Measurement and Estimating

Unit code: NBC1113 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
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In this unit students are introduced to the techniques required to measure, quantify and estimate the cost of construction work. Students will read and interpret plans and specifications applicable to medium rise residential and commercial projects in order to assist with estimation, planning and supervisory activities. The estimated costs associated with the acquisition of materials and labour on building and construction sites will be established, together with the application of relevant overhead costs and margins. Monitoring techniques for building or construction costing systems will be introduced. The unit forms the foundation for NBC2006 Professional Estimating unit.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the roles of quantity surveyors/cost engineers in the construction industry;
  2. Interpret and apply the principles and logic of the Australian Standard Method of Measurement (ASMM) to inform estimation;
  3. Apply cost planning principles to a wide range of medium rise residential and commercial projects;
  4. Prepare a simple Bill of Quantities (BoQ);
  5. Develop builder’s estimates for projects in various contexts; and
  6. Apply bidding and tendering principles to medium rise residential and commercial projects.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Test
Grade: 20%
Two (2) in-class tests - (1/2 hour for 10% each)
Assessment type: Assignment
Grade: 30%
Individual Projects (approximately 500 words)
Assessment type: Report
Grade: 40%
Report (Groups of 4, approximately 1,000 words per individual)
Assessment type: Presentation
Grade: 10%
Group Professional Pitch (approximately 15 minutes per group)

Required reading

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