- Compulsory subject credit points
- 145 Essential subjects to complete
- Total credit points
- 165 Your complete degree
This program can be completed in 92 weeks
This program can be completed in 92 weeks
Students must complete the following one hundred and forty-five credit points (145CP) of subjects.
Professional Portfolio is a 20 week, 45 credit point subject available to Masters (Professional) students in the Faculty of Society & Design. This subject is strongly experientially oriented and encourages students to develop their professional skills in a real world environment. The subject will ensure that students combine self-analysis and reflective learning skills with professional methodologies, so as to expand analytic and strategic thinking capabilities. It will provide practical experience for students to develop their skills in a profession relevant to their Masters specialisation. All students will complete a 2,000 word scoping document, and either undertake a work placement in Australia for 210 hours (which includes an employer’s report) and reflective journal (up to 5,000 words) OR complete a collaborative research project totalling up to 15,000 words. All students will submit a final professional portfolio collection of documents, highlighting their practical and theoretical expertise in their profession of choice. The Professional Portfolio subject cannot be commenced until the student has successfully completed all 12 subjects of the Masters component of the degree.Read more
Understanding Buildings provides an overview of the building construction process. Focused on detached housing development, this subject introduces the stakeholders and the physical, legislative, and cost factors affecting the development of a building. It investigates the parts of a building and their functions in detail, as well as the construction sequence and methods adopted. Construction terminology is examined and spatial awareness and drawing interpretation are practised.Read more
This subject will introduce students to the legal principles that apply to the ownership, use and transfer of real property. The subject will develop an understanding of the sources of law, the various interests in land, real estate contracts, and the rights, duties and obligations attaching to the ownership and use of real property. The subject provides students with a sound understanding of real property contracts, tendering processes, financial interests in land and the remedies available to enforce interests in land. Students will develop a good understanding of the various legal interests in real property and prepare them for further studies in planning, valuation, property development and investment.Read more
The subject will introduce students to the theory and practice of property valuation as a professional process in accordance with current International Valuation standards. The subject is designed to assist students to develop an understanding of the property market, the role of the profession and the methods of valuation used to determine the value of a range of legal interests in property. At this introductory stage, these interests will relate to open market freehold interests. The subject will draw upon the current property market and the assessment will require students to collect and analyse market data from a range of defined sources. Students will also be given the opportunity to acquire the necessary analytical tools to work through property market specific supply and demand issues, identify future market trends and objectively evaluate current issues affecting property being valued. The summative (graded) assessment will be achieved by the completion, at an introductory professional standard, of two comprehensive valuation reports based on field inspections.Read more
This subject encompasses three principal themes: the context of professional practice in commercial property valuation; property market analysis through the use of contemporary data sources and their appropriate manipulation; and exposure to a range of commercial valuation applications, methods and property interests.Read more
This subject provides students with an understanding of the property development process and the importance of the property development industry in a modern economy. Additionally, the subject introduces the processes involved in property development in market economies in the context of government regulation and approval requirements, as well as providing an introduction to the financial analysis and the determination of the viability of potential projects. The emphasis is on the private sector and the roles of the various stakeholders.Read more
This subject builds upon the principles of knowledge established in the subject SSUD71-124 Property Development. The primary purpose of Feasibility Analysis is to allow students to gain the skills to be able to prepare advanced feasibility studies on mixed-use property development projects using a variety of case studies and industry-accepted feasibility programs. The content considers more complex projects and models the time, cost and value variables and includes a detailed analysis of project risk. The subject will involve a number of site inspections, case studies and guest lecturers/development practitioners to provide insights into real-life projects and examines how successful developers manage a diverse range of project parameters.Read more
This subject equips students with a detailed understanding of corporate finance including capital raisings, private equity, and restructuring. Tax issues are also covered including technical application and effects on risk management. The subject also describes the origins and history of REITs and examines real property as an asset class over the economic and investment cycles. The application of portfolio theory is also covered and focuses on the role of real property assets in both listed and unlisted forms in creating a diversified portfolio. Specific industry topics are analysed including capital structure, REIT fund evaluation and performance measurement and property debt securitisation.Read more
Corporate real estate is generally recognised as being the second biggest cost to organisations after staff. The effective management of such assets calls for a fundamental understanding of the operation of the property market and the operational needs of the business occupier. This subject adopts a strategic approach to the management of the corporate property asset and focuses on how such assets can be utilised to add value to the primary business activity of an organisation. To achieve this, the subject aims to provide a generic framework to assist with the analysis of a corporate real estate portfolio as practical aid for stakeholders in the management of this major asset. The program is structured around three themes: the analysis of the real estate asset and its value maximisation; the different roles property plays within an organisation, society and the economy and the importance of taking a strategic approach to the management of the real estate asset.Read more
This subject provides an introduction to planning principles, processes and practices in Australia. It will review strategic and statutory planning processes with particular focus on key planning legislation, plan making and development assessment. The subject will examine planning at different scales from global to local area planning. The subject will provide an overview of strategic land use planning, including smart cities and sustainable development, as well as governance mechanisms for the integration of land use and infrastructure. Students will learn to navigate a planning scheme to assist them in their chosen profession/s. Through practical exercises, students will also develop skills in putting together planning applications as well as understanding development assessment processes.Read more
This subject will extend the knowledge acquired in previous valuation and investment subjects by examining the methodologies used for the valuation of complex and diverse property interests. Various applications and methods of valuation will be analysed. For statutory valuation purposes the mass appraisal method, GIS applications and the compulsory acquisition process will be evaluated. Examples of specialist valuation topics that may be covered include the valuation of management rights, hotels, marinas, businesses, retirement sector assets, plant and machinery and rural properties. Specialist valuation topics vary depending on access to guest speakers. The rules of conduct of the relevant professional bodies will also be analysed with particular emphasis on the role of a valuer as an expert witness and risk management.Read more
Students must choose twenty credit points (20CP) of discipline options.
