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Start Date
February
July

Duration
3 year(s) full-time

Mode
On-campus/Online

Program Code
DBPY

SATAC Code
424131 (Internal)

Study as
Full-time or part-time

Entry Requirements
Selection Rank (Internal): 63.05 (for 2017)
Selection Rank (Guaranteed): 75.00 (for 2018)
TAFE/RTO (Guaranteed): DIP
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Prerequisites
None

Assumed Knowledge
None

Key features

  • Become a well-rounded property professional with a wide range of essential property skills.
  • Learn about property investment, development, valuation and management.
  • Engage with industry through the Property Mentoring Scheme and networking events.
  • Longest-running specialised property degree in Australia, and one of a kind in South Australia.
  • Nationally and internationally accredited degree with professional recognition with Australian Property Institute and Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
  • The University of South Australia’s Business School is in the top one per cent worldwide1 and awarded five stars in the QS Stars Business School Rankings 2017.
  • Graduates are eligible to register as a Land Valuer with the Office of Consumer and Business Services, South Australia.

1UniSA Business School is one of just nine institutions in the country and 163 globally to be accredited by EQUIS. There are a total pool of 16,585 business schools worldwide, AACSB, July 2016.

Snapshot

Snapshot

The Bachelor of Business (Property) is the longest-running degree of its type in Australia, and the only one of its kind in South Australia. The degree will provide you with knowledge and skills essential to become a property professional with a wide range of essential property skills.

You will learn about property investment, development, valuation, management, agency and property research. As a property professional you will gather and analyse information to help you make informed decisions and offer practical advice about the use and management of property. 

Employers look for graduates who can apply theory to real industry challenges. During your degree you will access the Property Mentor Scheme and networking events designed to put you in contact with the property profession and property industry.

Why Bachelor of Business (Property)

Why this Degree

From day one of your studies you will progress through a series of property courses covering the physical, economic, planning and legal aspects of property as well as specialist areas including property valuation, agency and management and property funds management. 

This degree is the longest-running specialised undergraduate property degree in Australia. It is accredited in Australia and internationally by:

  • the Australian Property Institute (API)
  • Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
  • Singapore Institute of Valuers and Surveyors
  • the Board of Valuers, Appraisers and Estate Agents Malaysia

You can also gain practical experience through an experiential elective or participate in a business simulation project. Upon graduation, you will be eligible to register as a Land Valuer with the Office of Consumer and Business Services, South Australia.

Real-world connections

In the Property Career Mentor Program you’ll be paired with a mentor from the property industry. Your mentor will offer insights into the practical work environment, help out with networking opportunities and give you career-based guidance (particularly regarding job options and finding work experience). 

The Business Career Mentor Program helps you build your industry networks and your career. In 2016 we matched over 190 students with business mentors. The six-month program runs from March every year.

We also host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

Your career

Between now and 2020, employment in the property and real estate profession in Australia is expected to grow. The availability of roles is projected to increase by 5.6 per cent for land economists and valuers1. Careers to consider:

  • Land and property valuer: providing advice on financing and valuation; analysing investments; managing portfolios; calculating values by considering market demand, future trends and other factors; valuing office, retail, industrial and residential properties for sale and purchase, bank lending and preparation of financial statements
  • Property manager: managing and maintaining residential or commercial rental properties; analysing market conditions and ensuring properties are occupied; organising records and documents and handling contracts; organising regular property maintenance
  • Property developer: researching land and property opportunities and evaluating the feasibility of a project; assessing the best use for the land or property; planning the property development, including the schedule and costs; working with architects, builders, and local councils
  • Commercial property analyst: researching market trends and statistics to forecast the industry future; determining the best use of finances; performing due diligence research in order to broker real estate deals; working with sellers and buyers
  • Property funds manager: providing advice for clients on where and how to invest; improving the value of a property; implementing an investment strategy; managing portfolios of trading activities
  • Sales and leasing property consultant: developing and implementing sales and leasing proposals for commercial land and property; negotiating lease and sales transactions; generate listings and service existing client sales 

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015

Professional accreditation

This program has been formally accredited by the Singapore Institute of Surveyors and Valuers (SISV) and provides the academic base for membership.

The program has been formally accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and provides the academic base for membership.

The program has been formally accredited for Associate Membership and Associate Membership with Certified Practicing Valuer (CPV) Certification of the Australian Property Institute (API). To be elevated to CPV, associates of the API will need to have met the supervised valuation experience requirements as set out by the API. All graduates of this program will need to comply with the conditions specified in the agreement.

The Bachelor of Business (Property) meets the education requirements for graduates to apply to be registered as Valuers by The Board of Valuers, Appraisers and Estate Agents Malaysia

Industry facts

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Employment for real estate sales agents in Australia is projected to increase by 9,900 (11.2 per cent) by November 20201.

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015 

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By 2020 employment for land economists and valuers in Australia is projected to increase by 5.6 per cent1.

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015 

What others are saying

I started my career in the investment banking industry working with a broad field of financial instruments including derivatives, property loan stock and international currency. I am still involved with industry now, working with a number of not-for-profit organisations on the issue of housing decisions made by an older demographic. The results of my research informs my teaching and is included in the courses I teach.

Dr Braam Lowies


Employment: UniSA Property Lecturer

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Dr Braam Lowies


Employment: UniSA Property Lecturer

What you'll learn

What you Learn

The degree includes core courses in business theory. These will give you a solid grasp of business fundamentals such as economics, accounting and business operations. You will go on to study specialised areas such as:

  • building evaluation, planning and land use, and property law
  • property valuation, management and agency
  • property investment and development

You can gain an extra qualification and broaden your career prospects by completing a Diploma in Languages.

