Course Title: Monitor costing systems on medium rise building and construction projects

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2015

Course Code: BUIL5990C

Course Title: Monitor costing systems on medium rise 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

Dr Partha Halder

Mr Matthew Sweeney

Ms Sally Vanrooden

Mr Warwick Brewster

Nominal Hours: 60

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to monitor building or construction costing systems. The processes and practices involved in supervising and monitoring costing systems result in the ongoing maintenance of cost control and the production of expenditure schedules and other arrangements, which ensure contracts or projects remain on budget. In order to achieve the outcomes for this unit, knowledge of relevant legislation, codes and standards, industry estimating and costing systems, and financial principles is required.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CPCCBC5002A Monitor costing systems on medium rise building and construction projects


1. Supervise the identification and classification of project costs.

Performance Criteria:

1.1. Staff members are supervised in their identification of building or construction costs and accurate estimates are made from project schedules.
1.2. Definitive cost estimates are accurately translated into the correct cost centres appropriate to contract requirements.
1.3. Cost centres are correctly identified and incorporated into a planned project cost network.
1.4. Risk assessment is undertaken and estimated cost is compared with estimated risk.
1.5. Planning ensures compliance with relevant codes of practice, standards and legislative requirements.


2. Manage the preparation of a schedule of project expenditure.

Performance Criteria:

2.1. Draft schedules of project expenditure are prepared with critical points identified.
2.2. Expenditure schedules are prepared using organisational processes, and hard copies are produced.
2.3. Critical financial phases of the project are identified and cash flows are matched to expenditure.


3. Prepare curves showing projected cash flow and payments.

Performance Criteria:

3.1. Interim payment claims and rise and fall calculations are prepared for the contractor and subcontractors.
3.2. Projected S curve is prepared to show cash flow and resource control.
3.3. Projected cash flow and payments using time risk and cost risk are prepared and compared.
3.4. Cash flows using early start and late finish for pessimistic or optimistic outcomes are compared.
3.5. Pessimistic overdraft requirements are calculated.


4. Maintain continuous checks on expenditure and evaluate outcomes.

Performance Criteria:

4.1. Cash flow and creditor payments are monitored daily.
4.2. Budget cost of the network is compared to actual costs in the tender calculations.
4.3. Rise and fall clause calculations are undertaken and financial controller is advised of variations.
4.4. Reasons for any cost variations are analysed and identified.
4.5. Remedial action is taken and recorded as necessary to retain contract financial complianc


5. Prepare final cost report.

Performance Criteria:

5.1. Actual costs are compared with estimates at the completion of the job and a report is compiled detailing future actions.
5.2. Organisational rates are adjusted as required, based on the final cost report and current movements in prices and rates

Learning Outcomes

Refer to elements.

Details of Learning Activities

Please refer to teaching schedule below.

Teaching Schedule

Week 1-3- Monitoring costing system introduction
- Identification of building/ construction costs, preparation of estimates
- Translate estimates into cost centres, appropriate to contract requirements
- Assessment 1: Formative online quiz
- will be available in Blackboard (Bb) by week 3
- Due date of completion by week 5
Week 4-6
- Codes of practice, standards, legislative requirements to consider in cost planning
- Risk assessment, compare estimated cost with estimated risk
- Draft schedule of project expenditure
- Assessment 2- Part A and B
- Both parts of assessment 2 will be available in week 6
- Assessment 2- Part A: due date is week 11
- Assessment 2- Part B: due date is week 15
Week 7-9- Prepare expenditure schedule using organizational processes, match cash flow to expenditure
- Interim payment claims, rise and fall calculations, Security of payment act (SOPA)
- Cash Flow - prepare S curve, resource control
Week 10-12- Cash Flow –projected payments using time risk, cost risk, early start late finish scenarios, overdraft requirements
- Monitor cash flow and creditor payments, compare budget to actual cost
- Rise and fall calculations, identify, analyse and advise variations
- Assessment 2- Part A: due date is week 11
Week 13-16- Cost management – remedial action
- Earned and Actual value management, Final cost report
- Course review
- Assessment 2- Part B: due date is week 15
- Assessment 3: Summative online quiz will be available in Bb in week 16 and to be completed in the same week
Week 17-18- Review and feedback
- Supplementary and deferred assessments


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

• Rawlinsons Australian Construction Handbook 2013, Rawlinsons Publishing, Perth, WA.
• A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) —Fifth Edition, 2013, Publisher: Project Management Institute


Other Resources

Blackboard on line resources

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- Online Quiz


Assessment 2- Part A

Written Assignment


Assessment 2- Part B

Written Assignment-S-curves and Cost summary 


Task 3

Summative- Online Quiz


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

Assessment Mapping Matrix

Element / Performance Criteria Covered

Assessment 1

Assessment 2A

Assessment 2B

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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

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.

Blackboard is an on-line resource with the lesson plans for each unit. Within Blackboard are the session lessons plans, assessments, resources and other materials required for completion of each unit of competency. Blackboard Collaborate is an on-line delivery system within Blackboard that may be utilised as a virtual classroom that may be a part of the overall lesson delivery plan.

Projects and Presentations

Students are required to complete an individual written assessment and include group discussions to provide evidence of the competency in the unit.
Reasonable Adjustment
Students with a disability or long-term medical or mental health condition can apply for adjustments to their study and assessment conditions (Reasonable Adjustments and Equitable Assessment Arrangements) by registering with the Disability Liaison Unit (DLU) at;ID=01daxmpd1vo4z

Graded Assessment

You will need to obtain Satisfactory (S) in all assessment tasks before grading can occur.
Marks from assessments will count towards a final grade only if the individual assessment result is satisfactory (S) 

Grade Table

NYC Not Yet Competent / NYS in any of the above assessments
GAG Competent – Pass
CC Competent – Credit
CDI Competent – Distinction
CHD Competent – High Distinction

Assessment Matrix

Elements (UoC)1.11.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 2.1 2.2 2.3 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 5.1 5.2 
Formative- Online QuizXXX X               
Assignment Part A - Managing Project BudgetXXX XXXX            

Assignment Part B -S-curves and Cost summary

Summative- Online Quiz   XX   XX X      XX

Assessment Time Management Plan

AssessmentsAssessment modeCompetency weightHandout dateDue date
Assessment 1Formative- Online QuizS/NYSWeek 3Week 3-5
Assessment 2- Part AAssignment-
Managing Project Budget
50% weightWeek 6Week 11
Assessment 2- Part BAssignment-
S-curves and Cost summary
30% weightWeek 6Week 15
Assessment 3Summative- Online Quiz20% weightWeek 16Week 16

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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• Relevant
• Current
• Satisfies the learning/competency outcomes of the course
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Assessment Submission:


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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.
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Students are not to email or hand assessment tasks to teachers in class, corridor or cafeteria etc
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