REMMCS-Management Case Studies in Rural Surveying

Module Provider: Real Estate and Planning
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2021/2

Module Convenor: Mrs Angela Cropley

Type of module:

Summary module description:

The Management Case Studies module comprises two projects related to the appraisal and management of rural property. The nature of the projects may vary from year to year, but each will focus on the application of theory and technical knowledge to real-life situations on farms, estates or other rural sites.


The aim of this module is to assist students to develop the application of management concepts to real life rural business situations. The module will develop the student’s ability to utilise the knowledge, understanding and skills developed in other modules and to integrate this knowledge through projects based on applied property and business examples. 

Assessable learning outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to: 

  • Analyse complex scenarios to develop creative solutions to complex real life problems.

  • Evaluate, select and apply appropriate management tools and techniques.

  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate complex advice in a variety of different ways in response to a client’s brief.

Additional outcomes:

Students are encouraged to handle a number of problems simultaneously, to prioritise their workload and meet strict deadlines. 

Outline content:

The module involves two discrete case studies, each intended to replicate a typical (rural) professional scenario. Students will also undertake a skills based formative assessment in the autumn term. 

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Each case study usually involves a pre-briefing, a half-day site visit to a local venue, the preparation of an appropriate solution within a set time-limit (including multi-stage reporting), and a de-briefing session. A different member of staff is responsible for the management of each case study and students are encouraged to discuss with them the preparation of their solution and their approach to the problem. It is recognised that, although the case studies are individual and discrete, th e learning experience increases throughout the module, and through detailed group and individual feedback at each stage. Students are expected to demonstrate that they are assimilating the necessary skills and techniques as the module progresses. 

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 10 10
Fieldwork 4 4
Guided independent study:      
    Wider reading (independent) 86 86
Total hours by term 100 100 0
Total hours for module 200

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Report 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:
Not applicable.

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Students will be required to submit two reports (word guide for each: 2,500 words).  Each case study accounts for 50% of the module assessment.  Case study 1 to be submitted in week 10 of the autumn term. Case study 2 to be submitted in week 8 of the spring term. 

Formative assessment methods:

Skills-based exercise in the autumn term.

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:

Assessment requirements for a pass:
The pass-mark for this module is 50%.

Reassessment arrangements:

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

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Last updated: 14 September 2021


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