Real Estate Funding and Finance

Academic Irregularities – WARNING:

This is an individual piece of work and students are reminded of the University’s regulations on academic irregularities, which covers plagiarism, copying, cheating and other activities/situations/circumstances that may also constitute an academic irregularity. You are expected to have read and checked that your work does not contravene the University regulations on academic irregularities. Examples on what constitutes an academic irregularity can be found in Section 17b of the Academic Standards and Quality Handbook which you are advised to study carefully; it can be viewed and downloaded from the university intranet at:

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Introduction

This coursework is intended to help you meet and assess your achievement of the module learning outcomes, identified below. The grade awarded will contribute to your grade for this module and your overall level and course aggregate grade. The assessment criteria are clearly set out within the coursework brief and it is in your own interests to ensure that your work addresses the assessment criteria clearly and in an appropriate manner and logical sequence. If you are unsure or unclear about any aspect of what is required of you, you should contact the coursework author or module leader straight away.

Submission Instructions

  1. Your coursework must be submitted in two formats – hard (paper) copy and an electronic copy in Microsoft Word format; the content of both submissions must be identical. Submission of different hardcopy and electronic versions of your work may be deemed an academic irregularity under the University’s Academic Irregularities procedure.
  2. The electronic ‘Microsoft Word’ version of your coursework must be submitted to the Module Drop Box which is located in the module learning room on NOW; it should be uploaded no later than the coursework submission date given above. The coursework will automatically be assessed by the web-based text-match tool, Turnitin UK. Only one, final version of your work may be submitted to the Drop Box. Once submitted you cannot revise your submission; you have only one opportunity to submit.  Failure to submit your work to the Drop box by the submission deadline will delay assessment of your work and may result in your work being deemed a late submission and thereby subject to late submission assessment penalty.
  3. Please be aware that the hard copy paper version of your coursework must be submitted by the submission deadline given above. Submission of the hard copy of your work after this deadline will be deemed a late submission, regardless of whether the electronic version has been submitted on time. The hard copy that you submit will be taken as the primary and only version for grading purposes, so you should ensure that this is comprehensive and contains all the material that you wish to submit for assessment; there will be no opportunity to add to the hard copy of your work once submitted.

Presentation Requirements

  • The coursework must be typed; 12 point Arial font must be used throughout for the main body of the work.
  • Line spacing must be 1.5 lines.
  • Top, bottom, left and right margins must be at least 30mm.
  • The coursework must be presented ‘single side’ typed (not double sided).
  • The core pages of the submission must be paginated.
  • The coursework must not extend beyond the word limit specified above.  Any work after this word limit has been reached will not be graded.  The word limit includes tables, figures and footnotes but excludes the bibliography and/or list of references unless specifically directed otherwise by the module leader.
  • Make sure you proof read and spell check your work.  Remember that spell checkers will not identify an incorrect but correctly spelt word.
  • The coursework submission must be either treasury tagged or stapled using a single staple in the top left hand corner. It must not be spiral bound, placed in a file, folder or plastic wallet, or bound in any other form.

Coursework Task and Additional Guidance

This assignment is worth 70% of the marks towards the total assessment for this module.   Question Critically assess the extent to which changes in financial regulation could impact real estate investment returns.   Research Approach The approach will be a study of secondary data sources (market reports, professional and academic journals, government reports and national  statistics). Your findings should include analysis of recent changes in financial regulation and discussion on liquidity reform. Output Your report should contain an executive summary and should be no more than 3000 words. You are asked to justify and structure your answer by making use of fully referenced supporting material    

The following assessment criteria will apply to this coursework. You should ensure that the work that you submit appropriately addresses and corresponds with these criteria.

Assessment Criteria Further Guidance
1.Changes in lending conditions Basel III: tier 1/tier 2 capital, CAP and Cook ratios.
2.Capital structure of real estate companies Liquidity coverage ratio and Net Stable Funding Ratio
3.Cost of debt CAPM: Borrowing levels and borrowing costs

Grading of assessed work: Assessment of work submitted will be in accordance with both University general grading descriptors for taught Masters courses (Level 7 NQF) – see below.

Assessment and Module Learning Outcomes (MLOs)

The table below gives details of the module learning outcomes (see Module Specification for full details) that will be assessed by this coursework.

  Module Learning Outcomes (MLO) Assessed Knowledge and Understanding (delete as appropriate):   1, 2, 3  
Skills Qualities and Attributes (delete as appropriate):   1, 2, 3, 4, 5  

General grading descriptors –Taught Masters (Level 7 NQF)

See table below.



