Course Title: Investments: Concepts and Applications to Property

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Investments: Concepts and Applications to Property

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


325H Property, Construction & Project Management


Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019

Course Coordinator: Wejen Reddy

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 51740

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 8.8.58

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You should have satisfactorily completed the prerequisite course BUIL1228 Property and Capital Markets before you commence this course.

Course Description

The performance of property needs to be measured and evaluated.  The performance measurements options include assessments of returns, risk and the benefits of diversification at an asset and portfolio level.  This course examines the techniques that provide this analysis. We achieve this goal by completing detailed study into:

  • Investment strategies and portfolio objectives
  • measurements of return and risk for assets and portfolios
  • Diversification and asset allocation principles
  • Portfolio benchmarking and attribution analysis
  • Forecasting property markets
  • Constructing property portfolios

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course will develop the following program learning outcomes:

1 Determine and apply knowledge of complex property and valuation theory to your professional practice and/or further study
3 Apply logical, critical and creative thinking to analyse, synthesise and apply theoretical knowledge, and technical skills, to formulate evidenced based solutions to industry problems or issues
5 Collaborate effectively with others and demonstrate intellectual independence and autonomy to solve problems and/or address industry issues and imperatives


Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Describe the benefits of different types of property investments and their contributions to portfolios.
  • Apply leading analytical techniques to measure and compare the performance contributions that property makes for investors.
  • Apply portfolio asset allocation concepts and theories to the analysis of portfolios
  • Construct a property portfolio comprising a range of asset types
  • Analyse a property portfolio and formulate evidence based advice for property stakeholders 

Overview of Learning Activities

Your understanding of property investment mathematics will be further developed through class activities and individual assignments and tests. These will include a focus on the arithmetic skills required to work within the property investment sector.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. A textbook is required for this course along with additional readings

Overview of Assessment

The learning outcomes detailed above will be assessed in this course. You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. Your ability to demonstrate your knowledge of analytical tools used to evaluate property investments will be assessed. Assessment may include, but is not limited to, class tests, assignments and a final exam. Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.
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