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Individual Assignment Spring 2018
Module: Construction Cost Management (CPCM 0007)
Level: M Max. Marks: 100 Duration: 9 weeks

Introduction
This module provides a critical awareness of the concepts, theories and principles relevant to
preparing budget costs and understanding the cost control techniques used for monitoring
project cost and the progress of projects. In particular, this assignment will enhance the ability
to explore the procurement and tendering principles employed. In addition, the student, in this
assignment will critically discussed the techniques used and factors impacting upon the
construction estimating process; and cost management tools that are current in the industry
and how these are deployed in managing construction project throughout the various stages of
the project.
In this assessment, you are required to critically evaluate and appraise procurement strategies
applicable to the assigned project and the tendering methods that can be adopted to
construction the project. On the other hand, it is required to evaluate the cost information
required to procure the projects. This includes pricing of tender and the impact of Health and
Safety and risk on project cost
Student is required first study the principles of procurement, and tendering strategies
introduced in the literature and references. Evaluation of cost management and pricing of the
construction project must be analyzed, discussed, via exploring academic and technical
journals, conference proceedings, codes and standards, and case studies in the field of
construction. Through reviewing the literature and similar projects data, the student is also
required to learn, identify and discuss the assessment of Health and Safety precautions and
their associated cost implications on construction projects.
Task 1: Tender Bid Report (20 %) Date of Submission: max by Week 7
You are working as a planning engineer in a technical office of AAA construction firm. Your
company intends to participate in a tender for a construction project. Employer is a

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governmental organization and they require that project shall be constructed in 2-years
meeting Oman quality standards. Based on the review of literature and collected data, the
student has to clearly discuss procurement and tendering methods that can be applied and
implemented to the assigned project (find the project in Appendix 1). In the preparation of this
task, the student has to criticize and critically discuss at least three primary recent international
journal papers in addition to other resources (dissertations, proceedings, etc.) covering the
following topics:

Critically evaluate and appraise the selected procurement strategy applicable to the
construction project.
Discussing bidding strategy and the selected tendering approach.
Generally, prepare the tender plan as well as the tender price.
Evaluate the Health and Safety precautions and their associated cost implications on your
project.


Intended Module Learning Outcomes
On completion of Task 1, student shall be able to:

Critically evaluate and appraise procurement strategies applicable to construction projects
and the tendering methods as currently used in the construction industry (Theory and
Practice.)
Evaluate the relevance of procurement strategies and cost information required to procure

construction projects. This includes pricing of tender and the impact of Health and Safety
and risk on project cost.
Task 2: Individual Report (65 %) Date of Submission: max by Week 13
Each student has to select an actual large-scale construction project that is of sufficient size and/or
complexity to warrant the discussion of such a plan. It is preferred that the project to be in the
construction phase in order to facilitate the collection of data and site visits. Student should submit
a report discussing the cost management plan for the assigned project. The report should include:

The principles of preparation budget costing, and critical discussion for the sources and
nature of information required for cost estimating.
Evaluate and apply a range of estimating methods for cost advice in addition to profit. These
methods include approximate estimating, operational estimating, unit rate estimating and
preliminaries using various examples (excavation and earthwork; concrete work; brickwork
and block work) and bidding strategies.
Critical discussion for the effect of construction methods on the project cost.
Critically evaluate the analytical estimating methodologies and their applications to given
project with particular emphasis on industry and professional standards such as NRM2.
Apply and evaluate various construction cost management tools and techniques throughout

the contract administration stages of the construction project
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Apply value engineering concept to improve the project value
The first efforts must be made through reading and studies to explore and learn about procurement
methods, tendering strategies, cost management, estimating, and the relevant common practices
and policies in construction industry. Arrange visits to the site and meetings with the site engineers
and managers to obtain more information related to your assignments. Next step is to arrange the
information you received into proper format to generate a report. Make sure that you support you
report with tables and visual Illustration and photographs; moreover explain about materials,
methods, equipment, workforce etc., wherever necessary. Proper referencing and paraphrasing
must be carried out when using a document as a reference for your work.
Note: A Self-reflection report on the industry expert talk has to be submitted as a part of this CW.
The main area of this report will be generally covered by an external expertise.
Intended Module Learning Outcomes
On completion of Task 2, student shall be able to:

Use the concepts and principles in preparation of budget costing and evaluate analytical
estimating methods for building and civil engineering projects.
Evaluate and apply a range of estimating methods for cost advice – including approximate
estimating, operational estimating, unit rate estimating and preliminaries using various

examples (excavation and earthwork; concrete work; brickwork and block work) and
bidding strategies
Critically evaluate the analytical estimating methodologies and their applications to given
case studies with particular emphasis on industry and professional standards such as
NRM2.
Apply and evaluate various construction cost management tools and techniques
throughout the contract administration stages of the construction project.

