Cost Planning and Estimating


This course examines and applies estimating tools, techniques and software for costing construction projects in its various stages from both client and contractor perspectives. Elements of preliminary estimating, cost planning and detailed estimating will be integrated and applied to enable informed rational cost related decisions. Applies estimating principles to price/cost superficial spaces, functional areas, elements, resources and trades and develop ethical bidding strategies.


BCA Singapore

  • Semester 1 - 2016

Distance Education - Callaghan

  • Semester 1 - 2016


  • Semester 1 - 2016

Learning Outcomes

1. Apply preliminary cost estimating techniques to prepare building cost plans.

2. Apply estimating techniques to build unit prices.

3. Price conforming tenders with available information.

4. Develop and apply appropriate cost planning and bidding strategies that are ethically appropriate.

5. Extract relevant information from Building Information Models to apply to estimates


  • Introduction to cost planning and estimating Preliminary estimating techniques
  • Preparing cost plans
  • Estimating preliminaries & temporary works
  • Estimating trades (selected trades)
  • Bidding models and tendering strategies
  • Civil engineering (infrastructure) estimating basics
  • Estimating with computers
  • Use of BIM in estimating
  • Preparing for pre qualifications, Tender evaluation process and Post tender protocols

Replacing Course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): ARBE2304. Students who have successfully completed ARBE2304 are not eligible to enrol in ARBE2308.


This course replaces ARBE2304. If you have successfully completed ARBE2304 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assessment Items

Written Assignment: Tender Pricing Written Assignment

Written Assignment: Cost Planning Written Assignment

Contact Hours

BCA Singapore, Callaghan and Distance Education - Callaghan


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Distance learning students will receive equivalent instruction through online or other distance education strategies.


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 10 Weeks