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SSUD71-328: Specialist and Statutory Valuation September 2021 [Standard - .]

General information

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.


Academic unit:Faculty of Society & Design
Subject code:SSUD71-328
Subject title:Specialist and Statutory Valuation
Subject level:Postgraduate
Semester/Year:September 2021
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

Delivery mode:


Workload items:
  • Seminar: x12 (Total hours: 36) - Weekly seminar
  • Personal Study Hours: x12 (Total hours: 84) - Recommended study hours
Attendance and learning activities: As successful completion of this subject is heavily dependent on participation during all scheduled sessions, attendance will be monitored. Most sessions build on the content of the previous one. It is difficult for a student to recover if a session is missed. It is the responsibility of the student to catch up on any content missed and to complete set work outside class. It is also necessary for students to engage proactively and contribute positively in discussions, analyses and case studies. The assessments are an important part of developing the knowledge and understanding required to fulfil the minimum requirements of this subject. In addition to “remote” face-to-face contact time, students should plan to spend a minimum of 84 hours undertaking preparation/out of class work/personal study for this subject. This is intended as a general guide only for workload planning. More time may be required depending on the student's comprehension of the content delivered in class and aptitude for the subject. Please note that subsequent subjects assume the student has a full understanding of this subject - this content will not be repeated.


Prescribed resources:
  • isurv Valuation and the red book online. [Website] RICS.
  • Australian Property Institute (2007). Valuation Principles and Practice. [Book]
  • Australian Property Institute (1996). Specialist valuations in Australia and New Zealand : theory and practice. [Book] The Institute.
After enrolment, students can check the Books and Tools area in iLearn for the full Resource List.
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Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Differentiate the nature and role of the specialist and statutory property valuer.
  2. Distinguish and apply the various principles of property valuation, as practised by various professionals in the industry.
  3. Appreciate the challenges faced by individuals acting as professionals in a property valuation role, including in the role of an expert witness.
  4. Identify how various government statutes and policies impact on the value of various property interests.
  5. Examine various legal cases and their impact on property valuation principles.


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
Written Report Complete a written report on a relevant compulsory acquisition matter. 35% Week 6 2, 3, 4, 5.
Written Report Complete a written report on a relevant specialist valuation 35% Week 11 1, 2, 3, 4.
Take-home Examination Online exam 30% Final Examination Period 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
  • * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
  • C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.

Assessment criteria

High Distinction 85-100 Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.
Distinction 75-84 Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.
Credit 65-74 Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.
Pass 50-64 Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.
Fail 0-49 Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.

Quality assurance

For the purposes of quality assurance, Bond University conducts an evaluation process to measure and document student assessment as evidence of the extent to which program and subject learning outcomes are achieved. Some examples of student work will be retained for potential research and quality auditing purposes only. Any student work used will be treated confidentially and no student grades will be affected.

Study information

Submission procedures

Students must check the [email protected] subject site for detailed assessment information and submission procedures.

Policy on late submission and extensions

A student who has not established a basis for an extension in compliance with University and Faculty policy either by 1) not applying before the assessment due date or 2) by having an application rejected due to failure to show a justifiable cause for an extension, will receive a penalty on assessment submitted after its due date. The penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment for every day late, with the first day counted after the required submission time has passed. No assessment will be accepted for consideration seven calendar days after the due date. Where a student has been granted an extension, the late penalty starts from the new due date and time set out in the extension.

Policy on plagiarism

University’s Academic Integrity Policy defines plagiarism as the act of misrepresenting as one’s own original work: another’s ideas, interpretations, words, or creative works; and/or one’s own previous ideas, interpretations, words, or creative work without acknowledging that it was used previously (i.e., self-plagiarism). The University considers the act of plagiarising to be a breach of the Student Conduct Code and, therefore, subject to the Discipline Regulations which provide for a range of penalties including the reduction of marks or grades, fines and suspension from the University.

