PROP13001 - Property Development

General Information

Unit Synopsis

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.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 4
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).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2022

Term 1 - 2022 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. Examination 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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.9 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 45.45% 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: Informal student feedback and observation.
The weekly online tutorials were noted as some of the best aspects of the unit. Students found them to be the best place to ask questions and catch up every week. That said, the proportion of students attending was quite low.
Continue the weekly tutorials. Include an initial discussion on how everyone is going and what is happening in property management news. Then a brief recap of the week’s material followed by an engaged discussion around the module questions and assessment tasks.
Action Taken
The weekly sessions were conducted in a similar manner. For consistency the weekly tutorials were rebadged as 'Virtual Classes'.
Source: Student feedback and evaluations
The students were actively engaged with the assessment, especially the assignment. This was expressed in formative feedback with ‘the practical assessment task really emerges you in the world of development and helps you understand all of the intricacies, hurdles and facets of property development. It was an enjoyable process!’.
The assignments are set on real properties with real development approvals. This approach will continue in future offerings. Given the level of scaffolding, including providing exemplar examples, there is scope to extend the assignment brief in 2022 and encourage discussion of more advanced approaches to the analysis.
Action Taken
Source: Bachelor of Property assessment review
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 will be extended to include further information on time-based, Discounted Cash Flow, analysis. This will require revisions of study guides and provides scope to extend the assignment brief to encourage more advanced approaches to the feasibility analysis.
Action Taken
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 Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Practical Assessment
2 - Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
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
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 - Examination