Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


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. Students will apply estimating principles to price/cost superficial spaces, functional areas, elements, resources and trades and develop ethical bidding strategies.


BCA Singapore

  • Semester 1 - 2022


  • Semester 1 - 2022


  • Semester 1 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

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.


  • 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
  • Preparing for pre qualifications, Tender evaluation process and Post tender protocols


To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed ARBE2301.

Assessment items

Quiz: Online Quiz

Written Assignment: Tender Pricing Written Assignment

Written Assignment: Cost Planning Written Assignment

Contact hours

BCA Singapore, Callaghan and Online


Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

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

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.