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

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2016

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

Over the duration of the course, students will engage with teachers and completed assigned activities and tasks. 

Teaching Schedule

Session 1 -16 

To be advised in first class.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other 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



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




Task 1

In Class Supervised Assessment (Formative) - Online


Task 2A

Summative - (Workbook)


Task 2B

Summative - (Workbook)


Task 3

In Class Supervised Assessment (Formative) - Online



Assessment Matrix

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