Construction Cost Planning and Economics

Subject ABPL30056 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hours
Total Time Commitment:

120 hours

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Not offered in 2013
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

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Subject Overview:

This subject examines the financial management of construction at the pre-contract stage including the practice of the professional quantity surveyor. This subject aims to give students the knowledge of the processes involved in establishing and maintaining client’s budget at the design stage. It provides students with skills needed to effectively monitor the budget for a simple building project on a regular basis during the design stage by cost planning of evolving design, and preparing cost estimate at detailed design and tender documentation stage including the application of life cycle costing technique to design of buildings. Topics covered include Design Economics; Cost planning and control in building design: cost estimating procedure and simple cost modelling techniques and whole life costing.


On completion of the subject students should be able to:

  • Analyse building design variables influencing the cost of a buildings.
  • Apply standard cost planning techniques to simple buildings during the design process.
  • Describe the role of cost planning and analysis as a means of managing the design process and obtaining value for money.
  • Explain the process of construction cost forecasting.
  • Know how to apply simple cost modelling processes.
  • Know how to choose among alternative design solutions using the cost-in-use technique.

Three practical exercises Assignments (40%); due in week 4 (10% group work), week 7 (10% individual work) and week 11 (20% group work) respectively
Two and a half hour end of semester exam (60%)

Prescribed Texts:
  1. Smith, J. and Jaggar, D. (2007) Building Cost Planning for the Design Team, 2nd edition, Elsevier, Oxford.
  2. Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (2000) Australian Cost Management Manual, volume 1, Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors, Canberra.
  3. Flanagan, R. and Tate B. (1997) Cost Control in Building Design, Blackwell, Oxford.
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

At the completion of the subject students should have developed the following skills and capabilities:

  • Understanding of construction documentation used in nonresidential construction.
  • Effective participation as a team member.
  • Evaluation of alternative construction solutions.
  • Understanding of the cost significance of building elements.
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Environments Discipline subjects

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