Cut and Fill using Grid spacing method)

-          Class activity


Week 2 Session 1

Extracting information from residential building drawing

Introducing centreline method for volume calculation

Assessment 1 (Online Quiz)

Formative Assessment 1

Week 2 Session 2

Introduction to labour cost

Introduction to building and construction onsite award

Assessment 2 and 3 handout

Week 3 Session 1

Estimating labour cost as an employer

Identification of cost centers from given drawing


Week 3 Session 2

Physical resource requirement for residential building foundation


Week 4 Session 1

Preparation of door and window schedule from residential building drawing

Material quantity calculation for wall frame


Week 4 Session 2

Material quantity calculation for masonry works


Week 5 Session 1

Material quantity calculation for wall and floor covering


Week 5 Session 2

Summarising material cost requirement and checking against project or standard construction contracts

Assessment 2 submission due this week

Week 6 Session 1

Material and labour cost calculation for a residential building project


Week 6 Session 2

Plant and equipment cost calculation for a residential building project


Week 7 Session 1

Identification of subcontractor rate

Cost comparison between employee rate and subcontractor rate


Week 7 Session 2

Regulatory cost calculation for a residential building project


Week 8 Session 1

Summarising labour, plant & equipment and regulatory cost requirement and checking against project or standard construction contracts


Week 8 Session 2

Assessment 3 (Final Online Quiz) - Supervised in classroom

Assessment 3 submission due this week

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Australian Standard Method of Measurement of Building Works
Building Code of Australia - Vol 1 and 2
Australian Standard 1684 - Timber Framing
Australian Standard 2870 - Slab and Footings
The above mention Australian Standard resources are available from the library at  

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

Formative assessment 

Assessment 2

Summative portfolio assessment 

Assessment 3  

Summative portfolio assessment

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

Assessment Mapping Matrix

Element / Performance Criteria Covered Assessment 1 Assessment 2 Assessment 3
1.1 X    
1.2 X    
1.3 X    
1.4 X    
2.1   X  
2.2   X  
2.3   X  
3.1   X  
3.2   X  
3.3   X  
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 1

Formative assessment activities are to be completed by the student and achieve a satisfactory (S) grade. This assessment result will not be considered for the final grading of the student.

Assessment 2
A summative portfolio based assessment shall be completed and includes individual elements to complete within the assessment. 

Assessment 3  
A summative portfolio based assessment shall be completed and includes individual elements to complete within the assessment. 


Assessment Schedule:

Assessment 1: 

Due: Week 2 

Assessment 2 

Due: Week 5

Assessment 3

Due: Week 8


Assessment Matrix

 Assessment Mapping Matrix

Element / Performance Criteria Covered Assessment 1 Assessment 2 Assessment 3  
1.1 X      
1.2 X      
1.3 X      
1.4 X      
2.1   X    
2.2   X    
2.3   X    
3.1   X    
3.2   X    
3.3   X    
3.5      X  
4.1     X  
4.2     X  
4.3     X  
4.4      X  


To be deemed competent, student must achieve satisfactory (S) results in all Three (3) assessments.  This course is graded as Competent or Not Yet Competent


Other Information

Credit Transfer and/or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):
You may be eligible for credit towards courses in your program if you have already met the learning/competency outcomes through previous learning and/or industry experience. To be eligible for credit towards a course, you must demonstrate that you have already completed learning and/or gained industry experience that is:

  • Relevant
  • Current
  • Satisfies the learning/competency outcomes of the course

Please refer to to find more information about credit transfer and RPL.

Study and learning Support: 

Study and Learning Centre (SLC) provides free learning and academic development advice to you. 
Services offered by SLC to support your numeracy and literacy skills are: 

assignment writing, thesis writing and study skills advice 
maths and science developmental support and advice 
English language development 

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Equitable Learning Services (ELS):

If you are suffering from long-term medical condition or disability, you should contact Equitable Learning Services (ELS) to seek advice and support to complete your studies.
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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 lodgment 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. 

Submittable Work (assignments, reports or project work etc.) submitted late without approval of an extension will not be accepted or marked. 

Special consideration: 

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Plagiarism is a form of cheating and it is very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the University. 

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Other Information: 

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