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Principles of Property (ABPL20031)

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Year of offerNot available in 2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeABPL20031
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This is the first core property subject for the Bachelor of Environments Property Major. It introduces students to the basic principles and business concepts of Property, through examination of the underlying drivers of commercial Property Development and Property Investment, the underlying systems and relationships – social, commercial, political, economic and environmental - which govern the operation of property markets with particular reference to urban property in Australia. More specifically, the subject examines the nature of property, property and site analysis, the statutory planning process to obtain a planning permit, property market research, and relevance of these processes to development of financial modeling and examination of property productivity, profitability and financial performance. In addition, there is an examination of the participants in the property industry, their roles and how they interact. Topics include:

  • the character of property and property interests;
  • the nature of markets and exchange;
  • property markets and their evolution;
  • stakeholders;
  • markets and sub-market characteristics;
  • highest and best use/most probable useand property potential analysis;
  • value and worth in the property context; property classes – residential, industrial, retail, commercial, other public and private sector interests;
  • market maturity;
  • property development process;
  • property investment;
  • site analysis;
  • underlying concepts associated with planning, planning policy and the statutory planning process;
  • market analysis and marketability analysis;
  • market analysis techniques;
  • the underlying sources of information that lead to the development of financial feasibility for investment property and property development;
  • how research and decisions related to assessments of site analysis, statutory planning and market research relate to the development of financial feasibility models, measurement of a property’s potential productivity, profitability and financial performance;
  • relevance of risk assessment, mitigation and management throughout feasibility process;
  • examination of data sources, collection, analysis, synthesis and review;
  • indicators of market movements.

Intended learning outcomes

When students have completed this subject they should be able to:

  • Understand and analyse property market drivers;
  • Understand the role of value in property and its drivers;
  • Understand the entities and professions that participate in the property investment and property development markets;
  • Comprehend the property development process;
  • Comprehend site analysis;
  • Comprehend concepts and role of planning in society;
  • Comprehend the statutory planning process;
  • Comprehend the purpose and underlying concepts of market analysis and marketability analysis;
  • Comprehend techniques used in market analysis and marketability analysis;
  • To comprehend, in broad terms, the legal, financial, economic and managerial aspects of property valuation theory and practice at an introductory level;
  • Comprehend the meaning of residual land value;
  • Complete the procedures involved in: accessing, interpreting and communicating a limited set of relevant property market transaction data
  • Be aware that the purpose of research at feasibility stage is to develop financial feasibility models that allow, through the use of investment evaluation techniques, to measure a property’s potential productivity, profitability and financial performance.

Generic skills

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

● Analytical skills: an enquiring and analytical approach to the conduct of property investment and property analysis and feasibility;
● Communication skills: an enhanced ability to communicate property opinions and other outcomes through written and oral participation in discussions (in tutorials);
● Problem solving skills: an increased body of knowledge associated with resolution of contemporary issues and practices in different property types and analysis techniques;
● Team work skills: an enhanced ability to generate and communicate property analysis outcomes at an appropriate academic and professional standard, developed in tutorials.

Last updated: 11 October 2019