Course Title: Property in the Not for Profit Sector

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Property in the Not for Profit Sector

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

This course is an elective to the Master of Property (MC212) and will also form part of the Graduate Diploma in Property within a Social Context.


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


325H Property, Construction & Project Management


Sem 1 2019

Course Coordinator: Dr Andrea Sharam

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1439

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 8.8.9

Course Coordinator Availability: check Canvas for office hours

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

There are no pre-requisites for this course

Course Description

This course will introduce you to the not-for-profit (NFP) sector (also known as the charitable, social or third sector, distinguishing it from the for-profit private and government sectors). You will develop your critical understanding of the features and practices which define the NFP sector,  and reflect upon the important role strategic asset management plays in optimising the social and financial value of NFP assets. The objectives of this course are to develop your critical understandings of: the purpose, diversity and value of NFP organisations; the role land and buildings play in NFP organisations achieving the organisational mission; and the maintenance, asset management and capital replacement challenges faced by NFP organisations.  

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  1. Analyse the relationship between a NFP organisation’s social mission and the role of land and buildings in achieving that mission
  2. Critically reflect upon the social missions’ of non-profit organisations and analyse the management and governance challenges presented by the need for asset maintenance, renewal, disposal or redevelopment.
  3. Formulate and apply timely and strategic responses to the asset management challenges facing NFP organisations to ensure organisational objectives are optimised.

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

As a graduate of this program you will be able to;

  1. 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.
  2. Professionally communicate property strategy, processes, propositions and/or decision making across the property and related sectors, leading and negotiating effectively with diverse stakeholders.
  3. Provide strategic advice to implement new directions within your professional field, responding to new and emerging industry trends and issues.

Analyse and apply social, legal, economic and environmental policy frameworks to inform and justify decision making and provide strategic, evidenced-based advice as a property professional.

Overview of Learning Activities

In this course you will:

  1. Engage in interactive workshops/lectorials.
  2. Engage in Q&A with class activities and presenting industry guest speakers from a range of NFP organisations.


Overview of Learning Resources

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

Notes, reference lists, library resources, and relevant software.  Video excerpts of interviews with industry

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes.

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

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: