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PROP13001 Property Development
Property Development
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General Information


This unit covers the legal and administrative aspects of property development and land use control. You will be introduced to the contemporary land use planning regime used in Australia and its operation for the management of property development. You will examine the history and principles of environmental planning, the mechanisms in use for the control of land use, and the procedure required for gaining approval for developing land for a more productive use as well as dispute resolution options.


Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 3
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 10
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisites: PROP11001 Property Valuation and FINC19014 Property Investment and Finance

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 1 - 2023


Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Bachelor of Property assessment review and discipline discussion


Given the extensive coverage of complex valuation approaches in other property units there is potential to include further consideration of time-based residual and feasibility analysis in this unit.


The module addressing residual analysis and feasibility was partially extended to include further information on time-based, Discounted Cash Flow, analysis. This will require further revisions of study guides and provides scope to extend the assignment brief to encourage more advanced approaches to the feasibility analysis.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Explain the history, principles and current operation of land use planning in Australia
  2. Apply planning principles to particular properties to achieve acceptable development outcomes for owners and the community
  3. Demonstrate the procedures involved in obtaining development approval, including the management of dispute resolution
  4. Undertake legal research to identify case law, legislation, policies and procedures relevant to particular property development and planning problems
  5. Apply ethical judgement for appropriate planning and development outcomes.
Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Practical Assessment - 50%
2 - Examination - 50%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation
10 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultures

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 - Practical Assessment - 50%
2 - Examination - 50%
Textbooks and Resources



Property Development

Edition: 7th (2021)
Authors: Richard Reed
2 Park Square, Milton Park, Abingdon , Oxon OX14 2 Park Square, Milton Park, Abingdon , Oxon OX14 , UK
ISBN: 978-0-367-85835-3
Binding: Paperback

Australian Property Investment and Financing

Edition: 3rd edn (2010)
Authors: Patrick Rowland
Thomson Reuters
Sydney Sydney , NSW , Australia
ISBN: 9780455224329
Binding: Paperback

Additional Textbook Information

The prescribed textbook can be accessed online at the CQUniversity Library website. Access may be limited. If you would prefer your own copy, purchase either paper or eBook versions at the CQUni Bookshop here: http://bookshop.cqu.edu.au (search on the Unit code)

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
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