RE2PREP-Projects in Real Estate and Planning (2)

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:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2021/2

Module Convenor: Prof Kathy Pain

Type of module:

Summary module description:

This real estate module comprises four elements - two projects, CMS exercises and a fieldtrip. The module is delivered at the University of Reading and University of Reading Malaysia. 


The module provides students with an opportunity to apply during part 2, subject knowledge gained during part 1, and to obtain and apply new real estate sector knowledge, helping to inform their choice of pathway in part 3. The module develops research and information gathering, analytical and academic skills, as well as encouraging independent learning and the development of reflective and personal career management skills. 

Assessable learning outcomes:

At the end of the module students should be able to: 

  • conduct an academic literature review with citations;

  • present results, support an argument and formulate defensible conclusions; 

  • demonstrate analytical skills within the real estate sector; 

  • use subject knowledge in the solution of a complex real estate market problem; 

  • produce a professional business report;

  • understand the roles, skills and work available in different areas of the real estate industry; 
  • critically reflect upon real estate in the world of practice. 

Additional outcomes:

Additionally the module will: 

  • assist students with the development of IT and software skills relevant to the project work; 

  • assist students with their curriculum and career decisions;

  • enable students to reflect on their strengths, skills and development needs. 

Outline content:

The module content will typically cover the following areas: 

  • Reading and empirical research relevant to the real estate sector, culminating in a research paper; 

  • Reading and data gathering relevant to a real estate market problem, culminating in a professional business report;

  • Information gathering on real estate sector roles and skills self-appraisal, culminating in the preparation of a career development plan; 

  • Fieldtrip reflecting on the real estate world of practice, culminating in an individual diary. 

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

The teaching and learning methods will include: 

  • Briefing lectures; 

  • Study skills lectures; 

  • Project supervision; 

  • Fieldwork supervision; 

  • Online support and related activities. 

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 14 3
Fieldwork 15
Guided independent study:      
    Wider reading (independent) 35 12
    Wider reading (directed) 35 12
    Advance preparation for classes 2
    Essay preparation 60 100
    Reflection 4 8
Total hours by term 0
Total hours for module 300

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

The module will be assessed using the following methods (each project is worth 12.0 credits and the CMS exercises and fieldtrip are worth 3 credits each): 

  1. Individual research paper: indicative overall length 3,000 words (40%) to be submitted in week 15 (Autumn term week 11); 

  2. Project report: indicative overall length, equivalent of 3,000 words (40%) to be submitted in week 30 (Spring term week 11); 

  3. Career management skills exercises report: indicative overall length 1,000 words (10%) to be submitted in week 26 (Spring term week 7). 

  4. Fieldtrip reflective diary: 1,000 words limit (10%) to be submitted in week 31. 

Formative assessment methods:

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 at 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: 25 August 2021


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