Course Syllabus


The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the principles of construction cost estimates including: organizing and planning an estimate, developing material and labor databases, preparing accurate quantity takeoffs, and developing an understanding of overhead and profit. (3 credits)



Student must complete ONE of the following course:

  • CONST 120
  • ARCH 270
  • PW 100T

Required Resources

Resource Title/Description
(books, software, etc.)
Author/Provider Ed./Vol. 13-Digit ISBN (if applicable)

Construction Estimating Using Excel

(comes with course; charged first day of class)

Peterson, Steven J. 3rd 9780134405506

Revu (software)

(no charge; installation instructions in course; Windows operating system required)

Bluebeam N/A N/A

Excel (software)

(no charge; free for students)

Microsoft N/A N/A


Course Outcomes (CO)

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Plan, organize, and prepare a construction estimate
  2. Use computer software to develop construction material and labor estimates
  3. Prepare accurate material quantity takeoffs and costs for construction projects
  4. Prepare accurate labor costs for construction projects
  5. Develop an understanding of the role of labor burden, overhead, and profit as it applies to construction estimating

Major Assignments

The table below is meant to help you see the relevance of each major assignment as it pertains to the course outcomes (CO).

Major Assignment Description CO#
W05 Concrete and Masonry Takeoffs: Residential Project Complete the concrete and masonry takeoffs for the Johnson residence.
W11 Envelope Takeoffs: Residential Project Complete the envelope takeoffs for the Johnson residence.
W12 Finishing Takeoffs: Residential Project Complete the finishing takeoffs for the Johnson residence.
W14 Final Estimation Bid: Residential Project Complete the Final Estimation Bid for the Residential Project.

Weekly Patterns

The table below displays typical weekly activities, due dates, and activity descriptions.

Due Date* Learning Model Activity Title Description
Midweek Ponder Ponder Learn how estimating and construction work happened on the Provo Tabernacle / Temple restoration project.
Midweek Prepare Study Study and ask/answer questions about the textbook chapters.
Midweek Prepare Checkpoint Create the Excel Quick Tips you'll need to correctly estimate various material quantities and costs.
End of Week Teach One Another Group Meeting Meet virtually in your group to check your Quick Tips and help each other correctly estimate various material quantities and costs.
End of Week Prove Problems Practice doing quantity takeoffs for various material types.
End of Week Prove Residential Project Complete portions of an estimation bid for a residential project.

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Learning Model


Late Work Policy

Students will be expected to complete a number of practical estimating assignments and activities. One of the essential elements of estimating is to submit an estimate in a timely manner.  In the real world, estimates that are submitted even a few seconds after the deadline are not accepted. In keeping with the spirit of providing the most realistic experience possible, the same policy will be followed in class. Late work will not be accepted.

Partial credit will be given on assignments if they are not completed as long as they are submitted before the deadline. The instructor may extend deadlines if the student is experience extenuating circumstances. Students may contact their instructor to discuss personal or emergency situations.

Academic Honesty

Integrity is the most valued trait in the construction industry. Trust is earned, not bestowed. Once lost, it is difficult to regain.

As followers of Christ, all BYU-Idaho students, staff, and faculty are expected to be honest in all their dealings. This honesty also applies and extends to behavior and actions related to academic work. It is critical for students to understand the seriousness of academic dishonesty and misconduct and strive to produce and submit only the results of their own effort and original work. While students are encouraged to work with one another and share ideas, the sharing of text, code, or anything like it for individual assignments is inappropriate. There is never an acceptable excuse for plagiarism or cheating. Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated by the University.

The expectations in this class are:

  • Students may work in their study groups to complete their house estimating assignments. When completing a takeoff, students should individually make each takeoff or look up each price. However, students are free to compare quantities and discuss solutions with the members of their group.
  • Each student should enter their solutions into their individual spreadsheet. Students may not copy and paste any portion of another student’s worksheet into their own.
  • Students may not share their worksheet with others or allow their worksheet, on any portion of their worksheet, to be copied and pasted into another worksheet. Each student is individually responsible to keep their own worksheet private. If it is determined that another student, or students, have turned in another’s worksheet, all students involved will receive a zero on the assignment.
  • Students are expected to back up their work on an ongoing basis. If a student’s spreadsheet becomes lost or corrupted, the student should contact the instructor who has the capacity to provide the student with their most recent spreadsheet submittal. Students are not allowed to get a copy of the spreadsheet from another student.
  • Students are encouraged to read and study the reading assignments.
  • The Residential Project assignments and the final Ethics Report are to be the students' own work.

Students who violate the University Honor Code will receive a failing score on that assignment—possibly the course—and will be referred to the University Honor Code Office for discipline without exception.

Grading Scale

Letter Grade Percentage Range
A 100 - 93
A- 92 - 90
B+ 89 – 87
B 86 – 83
B- 82 – 80
C+ 79 – 77
C 76 – 73
C- 72 – 70
D+ 69 – 67
D 66 – 63
D- 62 - 60
F >60

University Policies

Students with Disabilities

Brigham Young University-Idaho is committed to providing a working and learning atmosphere that accommodates qualified persons with disabilities. If you have a disability and require accommodations, please contact the Disability Services Office (Links to an external site.) at (208) 496-9210 or visit their website and follow the Steps for Receiving Accommodations (Links to an external site.). Reasonable academic accommodations are reviewed for all students who have qualified documented disabilities. Services are coordinated with students and instructors by the Disability Services Office.

This course may require synchronous meetings. If you are currently registered with the Disability Services Office and need an interpreter or transcriber for these meetings, please contact the deaf and hard of hearing coordinator at (208) 496-9219.

Other University Policies

Student Honor and Other Policies

Please read through the document called University Policies. It gives important information about the following topics:

  • Student Honor
    • Academic Honesty
    • Student Conduct
      • Sexual Harassment
  • Student with Disabilities
  • Complaints and Grievances
  • Copyright Notice

Go to the Student Resources module to review further resources and information.

Course Summary:

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