Construction Measurement and Estimating

Subject ABPL90208 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

On campus

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 4 hours a week (48 hours total).
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours
Prerequisites: The following subject:
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Corequisites: none specified
Recommended Background Knowledge: none specified
Non Allowed Subjects: none specified
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.

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Dr Ajibade Aibinu


Environments and Design Student Centre


Subject Overview:

This subject builds on construction cost management and understanding from construction services. It comprises further measurement, quantification and documentation of building works and measurement of civil engineering works. Topics include the following: measurement of building works including substructure (complex foundation on sloping sites, stepped foundation, columns bases and basement construction, non linear strip foundation, raft foundation); measurement of civil engineering works; further measurement of superstructure; reinforced concrete structures including frames, columns, beams and slabs; staire in timber and concrete; doors and windows in timber and steel including ironmongery; glazing; floor, wall and ceiling fishing; painting and decorations; measurement of mechanical and electrical installation for simple buildings; measurement of civil engineering works including roads and simple railway work; piling; simple bridges and culverts.

Objectives: none specified

Two written assignments each worth 20% (total 40%); 3 hour exam (60%). Students are required to achieve a mark of at least 40% in the exam in order to pass the subject. Attendance and participation in 80% of the tutorials is a mandatory requirement for passing the continuous assessment component of this subject.

Prescribed Texts:

Marsden, P (1998), Basic Building Measurement, UNSW press Limited.

Picken, D (1999), Building Measurement - worked examples, Deakin University Press

AlQS et al, (1990), Australian Standard Method of Measurement, AlQS & MB-CHAA, 1990

Recommended Texts:

Mooney, J. (1999) The evolution of the quality surveyor Melbourne: Butterworth Heinemann

Marsden, P (1998) Basic Building Measurement Process. Crisp Publication

Marsden, P (1989) The Measurement Process. Crisp publication

Seeley, Ivor H, Building Quantities Explained. The MacMillan Press, 1979

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:
  • Written, verbal and visual presentation of ideas
  • Correct use of technical terminology
  • Information gathering and critical synthesis skills
  • The ability to apply relevant processes and standards to specific examples
  • Appropriate use of building procurement terminology
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Related Course(s): Master of Construction Management
Master of Construction Management

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