ABPL30059 Property Case Studies

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
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This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2017:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.Show/hide details
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 27-Feb-2017 to 28-May-2017
Assessment Period End 23-Jun-2017
Last date to Self-Enrol 10-Mar-2017
Census Date 31-Mar-2017
Last date to Withdraw without fail 05-May-2017

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 1 x 2 hour Seminar and 1 x 2 hour studio per week
Total Time Commitment:

170 Hours


For students admitted into the B-ENVS:

All four subjects are required before taking Property Case Studies

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For students admitted into the B-DES:

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Summer Term, Semester 1, Semester 2
Semester 1, Semester 2
Not offered in 2017
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Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/disability


Mr Dermot Mcgeown


Email: dmcgeown@unimelb.edu.au

Subject Overview:

This is a final year Bachelor of Environments subject, undertaken in a seminar studio based environment. It consolidates students’ prior learning of property concepts and principles, property markets, property valuation, statutory planning, feasibility and investment evaluation and finance. Featuring real-world case studies of income producing commercial property investments and property development projects, it will nurture the student’s interest and understanding of complex technical and financial processes related to property. The case studies will demonstrate the requirement and skills associated with the management of a wide range of professions and entities necessary to develop and manage commercial property investments and developments.

Learning Outcomes:

Students in this subject will have the ability to research, analyse, critique and synthesise complex information related to design strategies and management, legal and planning systems and project viability options.
Studio-based exercises will allow students:

  • Understand the design processes and the role that multi-disciplinary teams play in the design and management of the built environment
  • Analyse design responses to site conditions, town planning systems, regulation and processes, to develop a deeper understanding of economic systems in the local, regional and global context.
  • Design development options in response to perceived strategic gaps as identified by social, economic, planning, legal and environmental systems.
  • Evaluate project parameters in the context of design specifications, functionality and productivity.

AND in general

  • Experience learning in the studio-based learning environment, working in groups, applying multifaceted skills through analysing real-world case studies such as an office development, industrial property development and multi-density residential development.

  • Continuous Group Assessment (50%) comprising:(i) Group Report: Site Analysis including Planning Analysis Report (1000 words per student) due in week 5, 25%; (ii) Group Report: Market Analysis and Marketability Analysis Report (1000 words per student), due week 9 25%;
  • Individual Assessment: Static feasibility study involving detailed calculation and substantiation of residual land valuation. Provision of detailed substantiation of all calculations; preparation of conclusions and recommendations (equivalent to 1000 words), 25%.
  • Individual Assessment Task: completion of two (2) Individual Reflective Journals reflecting upon group project, team and individual performance (2X 250 words equivalent per students) due weeks 7 and 10, (10%);
  • Individual Assessment Task: attendance at and participation in all seminars, presentations, studios and workshops for a total of 4 hours per week on the weekly scheduled teaching/tutoring day, for each of Weeks 1-12 inclusive, the 4-hour duration comprising 2 hours in the morning and 2 hours in the afternoon. Examples of participation include individual and group analysis of property related matters as preparation of staged feasibility reports, 10%
  • Individual Assessment Task: weekly diaries 5%

Hurdle requirements:
1. Submission of all pieces of assessment
2. Minimum of 90% attendance at all seminars, studios, tutorials and workshops

Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

The following skills will be developed in this subject:

  • Analytical skills.
  • Problem solving skills.
  • Drawing(s) reading skills.
  • Research skills.
  • Team relationship skills
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Bachelor of Design Elective Subjects
Environments Discipline subjects
Property major
Related Breadth Track(s): Property

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