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Construction Industry Studies - Property (ABPL20051)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5Not available in 2019

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Year of offerNot available in 2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeABPL20051
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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

This subject intends to provide a broad introduction to construction concepts for property major students in the Bachelor of Environments degree.

Upon completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • Link basic design concepts with current construction practices through discussion in lectures and tutorials and visits to live construction projects;
  • Appreciate the factors affecting the choice of structural systems, and the choice of construction materials taking into account matters such as construction cost comparison, time / program constraints, analysis of the site including site access, client requirements, the construction and property marketplace including material and technology constraints;
  • Read and interpret construction drawings;
  • Understand a variety of project types and the broad construction and structural methods engaged to construct them through discussion in lectures and tutorials, guest speakers from industry and visits to live construction sites;
  • Comprehend the indelible links between market demand for property, financial feasibility of projects, the design response, property valuation, the methods, systems and cost of construction and their combined effect on property values through examination of the drivers of market supply and demand, elements of feasibility studies, presented in lectures and tutorials, guest speakers from industry and visits to live property development projects under construction.

Generic skills

The following generic skills will be developed in this subject:

  • Analytical skills
  • Problem solving skills
  • Drawing reading skills
  • Research skills

Eligibility and requirements


ENVS10003 Constructing Environments OR

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
ABPL10005 Understanding the Built Environment
Semester 1



Non-allowed subjects

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
PROP20003 Design and Property Industry Studies
Semester 2

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 (15%) requiring approximately 15 to 20 hours of work not exceeding 1000 words per student, (Hurdle 40%);
  • Assignment 2: Project report, Group Assessment (15%) requiring approximately 15 to 20 hours of work, not exceeding 1000 words per student, (Hurdle 40%);
  • Assignment 3: Project Report, Group Assessment (40%) requiring approximately 45 to 55 hours of work not exceeding 2500 words per student, (Hurdle 40%);
  • In Lecture Weekly Testing (20%) requiring approximately30 to 35 hours of work,
  • Attendance at and participation in tutorials including all site visits. Examples of participation include individual and group analysis of construction and property related matters in preparation of project reports (10%).

Note that group assignments are carried out on the basis of students forming groups of four students.

Hurdle requirement:

  • Student is required to at least meet the hurdle requirement for each of the above four (4) components of assessment.
  • Minimum 80% attendance at tutorials is a hurdle requirement.

Dates & times

Not available in 2019

Time commitment details

170 hours

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    G. Wilkie (2003), Building Your Own Home, New Holland.

  • Subject notes

    B-ENVS (Property) who have not completed ABPL20051 may enroll in PROP20003

  • 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: 18 July 2019