FINC19014 - Property Investment and Finance

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit covers the analysis of property investment over time taking financial and business risk factors into account. You will examine property investments from the financial perspective. You will gain insight into real estate as an investment and how it differs from investment in financial instruments. You will produce an investment appraisal report examining an income producing property asset.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 4
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

FINC19011 Business 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).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2024

Term 2 - 2024 Profile

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).

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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Practical Assessment 50%
2. Take Home Exam 50%

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

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 90.00% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 18.52% response rate.

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.

Source: Student Evaluation Survey; personal observation
Moodle links - a lot of the time they didn't work
Ensure all links are accessible; avoid the use of external content developers.
Action Taken
The external redevelopment of the unit in 2020 was defective and resulted in a plethora of broken links invisible to the UC who had most of them repaired in 2020. They were rechecked prior to Term 1.
Source: Student evaluation comments
Assignment description and marking would benefit from more detail
Strengthen the resources pertaining to the assignment details.
Action Taken
Assignment details revised.
Source: Student evaluation comments
Update textbook
The textbook is the only Australian text on the topic available. It is only optional and suggested readings from it are recommended only as additional reading for students interested in pursuing extra depth in areas where it provides useful insights.
Action Taken
Text book retained as supplementary.
Source: Student evaluation survey
Some of the pre-recorded lectures could use a refresh
Identify recorded lectures that are due for a refresh and update them.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Analyse the processes involved in investments in property
  2. Evaluate alternative property investment strategies
  3. Apply discounted cash flow techniques to property investments
  4. Incorporate risk analysis into practical investment studies.

The Australian Property Institute (API) has accredited this unit as part of the Bachelor of Property course. This unit contributes to the core knowledge field of the API in Property Finance which includes property investment and it forms pre-requisite studies to the Advanced Valuation unit (PROP19003). The learning outcomes for the unit and the assessments have been designed around the accreditation requirements.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Practical Assessment
2 - Take Home Exam
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
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
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 - Practical Assessment
2 - Take Home Exam