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Programme overview

Property developers plan and carry out the purchase, development and sale of new or existing properties. The Bachelor of Construction (Property Development) gives you an insight into the process of developing a property - from initial concept to project completion and sale. Gain an understanding of the valuation, financing and management of property and property portfolios, and learn to identify and develop project opportunities.

Highlights

  • Once you've completed the programme, you could use your knowledge of property investment and development to work with property managers, banks and corporate organisations, specialising in large commercial developments or residential properties.
  • A thorough grounding in all aspects of the construction industry.
  • A chance to apply what you've learnt, during a major industry research project.
  • Experienced lecturers who have worked in the construction industry.
  • Guest lecturers who are leaders in their field.

You also become familiar with construction practice, procurement, tendering, property and contract law and administration, sustainable design and design management, studying alongside Bachelor of Construction (Construction Economics) and Bachelor of Construction (Construction Management) students.

Prepare for success

Well-prepared students have the best chance of success in their studies, so we've put together a free online guide so you can refresh and sharpen some of the skills you'll use on this programme.

Admission requirements

To be eligible for admission, applicants must meet the general, or the discretionary, or the special admission requirements and they must also meet any programme-specific admission requirements. Applicants must also meet the English language requirements and may be interviewed.

Generic Admission Requirements

General Admission

Applicants must have:

  1. A minimum of 42 credits at NCEA Level 3 or higher on the National Qualifications Framework, with 14 credits at Level 3 or higher in each of two subjects from an approved subject list, with a further 14 credits at Level 3 or higher taken from no more than two additional domains on the National Qualifications Framework or approved subjects plus a minimum of 14 credits at Level 1 or higher in Mathematics or Pangarau on the National Qualifications Framework, plus a minimum of 8 credits at Level 2 or higher in English or Te Reo Maori; a minimum of 4 credits must be in Reading and a minimum of 4 credits must be in Writing; OR
  2. At least 3 ‘C’ passes in the New Zealand University Bursaries Examinations; OR
  3. Successful completion of the Unitec Certificate in Foundation Studies: Whitinga Level 3 with a relevant pathway, where appropriate;OR
  4. Certificate of University Preparation (Level 4); OR
  5. Certificate in Foundation Studies (Level 4); OR
  6. Equivalent

Special Admission

Applicants must have: 

  1. Attained the age of 20 years on or before the first day of the semester in which study for the degree is to commence; AND 
  2. Have provided sufficient evidence of aptitude or appropriate work or other life experience that would indicate a potential successful outcome in the qualification. 

Discretionary Admission

In exceptional cases an applicant who does not meet the general admission requirements and who has not reached the age of 20 on or before the first day of the semester in which study for the degree is to commence may apply for discretionary admission.

In assessing whether to grant discretionary admission in exceptional cases, the primary focus will be on the applicant’s level of preparedness for study at the required level.

English Language Admission Requirements

General English Language Requirements
Applicants must have achieved a minimum standard of English as demonstrated by a minimum of 8 credits at NCEA Level 2 in English (4 in Reading, 4 in Writing).

International Students for whom English is not their First Language
Applicants must have achieved one of the following:

  1. Completion of NZ Certificate in English Language (NZCEL), Academic, Level 4;
  2. An overall IELTS band score (Academic Format) of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5;
  3. An overall TOEFL pBT (Paper-based Test) score of 550 (plus essay TWE of 5) OR  an overall TOEFL iBT (Internet-based Test ) score of 60 (plus writing score of 20);
  4. Level B2 under the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR);
  5. First Certificate in English (FCE) with a pass at grade B OR Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) with a score of 52 or higher under the Cambridge International standard tests of English as a foreign language;
  6. Pearson Test of English (PToE) (Academic) with a score of 50;
  7. City & Guilds Internal English for Speakers of Other Languages (IESOL) B2 Communicator with a score of 66.

Existing English Language Proficiency
Applicants may also provide evidence of satisfying one of the criteria for existing English proficiency as specified by the NZQA. For more information please visit the NZQA website.

Programme Specific Admission Requirements

To be admitted to this programme, applicants must also meet the requirements set out in this schedule.

  1. have at least 12 credits at NCEA level 2 in Mathematics, or
  2. have a grade of 5 or better in Sixth Form Mathematics, or equivalent

Courses and timetables

The following courses are valid for 2014. The courses may be offered as part of the programme. Click on the course links below to see the course details and timetables.

