Course Title: Estimate and cost job

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2018

Course Code: BUSM8798C

Course Title: Estimate and cost job

School: 350T Fashion & Textiles

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C3394 - Certificate III in Clothing and Textile Production

Course Contact: Peter Bonnell

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99259171

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 50

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 course covers skills and knowledge required to estimate materials, labour and time requirements, and establish costs for products and services.


The course applies to estimating and costing products and services for an identified project, activity or operation.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MSTGN3003 Estimate and cost job


1 Gather relevant information about job

Performance Criteria:


Obtain details of customer requirements through discussion with customer or from information supplied


Develop details of products and services to be provided and any special provisions


Determine delivery details and methods of transportation, where necessary


Record details and document specifications


2 Estimate materials, labour and time

Performance Criteria:


Research, locate and interpret technical information about materials, equipment, products and services required for the job


Estimate types, quality and quantities of materials required for work


Estimate acceptable price range for required products


Estimate labour requirements to perform required services


Estimate time requirements to perform required services


3 Calculate costs

Performance Criteria:


Calculate total materials costs and labour costs


Calculate transport and delivery costs for products, as required


Determine allowances for overheads and mark-up percentages


Calculate total job cost


Calculate final cost to customer


4 Document and verify details

Performance Criteria:


Use calculators, computers with appropriate software or other aids to estimate, calculate and verify costings according to workplace procedures


Document details of costs and charges


Obtain verification of costs, calculations and other details by other enterprise personnel, as required


Prepare customer quotation in appropriate format to meet required enterprise or industry standards


Document and record details for future reference

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will acquire the skills and knowledge required to estimate materials, labour and time requirements, and establish costs for products and services.

Details of Learning Activities

This unit is clustered with the unit:

Modify Patterns to Create Basic Styles



Learning activities will include the following: 

  • practical demonstrations in the production rooms
  • individual and class exercises to acquire and perfect demonstrated skills
  • group discussion and feedback sessions
  • independent project based work under simulated workplace conditions
  • Work practice at home including research
  • Blog/Wiki or other online discussion and participation


Depending on the group you have joined this program is delivered in the production rooms at RMIT's Brunswick Campus or in a community organisation. In both environments the intention is to provide a teaching space that simulates as much as possible workplace conditions.

Teaching Schedule



Estimate and Cost Job

Modify Patterns to Create Basic Styles

Home Work


Introduce Units/Semester

Introduce Costing

Modify Patterns: Pant, skirt or. Culottes - add a pocket, Shorten length.





15 mins review and check homework and outline todays work

Show video on bulk cutting

Make final pattern


Complete patterns


Theory of costing and specification sheets

Cut out and construct







Make Costing Sheet and specification sheets for Pants/ Culottes


Cut out and construct



Cut out and construct


Source suppliers. Upload photos to CANVAS



Cut out and construct

Read Modules



Discuss & Presentation 






15 mins review and check homework and outline todays work

Discuss estimates and costing of garment

Discuss plan for garment modification

Research Garment Styles


TERM BREAK – (Date: ……….)









15 mins review and check homework and outline todays work








Make Costing Sheet and specification sheets for garment


Modify Garment Pattern - as in weeks 1 to 5


Research Garment Styles


Modify Garment Pattern - as in weeks 1 to 5


Research Garment Styles

and sewing methods


Modify Garment Pattern - as in weeks 1 to 5


Research Garment Styles

and sewing methods


Modify Garment Pattern - as in weeks 1 to 5


Source suppliers. Upload photos to CANVAS



Modify Garment Pattern - as in weeks 1 to 5


Source suppliers. Upload photos to CANVAS



Modify Garment Pattern - as in weeks 1 to 5


Source suppliers. Upload photos to CANVAS




Discuss & presentation




Discuss & presentation







Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

The production rooms are equipped with one lockstitch sewing machine per learner complete with all necessary bobbins and other equipment, including different feet and  attachments for hemming etc.  

One overlocker per group is also provided and patterns. drawing rules, drawing Instruments, cutting equipment, small tools, machine oil and sundry items, cutting table, fabric, material, yarn and other resources.

The student is expected to arrange for the use of a lockstitich machine (a domestic machine is sufficient) for practice and work on projects at home between sessions and to put together an equipment kit for personal use during the delivery session and for homework. The kit will include clippers, bobbins and bobbin case, tape measure, pins etc. A lsit of items will be given at induction. (Alternatively an equipment kit can be purchased from the School).

The student will also need access to the use a smart phone or computer with internet connection in order to upload pictures of their completed work.

In addition there are extensive resource in RMIT's libraries and in particular at Brunswick's Fashion and Textile collection which is of great interest to the student studying clothing production. In addition the library provides guides and subject specialist help via Liaison Librarians.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is ongoing throughout the course and will include activities to show theoretical understanding, practical demonstration and questioning. Full assessment briefs will be provided.


Assessment Tasks

You will be assessed on an ongoing basis whilst you are working on your skills and whilst working on your projects and relevant feedback will be given to allow you to develop towards competency. In addition you will receive feedback from the teacher at the conclusion of each assessment task.

This course is assessed in accordance with competency-based assessment. To demonstrate competency in this course you will need to complete the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard.



Commencement Week

Assessment Due


Assessment 1

  • Estimate and Cost Job
  • Costing Sheet for Pants


Week 1


Week 3


Prepare cost sheet for pants.

Assessment 2

•Modify Patterns to Create Basic Styles


  • Final Pattern for Pants


Week 1


Week 5


Make final pattern for pants.

Assessment 3

•Estimate and Cost Job

•Modify Patterns to Create Basic Styles


Costed Final Pattern – Garment and spec sheet


Week 8


Week 14


Make final pattern for Garment with spec sheet and cost sheet.



Results that apply to courses that are delivered and assessed in accordance with competency-based assessment are:

CA: Competency Achieved
NYC: Not Yet Competent
DNS: Did not Submit for Assessment

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant unit of competency. These matrices are available through the Program Coordinator.

Other Information

Please refer to the RMIT student page for extensive information about study support, assessment, extensions, appeals and a range of other matters:


Cover Sheet for Submissions:

You must complete and sign a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work, including online submissions.



Your learning experience will involve class-based teaching, discussion, demonstration and practical exercises

It is strongly advised that you attend all timetabled sessions. This will allow you to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring you the maximum opportunity to complete this course successfully.


Assessment Feedback: 

You will receive feedback on all your work.  Where relevant, this feedback will also include suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.


Student Progress:

Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy designed to assist you in achieving your learning potential.


Adjustments to Assessment (eg. applying for an extension of time):

If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment satisfactorily by the due date, you can choose to apply for an adjustment to your assessment. RMIT University offers a range of adjustments designed to support you in your studies, including an extension of time to complete the assessment.


Academic Integrity and Plagiarism:

RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy.


Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning:

Credit transfer is the recognition of previously completed formal learning (an officially accredited qualification).

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is an assessment process that allows you to demonstrate competence using the skills you have gained through experience in the workplace, voluntary work, informal or formal training or other life experiences.

Recognition of Current Competency (RCC) RCC applies only if you have previously successfully demonstrated competence in a unit of competency, and now require to be reassessed to ensure that the competence is being maintained.

Please speak to your teacher if you wish to discuss applying for Credit Transfer, RPL, or RCC for the unit(s) of competency addressed in this course.

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