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Task 3: Proposal (5%) Date of Submission: max by Week 3
Each student has to submit a proposal within one week of assignment discussion. Separate link
will be created in Moodle for proposal submission (500 words, 10% more/less).
Proposal should include;


A brief introduction for the selected construction projects.
Clear idea on the tasks given in the assignment and plan of completing the tasks (task 1
& 2).

Notes

The minimum number of report words is 8000 (task 2). A 10 % will be accepted after
justification.
The computer generated report should be in 12, Times New Roman and black and white.
Line spacing: Generally use 1.5 x line spacing.
Start with the title page (including your name) or student number as requested.
It is preferable to place figures within the text rather than group them at the end of the report.
Give a sequential number to all figures (Fig. 1, Fig. 2, Fig. 3, etc.)
Add a brief, informative caption to the figures.
You should provide material supported by appropriate citations, references [Refer to Coventry
Harvard Referencing guide on Moodle] and appendices to support your report.
A minimum of ten references are expected at this level of study.
You should provide a word count at the end of each task.
The report should contain a title, table of contents, introduction (goal and objectives of report,
main sources used, structure, etc.), body, conclusion (revealing all findings, directly related
to objectives), list of references, appendices, etc.
Colored graphs and charts are allowed. Please label diagrams, charts and annexures
accordingly.
From 20 to 30 professional PowerPoint slides should be submitted.
The standard report writing format including but not limited to, chapter headings (on new
page), and section/sub T section headings; section numberings, indentations, margins, etc.
should be followed.
In case if the student is willing to visit any site under construction, he has to follow all the
Health and Safety requirements and it has to be discussed with the Module instructor first.
A student has to read the “PG Student Handbook” for more guidance and to know all the
details about the general specs, requirement of the program.









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Assessment Criteria
Task 1

Task Brief For a mark of
>70%
For a mark of
60-69%
For a mark of
50-59%
For a mark of
40-49%
For a mark of
40%
The student in this task
has to clearly discuss
procurement and
tendering methods that
can be applied and
implemented to the
assigned project. In the
preparation of this task
covering the following
topics:
Critically evaluate and
appraise the selected
procurement strategy
applicable to the
construction project.
Discussing bidding
strategy and the selected
tendering approach.
Prepare the tender plan
as well as the tender price
Evaluate the Health and
Safety precautions and
their associated cost
implications on your
project.
Demonstrating
outstanding
knowledge and
depth of relevant
theories,
concepts and
practices related
to Procurement
strategies.
Outstanding
display and
evaluation of
adopted
Tendering
approach.
Outstanding
display and
evaluation of the
bidding strategy.
Outstanding
display and
evaluation of
adopted health
and Safety
precautions and
its associated
cost implications.
.
Outstanding
presentation,
logically
structured, using
correct grammar
and spelling,
excellent cross
referencing and
links to
supporting
evidence.
Presented to a
publishable
standard.
Accurate
referencing and
bibliography
correctly using
the CU Harvard
Style
Show a clear
understanding
and good use of
relevant
theories,
concepts and
practices related
to Procurement
strategies.
Clear display of
the adopted
Tendering
approach.
Clear display
and evaluation
of the bidding
strategy.
Clear evaluation
of the effect the
adopted health
and Safety
precautions and
its associated
cost implications
on project cost.
Good
presentation,
completely
structured,
acceptable
grammar and
spelling,
acceptable links
to supporting
evidence.
Generally well
referenced with
correct use of
the CU Harvard
Style
Show an acceptable
understanding and
use of relevant
theories, concepts
and practices
related to
Procurement
strategies.
Display knowledge
of some of the
principles, theories,
methodologies, and
practices related
to Tendering
approaches.
Acceptable analysis
of the bidding
strategy.
Accepted
evaluation the H&S
precautions and
cost implication.
Acceptable
presentation and
structure,
acceptable
grammar and
spelling, adequate
links to supporting
evidence.
Acceptable
referencing.
Generally accurate
use of CU Harvard
Style.
Show an adequate
understanding of
the Procurement
strategies.
Attempt some
analysis and
discussion.
Adequate display
of the adopted
Tendering
approach.
Adequate
evaluation bidding
strategy as well as
H&S
Adequate
presentation and
structure, grammar
and spelling, links to
supporting
evidence.
Adequate
referencing. CU
Harvard Style used
but may contain
some inaccuracies.
Made an attempt
to complete the
tasks.
Show little or no
understanding of
the principles,
theories, and
practices related to
Procurement
strategies.
Little or no evidence
of analysis.
Made an attempt to
suggest
improvements in the
bidding and
tendering models.
Poor/weak
presentation,
grammar and
spelling, links to
supporting evidence
and/or unacceptable
presentation,
grammar and
spelling, structure is
very poor, links to
supporting evidence.
Little or no
referencing,
Incorrect style, or
very inaccurate use
of CU Harvard.

