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Life Cycle Analysis and Sustainability (ABPL90027)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeABPL90027
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

The subject examines a number of topics relevant to the long-term ownership and use of buildings where sustainability is important. These topics include:

  • Issues in property asset life cycles;
  • Facility economics, including economic decision-making and life cycle costing;
  • Triple-bottom line decision-making about property assets;
  • Projects and interventions in properties’ life cycles;
  • Property asset maintenance management;
  • Depreciation and obsolescence of property assets; and
  • Sustainability, value and investment decisions.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of the subject students should be able to:

  • Place property ownership in the contexts of property’s life cycle, investment, design, construction and sustainability;
  • Analyse the life cycle of significant parts or elements of a building and be able to carry out an analysis of a whole building;
  • Demonstrate the principles of managing property life cycles including, maintenance, depreciation, obsolescence and property value.

Generic skills

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

  • Communication;
  • Analytical skills;
  • Problem solving skills.

Eligibility and requirements


Admission into a course at the Melbourne School of Design.



Non-allowed subjects


Recommended background knowledge

Exposure to the time-value of money - discounting and compounding factors.

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

  • Individual assignment on issues in life cycle analysis (1000 words), due week 5,(20%);
  • Group assignment on Life Cycle Costing & Property Ownership and Management (1250 words per student), due week 10, (25%);
  • One three hour exam, exam period, (55%).

Hurdle requirement: A minimum grade of 40% has to be achieved in the examination in order to pass the subject.

Dates & times

  • Semester 2
    Principal coordinatorChristopher Heywood
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours36 hours: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorials
    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

Time commitment details

170 hours

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    Study Guide and Reader Life cycle analysis and Sustainability published annually

  • Subject notes

    Formerly available as ABPL40008 (702-415) or ABPL90027 (702-658) Building Economy and Property Asset Management. Students who have completed either of these subjects are not eligible to enrol in this subject.

  • 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: 13 August 2019