RE1IAP-Investment Appraisal

Module Provider: Real Estate and Planning
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites: RE1PREP Projects in Real Estate and Planning (1)
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr Gianluca Marcato


Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module introduces students to basic financial mathematics and their application for the pricing of equities, bonds, mortgages and real estate assets. Following some introductory material on asset classes and performance measurement, the students will apply models to assess investment decisions. The first part of the module focuses on assets different from real estate, while the second part builds on previous knowledge and it is entirely dedicated to the valuation of property.

This module is delivered at University of Reading and University of Reading Malaysia.


The module aims to introduce the student to the mathematics, techniques and methodologies underpinning the assessment and valuation of several assets and to introduce the characteristics of commercial property as an investment class.

Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of the module it is expected that the student will be able to:

- Solve practical problems using discounting and compounding related to the valuation of income flows.

- Apply financial mathematics to the valuation of properties, equities, bonds and mortgages.

- Discuss and describe the investment characteristics of commercial property as an asset class relative to other major investment opportunities.

- Recognise, outline and apply different methods of property appraisal.

Additional outcomes:

The module also aims to encourage the development of oral communication, problem solving, business awareness, spreadsheet skills and numeracy skills, particularly in tutorials and drop-in sessions. These represent key, transferable business skills.

Outline content:

The module has two parts. Part 1 (Autumn Term) covers basic investment mathematics and valuation methods used for different assets.

Part 2 (Spring Term) applies the methods taught in Part 1 to property specific examples and develops skills related to property market analysis. It discusses pricing models, calculation of investment value and introduces the main methods of property investment appraisal.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Each term consists of 10 2-hour lectures and supporting tutorials/drop-in sessions at the times specified on the term timetable. The associated tutorials and drop-in sessions are designed to feedback students on their learning process and to reinforce how the various valuation techniques are applied. Students are expected to complete all work set on a weekly basis and they may be called upon to answer questions.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20 20 2
Seminars 4
Guided independent study 54 50 50
Total hours by term 74.00 74.00 52.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 95
Class test administered by School 5

Summative assessment- Examinations:

One 3 hour examination. 

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Two multiple choice tests with a 2.5% weight each.

Formative assessment methods:

The teaching method also includes a series of seminar exercises where students attempt to solve problems and case studies. Participation is essential to acquire full knowledge. Tutorials, drop-in sessions and seminar-like lectures provide extensive feedback to students who want to improve their knowledge and they should be regarded as an effective feedback system to test abilities and ask for clarifications.

To facilitate the learning process, an optional weekly drop-in session will be offered during the Autumn term. Students are strongly recommended to use these sessions, especially if they find difficulties in their week-by-week learning process.

Four tutorials are set up in the Spring term and students are required to attend those.

Penalties for late submission:

The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

• where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;

• where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded. The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

Assessment requirements for a pass:
A mark of at least 40%.

Reassessment arrangements:

Re-examination by a 3 hour paper in August (100%). 

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Last updated: 20 April 2018


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