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Assessment Criteria
Task 2

Task Brief For a mark of
>70%
For a mark of
60-69%
For a mark of
50-59%
For a mark of
40-49%
For a mark of
40%
The student has to discuss
the cost management
plan for the assigned
project. This tasks covers:
The principles of
preparation budget
costing, evaluation
analytical estimating
methods for the
construction project, and
critical discussion for the
sources and nature of
information required for
cost estimating.
 
Evaluate and apply a
range of estimating
methods for cost advice in
addition to profit.
 
Critical discussion for the
effect of construction
methods on the project
cost.
 
Critically evaluate the
analytical estimating
methodologies and their
applications.
 
Apply and evaluate
various construction cost
management tools and
techniques throughout
the contract
administration stages of
the construction project.
Apply value engineering
concept to improve the
project value.
Outstanding
analysis of the
budget costing,
analytical
estimating
methods for the
construction
project.
Outstanding
evaluation of the
effect of
construction
methods on the
project cost
Outstanding
evaluation of the
cost
management
tools
Outstanding
applying of the
value
management
concept
Outstanding
presentation,
logically
structured, using
correct grammar
and spelling,
excellent cross
referencing and
links to
supporting
evidence.
Presented to a
publishable
standard.
Accurate
referencing and
bibliography
correctly using
the CU Harvard
Style
Clear analysis of
the budget
costing,
analytical
estimating
methods for the
construction
project.
Clear evaluation
of the effect of
construction
methods on the
project cost.
Clear
evaluation of
the cost
management
tools
Clear
discussion for
applying of the
value
management
concept
Good
presentation,
completely
structured,
acceptable
grammar and
spelling,
acceptable links
to supporting
evidence.
Generally well
referenced with
correct use of
the CU Harvard
Style
Acceptable analysis
of the budget
costing, analytical
estimating methods
for the construction
project.
Accepted
evaluation the
effect of
construction
methods on the
project cost
Accepted
evaluation of the
cost management
tools
Accepted discussion
for applying of the
value management
concept
Acceptable
presentation and
structure,
acceptable
grammar and
spelling, adequate
links to supporting
evidence.
Acceptable
referencing.
Generally accurate
use of CU Harvard
Style.
Adequate
evaluation of the
budget costing,
analytical
estimating methods
for the construction
project
Adequate
evaluation the
effect of
construction
methods on the
project cost
Adequate
evaluation of the
cost management
tools
Accepted discussion
for applying of the
value management
concept
Adequate
presentation and
structure, grammar
and spelling, links to
supporting
evidence.
Adequate
referencing. CU
Harvard Style used
but may contain
some inaccuracies.
Made an attempt
to complete the
tasks.
Show little or no
understanding of
the principles,
theories, and
practices related to
cost management
strategies.
Little or no evidence
of analysis.
Made an attempt to
suggest
improvements in the
cost estimating
models.
Made an attempt to
evaluate the effect
of construction
methods on the
project cost
Poor/weak
presentation,
grammar and
spelling, links to
supporting evidence
and/or unacceptable
presentation,
grammar and
spelling, structure is
very poor, links to
supporting evidence.
Little or no
referencing,
Incorrect style, or
very inaccurate use
of CU Harvard.

