The purpose of this course is to provide students with a theoretical and practical approach to the field of cost estimation. The subject is intended as a supplement to subjects such as contract strategy, contract completion and implementation, and project management. Cost estimation is relevant to all types of businesses and organizations and is an essential theme through all phases of the life cycle of a project. Estimate of investment costs is an important element in the decision whether a company will sanction a potential project. Cost estimation is part of the project budgeting process, the control phase of the project, implementation and is decisive for contracting in relation to procurement. The course aims to provide students with insights into various forms of cost estimates, different methods of cost estimation, and analysis and management of uncertainty and risk associated with cost estimates. Fundamental underlying drivers behind cost overruns are also a key issue.
After completing the course, the student should be able to:
Apply techniques, models and methods that are relevant for performing different cost estimates.
Perform sensitivity analyses and use Monte Carlo simulations in Excel to analyse risk and uncertainty associated with cost estimates.
Have knowledge of and be aware of various factors that lead to cost overruns.
Required prerequisite knowledge
Basic knowledge of contract completion and implementation, project management, mathematics, statistics and use of spreadsheets.
Form of assessment
Digital exam (Inspera)
The student is required get approved a mandatory assignment to be able to take the exam. If the assignment is not approved, the student cannot take the exam.
There must be an early dialogue between the course coordinator, the student representative and the students. The purpose is feedback from the students for changes and adjustments in the course for the current semester.In addition, a digital course evaluation must be carried out at least every three years. Its purpose is to gather the students experiences with the course.