QUSU07007 2012 Estimating

General Details

Full Title
Transcript Title
75 %
Subject Area
QUSU - Quantity Surveying
CENG - Civil Eng. and Construction
07 - NFQ Level 7
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2012 - Full Academic Year 2012-13
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Sean McGagh
Programme Membership
SG_JCONS_B07 201300 Bachelor of Science in Construction Management and Costing SG_JQUAN_B07 201300 Bachelor of Science in Quantity Surveying SG_JCONS_B07 201400 Bachelor of Science in Construction Cost Management SG_JQUAN_H08 201400 Bachelor of Science (Honours) 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

Module Assessment Strategies

Continuotus Assessment

Final Examination

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, conversion

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


Contractor's Cash Flow Forecasts

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Assignment Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 100 % OnGoing 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 UNKNOWN Estimating 3 Weekly 3.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Ashworth, A. (2008) 3rd ed. Pre-Contract Studies, CIOB, Longman, Essex (Chapter 12)

Brook, M. (2008) 4th ed. Estimating and Tendering for Construction Work, Elsevier, Oxford

Geddes, S. (1996) 9th ed. Estimating for Building and Civil Engineering Works, Elsevier, Oxford

Buchan, R.D., Fleming, F.E.W., Grant, F.E.K. (2003) 2nd ed, Estimating for Builders and Surveyors, Butterworth-Heinemann, Oxford

CIOB (2009) 7th edition, CIOB: Code of Estimating Practice, Wiley-Blackwell, West Sussex

Coyne, J. (2003) Irish Builders Pricebook 2003/2004, Galway

Spons (2008) Irish Construction Pricebook, 3rd ed. Spons, UK

Cartlidge, D. (2013) Estimator's Pocket Book, Routledge, UK

Towey, D. (2012) Construction Quantity Surveying: A Practical Guide for the Contractor's QS, Wiley-Blackwellblin 

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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