CoursesCredits Restrictions
Building Science and Materials (CONS5016) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to understand the basic physical principles of the Built Environment and their relation to buildings materials performance and selection.
Technology 1 (CONS5101) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to understand construction systems suitable for simple industrial building construction within New Zealand.
Technology 2 (CONS5102) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to understand construction systems suitable for low and medium density residential construction within New Zealand.
Technology 3 (CONS5103) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to explore foundations and structural systems in multi-storey construction.
Technical Fundamentals (CONS5504) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to develop an understanding of the basic techniques and systems involved in planning and estimating.
Team Management (CONS5505) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to develop an understanding of the people and processes involved in construction and to develop the skills required for effective interactions at an individual, group and organisational level within the construction industry.
Economic Principles (CONS5812) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to explore elements of economic theory and its application to the property and construction sector.
Property and Construction Law (CONS5818) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to develop an understanding of the legal context in which the construction and property industry operates.
CoursesCredits Restrictions
Sustainable Design and Construction (CONS6007) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to apply sustainable design and construction concepts to the built environment at domestic, commercial and industrial scale.
Building Services (CONS6008) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to develop knowledge of building services and their significance in the construction phase, including an examination of those used in commercial, multi-storey, and specialist buildings.
Contract Administration (CONS6812) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to apply the principles of contract law to New Zealand standard forms of contract.
Procurement (CONS6817) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to examine the relationship between a client’s strategic property needs and the procurement systems available to procure required capital works.
Development and Finance (CONS6906) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to explore the concept of property development and the concepts that underpin its management.
Property Valuation (CONS6907) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to examine property valuation concepts and practices and their influence on property development
CoursesCredits Restrictions
Urban Economics (CONS7817) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to analyse urban development using economic theory as a framework and to use such analysis to evaluate property development markets.
Industry Project Part 1 (CONS7821) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to critically examine research literature and write a coherent, clearly structured, properly referenced literature analysis within the context of the property and construction industry.
Industry Project Part 2 (CONS7822) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to critically examine research approaches and conduct research within the context of the property and construction industry.
Property 2 (CONS7903) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to understand the practice of real estate valuation and investment analysis with particular emphasis on the application of quantitative methods.
Property 3 (CONS7904) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to prepare real estate valuations in different property development contexts, and to evaluate the role of business valuations in feasibility analysis.
CoursesCredits Restrictions
Measurement and Estimation 1 (CONS6201) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to be able to quantify work to be done and prepare estimates of cost for simple buildings for cost modelling and bidding purposes.
Measurement and Estimation 2 (CONS6202) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to be able to conduct cost modelling processes and quantify work to be done and prepare estimates of cost for moderately complex work packages for bidding purposes.
Planning and Organisation 1 (CONS6401) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to plan and organise simple construction projects.
Planning and Organisation 2 (CONS6402) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to plan and organise moderately complex construction projects.
Tendering (CONS6811) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to: Examine the components that make up a contractor’s tender and to compile typical tender submissions. Evaluate the risks associated with tendering and how bidding strategy can mitigate these risks.
CoursesCredits Restrictions
Construction Management 2 (CONS7308) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to critically analyse work sequencing to plan and manage construction work and manage construction work in complicated contexts.
Construction Management 3 (CONS7309) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to evaluate the complexity of integrating the conflicting interests and demands, which must be managed on a construction project and to derive project plans while considering all the relevant factors required in the context of remote or international projects.
Integrated Design and Construction Management (CONS7418) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to evaluate the processes for managing integration of the design and construction of commercial and industrial scale projects to achieve client needs, in a collaborative environment.
Construction Economics 2 (CONS7710) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to evaluate the application of construction economics tools and techniques in an advanced context and to apply these tools and techniques to complex trade packages.
Construction Economics 3 (CONS7711) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to evaluate advanced cost economics techniques and practice, and models of time and cost.
Design Value and Buildability (CONS7818) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to evaluate how construction knowledge can be incorporated into the design process to achieve improved value, cost, time and safety performance before, during and after construction.
Professional Business Management (CONS7820) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to evaluate the strategic management of consultancy, construction or property businesses, and their business management models and practices.
Property Management (CONS7905) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to understand the issues which apply to the management of property and portfolios of property, including operations, maintenance, strategic asset management, and computer based systems for building information management.
Property Development (CONS7906) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to evaluate the property development process, using a project-based learning approach, focused through the production of a speculative project development submission.