MODULE AIMS, LEARNING OUTCOMES AND INDICATIVE CONTENT
The module aims to provide students with a critical understanding of the key accounting concepts and terminology that will enable students to construct financial statements and analyse financial information. The module also enhances students’ knowledge and critical thinking of Corporate Real Estate Management and Strategies, with specific Asset Management and Facilities Management by exploring ways to manage risks throughout the life of the asset. The students will be able to understand, evaluate and apply asset management strategies, financial planning and mitigation of risks. The module will help develop the students’ analytical, numeracy, research, problem solving and communication skills.
On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
LO1. Flexibly and creatively apply key accounting concepts and terminology to prepare and present key financial statements. (KTS)
LO2. Critically evaluate and analyse financial information by drawing appropriate conclusions. (SS, KTS)
LO3. Identify and critically evaluate Asset Management strategies, portfolio planning and risk throughout the life of the Asset. (KU, SS)
LO4. Investigate and critically analyse Client Oriented Corporate Real Estate Asset Management Strategies and develop critical responses and solutions. (KU, SS, KTS)
Indicative Syllabus Content
• Fundamental accounting terms, concepts and definitions.
• Financial statement users.
• Preparation and understanding of financial statements.
• Corporate Real Estate Strategic Alignment of Corporate Real Estate and Business Strategies, Corporate Relocation, Workspace Strategy
• Identify sources of funding in the balance sheet and analysis of financial information.
• Asset Management Strategies and Principles and practices of Asset Management for different clients.
• Identification and Management of Asset Risks.
• Facilities management overview.
• Asset management strategies.
• Process of active asset management.
• Portfolio planning and analysis to maximize potential.
The University has arrangements for marking, internal moderation and external scrutiny. Further information can be found in Section 12 of the Handbook of Academic Regulations,
Assessment title Assessment rationale, including module learning outcome Weighting (% of the module)
Case Study analysis The case study analysis will assess the degree to which students enhanced their learning and transformed information into knowledge. It is designed to test the student’s communication and analytical skills and improve their knowledge and understanding of accounting concepts and analysis of financial information. The essay will also develop the students’ research and presentation skills (LO 1 & 2). 50%
Essay The essay will assess the degree to which students enhanced their learning and transformed information into knowledge. It is designed to test the student’s communication and analytical skills and improve their knowledge and understanding of risk and asset management issues. The essay will also develop the students’ research and presentation skills (LO 3 & 4).
Assessment General Threshold Criteria
Generic Grade Descriptors at Level 7
•An outstanding piece of work: All assessment criteria have been met at an exceptionally high standard. • Displays exceptional initiative, creativity, sophistication and originality. • Provides insightful analysis. • Demonstrates originality and rigour of argument. • Shows independent synthesis of ideas and understanding. • Demonstrates reflexivity and critical analysis to generate transformative solutions/responses. • Demonstrates substantial independent research. • Communicates complexity clearly and succinctly with excellent standard of presentation.
•An excellent piece of work: All assessment criteria have been met at a high standard.
• Demonstrates sophisticated understanding across the field of study and related areas. • Draws on a range of techniques and information sources for independent analysis. • Demonstrates creativity and flair in task/enquiry. • Provides robust and insightful argument. • Provides a high quality critical and reflexive analysis. • Demonstrates substantial independent research • Communicates ideas clearly and succinctly with good standard of presentation.
•A good piece of work: All assessment criteria have been met at a good standard.
• Demonstrates breadth and/or depth of understanding across the field of study and related areas. • Synthesises knowledge to address task/enquiry. • Presents argument cogently and clearly. • Demonstrates extensive research and critical use of resources. • Communicates ideas clearly with a good standard of presentation.
• A sound piece of work: All assessment criteria have clearly been met.
• Demonstrates understanding of appropriate range of concepts and theoretical approaches. • Provides an argument to frame response to enquiry/task. • Uses a range of relevant sources provided to undertake research. • Undertakes meaningful analysis/reflection in relation to the enquiry/task. • Communicates ideas using an appropriate format with few weaknesses in presentation.
•An inadequate piece of work: One or more relevant assessment criteria are not met.
• Provides clear limitations in the range of concepts/principles explored. • Demonstrates lack of clarity and depth of understanding in relation to the task/enquiry. • Uses a narrow range of sources to support task/enquiry. • Provides limited analysis/reflection. • Communication is unclear with significant weaknesses in presentation.
A poor piece of work: Most of the relevant assessment criteria area not been met.
• Demonstrates poor understanding of key concepts and principles. • Shows significant weaknesses and omissions in completing the task. • Omits analysis/reflection. • Uses inadequate information sources. • Communication is unclear with significant weaknesses in presentation.