An introduction to statistical techniques used in financial analysis and decision-making. Specific applications include capital budgeting, capital asset pricing model, arbitrage-pricing, portfolio modelling and the study of co-movements of different financial assets. The use of spreadsheets and related software tools is central to the learning experience of this subject to provide extensive opportunities to develop practical skills in financial analysis and modelling.Read more
Urban spatial analytics is the application of quantitative, computational, design and visual methods to analyse and model the spatial and morphological structure of cities and regions. The products of urban spatial analytics are used to inform professional work in urban planning and design, architecture, property development and investment, portfolio management and decision-making in both the public and private sectors. Students will learn how to mine Big Data from a range of sources using GIS (Geographic Information Systems), mobile applications, web mapping and 3D technologies to analyse, visualise, and communicate patterns of complex urban spatial information.Read more
A robust understanding of finance and procurement is vital to successful project delivery. This subject examines financing and procurement management of projects, with particular emphasis on the initiation phase, using a range of international case studies drawn from both public and private sectors. The financing component includes the design, structuring, costing, sourcing and management of project finance, credit risk analysis, the cost of capital, principles of financial accounting, capital structure, markets and securitisation. The procurement component includes different types of contractual arrangements, responsibilities and appropriate organisational structures, solicitation planning, governance, the process of feasibility analysis, bid design and selection criteria, setting of a project budget and cost baseline, and implications for contract administration and contract close-out. Together, finance and procurement management ensure the ‘right project’ is selected and that client/sponsor satisfaction and value for money are ultimately delivered.Read more
Community planning and design require a sound understanding of the needs of diverse communities and local place characteristics. Active engagement, community building and placemaking are integral parts of community planning. This subject is intended to provide the students with the theories, tools and practices of community planning for building inclusive and sustainable communities. It will also prepare the students to develop a community planning proposal with a focus on sustainability.Read more
Urban Design is the field that brings together the contributions of the built environment professions to shape the urban form and quality of life offered by our cities and towns. This subject introduces key urban design ideas, using existing urban areas as the vehicle for analysis and understanding. Students will get to know and develop knowledge and skills needed by built environment professionals for the creation of urban places that are environmentally, economically, socially and culturally rich and sustainable.Read more
The subject explores the role of economic development and city planning in the development of soft and hard infrastructure that leads to economic prosperity for urban centres. The subject develops a comprehensive understanding of land development markets within cities. It then focuses on levels of governance and private investment responsible for infrastructure development and evaluates key drivers including political, social and environmental challenges in the realisation of infrastructure implementation. This subject will enable you to critically assess the socio-political context and explain key urban theory such as urban consolidation, environmental conservation offsets and the imporatance of building future capacity within infrastructure. You will engage with real live projects, stakeholders and a range of practitioners while participating in interactive lectures and blended learning activities. You will also participate in online activities and reflective professional practice activities to build relevant experience in the design and land development industry.Read more
This subject introduces Earth and Global Systems, climate mechanisms, ocean and atmospheric interactions and changes to those that will raise significant challenges for human survival. Major issues include drought, desertification, rising temperatures, natural disasters, pandemics, loss of habitats and agricultural land. Rising sea levels and severe weather events will impact human habitation, cause forced migration, change food production, habitat loss and loss of animals and fish stocks. These changes will challenge health and economic systems, geopolitical boundaries, global communities, international law, and our treatment of others and the natural world. Forced population movement and migrations as well as changes in disease patterns will compound these problems, particularly with a growing world population. The subject provides a broad background to climate change and its associated problems so that people can face their future with a greater understanding of how to tackle a changing world. Based on this understanding, students are then introduced to the relationship between climate science and environmental management actions to address the impacts of a changing climate. Students will evaluate and develop strategies, policy objectives and the implementation of action plans for adaptation, mitigation and resilience. International organisations and agreements addressing climate change will be examined. The roles of governments, business and communities will be assessed. Local, national and global action plans will be examined to provide a clear understanding of how this global issue is impacting on the future sustainability of the planet.Read more
This subject will be taught as a block of one week and will provide practical environmental field data collection, analysis experience, and contact with local Aboriginal custodians of the land in accordance with local protocols. The environmental issues of a selected region will be studied using environmental assessment methods appropriate to the region.Read more
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