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Measurement of Building Designs (CONS20002)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeCONS20002
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject introduces the quantification of building works. It covers the principles and practice of measurement in simple residential construction including the application and use of the Australian Standard Method of Measurement (ASMM) of Building works in practice. It covers the following aspects: writing description/specifications for measured building items; purpose and preparation of Bill of Quantities (BoQ); Processes of preparing BoQ including: taking-off, working-up, abstracting and billing; types of bill formats and their uses; basic principles of measurement and description of the following: groundworks (ordinary strip foundation on flat sites – linear) and superstructure (walls – masonry, and partitions including cladding; floors in concrete, reinforcement and formwork, simple timber pitched roof, Roofing, and finishes); Concept of BoQ estimating, pricing of items and introduction to building-up of rates for work items; Introduction to computerised measurement; Tender process.

Intended learning outcomes

Upon completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • Understand and apply the Standard Method of Measurement (SMM) to quantification of the works for simple buildings;
  • Measure quantities for groundworks, masonry (Brickwork), concrete/reinforcement and formwork, simple timber pitched timber roofs, cladding, and finishes;
  • Describe a bill of quantities;
  • Design and develop a bill of quantities for groundworks, masonry (Brickwork), concrete/reinforcement and formwork, simple timber pitched timber roofs, cladding, and finishes;
  • Design a financial plan for a building by investigating and pricing items in a Bill of Quantities (BoQ);
  • Explain the application of computer software to measurement of building works;
  • Demonstrate understanding of the theory and practice of competitive tendering;
  • Understand and communicate the role of cost management of building works.

Generic skills

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

  • Effective participation as a team member;
  • Written, verbal and visual presentation of ideas;
  • Correct use of technical terminology relating to quantification of building works and cost estimating;
  • Information gathering and critical synthesis skills;
  • Identification and familiarity with building components;
  • Understanding of construction documentation used in residential construction.

Eligibility and requirements


Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
ABPL10005 Understanding the Built Environment
Semester 1



Non-allowed subjects

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
ABPL30040 Measurement of Building Works
Semester 2

Recommended background knowledge

Basic computer skills.

Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home


Additional details

  • Assignment 1: Group assignment focusing on measurement of quantities for (i) Masonry Trade and (ii) Finishes Trade (800 word equivalent per student), due in week 5, (20%);
  • Assignment 2 – Individual assignment focusing on measurement of quantities for (iii) Roofing Trade and (iv) Woodwork Trade (800 word equivalent), due in week 7, (20%);
  • Assignment 3 – Individual assignment focusing on measurement of quantities for (v) Excavation Works, (vi) Concrete, (vii) Formwork, and (viii) Reinforcement (1600 word equivalent), due week 9 (40)%;
  • Assignment 4 – Group assignment: (ix) Pricing Bills of Quantities (800 word equivalent), due week 12 (20%).

Hurdle requirements:

  1. Attendance and participation in 80% of the tutorials is a mandatory requirement for passing this subject.

Dates & times

  • Semester 2
    Principal coordinatorTimothy O'Leary
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours1 x 2 hour lecture per week; 1 x 2 hour tutorial per week
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019
    Census date31 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail27 September 2019
    Assessment period ends22 November 2019

    Semester 2 contact information

    Subject Coordinator

    Tim O'Leary


Time commitment details

170 hours

Additional delivery details

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    1. Marsden, P. (1998) Basic Building Measurement, University of NSW Press.
    2. AIQS et al (1990) Australian Standard Method of Measurement, AIQS & MB-CHAA.
    3. Picken, D. (1999) Building Measurement: Worked Examples, Deakin University Press.
    4. Sierra, J.J.E. (1991) Building Measurement: A Guide to the Australian Standard Method of Measurement of Building Works, OTEN.
  • Subject notes

    Students undertaking this subject will be expected to regularly access an internet-enabled computer (in particular the University's Learning Management System - LMS) for access to information and for online discussion and communication with their tutors and their peers.

  • Breadth options

    This subject is available as breadth in the following courses:

  • Available through the Community Access Program

    About the Community Access Program (CAP)

    This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.

    Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.

  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 10 August 2019