Course Title: Estimate and cost work

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

Course Code: BUIL6311C

Course Title: Estimate and cost work

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4338 - Certificate IV in Plumbing and Services

Course Contact : Programme Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Program Manager

03 99254632

Nominal Hours: 40

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 estimate materials, labour and time requirements and to establish costs for provision of services or products.
The unit covers the gaining of information, the estimation of materials, labour and time, the calculation of costs and the associated documentation.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CPCPCM4012A Estimate and cost work


1 Gather information.

Performance Criteria:

Gather information


2 Estimate materials, labour and time.

Performance Criteria:

Estimate materials, labour and time


3 Calculate costs.

Performance Criteria:

Calculate costs


4 Document and verify details.

Performance Criteria:

Document and verify details

Learning Outcomes

Refer to Elements.

Details of Learning Activities

1. Access relevant web-based information

• locating, interpreting and applying relevant information, standards and specifications to the estimation and costing of work
• applying safety requirements throughout the work sequence, including electrical safety requirements and the use of personal protective clothing and equipment
• estimating and costing three varied jobs in at least Class 1 buildings, including:
• applying sustainability principles and concepts
• estimating quantities of material required
• determining types and amount of labour required to complete the work
• estimating time required to complete the work
• estimating overheads associated with the job
• providing a written quotation and tender for each of the work requirements
• communicating and working effectively and safely with others.

Teaching Schedule

Night 1. 

a) Complete LLN assessment & cover sheet

b) Powerpoint presentation

c) Introduction to flexible learning toolbox & paperbased resource.

d) Issue paper handouts to students

Night 2. 

a) Calculate Business overheads

b) Calculate Base Labour Rate

Night 3.

a) Add other allowances to base labour rate

b) Add GST, overheads & profit to base labour rate

c) Labour, Material & Safety breakdown of proposed project in preparation for final qoutation (activities from learning resource & handouts)

Night 4.

a) Checklists for quotations

b) Compliance & Safety requirements

c) Display examples of quotations & contracts to students

d) Explain assignments

Night 5.

a) Revise learning

b) Student Feedback

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Flexible Learning Toolbox


Other Resources

Flexible Learning Toolboxes

Overview of Assessment

Assessment may incorporate a variety of methods including written/oral activities and demonstration of practical skills to the relevant industry standards. Participants are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment activities to their teacher/assessor. Feedback will be provided throughout the course.

Assessment Tasks

a) Complete tasks during lessons (demonstration & written)

b) Final assignment (written)

Assessment Matrix

All assessments align to the required elements

Other Information

Assessments submitted to teacher in word document format via email.

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