REMB05-Real Estate Investment Appraisal

Module Provider: Real Estate and Planning
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2020/1

Module Convenor: Dr Steven Devaney


Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module develops the theory and practice of appraisal for individual property investments, mainly in the context of the commercial and industrial real estate investment markets. It will consider different bases of value, different approaches to appraisal, required returns and yields, how cash flow is generated and how property investment relates to other asset markets. 


To enable students to understand the financial, technical and market context of the appraisal of investments in general and the appraisal of real estate in particular. Students will understand the different concepts of value and how they relate to decision making in the property investment market. They will be able to apply simple cash flow models to the pricing of property investments and apply such models for the appraisal of Investment Value and Market Value as defined by International Valuation Standards. The information content of appraisals will be investigated, including inputs such as rental values, depreciation rates and exit yields. 

Assessable learning outcomes:

Upon completion of this module, students should be able to: 

  • Understand different concepts of value and evaluate their application to real estate; 

  • Apply mathematics of compounding and discounting to real estate investments; 

  • Evaluate the information needs of real estate investment appraisals; 

  • Construct and adapt spreadsheet templates to undertake cash flow appraisals; 

  • Understand the outcomes of appraisals and their role in decision making; 

  • Understand and examine risk in relation to appraisal outcomes 

Additional outcomes:

Students will develop their written communication and numerical skills. 

Outline content:

  • Characteristics of commercial real estate markets, 

  • Concepts of price, value and worth, 

  • Applying financial mathematics: discounting, etc., 

  • Target rates, growth rates and yields, 

  • Information needs for real estate appraisal, 

  •  Discounted cash flow modelling, 

  • Introduction to market valuation techniques. 

  • Introduction to risk measurement and analysis 

Global context:

Both national and international examples are used in the course of lectures, though with a primary focus on the UK commercial real estate market. 

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

This programme is delivered via a block teaching period for each module.  The taught block teaching week includes lectures, class discussions and practical workshops arranged around a case study. 

The block release taught element will be supported by the use of Blackboard and other online resources, including an on-line discussion board and on-line learning support. 

Contact hours:
  Block Release
Lectures 10
Tutorials/seminars 10
Practicals 10
Other contact (eg study visits) On-line Discussion Board
Private study  
Total hours 30 + on-line learning support
Number of essays or assignments 1 major appraisal assignment
Other (eg major seminar paper)  

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 through one major appraisal assignment. It will be a problem solving project that will assess the ability of students to critically examine techniques and apply them to multi-occupancy commercial real estate investments. Word guide length of 3,500 plus calculations/appendices (equivalent to a 5,000 word essay). 

Assignment Submission deadline: Week 35 

Formative assessment methods:

Tutorial and case study exercises. 

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 normal pass mark is 50%.  

As this is a core Module of Special Significance, students must achieve a mark of at least 40 in order to be awarded the MSc. 

Students completing the IPF Diploma and/or MSc IPF Entry route must achieve a mark of at least 50 in order to obtain the IPF Qualification. 

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):

No additional costs

Last updated: 27 August 2020


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