SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M3K225138
Module Leader Valentah Siamuzwe-Manase
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Construction and Surveying
  • A (September start)
  • A (September start)-B (January start)

Summary of Content

This module deals with estimating of construction work using various methods including elemental cost planning and traditional analytical/resource estimating. It also addresses other costs that need to be included in a construction tender including Preliminary costs, insurances and risk. It also covers other factors other than cost that affect a tender such as tender strategy, market conditions, competition law and market-testing. Other factors that influence the estimating and tendering process besides resource costing are also considered. The module also covers computer-aided Estimating. The percentage of Work Based Learning for this module, as represented by the Independent Learning "Activity Type", is 54%. The percentage of Work Based Assessment for this module is 40%, which is represented by Coursework 2.


-359 The The role of Estimating; b7 Estimating methods used at early design/pre-contract stages b7 Analytical Estimating - Unit rate pricing and rate build-up b7 Operational Estimating b7 Considerations of time, specifications, design and building regulations; b7 Management of incomplete designs/ Risk Management b7 Computer-aided estimating b7 Defining works packages b7 Market-testing/subcontractor packaging and management b7 Construction on-costs i.e. Preliminary Costs/ design fees / fixed price allowances and use of cost indices b7 Market Factors, Tender Strategies and Supply Chain Management; Legal considerations in tendering b7 Tender review - converting an estimate to a tender

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, the apprentice should be able to: 1.Critically analyse the various estimating methods and identify when they can be used and why;2. Analyse input resources required to build-up rates and evaluate rates based on identified resources; 3. Identify and evaluate the commercial impact of various factors such design, specification, construction methods, overhead/preliminary cost requirements, programme and procurement and contract conditions4. Indentify works packages and how these are market-tested and subcontractors selected5. Critically apply measurements and building technology knowledge in assessing and analysing construction costs and risks.[A2-A7, B1-B4, B6 SDS GA: 2.2,2.3,3.1,3.2,3.6,4.1,4.2,4.4]

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The essential purpose of this module is to provide the student with the time and space to develop an understanding of the context and principles of estimating and the application/ use of relevant software. This subject will be delivered by a student led "flipped classroom "core information, and supporting overhead materials will be made available for each lecture electronically in GCU Learn. Seminars/tutorials will concentrate on applying core information in lectures to problem questions given in advance. Students are referred to supporting reading materials to deepen their knowledge and understanding of lecture and seminar topics. Concepts delivered in the 'Flipped Classroom' mode will require students to view lecture material online and complete formative exercises prior to engaging and completing an on-campus seminar with academic support leading the discussions to explore the relevance of the content and specific to their workplace.

Indicative Reading

Ashworth, A. (2010) Cost Studies of Buildings, 5th Ed., Prentice Hall, London Bentley, J. I. W. (1987) Construction Tendering and Estimating, E. & F.N. Spons, London Brook, M. (2017) Estimating and Tendering for Construction Work, (5th Ed) Routledge, Oxon Buchan, R. D., Fleming, E. F. W, (2003) Estimating for Builders and Surveyors (2nd Ed) Butterworth Heinemann, London Cartlidge, D. (2017) 3rd ed Estimator's Pocket Book, Routledge Chartered Institute of Building (2009) Code of Estimating Practice (7th Ed) Wiley-Blackwell, London Greenhalgh, B. (2013) Introduction to Estimating for Construction, Routledge Hackett, M., and Robinson, I. (2016) The Aqua Group Guide to Procurement, Tendering and Contract Administration, Blackwell Pratt, D. (2010) Fundamentals of Construction Estimating, Delmar Cengage Learning, London Potts, K. and Ankra, N. (2013) Construction Cost Management - Learning from Case Studies (2 nd Ed) Routledge, London, New York RICS Construction Faculty (2005) E-Tendering, RICS Book Smith A.J. (1995) Estimating, Tendering and Bidding for Construction, MacMillan Press Ltd, London

Transferrable Skills

Development of: -282b7 Analytical, appraisal, interpretive and quantitative skills b7 Written, verbal, visual, graphical, IT and responsive presentation skills b7 Skills related to the preparation of literature reviews through research and analysis of reference material in libraries and other sources b7 Independent learning/working. [C1, C2, C3, C5, D1, D3-D6, E1, E5, E6, E7 SDS GA: 5.1 - 5.3]

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Seminars (FT) 24.00
Practicals (FT) 8.00
Independent Learning (FT) 108.00
Assessment (FT) 60.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 02 n/a 60.00 35% Individual assignment
Course Work 01 n/a 40.00 35% Individual assignment