Bond University utilises Originality Reporting software to inform academic integrity.

Feedback on assessment

Feedback on assessment will be provided to students within two weeks of the assessment submission due date, as per the Assessment Policy.

Accessibility and Inclusion Support

If you have a disability, illness, injury or health condition that impacts your capacity to complete studies, exams or assessment tasks, it is important you let us know your special requirements, early in the semester. Students will need to make an application for support and submit it with recent, comprehensive documentation at an appointment with a Disability Officer. Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Office at the earliest possible time, to meet staff and learn about the services available to meet your specific needs. Please note that late notification or failure to disclose your disability can be to your disadvantage as the University cannot guarantee support under such circumstances.

Additional subject information

Specialist topics outlined above may vary from semester to semester depending on access to guest speakers from the industry on relevant topics.

Subject curriculum

This topic provides an overview of the material covered during the semester and the role of the valuer in the topics we cover. It also discussed accreditation issues, litigation and other broader industry issues. Finally it discusses the assessment for the subject. Note that the topics below are indicative only. Not all topics below may be covered and may vary from semester to semester depending on availability of specialist guest lecturers and ongoing industry change. However the topics covered each semester shall be relevant to the intent of the subject.


This topic explores the role and practices valuers must adopt when appearing in or contributing to the Australian Courts, particularly in the context of appearing as expert witnesses.

3, 5.

This topic examines the theory, statutory and case law context and practical applications of rating and land tax valuations. It also steps through the objection and appeal processes land owners can make against these assessments. Finally it outlines the role and functions of the Land Court.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

This topic covers the theory and practical application of determining the amount of compensation due to dispossessed land owners (or interest holders) who are affected by the compulsory acquisition of their property interests by government endorsed projects.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

This topic explores the valuation of management letting rights: the business of managing strata properties, most obviously seen in the various high rise apartment towers on the Gold Coast. The concept of management letting rights was invented on the Gold Coast in the 1970's. We then learn how the valuer approaches the valuation of management letting rights.

2, 3.

This topic examines a range of businesses and going concerns including the various interest structures and the ladder of risk levels of various business types. It then steps through the process of how to determine the market value of a business and going concern.

1, 2, 3.

This topic examines the motel as a business and property investment, including the various interest structures and regional classifications. It then steps through the process of how to determine the market value of a motel.

1, 2, 3.

This topic examines the caravan park as a business and property investment, including the various interest structures and regional classifications. It then steps through the process of how to determine the market value of a caravan park.

1, 2, 3.

This topic covers the relatively recent area of the valuation of infrastructure assets for financial reporting. These valuations are typically carried out for government authorities and not-for-profit organisations. The assets typically include everything in a local council's property and asset register such as library buildings, parks, pump stations, civic centres, swimming and sporting complexes and roads. Other government assets include for example stadiums, airports and power stations.

1, 2, 3, 4.

This topic examines the childcare centre as a business and property investment, including the various interest structures and classifications. It then steps through the process of how to determine the market value of a childcare centre.

1, 2, 3, 4.

This topic examines the professional liability and duty of care that valuers have as professionals providing advice that others (e.g. clients) rely upon in their decision making. It also covers the risk management practices valuers can adopt to minimise the risk of exposure to litigation. Several case studies are explored and the lessons learned from each.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

This topic covers the valuation of plant and machinery, which although is typically not a real property asset, is a specialised and accredited stream of valuation practice recognised by the Australian Property Institute and Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. Plant and machinery assets are often included in property transactions but their separate value is required to be determined.

1, 2, 3, 4.

The topics above may be substituted for other relevant topics from semester to semester depending on access to guest speakers who are specialists in their fields. Examples include service stations, marinas, accommodation hotels, pubs, nightclubs and other licenced premises, rural properties, the acquisition of Native Title rights and interests etc.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
Approved on: Aug 16, 2021. Edition: 2.3