SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M3K225341
Module Leader Valentah Siamuzwe-Manase
School School for Work Based Education
Subject SCWBE
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)
  • C (May 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 64%. The percentage of Work Based Assessment for this module is 40%, which is represented by Coursework 2.


-358 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 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

Upon successful completion of the 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. Identify 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]

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 available off campus through GCU App store. In the context of a work based ethos, teaching and learning methods use authentic work based scenarios to promote action learning, inquiry based learning, problem based learning and peer learning. In addition, at this academic level students are expected to take a critical stance as they draw on academic theories and techniques in order to frame, analyse and solve actual work-based problems. These approaches directly involve the apprentice in the process of learning and also encourage collaborative learning. The module will begin with 2 days of introductory seminars to provide the apprentices with a clear understanding of the curriculum and assessment requirements of the module and to engage in question / answers sessions. The remainder of the module is delivered online via GCULearn. The online component is structured using a week by week template and guides the apprentice through the subject learning and assessment requirements of the module. A range of resources such as PowerPoint, Camtasia, video clips, web links and other tailored learning relevant to the module topics are used.. Learners will be supported throughout by the module team. This includes the lecturers, work based / industrial mentors and Academic Development Tutors. Clear sign posting will ensure that module learning outcomes are progressed, reinforced though a carefully mapped formative assessment of concepts / strategies and the application of critical subject matter. This facilitates an evaluation of the level of comprehension attained by the apprentice and also enables the module team to provide support and guidance as required through email, GCULearn announcements, blogs, skype of Collaborate discussions. Summative assessments are compulsory. A mark of 35% must be achieved for each summative assessment and an overall / aggregate mark of 40% must be achieved.

Indicative Reading

Recommended Reading Ashworth,-1 A. and Perera, A. (2015)-1 Cost Studies -1 of Buildings,-1 6 th Ed., Prentice-1 Hall, -1 London ISBN 978-1-138-01735-1. Bentley,-1 J. I. W. (1987) -1 Construction-4 -3 Tendering -1 and Estimating, E. & F.N.-1 Spons, -3 London ISBN 0419142401 . Buchan,-1 R. -1 D., Fleming,-1 E. F. W, (2003)-1 Estimating for-1 Builders-1 and Surveyors (2nd-1 Ed) Butterworth-1 Heinemann, -1 London -3 ISBN 0750642718. -1 Cartlidge, -1 D. (2017)-1 3rd -1 ed Estimator's Pocket Book, -1 Routledge-3 ISBN 978-0-415-52711-8. -1 Chartered Institute-1 of Building-1 (2009) -1 Code -1 of Estimating-1 Practice (7th Ed) Wiley-Blackwell,-1 London ISBN 978-1-4051-2971-8. -1 Hackett, M., -1 and -1 Statham, G., (2016) The-10 Aqua-1 Group Guide-1 to Procurement, -3 Tendering -1 and -1 Contract-10 Administration, Blackwell, ISBN 978-1-118-34654-9. Potts, K. -1 and Ankra, -1 N. -1 (2013) -1 Construction -1 Cost Management - -1 Learning from -1 Case Studies (2nd Ed) -1 Routledge, -1 London, -1 New -5 York ISBN 9780415442862. -1 RICS -1 Construction Faculty-1 (2005)-1 -2 E-Tendering, 2 nd Ed., -1 RICS Book, ISBN 978 1 84219 563 5. Essential Reading Brook, M. (2017) Estimating-1 and-3 Tendering for-1 Construction -1 Work, (5th Ed) -1 Routledge, Oxon, ISBN: 9781138838062. Greenhalgh,-1 B. (2013)-1 Introduction-1 to Estimating-1 for-1 Construction, -1 Routledge ISBN13: 978-0-415-50987-9. Pratt, -1 D. (2017)-1 Fundamentals-1 of -1 Construction Estimating, 4 th Ed.,-1 Delmar -1 Cengage -1 Learning, -1 London - ISBN 978-1-337-39939-5.

Transferrable Skills

Development of: -281b7 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]

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Seminars (FT) 12.00
Assessment (FT) 60.00
Independent Learning (FT) 128.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 n/a 30.00 35% Individual Assignment
Course Work 02 n/a 40.00 35% Individual Assignment
Exam (Dept) 01 n/a 30.00 35% On-line Class Test