QUSU06032 2019 Estimating

General Details

Full Title
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Subject Area
QUSU - Quantity Surveying
CENG - Civil Eng. and Construction
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Sean McGagh
Programme Membership
SG_JQUAN_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Quantity Surveying SG_CCONS_C06 201900 Higher Certificate in Science in Construction Economics SG_CCEOL_C06 201900 Higher Certificate in Engineering in Construction Economics (Add-On) SG_JQUAN_B07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Quantity Surveying

This module introduces students to the role of the Contractor's Estimator including rate calculation, tendering and the employment of sub-contractors

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Describe the role of the estimator and procedures adopted when estimating 


Outline the resources considered in estimating


Calculate unit rates for various common items


Discuss tender influences, prequalification and outline a tender review by the contractor


Examine the stages of sub-contractor appointment

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Lectures and Practicals

Module Assessment Strategies

Continuous Assessment

Final Examination

Repeat Assessments

As Marks and Standards

Indicative Syllabus

Outline and Terminology

Role of the estimator

Procedures and Methods of Estimating

Resources – labour, materials, plant, preliminaries, overheads and profit

Unit Rate Pricing - key elements, method of measurement conversion

Calcuation of Unit Rates for Excavation and Earthwork; Concrete Work; Brickwork and Blockwork; Woodwork; Roofing Cladding and Waterproofing.  

Tender influences (decision to tender) – risk, fluctuations,

Project Appreciation – Tendering, Pricing Documents (Bills/Schedules), Bidding Strategy

Tender review & submission,


Subcontractors/Suppliers – identification, tender enquiries, timing, assessment


Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
40 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
60 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Assignment Continuous Assessment Individual Project 40 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Examination Final Exam Closed Book Exam 60 % End of Semester 1,2,3,4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Lecture Theatre Estimating 2 Weekly 2.00
Tutorial Computer Laboratory Estimating 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Estimating 3 Weekly 3.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Online Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Online Lecture Not Specified Estimating 2 Weekly 2.00
Directed Learning Not Specified Estimating 1 Weekly 1.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Estimating 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Online Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2016-07-28 Estimating and Tendering for Construction Work Routledge
ISBN 1138838063 ISBN-13 9781138838062

Estimators need to understand the consequences of entering into a contract, often defined by complex conditions and documents, as well as to appreciate the technical requirements of the project. Estimating and Tendering for Construction Work, 5th edition, explains the job of the estimator through every stage, from early cost studies to the creation of budgets for successful tenders. This new edition reflects recent developments in the field and covers: new tendering and procurement methods the move from basic estimating to cost-planning and the greater emphasis placed on partnering and collaborative working the New Rules of Measurement (NRM1 and 2), and examines ways in which practicing estimators are implementing the guidance emerging technologies such as BIM (Building Information Modelling) and estimating systems which can interact with 3D design models With the majority of projects procured using design-and-build contracts, this edition explains the contractor s role in setting costs, and design statements, to inform and control the development of a project s design. Clearly-written and illustrated with examples, notes and technical documentation, this book is ideal for students on construction-related courses at HNC/HND and Degree levels. It is also an important source for associated professions and estimators at the outset of their careers."

Recommended Reading
2013 Estimator's Pocket Book Spon Press
ISBN 0415527112 ISBN-13 9780415527118

The Estimators Pocket Book is a concise and practical reference covering the main pricing approaches, as well as useful information such as how to process sub-contractor quotations, tender settlement and adjudication. It is fully up-to-date with NRM2 throughout, features a look ahead to NRM3 and describes the implications of BIM for estimators. It includes instructions on how to handle: the NRM order of cost estimate; unit-rate pricing for different trades; pro rata pricing and dayworks; builders quantities; approximate quantities. Worked examples show how each of these techniques should be carried out in clear, easy-to-follow steps. This is the indispensible estimating reference for all quantity surveyors, cost managers, project managers and anybody else with estimating responsibilities. Particular attention is given to NRM2, but the overall focus is on the core estimating skills needed in practice.

Recommended Reading
2012-05-16 Estimating for Builders and Surveyors Routledge
ISBN 9781136405082 ISBN-13 1136405089

Written for students taking courses in building and surveying, 'Estimating for Builders and Surveyors' describes and explains the method used by the estimator to build up prices or rates for items described in the SMM7 format. Each chapter is a self-contained unit related to a particular element in the building. Worked examples throughout reflect both traditional and up-to-date technology. Written by an author team of academics and professional surveyors, this book continues to be an invaluable introduction to the subject of estimating.

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources


Journal Resources


URL Resources


Other Resources

National Building Elements Committee (1993) National Standard of Building Elements and Design Cost Control Procedures. (3rd ed). Environmental Research Unit. Dublin.

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