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SRQ764 - Building Project Evaluation


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 2/Semester 2, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of your trimester or semester.

Last updated: 2 June 2020

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Waterfront (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Xin Hu




Incompatible with:


Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

Trimester 2: 1 x 2 hour class per week, 1 x 1 hour seminar per week.

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin plus 5 x 1 hour online seminars per trimester.


This unit examines the processes and techniques used in property development appraisal and the economic evaluation of building projects. Students will learn about the development process, property investment, feasibility studies, property markets, project finance, taxation and risk analysis. Students will analyse the multi-disciplinary nature of the development process and the relationship between design decisions and the total cost of building projects as they prepare detailed development appraisals and feasibility studies within the context of property markets and the built environment business ecology. Learning and assessment activities will enable students appreciation of the role that project financing arrangements play in influencing the size, scale and success of building project developments. The implications of various factors including taxation, regulation, international financial markets and social and business networks are examined in relation to development risk analysis and decision making.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this Unit

At the completion of this Unit
successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Examine implications of various economic factors in relation to financial risk analysis and decision making on property development and investment.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO4: Critical thinking


Apply the processes and techniques used in development and investment appraisal in order to evaluate the economic components of complex building projects.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO5: Problem solving


Prepare and justify a detailed development and investment feasibility study for a complex building project.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO5: Problem solving


Evaluate and recommend the processes and techniques used to prepare property valuation reports.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO5: Problem solving

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Assessment Description Student output Weighting (% total mark for unit) Indicative due week
Property valuation report 2,000-word written report 30% Week 6
Group research report Collaborative written research report, approximately 3,500-words 30% Week 10
Examination 2-hour written examination 40% Examination period

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Hurdle requirement

To be eligible to obtain a pass in this unit students must achieve at least 40% in the examination.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: SRQ764 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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