Course Title: Estimate costs and prepare basic tendering documentation

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2008

Course Code: CIVE5614

Course Title: Estimate costs and prepare basic tendering documentation

School: 130T Infra, Electrotec & Build Serv

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6066 - Advanced Diploma of Civil Engineering (Structural Design)

Course Contact : Tony Skinner Program Coordinator

Course Contact Phone: (03) 9925 4444

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Program Coordinator:
Mr Tony Skinner
Tel. 9925 4444
Fax. 99254377

Nominal Hours: 20

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

EDX010 - Communicate and apply standard industry procedures and policies in an engineering design office
EDX130 – Use mathematics at technician level

Course Description

This unit covers the competency to apply the fundamental principles and concepts associated with planning, estimating and costing to the preparation and interpretation of tender documents for small, simple projects that would not require Project Management expertise.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

EDX030 Estimate costs and prepare basic tendering documentation


Plan for estimating and quoting

Performance Criteria:



Prepare cost estimates for a project from relevant data

Performance Criteria:


Learning Outcomes

Plan for estimating and quoting

Prepare cost estimates for a project from relevant data

Details of Learning Activities

Refer to underpinning knowledge and skills for this unit in the description contained in the relevant course guide.

Teacher directed
1. Explain, using examples typical of the construction industry , the concepts, specific technical terms and procedures used in project management
2. Refer to samples of specifications, bills of quantities and drawings obtained from industry.
3. Illustrate the theory of critical path determination and Gantt chart construction using worked examples
4. Explain the principles of monitoring progress.
5. Outline the responsibilities of the parties when handing over a project
6. Demonstrate the use of software using MS Project

Student directed
1. With reference to sample contract documents, note differences between types of contracts esp. Lump Sum, Schedule of Rates, Cost Plus, etc.
2. Given a small project with cost items, sums and stages of partial completion, calculate weekly/monthly costs and costs to date.
3. Use basic principles to construct a critical path and a Gantt chart for a small construction project
4. Use MS Project to create same

Group based activities
Given a construction project, the group to discuss a selection of management procedures as seen from a superintendent’s and a contractor’s viewpoint. Focus to be on the contrast between the two. Groups to report back and collate ideas.

Teaching Schedule

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Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts



Will be given in class.

Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

This unit will be assessed in the classroom environment using holistic assessment based on typical workplace activities :
• One written assignment (individual)
• A classroom group activity.
• A one hour mid-semester examination.
• A one hour end-of-semester examination.

Assessment Tasks

These tasks will be outlined in class.

Assessment Matrix

Element CoveredAssessment Task Proportion of Final Assessment Submission Time 
1-5Questionnaires and minor assignments. 40% Four weeks before end of term. 
1-5Two Major Assignments. 60% One week before end of term.

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