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Presentation

Criteria Marking Ranges
(0 – 1)
Not
Satisfactory
(1-2)
Satisfactory
(2-3)
Good
(3-4)
Very Good
(4-5)
Outstanding
Summary of
all findings
and design (5
marks)
Presentation
failed to
capture all
tasks.
Presentation
needs
improvement
in the design
and other
aspects.
All tasks are
captured fairly
in the
presentation.
Satisfactory
design.
Presentation
clearly captures all
the tasks. Good
design.
Presentation
captured all
tasks very
well.
Very good
design.
Presentation
excellently
captured all
findings/tasks
of the study.
Excellent
design/
Presentation
skills
(5 marks)
Poor
presentation
skills. Not able
to understand
what is
presented by
the student.
Satisfactory
presentation.
Needs
improvement to
make it more
understandable
to audience.
Good
presentation.
There is room for
further
improvement to
make it more
understandable.
Very Good
presentation.
Engaged the
audience.
Excellent
presentation.
Engaged the
audience well.
10 Marks

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Criteria Marking Ranges
(0 – 39%)
Not
Satisfactory
(40– 49%)
Satisfactory
(50 – 59%)
Good
(60 – 69%)
Very Good
(70 – 100%)
Distinction
Presentation
Capture
Individual
contribution to
the tasks and
overall
understanding.
Individual
Contribution is
not well
captured. Small
amount of work
undertaken.
Satisfactory
answers were
not given for
most of the
questions.
A reasonable
Understanding
is not
demonstrated.
Basic
Understanding of
the individual
contribution is
demonstrated.
Most of the
questions are
answered with a
reasonable
clarity. Answers
given show that
the student has
a basic
understanding
about the tasks.
Good
Understanding
on the
individual part
is
demonstrated.
Student fairly
answered all
the questions.
Answers given
show that the
student has a
good
understanding
about the
tasks.
Very good
Understanding
is shown.
Answered all
the questions
in detail.
Individual part
is well
understood by
the student.
All the
questions are
answered
clearly showing
that the
student has
understood
the tasks very
well.
Outstanding
Individual
contribution
is evident.
All questions
are very
clearly
answered.
It is evident
that the
student has
very well
understood
the report.

Date of Submission:







Proposal (covering task 1 & Task 2): maximum by Week 5 (17-March) of the semester
Individual Report (task 1): maximum by Week 8 (07-April) of the semester
Self-reflection Individual Report on the industry expert talk: Week 11 (28/April/2018)
Individual Report (task 2): maximum by Week 13 (12-May) of the semester
Individual Presentation: maximum by Week 14 (19-May) of the semester
Submission of work has to be through Moodle.
Feedback will be given through the Moodle, in the class and by emails.

Important note
Soft copy of the report handed in after the submission date as well as not undertaking the presentation
on scheduled time will be subject to
MEC Regulations on the late submission of work. Please do not
search the internet for an article and merely present it as your own. Plagiarism will be dealt with as per
the
MEC Plagiarism Policy.
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VIVA
Upon the discretion of the faculty, student may be called for the viva. Failing to appear for
VIVA or to respond to the questions asked during VIVA may lead to fail in the assessment.
Clarification on Plagiarism Policy
As per MEC policy, any form of violation of academic integrity will invite severe penalty. Plagiarized
documents, in part or in whole, submitted by the students will be subject to this policy.
A. First offence of plagiarism
a. A student will be allowed to re-submit the assignment once, within a maximum period of one week.
However, a penalty of deduction of 25% of the marks obtained for the resubmitted work will be imposed.
b. Mark deduction: When the work is resubmitted, the marking will be undertaken according to the
marking criteria. In compliance with this policy, the 25% deduction is then made on the marks obtained.
For example, in an assessment that carries a maximum of 50 marks, suppose a student were to obtain 30
marks for the resubmitted work, the final marks for that assessment will be 22.5 (after deducting 25% of
the marks actually obtained for the resubmitted work).
c. Period of resubmission: The student will have to resubmit the work one week from the date he or she
is advised to resubmit. For example, if the formal advice to resubmit was communicated to the student
on a Sunday (latest by 5 pm), the student will have to resubmit the work latest by next Sunday 5 pm.
d. If the re-submitted work is also detected to be plagiarized, then the work will be awarded a zero.
e. Resubmission of the work beyond the maximum period of one week will not be accepted and the work
will be awarded a zero.
B. Any further offence of plagiarism
a. If any student is again caught in an act of plagiarism during his/her course of study (either in the same
module, same semester or in any other semester), the student will directly be awarded zero for the
work in which plagiarism is detected. In such cases, the student will not be allowed to re-submit the
work.
C. Guidelines
a. Type 1: In case plagiarism is detected in any component or part submission (submitted at different
times) of one assessment (assignment), the deduction in marks will be applicable for the whole
assessment (assignment), even if only the component or part submission alone needs to be
resubmitted.

