Facility Management

Subject ABPL40008 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 4 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2011:

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: 1x2 hour lecture per week; 1x1 hour tutorial per week
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours
Prerequisites: The following subject is a pre-requisite:
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Not offered in 2011
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:


702-316 Management Construction

Corequisites: None specified
Recommended Background Knowledge: None specified
Non Allowed Subjects: You are not eligible to enrol in this subject if you have already completed the subject below:

Please note, students who have completed any of the following subjects are not permitted to enrol in this subject:

702-415 Building Economy

702-658 Building Economy

702-415 Property Asset Management

702-658 Property Asset Management
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 course are articulated in the Course Description, Course Objectives and Generic Skills 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
Ground Floor, Baldwin Spencer (building 113)

Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)
Website: http://www.msd.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; and
  • 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;
  • understand life cycle study for a significant part or element of a building and be able to carry out an analysis of a whole building;
  • understand 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) and 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: None specified
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): Bachelor of Property and Construction

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