Property Market Analysis

Subject ABPL20031 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2012:

Semester 1, 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

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 2 hours lectures per week; 1 hour tutorial per week
Total Time Commitment: Not available

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Semester 1, Semester 2


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Semester 1, Semester 2

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VCE Mathematical Methods 3 and 4, or equivalent

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
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:


Mr Dermot Mcgeown



Subject Overview:

This core subject for the Bachelor of Environments property major introduces students to the main systems and relationships – social, political, economic and environmental - which govern the operation of property markets with particular reference to urban property in Australia. More specifically, the nature of property and property market process and participants are examined. Topics include:

  • the character of property and property interests;
  • the nature of markets and exchange;
  • property markets and their evolution;
  • stakeholders;
  • markets and sub-market characteristics;
  • highest and best use/property potential analysis;
  • value and worth in the property context; property classes – residential, industrial, retail, commercial, other; public and private sector interests;
  • market maturity;
  • market analysis techniques;
  • data sources, collection, analysis, synthesis and review;
  • indicators of market movement;
  • international comparisons.

When students have completed this subject they should be able to:

  • understand the role of the urban property valuer in the Victorian property market context;
  • understand property market drivers;
  • develop skills in financial and investment techniques used in property market analysis;
  • comprehend different property types and the market analysis techniques;
  • be aware of the legal, financial, economic and managerial aspects of property valuation theory and practice at an introductory level;
  • complete the procedures involved in generating and reporting an opinion of value of the freehold interest in an owner-occupied property and a single-tenanted investment property leased at market rent;
  • access, interpret and communicate a limited set of relevant property market transaction data.

  • One three-hour examination at the end of semester (50%) *A minimum grade of 40% has to be achieved in the examination in order to pass this subject,
  • One ninety minute mid-semester test in Week 8 or 9 (30%)
  • Group assignment (groups of 4) 1,500 words equivalent per person, 6, 000 words total per group, due at the end of semester (20%)
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

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

Upon successful completion of this subject you will have had the opportunity to develop the following generic skills:

  • analytical skills: an increased ability in financial and investment techniques used in property market analysis; an enquiring and analytical approach to the conduct of urban property valuation;
  • communication skills: an enhanced ability to communicate property valuation opinions and other outcomes through written and oral presentations;
  • problem solving skills: an increased body of knowledge associated with resolution of contemporary issues and practices in different property types and analysis techniques;
  • team working skills: an enhanced ability to generate and communicate property valuation outcomes at an appropriate academic and professional standard.
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Environments Discipline subjects
Property major
Restrictions for Breadth Options within the Bachelor of Environments - relating to specific majors
Urban Design and Planning major
Related Breadth Track(s): The Property Industry
Property in the Urban Economy

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