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Property Markets and Valuations (ABPL90274)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeABPL90274
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This Masters level subject is designed to introduce the fundamental concepts required for understanding how property markets function and/or operate, as well as the basic valuation techniques required for determining the value of real property.

It serves both the new 300 point Master of Property and the Graduate Diploma of Property Valuation, which are courses taught within the Melbourne School of Design.

This is a foundation subject and is meant for students who are relatively new to the property education. The emphasis of this subject is to introduce students to the main systems and relationships which govern the operation of property markets, with particular reference to the valuation of commercial property in Australia.

The subject examines market analysis and valuation techniques as they apply to real property. The main areas to be covered include:

  • To set property within an economic context
  • To examine property as a set of linked markets, functionally divided between use, investment and development
  • To critically evaluate the role that regulations and planning play in the property markets
  • Typical valuation processes focussing on direct comparison, direct capitalization method, discounted cash flow method and residual method.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of the module, you should be able to:

  • Formulate general explanations of property market behaviour
  • Explain sources that create or and limit property value
  • Identify and interpret property market data
  • Develop an understanding of the nature and role of the valuation profession, as well as develop skill sets geared towards property valuation techniques

Generic skills

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

  • Communication skills: written and graphic skills developed through preparation of a market analysis and valuation report and verbal communication skills developed through client presentation of the report and tutorial discussions;
  • Research and professional skills: problem definition, identification of data sources, and analysis of property data, developed through tutorial exercises and report preparation;
  • IT skills: use of appropriate word processing, data and graphics packages for report preparation, excel skills in preparing valuation and introduction to electronic information sources (WWW, on-line, CD-ROM);
  • Spreadsheet skills: through familiarity and use of financial and statistical functions as applied in property valuation;
  • Synthesis and professional application: conceptualisation of property markets, and policy evaluation, developed through tutorial exercises and report preparation;
  • Personal skills: individual time management, self-directed reading and information gathering.

Last updated: 3 May 2019