RE1PROJ-Projects in Real Estate and Planning

Module Provider: Real Estate and Planning
Number of credits: 30 [15 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 RE1INDA Introduction to Data Analysis
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2021/2

Module Convenor: Dr Mark Dobson

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 the 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, assemble and present relevant data and information in a variety of contexts; 

  • Collect, record, analyse and present data; 

  • Construct a coherent argument; 

  • Communicate ideas, analyses and conclusions in a range of forms to different audiences; < /li>
  • 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:

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

  2. Students will develop IT skills through, inter alia:

    1. The required use of Word in the submission of essays and reports

    2. The required use of PowerPoint for team presentations

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

Outline content:

The module is structured around three projects that each provide foundational knowledge on real estate and development practice and theory. Each project has a different form of assessment to provide broad early experience of the different kinds of outputs students will be expected to produce in Parts 2 and 3 and during their careers. These include a professional report, a client presentation, a class test and an academic essay. There is a strong emphasis on team working and peer reflection.  

  1. Nature and benefits of teamwork,

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

    1. Setting ground rules,

    2. Group and self-management

    3. Project management and progress reporting,

    4. Recording meetings and decisions,

    5. Team role s (Belbin)

  3. Peer appraisal

  4. Evaluation of a local commercial real estate market

  5. Report writing and answering client instructions

  6. Sustainability in the built environment

  7. Corporate relocation

  8. Stakeholders, events and resources involved in the real estate development process

  9. Introduction to Academic Writing

  10. Study skills development including, inter alia:

    1. Structuring essays,

    2. Thinking critically,

    3. Referencing,

    4. Presentation skills

    5. 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 three seperate 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 o r 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 guidance for students.  The Blackboard site provides all lecture and assessment content in addition to a wide range of materials relating to both study skills and to group management.  Group work is peer assessed, and where appropriate, both group and individual feedback is provided for th e project assessments.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 6 6
Seminars 2 2
Practicals classes and workshops 2 2
Fieldwork 3
Guided independent study:      
    Preparation for tutorials 2 2
    Preparation for presentations 40
    Preparation of practical report 40
    Revision and preparation 5
    Group study tasks 8 6
    Carry-out research project 40 40
    Essay preparation 40 50
    Reflection 2 2
Total hours by term 150 150 0
Total hours for module 300

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 35
Report 20
Oral assessment and presentation 25
Class test administered by School 20

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

A 4,000 word Group Report worth 20% due in week 11 (i.e. week 7 of the Autumn Term) 

A 15 Minute (+Q/A) Group Presentation worth 25% due in Week 3 (22) Spring term; 

A Class Test Individual Exam worth 20% due in Week 4 (23) Spring term; 

A 3,000- word critical academic essay worth 35% due in Week 11 (30) Spring term. 



Formative assessment methods:

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

Penalties for late submission:

The Support Centres 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 (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 involve answering a new project brief, which, as far as practically possible, adheres to the original project task and the related assessable learning outcomes.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Last updated: 15 April 2021


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