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: 2023/4

Module Convenor: Prof Eamonn D'Arcy

Type of module:

Summary module description:

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


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 and planning sectors. 


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 and planning sectors; 

  • 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 toevaluate 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, Ethics and Business Ethics;

  • Diversity and Inclusion;

  • Leadership, Reputation and Corruption; 

  • Corporate Social Responsibility; 

  • Sustainability and ESG. 

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 15
Guided independent study:      
    Wider reading (independent) 20
    Wider reading (directed) 20
    Revision and preparation 45
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 online open book exam which takes place in Autumn Term - Week 11. 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:

The below information applies to students on taught programmes except those on Postgraduate Flexible programmes. Penalties for late submission, and the associated procedures, which apply to Postgraduate Flexible programmes are specified in the policy “Penalties for late submission for Postgraduate Flexible programmes”, which can be found here:
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:

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: 30 March 2023


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