Course Title: Investment Valuation Methods

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Investment Valuation Methods

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


325H Property, Construction & Project Management


Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2022,
Sem 1 2023,
Sem 1 2024

Course Coordinator: Dulani Halvitigala

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2722

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 8.8.70

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Enforced Pre-requisite Course
Successful completion of 045744 Valuation Process and Methods
Note: it is a condition of enrolment at RMIT that you accept responsibility for ensuring that you have completed the prerequisite/s and agree to concurrently enrol in co-requisite courses before enrolling in a course.
For your information go to RMIT Course Requisites webpage

Course Description

This course will build on the knowledge and skills you developed in Valuation Process and Methods. The objectives of this course are to provide you with the skills and knowledge necessary to create a discounted cashflow model to value income producing property. You will develop the knowledge, skills and expertise required to value income producing property, and to apply capitalisation methods

Please note that if you take this course for a bachelor honours program, your overall mark in this course will be one of the course marks that will be used to calculate the weighted average mark (WAM) that will determine your award level. (This applies to students who commence enrolment in a bachelor honours program from 1 January 2016 onwards. See the WAM information web page for more information.)

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

PLO1: Determine and apply knowledge of complex property and valuation theory to your professional practice and/or further study
PLO2: Professionally communicate to a range of audiences, demonstrating in depth knowledge of the discipline and of the needs of diverse property and valuation stakeholders
PLO3: 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
PLO4: Utilise appropriate methods and techniques to design and/or execute research based or professionally focused property or valuation projects , demonstrating capacity for independent and collaborative learning, addressing real world industry issues 
PLO5: 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. Interpret and apply valuation guidance notes and standards,  both national and international, to produce valuation reports
  2. Analyse the valuation of income producing properties through the use of discounted cashflow models.
  3. Apply specialised valuation skills and knowledge to determine appropriate capitalisation and discount rates
  4. Critically analyse and apply principles of valuation to value income producing property and land to meet stakeholder requirements

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities in this course will comprise lectures and workshops, including case study exercises.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.
An industry text book is required for this course which will be supplemented with current reading material.
Learning resources will also include professional journals and Professional Valuation Practice Standards.

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: Class Test – Examine students’ understanding of property investment principles, cash flow estimation, traditional investment decision making techniques and retail property valuation process and methods. 10% weighting. CLO1, CLO4.     

Task 2: Commercial Valuation Major Assignment – Part 1 – Perform and produce a comprehensive property and market analysis report for a commercial property. 25% weighting. CLO1, CLO4.    

Task 3: Commercial Valuation Major Assignment – Part 2 –  Estimate the market value of a commercial property and prepare a commercial valuation report. 25% weighting. CLO1, CLO2, CLO3, CLO4.

Task 4: Final Exam – Examine students’ understanding of valuation theory, commercial property valuation process, methods and application. 40% weighting. CLO1, CLO2, CLO3, CLO4.   

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

Equitable Learning Services

Equitable Learning Services (ELS) provide support and equal opportunities for students with a disability, long-term illness and/or mental health condition and primary carers of individuals with a disability. You can contact the ELS if you would like to find out more: You can also contact the course coordinator or the program coordinator if you would like to find out more.

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