REMF47-Business and Professional Values

Module Provider: Real Estate and Planning
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2020/1

Module Convenor: Prof Eamonn D'Arcy


Type of module:

Summary module description:

Introduction to business and professional values. Five Seminar Themes: Values and Ethics; Corporate Social Responsibility; Sustainability; Leadership, Reputation and Corruption; Diversity and Inclusion. 


The aim of this module is to develop the students’ understanding of core business and professional values and to illustrate the relevance of such value sets to professional practice in the real estate sector. 


Assessable learning outcomes:

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

  • demonstrate a systematic understanding of the relevance of business and professional values to professional practice in the real estate sector; 

  • deal with complex ‘real world’ value issues, both systematically and creatively, and to make sound judgements in the absence of complete data; 

  • demonstrate the ability to evaluate and critique competing solutions; 

  • demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems related to business and professional values.   


Additional outcomes:

  • Enhance analytical and research skills; 

  • Develop case study skills; 

  • Enhance the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment, in particular both group and independent learning. 

Outline content:

The module takes the format of a series of five seminars covering the following themes:  

  • Values and Ethics; 

  • Corporate Social Responsibility; 

  • Sustainability; 

  • Leadership, Reputation and Corruption; 

  • Diversity and Inclusion. 

Global context:

The vast majority of issues addressed in this module have global relevance. 

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Thematic Seminars Supplemented with Visiting Speakers  

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 20
Guided independent study:      
    Wider reading (independent) 20
    Wider reading (directed) 20
    Revision and preparation 40
Total hours by term 100 0 0
Total hours for module 100

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Practical skills assessment 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Not applicable

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

The module will be assessed by an individual problem-based practical skills assessment in the form of an open book exam. Word guide length 2,500 words. All word counts are for guidance only. Unless the specific requirement of an individual assignment states that the word limit is strict, then there is some discretion with the guide length. 

Formative assessment methods:

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 for the module’s original assessment requirements, subject to variation by the Examination Board where appropriate.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Last updated: 27 August 2020


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