Class
Scale General Characteristics
DISTINCTION (Excellent) Exceptional Dist. 93-100% Exceptional breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding evidenced by own independent insight and critical awareness of relevant literature and concepts at the forefront of the discipline; evidence of extensive and appropriate independent inquiry operating with advanced concepts, methods and techniques to solve problems in unfamiliar contexts; Cogent arguments and explanations are consistently provided using a range of media demonstrating an ability to communicate effectively in a variety of formats using a sophisticated level of the English language in an eloquent and professional manner to both technical and non-technical audiences; a sustained academic approach to all aspects of the tasks is evidenced; academic work extends boundaries of the disciplines and is beyond expectation of the level and may achieve or be very close to publishable or commercial standard.
High Dist. 85-92% Excellent knowledge and understanding evidenced by some clear independent insight and critical awareness of relevant concepts some of which are at the forefront of the discipline; evidence of appropriate independent inquiry operating with core concepts, methods and techniques to solve complex problems in mostly familiar contexts; Arguments and explanations are provided that is well-supported by the literature and in some cases uses a range of media demonstrating an ability to communicate effectively in a limited number of formats using own style that is suited to both technical and non-technical audiences; a sustained academic approach to most aspects of the tasks is evidenced; one or more aspects of the academic work is beyond the prescribed range and evidences a competent understanding of all of the relevant taught content.
Mid Dist. 78-84%
Dist. 70-77%
COMMENDATN (Very good) High Comm. 67-69% Very good knowledge and understanding is evidenced as the student is typically able to independently relate taught facts/concepts together some of which are at the forefront of the discipline; evidence of some competent independent inquiry operating with core concepts, methods and techniques to solve familiar problems; Arguments and explanations are provided that are typically supported by the literature and in some cases may challenge some received wisdoms; competently uses all taught media and communication methods to communicate effectively in a familiar settings; an academically rigorous approach applied to some aspects of the tasks is evidenced; some beyond the prescribed range, may rely on set sources to advance work/direct arguments; demonstrates autonomy in approach to learning.
Mid Comm. 64-66%
Comm. 60-63%
PASS (Good) High Pass 57-59% Good knowledge and understanding of the area of study balanced towards the descriptive rather than critical or analytical and mostly confined to concepts that are not at the forefront of the discipline; evidence of some independent reading and research to advance work and inform arguments and approaches; Arguments and explanations are limited in range and depth although some are adequately supported by the literature albeit descriptively rather than critically; competently uses at least one taught media and communication method to communicate appropriately in familiar settings; although the approach applied to some aspects of the tasks may lack academic rigour, there are some clear areas of competence within the prescribed range. Relies on set sources to advance work/direct arguments and communicated in a way which shows clarity but structure may not always be coherent.
Mid Pass 54-56%
Pass 50-53%
FAIL (Insufficient) Marginal fail 45-49% Knowledge and understanding is marginally insufficient as the student is typically only able to deal with terminology, basic facts and concepts; Adequate knowledge of concepts within the prescribed range but fails to add meaningful detail or make sufficient links between concepts and facts to adequately solve problems posed by the assessment; some ability to independently select and evaluate reading/research however there is a strong reliance on set sources and to provide descriptive and unsubstantiated arguments/methods; communication/presentation is competent in places and at a threshold level as it fails to demonstrate clarity and focus; inability to adequately define problems and make reasoned judgements; The general approach to tasks lacks rigor and where there is competence and rigor, it is not sustained.
Mid fail 40-44% Knowledge and understanding is insufficient as the student only evidences an understanding of small subset of the taught concepts and techniques; fails to make sufficient links between known concepts and facts to adequately solve relevant aspects of the brief/problem; little ability to independently select and evaluate reading/research with almost total reliance on set sources and unsubstantiated arguments/methods; communication/presentation may be competent in places but fails to demonstrate structure, clarity and/or focus; inability to adequately define problems and make reasoned judgements; The general approach to tasks lacks rigor and competence.
Low fail 1-39% Knowledge and understanding is highly insufficient as the student is unable to evidence any meaningful understanding of two or more taught concepts or methods; very limited evidence of reading and research to advance work; inadequate technical and practical skills as the student is unable to use and apply such skills to address problems or make judgements; limited or lack of understanding of the boundaries of the discipline and does not question received wisdom; approach to learning lacks autonomy and approach to tasks is not sustained; inability to communicate coherently.
ZERO Work of no merit OR absent, work not submitted, penalty in some misconduct cases.

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