KA7035 - Real Estate Concepts and Research Methods

What will I learn on this module?

You will learn about some of the threshold concepts and key skills that are essential for Real Estate students to grasp before embarking on specialised property research and prepare and promote your employability as a graduate surveyor. The second half of the module is designed to develop your understanding, deployment and critical evaluation of research methods and to prepare you for conducting your own research project.

In the first semester you will undertake an initial project based on a building/site in Newcastle. The learning activities will include lectures to introduce key concepts; seminars to develop your understanding of these key concepts; workshops to apply your knowledge and practice skills; site visits to learn site inspection and measurement skills; guest speakers to provide insight to real estate markets. In the second semester you will learn about research methods and data analysis techniques in two hour workshop sessions in which a research resources will be signposted, research philosophies explored, data collection techniques evaluated and your own research skills and development reflected upon.

An indicative outline syllabus is as follows:
• Real Estate sectors and the role and professionalism of surveyors in global real estate markets
• Real Estate research and resources
• Property appraisal, professional report writing and presentation
• Individual skills audit and developing an action plan
• IT skills for Real Estate
• Philosophies of research and research ethics
• The research process: developing and implementing effective research strategies for data collection
• Quantitative and qualitative data analysis
• The reflective researcher: evaluating research processes and outcomes

How will I learn on this module?

Participating in a shared, student centred experience allows you to get to know your fellow students at the start of the programme to develop new skill sets and through authentic ‘real life’ learning, at the end of which you will have created tangible outputs that will be shared with your peer group. Your learning will initially be task driven, based on the development of a real site/building in the North East, which offers the opportunity for you to interact with external real estate market data and market intelligence. This assessment will be formative in nature, designed to give you useful feedback ahead of your learning journey on the programme.

Learning activities will include:
-Introducing key Real Estate concepts, principles and practice
-Workshops within which to apply knowledge and practice skills:
-Independent learning tutorials
-IT lab sessions to learn how to use software
-Site visits and guest speakers

This will be supplemented by a series of recurrent development workshops where students work on their employment and academic skills in partnership with staff and employment support colleagues in the Graduate Futures Team. This is in order to develop the necessary skills, and attributes, to successfully engage with employers, the recruitment process and the dissertation and advanced practice project option (either live client project or research placement). This is supported by a community of learning where students at different entry points (September and January) engage with one another and support the learning process.

The remainder of the module is taught in two-hour workshops in which you will be able to apply knowledge and understanding though a series of directed tasks. The workshops will encourage discussion and the sharing of opinions around the contested areas of research philosophy, methods, and data analysis. You will reflect on research that you have conducted previously and demonstrate awareness in your own appraisal of your research skills and personal development needs. You will be encouraged to develop your own critique of the research process through review of recent and current research in the discipline area and through active discussion.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

The module team will provide support for students including answering student queries and providing guidance in relation to the module, including its assessment and the student’s academic progress. You can seek support in taught sessions and can also request guidance outside of class time via appointment.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:

MLO1. Effectively source, interpret and analyse qualitative and quantitative data.
MLO2. Critically evaluate the concepts and principles of research methodologies and interpret and evaluate research processes and outcomes.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

MLO3. Conceptualise key real estate concepts and appraise property and develop real estate strategies.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

MLO4. Apply core principles of sound and justifiable, ethical practice in research.
MLO5. Interpret and evaluate research processes and outcomes and demonstrate the attributes of a reflective researcher.

How will I be assessed?

a. Summative assessment and rationale for tasks

The module will be assessed in one part:

Research Proposal (100%/2000 words): You will create a research proposal based on a topic of your choice

This assessment will address MLOs 1, 2, 4 and 5.

Additional formative assessment:

Formative feedback will be provided by teaching staff during seminar activities and tasks that will enhance learning and understanding of the module topics and will contribute to understanding of the respective assessment assessments. Each workshop session will actively help scaffold the summative assessment, working in partnership with the teaching team to engage with each aspect of the mark scheme. In addition, a formative mock assessment will be set early in the semester to give students an opportunity to learn from feedback and to also be guided towards key data resources including Co-star, Egi, Digimap and planning portals. Both the formative and summative assessments will be guided by templates and exemplar work.





Module abstract

This module offers you the opportunity to embrace core real estate concepts and employment opportunities (supporting the university’s employment, enterprise, and entrepreneurship strategy) essential to graduate surveyors, and to enhance your key transferable skills by engaging in personal development activities. It is designed to support dissertation study, and transition into Advanced Practice. You will undertake an initial project based on a real building/site in the North East which offers you the opportunity to interact with external real estate market data and intelligence. Learning activities will include lectures introducing key concepts/principles, seminars/workshops within which to apply knowledge and practice skills, site visits and guest speakers. Reinforcing the conceptual learning foundations, learning and assessment will be actively designed in order to support students to develop their academic skills and independent learning. You will be assessed by an individual research proposal and also submit a formative assessment at the beginning of the module to get early feedback on your work. A series of two hour workshops facilitated by a rich variety of people (staff and colleagues from practice), will signpost resources, develop employment strategies, network with employment routes, explore research philosophies, evaluate data collection techniques, and encourage you to reflect on your own research skills and experience.

Course info

Credits 20

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 1 year Full Time
2 other options available

Department Architecture and Built Environment

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2024

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