Course Title: Current Issues in Property

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Current Issues in Property

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


325H Property, Constr & Proj Mgt


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012

Course Coordinator: Kath Robson

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2230

Course Coordinator

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Completion of all courses to end of year 3 in the PCPM Bachelors of Applied Science degrees. 

Course Description

This is the capstone course for Construction Management / Project Management / Property / Valuation degree programs, and as such seeks to draw a number of themes and topics together, to further develop student exposure to current and future trends within the professions. The course will focus on current issues affecting the construction/property industry.  Professional communication skills are expected to be demonstrated in written and oral presentations on the current issue topics.

This course has been split into two streams to accomodate Construction and Project Management students in one stream, with Property and Valuation students in the other. Guest speakers from the specific professions have been sought for each of the specific streams.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

As a graduate you are expected to be able to clearly demonstrate the following:

  • a detailed understanding and knowledge of construction/property matters and its future directions;
  • understand the business environment within which construction/property decisions are made;
  • exhibit a professional and ethical attitude to colleagues and clients;

By the end of this course it is expected that you will be able to:

Demonstrate effective and professional communication skills - oral and written.

Discriminate between ethical and unethical behaviour in a professional environment.

Confidently debate and discuss topical issues in and/or affecting the construction/property industry (for example, green buildings, occupational health and safety, property trusts, risk management, due diligence, government regulation, ethical issues, planning issues, climate change) and provide a reasoned position to a critical audience.

Have an understanding of where the industries presently sit and their likely future directions.

Overview of Learning Activities

The course is run as a class and will have presentations on a regular basis by guest speakers and by students including graduates from the School.  Interaction with the speakers is encouraged at all times.  Some class sessions will have time set aside for interactive discussion and debate at the end of each presentation.

Overview of Learning Resources

The course does not follow a prescribed textbook.  Students are encouraged to use a variety of information sources, including journals, books and web based materials.   The lecture seminars are based on how industry leaders view the current market and their insights to the future.

Overview of Assessment

 For any designated module in a course you must achieve:
• 50% overall,
• at least 40% in the assessment allocated to assignment work or class tests.
• at least 40% in assessment allocated to examinations
If you fail a module, designated by the course guide, you will be deemed to have failed the whole course and will have to repeat it.