As an online undergraduate unit provided by Curtin University and Open Universities Australia, Cost Planning addresses the processes of design economics, cost benefit analysis and elemental cost analysis to provide an introduction to cost planning in the building industry. You will study topics such as TCQ, heights and areas, interpreting and manipulating data and using approximate quantities.
On completion of this unit you will be able to identify appropriate sources of information for use in cost planning, evaluate cost versus benefit of various building designs and components, and use appropriate techniques to manipulate data in assessing the cost of buildings. You will also explore how to utilise historic cost data to allow assessment of future building costs.
This unit is delivered via a range of methods and materials, including discussion forums, online quizzes and assignment submission, standard media and web links. Assessment is via a combination of a case study and an invigilated exam.
Applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible to enter this program:
Acceptance into the Bachelor of Applied Science (Construction Management)
Introductory level of knowledge in this area, or relevant experience, is assumed
Areas of study
In this Cost Planning unit, the topics you will study include:
Design appraisal 1: cost benefit analysis
Design appraisal 2: design economics – TCQ, heights and areas
A working knowledge of cost planning as related to construction management provides a solid foundation for processes and practices that you will come across as you pursue further study or go on to work in the construction industry. Techniques you will master include design appraisal, cost-benefit analysis, elemental estimating and approximating quantities.
As a core requirement of the Bachelor of Applied Science (Construction Management), Cost Planning can open up a wide variety of employment opportunities in major corporations, local government and non-profit organisations in Australia and beyond. Graduates of this bachelor degree frequently go on to take high-level job roles as technicians, surveyors, contractors, and project managers.
How else will I benefit from this unit?
Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Cost Planning from Curtin University.
Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
Government financial support through FEE-HELP or HECS-HELP may be available.
Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA’s full degree programs.
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If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.
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You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this course!
This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government loan schemes. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.
Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).
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