CNST502 – Estimation for Small Buildings

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Module code
Module title
Estimation for Small Buildings
To enable the student to develop the skills and knowledge to price schedules of quantities with unit rates, and apply overheads, profit and on-cost items in the preparation and collation of tenders for small buildings.
  • EN1601
NZQA Level
Level 5
NZQA Credits
Delivery method
  • Web-Supported
Learning hours
Directed hours
Self directed hours
Total learning hours
Resources required
Learning Outcomes
Build up a schedule of quantities for use in tender preparation for a small building project
Build up unit rates and apply overheads, profit and on-cost items for a small building project
Compile tender information in preparation of tenders for a small building project
May include, but not limited to, an appropriate selection from the following topics:
Schedule of quantities: role in preparing a tender submission. Outline main contractor/subcontractor costs and responsibilities for use in trade, preliminary and general sections of the tender.
Unit rates and application of overheads, profit and on-cost items: build up unit rates for a range of measured items and identification of pricing components. Selection and application of labour, materials, plant. Principles, classification and application of onsite/off site overheads, profit and on-cost items - total trade costs. Market rates, cost, availability, conditions of sale/hire. Quotations - use, assessment and selection.
Compilation of tender information: Collation of priced items, trade totals, and lump sums for preliminary and general sections in accordance with tender and contract conditions.
Teaching and Learning Strategy
Learning activities for topics may typically include practical/workshop, case studies, lectures, tutorials, field trips, group work, visiting specialists, computer simulations, web technologies, projects and self-directed learning.
Assessment Criteria
A portfolio is a compilation of evidence presented by the student in ways that demonstrate their acquired knowledge, competencies and capabilities.

Portfolio of Evidence100
Learning and Teaching Resource
Access to PC equipment
Selected software e.g. spreadsheets
Access to online material, product and pricing data
Sample project documentation