REMF43-Global Real Estate Markets and Investment

Module Provider: Real Estate and Planning
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Level:7
Terms in which taught: Summer term module
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites:
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Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Sotiris Tsolacos

Email: s.tsolacos@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:

This module is designed to provide practical experience and insight into the subjects studied throughout the year and better prepares students for the workplace. It gives opportunity for self-experience of real situations in real estate finance and investment in the context of a global real estate market.  The practical learning experience is furthered through case studies and discussions, presentations and engagement with senior players in the industry. The module strengthens the inquiry skills of students and their ability to offer high standard resolutions to real world issues.


Aims:

This field trip project module aims to expose students to the operation of real estate markets and real estate investment environment in a different institutional context from that found in Britain. It requires students to apply theoretical real estate finance and investment knowledge to practice situations in a global city. The field trip aims to help students develop a clear understanding of the way in which real estate markets work in practice. The objective is to gain first-hand experience to place the field trip case study in its appropriate context and produce a real world study.


Assessable learning outcomes:

The module aims to integrate and apply a range of core real estate skills and disciplines, which were covered in the first and second terms of the programme.




  • evaluate critically real estate investment and finance issues in their wider economic, social, political and legal context;

  • be original in the application of core real estate knowledge in the analysis a specific local real estate market, in its national context;

  • combine secondary documentary evidence relating to real estate markets with primary evidence collected at the local level;

  • implement tasks at a professional level and generate a professional assessment of real  market conditions and prospects

  • deal with complex ‘real world’ real estate market issues both systematically and creatively and to make sound judgements in the absence of complete data;

  • demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems and act as part of a team in planning and implementing tasks;


Additional outcomes:

The module will assist students in developing the skill base necessary to collect, synthesise and interpret empirical evidence collected in the case study market, plan and implement a search for relevant documentary evidence, integrate a range of analytical perspectives and apply them to a case study market. The module will enhance students’ quantitative, analytic, presentation and reporting writing skills and provide an opportunity for them to manage and work effectively in teams and communicate findings in a professional manner through written and oral presentations and overall contribute to the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment.


Outline content:

- field trip to case study market

- Structured programme of lectures, presentations and project visits in the case study city

- Structured professional project brief


Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The material in this module will be covered through a structured programme of lectures, presentations and project visits in the field trip case study city. These will be delivered by local experts such as property professionals, academics and appropriate public sector representatives. Students will be assigned a project brief on a specific aspect of the real estate market in the field trip city. They will execute the brief through their participation in the field trip programme and a wider desk study on their return.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Tutorials 6
Fieldwork 34
Guided independent study 60
       
Total hours by term 100.00
       
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Other information on summative assessment:

Two or three students group written assignment comprising of a report of 4000 or 6000 words.


Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

Length of examination:
Not applicable.

Requirements for a pass:
The pass-mark for this module is 50%

Reassessment arrangements:

A coursework of 2000 words.


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