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums (independent study). So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week. 

Assessment

Assessment

Your studies at UniSA will incorporate both practical, professionally-focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • reports, project documentation, case studies and presentations
  • essays and assignments
  • examinations
  • industry-relevant, research-based projects
  • practicals and team-based projects
  • participation in the workplace and in class

Global opportunities

International exchanges and intensive study-tours open doors to new possibilities and experiences, and our Business School has strong connections with prestigious universities in Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Travelling and studying with leading academic staff and your peers is a wonderful opportunity to develop first-hand knowledge of the international business environment. You’ll find the experience invaluable for your personal and professional development, giving you a global perspective.

UniSA has links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests. Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Once you are a current student, you will be able to explore various study tours and exchanges and take advantage of Student Mobility Grants to make going on an overseas exchange or study tour achievable.

Global opportunities

Combined degrees

If you wish to specialise in two fields, you can pair two single degrees and create your own combined degree. This gives you choice, flexibility and increased value to employers at the start of (and throughout) your career. The flexibility of Business School degrees also means that you may be able to complete your study in four years full-time, depending on the combination. There are many combined degree options, including:

  • accounting
  • economics, finance and trade
  • finance
  • human resource management
  • logistics and supply chain management
  • management
  • marketing
  • property
  • sport and recreation management
  • tourism and event management

Find out more about combined degrees.

What courses you'll study

Structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
FIRST YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Business Law LAWS 1018 4.5
Accounting for Business ACCT 1008 4.5
Discovering Opportunities in Property BUSS 1055 4.5
Principles of Economics ECON 1008 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Professional Development in Property BUSS 1062 4.5
Marketing Principles: Trading and Exchange MARK 1010 4.5
Quantitative Methods for Business MATH 1053 4.5
Business and Society BUSS 1057 4.5
SECOND YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
International Business Environment BUSS 2067 4.5
Property Valuation BUSS 2061 4.5
Management and Organisation BUSS 2068 4.5
Land Use, Planning and Sustainability AGEN 2002 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Forecasting and Business Analysis ECON 2007 4.5
Fundamentals of Property Law COML 2003 4.5
Building Evaluation for Property BUIL 2026 4.5
Property Asset Management BUSS 2069 4.5
THIRD YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Business Operations BUSS 2065 4.5
Statutory Valuations MGMT 3002 4.5
Property Development BUSS 3032 4.5
Property Investment BANK 3007 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 2
Property Research ECON 3003 4.5
Property Practice BUSS 3076 4.5
Property, People and Place BUSS 3059 4.5
Schedule for students awarded 36 units of block credit Note(s): 3
FIRST YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Study Period 1
Discovering Opportunities in Property BUSS 1055 4.5
Study Period 2
Accounting for Business ACCT 1008 4.5
Land Use, Planning and Sustainability AGEN 2002 4.5
Property Valuation BUSS 2061 4.5
Business Law LAWS 1018 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Property Asset Management BUSS 2069 4.5
Principles of Economics ECON 1008 4.5
Building Evaluation for Property BUIL 2026 4.5
Fundamentals of Property Law COML 2003 4.5
SECOND YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Property Development BUSS 3032 4.5
Property Investment BANK 3007 4.5
Statutory Valuations MGMT 3002 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Professional Development in Property BUSS 1062 4.5
Property, People and Place BUSS 3059 4.5
Property Research ECON 3003 4.5
Property Practice BUSS 3076 4.5

I am passionate about creating recruitment opportunities for people with a disability and have continued my research through an Australian Research Linkage Grant (2011-2015) in partnership with Finding Workable Solutions Inc. Alongside my PhD (Marketing), I have a Diploma of Counselling and have worked in Alice Springs (Central Australian Aboriginal Congress) and Whyalla (Centacare Port Pirie Diocese).

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Scholarships

Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarship search page for more.

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Adelaide - City West campus

City West is in Adelaide’s most lively precinct, close to art galleries, music venues, cafés and restaurants. It has brand new learning spaces; modern lecture theatres; architecture workshops, contemporary art and design studios; and well-equipped student lounges. Explore City West >

Your study experience

Our campuses have fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. But you’ll also discover that your journey at UniSA is about social experiences, healthy living and getting involved. You’ll find student gyms, community clinics, tech zones and chill-out spaces. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and loads more.

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

The Business School Hub is a convenient, central support service for Business School students, from first year through to graduation. The team provides expert advice on study options, elective choices and any academic difficulties. It also helps with referrals to support services across the University. The Business School Hub is there to facilitate your life at university, so you get the most out of your UniSA experience.

Our student support services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help, we're here to assist. We provide a full range of support services, including:

  • academic counselling
  • personal counselling
  • social support services, including family support and nearby childcare
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • services offered through our student association, USASA

When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

24/7 digital environment

This degree is offered online. With interactive online course materials and a 24/7 learning environment you can organise your study to suit your lifestyle. You can:

  • study online, including accessing videos and course resources
  • participate in virtual classrooms
  • submit your assignments and get feedback online
  • use forums and discussion boards for team work and communication

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

Please note some on-campus attendance (such as to attend seminars, workshops or examinations) and/or placements may apply. Any requirements like this are detailed on individual course pages.

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How to apply

Applying to study with us:

  • go to the top of this page and make note of the SATAC code, then click Apply
  • you will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application

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