RE1PREP-Projects in Real Estate and Planning (1)

Module Provider: Real Estate and Planning
Number of credits: 40 [20 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites: IC103 Introductory Economics for Business and Finance LW1A05 General Introduction to Law LW101F Introduction to Property Law RE1IAP Investment Appraisal RE1IPB Introductions to Planning and Building
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2019/0

Module Convenor: Ms Sylvia Osborn


Type of module:

Summary module description:

The purpose of this module is twofold. Firstly, it aims to develop a range of key skills to help students make the transition from school to university and on to work; in pursuit of this objective there is a strong emphasis on independent learning. Secondly, the module provides students with the opportunity to apply and develop knowledge gained through the study of the co-requisite modules, so demonstrating the complexity and dynamics of the ‘business’ of real estate in an academic and relevant context. 

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


The aims of this module are: 

  • Introduction and contextualisation of the real estate market within the wider business context; 

  • Integration, application and consolidation of real estate knowledge; 

  • To outline the nature of teams and to develop effective team working; 

  • Development of effective communication to a range of audiences in various formats; 

  • Development of research and study skills. 

Assessable learning outcomes:

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

  • Locate appropriate information sources and identify, select and assemble relevant information in a variety of contexts; 

  • Collect, record, analyse and present statistical material (data); 

  • Construct a coherent argument; 

  • Communicate ideas, analyses and conclusions in a range of forms and to a variety of audiences; 

  • Recognise the process of teamwork and evaluate the qualities that an individual can bring to a team; 

  • Develop self-reflection on skills development. 

Additional outcomes:

  • Apply knowledge gained through the study of other Part 1 modules to a range of contemporary problems and situations; 

  • Students will develop IT skills through, inter alia: 

  • The required use of word-processing in the submission of essays and reports; 

  • The required use of spreadsheets for charting and statistical analysis; 

  • The required use of PowerPoint presentation software for team presentations; 

  • Internet research and the use of other web-based tools. 

Outline content:

  • Nature and benefits of teamwork; 

  • Developing the management and culture for group working including, inter alia: 

  • Setting ground rules; 

  • Group and self-management; 

  • Project management and progress reporting; 

  • Recording meetings and decisions; 

  • Team roles (Belbin). 

  • Peer appraisal; 

  • Evaluation of a local commercial real estate market; 

  • Report writing and answering client instructions; 

  • Sustainability in the built environment; 

  • Corporate relocation; 

  • Analysis and application of time series data; 

  • Stakeholders, events and resources involved in the real estate development process; 

  • Introduction to Academic Writing; 

  • Study skills development including, inter alia: 

  • Structuring essays; 

  • Thinking critically; 

  • Referencing; 

  • Presentation skills; 

  • Report writing. 

Global context:

The study and group working skills components are common to students irrespective of study location.  However, each coursework project relates to either a UK or Malaysia location, depending on the respective campus at which students are attending the module. 

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

The module comprises four separate coursework projects that draw together different aspects of the co-requisite modules studied.   Each project develops different study skills and they run sequentially.  A project launches with a briefing lecture, which highlights the essential aspects of the assessment, together with the teaching and project programme. Teaching and support varies with each project according to the requirements of the brief, but generally, there are additional lectures or workshops to provide essential information and skills development.  In addition, each project has surgery time that enables the monitoring of group and/or individual progress and provides tailored guidance for students.  The Blackboard site supporting this module, provides all lecture and assessment content in addition to a wide range of materials relating to both study skills and to group management.  All group work is peer assessed and, where appropriate, both group and individual feedback is provided for each project assessment. 

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 11 5
Tutorials 1 2
Practicals classes and workshops 2
Fieldwork 2
Guided independent study:      
    Peer assisted learning 20 10
    Preparation for tutorials 2 2
    Preparation for presentations 40
    Preparation of practical report 50 50
    Completion of formative assessment tasks 2
    Revision and preparation 5
    Group study tasks 10 7
    Carry-out research project 50 50
    Essay preparation 5 70
    Reflection 2 2
Total hours by term 200 200 0
Total hours for module 400

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 30
Report 45
Oral assessment and presentation 12.5
Class test administered by School 12.5

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

1 group report of 5,000 words due in week 9 of the Autumn term – weighting 15 %. 

1 group presentation due in week 14 of the Autumn term – weighting 12.5%. 

1 in-class test (individual timed essay) in week 15 of the Autumn term – weighting 12.5%. 

1 individual essay of 3,000 words due in week 26 of the Spring term – weighting 30%. 

1 group report of 2,000 words due in week 30 of the Spring term– weighting 30%. 

Formative assessment methods:

The surgery sessions for each project allow students to ask questions about their approach to assessment and so improve their submission  

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • 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 that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day[1] (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 least 40% overall.

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Reassessment will be by the same method as for the module’s original assessment requirements, subject to variation by the Examination Board where appropriate.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

    Last updated: 12 April 2019


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