Course Title: Contemporary Property Investment Planning

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Contemporary Property Investment Planning

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


325H Property, Construction & Project Management


Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 1 2022,
Sem 2 2022

Course Coordinator: Peng Wong

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1441

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 8.7.60

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Enforced Pre-requisite Courses

Successful completion of 011273 Investment Evaluation Techniques for Real Estate

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

As a result of the rapid growth in superannuation and managed funds, property investment planning has become increasingly important within the Australian and international markets. Studies on investment risk, return and planning are increasingly relevant in the current market place dominated by economic structural changes and the information technology revolution. In this course you will examine the principles and practice of property investment planning, with a focus on the relation between sound property decision making and the underlying principles of investment. You will explore theoretical constructs, such as market efficiency and asset allocation strategies, in addition to the application of personal financial planning to property asset sectors.
The course will encompass risk analysis applicable to property investment planning, including unique property characteristics, offshore investment, asset protection and the impact of leverage property investment performance.

You will critically analyse the range of factors, which contribute to the performance of the property investment market in relation to the current economic environmental and regulatory landscape. You will develop your capacity for independent and evidenced based decision making by critically examining the complex challenges inherent in contemporary property planning within the sophisticated financial marketplace.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:
• Determine and apply advanced knowledge of complex property theory to inform decision making in the local and global professional arena, demonstrating expert judgement and ethical decision making in your professional practice and discipline
• Integrate and apply the specialist knowledge and technical skills required to address industry problems and/or business opportunities in property
• Research and analyse theoretical knowledge and published data to address the diverse requirements of property stakeholders, formulating strategic business solutions for complex property projects

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

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

  1. Analyse and apply economic, and financial frameworks to determine property investment strategies
  2. Research, analyse and formulate comprehensive property investment plans, addressing the financial and regulatory needs of diverse property clients
  3. Critically evaluate the investment strategies, which operate within the capital markets.
  4. Identify, manage and mitigate property investment risk components

Overview of Learning Activities

This course will engage you in a range of learning activities including lectures, workshops, software demonstrations, analysis of readings and problem solving. These techniques will enhance you learning and understanding of property investment.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

You will be expected to utilise library and electronic resources (as well as other appropriate resources) to engage in professional reading of relevant literature in Investment and Funds management. Learning resources used in this course may include: lecture overheads, workshop activity sheets, recommended texts, revision notes for each topic.

This course prescribes a textbook which will be reviewed and discussed during the first week of the course.

There are services and resources 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 website. 

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: Individual work (Report):  Investment evaluation on individual financial planning and property investment allocation strategy, 25% weighting, CLO1, CLO2, CLO4. 

Task 2: Individual work (Semester Test – Multiple Choice): understanding on the theoretical construct on the global investment strategies and the Australian superannuation investment practices, 15% weighting. CLO1, CLO3, CLO4.  

Task 3: Individual work (Semester Test – Written): comprehension on the current Australian managed fund investment strategies and the theoretical construct on the investment tools and risk management, 20% weighting. CLO1, CLO3, CLO4 

Task 4: Group work (Report): Applying investment evaluation techniques to evaluate and compare the latest and emerging investment asset classes against the traditional asset classes and current market benchmark indices. This report shall serve as the key investment evaluation for decision making by fund managers and astute investors. 40% weighting. CLO1, CLO2, CLO3, CLO4.

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

Equitable Learning Services

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.