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Design and Property Industry Studies (PROP20003)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codePROP20003
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

Modern-day, sophisticated property professionals, in their roles as key advisers, developers or investors, are required to lead and/or act in close collaboration with a wide range of other professionals in the analysis and management of property development and property investment projects. Professional property practitioners need to gain a strong understanding of the principles, processes and systems associated with the design and construction of buildings. Construction is, effectively, the largest cost element in a property’s lifecycle, is a source of considerable risk, and its project management is of major importance.

This subject provides an introduction to that strategic knowledge. It discusses, for instance, residential low rise construction e.g. individual house-dwellings, master planned communities, and, commercial and industrial construction systems e.g. medium and high density residential, offices, warehouses, shopping centres, by providing a broad overview on the materials utilised, construction methods, the management of the construction process and the roles of the other professional that, as a team, deliver project.

The various design concepts and structural systems currently used are discussed with an emphasis on how those building features affect the use and cost of construction and, thereby, the value of a property. The selection of materials, its application and performance are incorporated throughout the subject, leading to an awareness of building performance and maintenance, which also impact on property performance, profitability and value.

The subject describes and emphasises the indelible links between the market’s demand for property, financial feasibility of projects, the design response, the methods, systems and cost of construction and their combined effect on property values.

This subject, will the delivered in a series of weekly lectures, tutorials and a number of visits to construction sites.

Intended learning outcomes

In this subject students will develop an understanding of the complexities, alternatives and inter-linkages between design, construction, technology, materials, and property in shaping the built environment.
Upon completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • Understand the basic design concepts and the relationship with current construction practices;
  • Understand a variety of design and built form types, rationale for design and the broad construction and structural methods engaged to construct them;
  • Analyse and select options that will affect decision-making in the design and construction process;
  • Analyse user requirements in achieving sustainable design and construction outcomes; and
  • Research and synthesise material and technological options in the design of a medium density residential apartment building.

Generic skills

Upon successful completion of this subject the student will have had the opportunity to develop the following generic skills:

  • Analytical skills
  • Communication skills
  • Problem solving skills
  • work collaboratively and productively in groups and across disciplines;
  • apply critical and analytical skills and methods to the identification, evaluation and resolution of problems;
  • engage confidently in self-directed study and research;
  • communicate ideas effectively in written, graphic and oral formats;
  • operate effectively in multicultural and diverse environments;
  • use appropriate technologies;
  • critically evaluate new ideas, research findings, methodologies and theoretical frameworks in their discipline; and
  • recognise and understand the ethical responsibilities of individuals and organisations in society.

Eligibility and requirements


Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
PROP10001 Economics and Cities
Semester 2


Admission into the B-ENVS and one of the following subjects :

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
ABPL10005 Understanding the Built Environment
Semester 1
PROP10001 Economics and Cities
Semester 2
ENVS10003 2019



Non-allowed subjects

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
ABPL20051 Construction Industry Studies - Property 12.5

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



  • Assignment 1: Project report, individual assessment, required approximately 20-25 hours of work (not exceeding 1200 words), due week 6 (20%);
  • Assignment 2: Project report, group assessment, individually marked (with assessment based on individual contribution to group report), required approximately 15-20 hours of worknot exceeding (800 words per student), due week 10 (15%);
  • Assignment 3: Project report, group assessment, individually marked (with assessment based on individual contribution to group report),required approximately 35-40 hours of work (not exceeding 2500 words per student), due exam period (35%);
  • In Lecture Testing: Individual Assessment, once per week from weeks 3- 10, required approximately 15-20 hours of work (20%);
  • Attendance at and participation in tutorials including all site visits, individual and group analysis of construction and property-related matters in preparation of project reports, throughout semester (10%).

Hurdle requirements:
1. Students must achieve a mark of at least 40% for each of the first three assessment tasks
2. Students must attend all site visits, and at least 80% of all tutorials

Dates & times

  • Semester 2
    Principal coordinatorDermot Mcgeown
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours
    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

Time commitment details

170 hours

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    G. Wilkie (2011), Building Your Own Home, New Holland.

    Recommended texts and other resources

    R. Barry (1999), The Construction of Buildings, Vol. 1, Ed. 7, Wiley-Blackwell.

    "Your Home" – Technical Manual (4th edition). Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency.

  • Subject notes

    Note : Students in Bachelor of Environments- PROPMAJOR ( BE-PROP) who have not completed ABPL20051 Construction Industry Studies - Property, may enroll in PROP20003 Design and Property Industry Studies, if they have already completed either ENVS10003 Constructing Environments OR ABPL10005 Understanding built Environment.

  • Breadth options

    This subject is available as breadth in the following courses:

  • 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: 10 August 2019