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Estimating and Bidding 1
Class Syllabus
Introduction
Prerequisites
Learning Objectives
Class Organization and Grading
Grading Policies
The Textbook
The Weekly Syllabus
Introduction
This course features handson estimating and quantity take off activities
associated with General Conditions, Site Work, Concrete and Formwork, and
Masonry Estimating.
By the end of this class you should be able to:
 Estimate the cost of general conditions
 Prepare quantity take off of excavation and backfill
 Prepare a quantity take off of concrete, and formwork.
 Use unit prices to price your estimate.
 Prepare a quantity take off and conceptual estimate of masonry work.
The Certificate in Construction Estimating program includes this class.
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Prerequisites
To do well in this course you should already have the following skills.
You should consider taking Introduction to Construction Estimating
and/or Construction Blueprint Reading if you feel you need more
information in these areas before taking this class. Those courses are
not prerequisites but they are a part of the Certificate in Construction
Estimating.
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Learning objectives:
By the end of this class you should be able to:
 Plan for and organize an estimate
 Estimate the cost of general conditions
 Prepare quantity take off of excavation and backfill
 Prepare a quantity take off of concrete, and formwork.
 Use unit prices to price your estimate
 Prepare a quantity take off and conceptual estimate of masonry work
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Class Organization and Grading
The following table lists the learning modules, the maximum point value a student
can receive within each module, and the week in which the modules must be finished.
In each module there are discussions (10 points), a quiz (10 points), and
homework (10 points).
Module 
Point Value 
By End of Week 
0. Student Orientation 
0 
Before start 
1. An Overview of Estimating and Bidding 
30 
1 
2. Planning and Organizing the Estimate

30 
2 
3. Estimating General Conditions 
30 
3 
4. Estimating Labor and Equipment 
30 
4 
5. Estimating Site Work  Excavation 
30 
5 
6. Estimating Site Work  Utilities and Other Site Amenities 
30 
6 
7. Concrete Estimating 1  Footings and Foundations 
30 
7 
8. Concrete Estimating 2  Slab on Grade 
30 
8 
9. Concrete Estimating 3  Columns, Walls and Systems 
30 
9 
10. Estimating Masonry Construction 
30 
10 
Total Points 
300 

It is important that the student keep up with the class and not fall
behind. Course modules will be made available to students on Sunday of each
week. Class work must be completed before the following Monday. Students will
not be able to work ahead of the class although reading assignments will be made available
in advance and posted in the Critical Course Information.
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Grading Policies
Graded assignments will consist of one quiz for each module and participation in at
least two class discussions. Class discussions count as 1/3 of the
overall grade and are a very important part of this course. Students
should provide at least three contributions to the class discussions each week
to gain the maximum points.
Grades will be posted on a weekly basis. You will have full access to your grade
sheet so you will be able to keep track of how you are doing at all times.
The grading scale is
as follows:
A 270 to 300 points
B 240 to 269 points
C 210 to 239 points
D 180 to 209
E Anything less than 180
You will be given more information about the grading and other course matters in the
Orientation Module.
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The Textbook
Detailed textbook information can be found at http://www.constructionclasses.com/textbooks.htm#e1
Students will also need the following materials:
 A calculator
 An architectural scale
 A couple of colored pencils
 A spreadsheet program (Excel, Numbers). An
acceptable free spreadsheet program can be downloaded from OpenOffice.org
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Detailed Syllabus
Module 
0. Student Orientation. Learn
about the course, how to get a good grade, how to communicate with the
instructor and how to use the course tools. 
1. An Overview Of Estimating and Bidding.
Meet your fellow classmates. Learn what it takes to be an
estimator and practice your spreadsheet skills. 
2. Planning and Organizing the
Estimate. Learn how to organize estimating
information. You will prepare an estimate summary and a project
fact sheet. Learn how to avoid estimating errors and how to
prepare the quantity take off. 
3. Estimating General Conditions.
Learn how to estimate general conditions. 
4. Estimating Labor and Equipment.
We will practice the fundamentals of estimating and pricing labor and
equipment. 
5. Estimating Site Work  Excavation.
Learn about dirt work and prepare an earthwork estimating assignment. 
6. Estimating Site Work  Utilities and Other Site Amenities.
Learn about paving, underground utilities, and other site work. 
7. Concrete Estimating 1  Footings and Foundations.
Learn concrete estimating fundamentals and prepare an estimate of
concrete foundations. 
8. Concrete Estimating 2  Slab on Grade.
Learn quantity take off techniques and prepare a concrete slab
estimate. 
9. Concrete Estimating 3  Columns, Walls and Systems.
Learn about estimating complex formwork and concrete placement. 
10. Estimating Masonry Construction.
Learn how to estimate masonry, brick, and stone installation. 
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