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b. Type 2: In case plagiarism is detected in a group assessment, all students of the group will be considered
as having committed an act of plagiarism irrespective of whether plagiarism is on account of the act of
all or a few or only one member. The policy will then be applied to all students.
c. Type 3: Combination of Type 1 and Type 2: In case plagiarism is detected in any component or part
submission (submitted at different times) of a
group assessment (assignment), the deduction in marks
will be applicable for the whole assessment (assignment), even if only the component or part submission
alone needs to be resubmitted. All students of the group would be considered as having committed an
act of plagiarism irrespective of whether plagiarism is on account of the act of all or a few or only one
member. The policy will then be applied to all the students of the group.
d. Type 4: Variation of Type 1 and Type 2: In cases where the assessment consists of components
or part submissions that could be a group assessment component (e.g. group assignment) and an
individual assessment component (e.g. individual reflection), the following will be applicable:
1. If plagiarism is detected in the group assessment component, all students of the group will be considered
as having committed an act of plagiarism, irrespective of whether plagiarism is on account of the act of
all or a few or only one member. The policy will then be applied to all students of the group. In such
cases the group assessment component will be resubmitted as per the policy.
2. If plagiarism is detected in the individual assessment component, the individual assessment component
will be resubmitted as per the policy. The policy will then be applied to that student alone.
3. In both cases (a) and/or (b), the deduction in marks will be applicable for the whole assessment
(assignment).
D. Amount of similar material
a. The total amount of similar material in any form of student work from all sources put together
should not exceed
30% (including direct quotations).
b. The total amount of quoted material (direct quotations) in any form of student work from all sources
put together should not exceed
10%.
c. The total amount of similar material in any form of student work from a
single source should not exceed
7 percent. However, cases having a similarity of less than 7 percent in such cases may still be investigated
by the faculty depending on the seriousness of the case.
d. If faculty member find enough merit in the case of a student work with a similarity (with a single source)
of more than
7 percent as not a case of plagiarism, the faculty member should provide detailed
comments/remarks to justify the case.

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Appendix 1: List of suggested Projects

Students ID Sample Project
PG17F1813 National Stadium
PG17F1862 Luxury Mega Mall
PG17F1892 Megastructure Twin Towers
PG17F1848 OMAN Trade Centre
PG17F1890 Underwater Highway
PG17F1782 industrial city project (100 Industrial plants, roads)
PG17F1812 Construction of a 5-star hotel comprising (106) rooms.
PG17F1785 World’s Tallest Hotel in OMAN
PG17F1845 Cable Stayed Bridge
PG17F1841 Concrete Bridge
PG17F1852 Rail Tunnel construction
PG17F1836 International Airport Terminal 5
PG17F1844 Oman’s Barriers to The Sea (water breaker)
PG17F1859 The Muscat–Salalah Railway
PG17F1853 New Port
PG17F1805 Muscat Metro
PG17F1870 Coastal Highway
PG17F1770 A new planned city Contains a population of 600000
Others A green and sustainable city is to be built on a 4,000
hectares piece of land located several kilometers
southeast of Muscat
International Hospital (comprising 1000 beds)
Construction of Storage Dams

Note: You can suggest another project (other than the above list). It has to be discussed and after approval
from the module instructor, you might use it in your CW.

 
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