MSc Real Estate Development / Course details
Year of entry: 2022
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Course unit details:
Real Estate Markets
|Unit level||FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 1|
|Offered by||Planning and Environmental Management|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
This unit will introduce students to the fundamentals of real estate and also act as an introduction to academic study in this subject area. We will consider the concept of real estate markets: what is a market; how does it operate; what influences it? In this course unit, you will consider real estate and market hierarchies in both a global and national context. Students will explore a number of different geographic and sector markets, critically considering the institutional framework around these: political and legal background; social and cultural aspects; technological and environmental factors. You will study the structure of real estate ownership and how economic and monetary policies shape property cycles and the phenomenon of housing price bubbles.
- to provide students with a sound knowledge of the structure and operation of real estate markets and the underlying economic drivers.
- to encourage critical debate and reflection on the performance of real estate markets in an international context
to foster a spirit of enquiry
Teaching and learning methods
A range of teaching and learning methods will be adopted with conventional lectures used to introduce topics in a structured manner. Workshops and seminars are used to explore a particular issue in more depth and encourage critical debate.
As noted in the Programme Specification, all course material will be available online. Formative feedback will be given through Q&A, discussion and interactive activities within lectures, workshops, seminars and FAQ section on Blackboard, including the Property Post discussion board. Verbal feedback is available on coursework discussed during consultation hours. Substantive written or audio feedback on your assignments will be provided through Blackboard
Knowledge and understanding
Demonstrate a good understanding of the fundamentals of real estate and the structure and operation of real estate markets.
Demonstrate sound understanding of the causes of economic and property cycles and housing asset ‘bubbles’.
Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of current influences and drivers for a range of real estate markets
Critically analyse and evaluate information, make considered judgements and produce innovative and credible solutions to problems
Demonstrate numeracy skills through appreciation of issues around selection, accuracy, uncertainty and approximation with numbers
Transferable skills and personal qualities
Demonstrate ability to communicate ideas and arguments effectively, using a variety of media, to both specialist and non-specialist audience.
Demonstrate high levels of skill in team-working, project management and commercial awareness.
Formative feedback will be given through Q&A, discussion and interactive activities within lectures, workshops, seminars and FAQ section on Blackboard, including the Property Post discussion board. Verbal feedback is available on coursework discussed during consultation hours. Substantive written or audio feedback on your assignments will be provided through Blackboard
Students are not expected to read all of the books listed. You will be directed to read certain sections of some of these and you may wish to read further on particular topics, either in connection with this course unit or other subjects.
Begg, DKH, Fischer, S. and Dornbusch R. (2013) Foundations of Economics, 5th edn. London: McGraw Hill.
Jowsey, E. (2011) Real estate economics. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
Tiwari, P. and White, M. (2010) International real estate economics. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
Buckle, M. and Thompson, J. (2016) The UK financial system: theory and practice. 5th edn. Manchester: Manchester University Press
Pilbeam, K. (2018) Finance and financial markets 4th edn. London: Macmillan International Higher Education
Valdez, S. and Molyneux, P. (2016) An introduction to global financial markets 8th edn. London: Palgrave Macmillan
Real Estate Markets:
Barkham, R. (2012) Real estate and globalization Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell
Barras, R. (2009) Building cycles: growth and instability. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell
Baum, A. (2015) Real estate investment: a strategic approach 3rd ed. Abingdon: Routledge
Cao, J. A. (2015) The Chinese real estate market: development, regulation and investment. Abingdon: Routledge
Dent, P., Patrick, M. and Xu, Y. (2012) Property markets and sustainable behaviour Abingdon: Routledge
Isaac, D. and O’Leary, J. (2011) Property investment 2nd ed. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
Lizieri, C. (2009) Towers of capital. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell
Marriott, O. (1969) The property boom. London: Pan Books
Scott, P. (1996) The property masters: a history of the British commercial property sector Abingdon: Taylor Francis
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|Selma Carson||Unit coordinator|
eAssessment denotes Directed reading, online exercises and assignment surgeries (26 hours)