Facility Management (Masters)

Subject ABPL90027 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hours – Lectures 24 hours, Tutorials 12 hours
Total Time Commitment:


Prerequisites: Entry into the Melbourne School of Design, or approval from the subject coordinator.
Corequisites: None specified
Recommended Background Knowledge: Exposure to the time-value of money - discounting and compounding factors.
Non Allowed Subjects:

702415 (ABPL40008) - Facility Management (UG)
702-415/702-658 - Building Economy
702-415/702-658 - Property Asset Management.

Students who have completed 702-415 or 702-658 are not eligible to enrol in this subject.

Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.

The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website: http://www.services.unimelb.edu.au/disability/


Dr Christopher Heywood


Environments and Design Student Centre
T: +61 3 8344 6417/9862
F: +61 3 8344 5532
Email: msd-courseadvice@unimelb.edu.au
Subject Overview:

The subject examines a number of topics relevant to the long term ownership and use of buildings.

These topics include:

  • strategic accommodation decisions and briefing;
  • facility economics, including life cycle costing;
  • investment analysis for capital works and cost benefit analysis;
  • property asset maintenance management and terotechnology;
  • corporate real estate;
  • procurement procedures in facility management.


On completion of the subject students should be able to:

  • place property ownership in the context of the investment environment, design and construction;
  • analyse the life cycle of significant parts or elements of a building and be able to carry out an analysis of a whole building;
  • demonstrate the principles of depreciation, obsolescence and other ownership issues as they apply to new and existing buildings.

  • One three hour end of semester examination (60%).
  • Assignment one is due before mid semester (10%) - 1000 words.
  • Assignment two is due towards the end of semester (30%) - 2000 words.

A minimum grade of 40% has to be achieved in the examination in order to pass this subject.

Prescribed Texts:

Study Guide and Reader Facility Management published annually

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills: On completion of the subject students should have developed the following skills and capabilities:
  • communication;
  • analytical skills;
  • problem solving skills.


Formerly available as 702-415/702-658 Building Economy and 702-415/702-658 Property Asset Management. Students who have completed 702-415/702-658 are not eligible to enrol in this subject.

Related Course(s): Master of Construction Management
Master of Construction Management
Master of Property
Master of Property

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