Course Title: Investments: Concepts and Applications to Property

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Investments: Concepts and Applications to Property

Credit Points: 12.00


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,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 2 2022,
Sem 2 2023

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.


Alternatively you may be able to demonstrate the required skills and knowledge before you start this course.  Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning.  Further information:;ID=x94or0ccuu7k

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

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

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


Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

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

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

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in a range of learning activities such as lectures, tutorials, seminars, project work, class discussion, individual and group activities. Delivery may be face to face, online or a mix of both.

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.

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. Assessment consists of: 

Task 1: In-class Test 1: Reflect on knowledge and skill development during weeks 5-7. 15% weighting. CLO1, CLO2, CLO3, CLO4, CLO5.

Task 2: Assignment: Requires students to firstly analyse the performance of a 12 asset property portfolio, and then use that information to produce a critical report on the selected portfolio’s performance. This assignment is submitted in individual and group work components during weeks 5-12. 45% weighting. CLO1, CLO2, CLO3, CLO4, CLO5.

Task 3: Final Exam: Reflect on knowledge and skill development on property investment concepts and applications during the semester. 40% weighting. CLO1, CLO2, CLO3, CLO4, CLO5.

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 Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.