CORPFIN 7049NA - Real Estate Valuation and Investment (M)

Ngee Ann Academy - Trimester 3 - 2016

Real estate is a significant investment focus in managing investor portfolios. This course looks at the issues in financing and investing in real estate with an emphasis on commercial real estate. It covers the general context of real estate as an investment, including the role and contribution of property trusts versus direct investment, and discusses what differentiates real estate from other assets. Valuation models are investigated (including cash flow models, and comparative valuation and the influence of real options value). Real estate investment financing is investigated, looking at project financing as well as general investment. Lastly issues in project development are considered. Building on the Business Schools existing links with the American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association, the course covers the tools for direct investors and advisors to make better decisions with respect to real estate investment, using case studies of Singaporean, Australian and international projects and investment outcomes to illustrate the issues involved.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code CORPFIN 7049NA
    Course Real Estate Valuation and Investment (M)
    Coordinating Unit Adelaide Business School
    Term Trimester 3
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s Ngee Ann Academy
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 8 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites CORPFIN 7005NA
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Limin Xu

    Name: Dr Limin Xu Location: Room 12.24, 10 Pulteney St Telephone: 8313 0735 (work) Email:
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    COURSE Learning Objectives By the end of this course students should be able to: 1.Understand the core drivers of real estate market values, and market performance particularly in the Asia Pacific area. 2.Understand the models by which real estate assets are financed and the ways in which investors participate. 3.Understand the positioning of real estate within a portfolio and the opportunities it presents for investors. 4.Apply models for the assessment of real estate development projects.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    This course is developed around a text book, and this will provide much of the reading you require.  The text is widely used internationally for such courses, and is: Geltner, Miller, Clayton and Eihholtz, Commercial Real Estate, Analysis and Investments, OnCourse Learning, 3edition, 2014
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The course is taught via intensive seminar-based classes, reinforced through class participation in problem solving.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The University expects full-time students (i.e. those taking 12 units per semester) to devote a total of 48 hours per week (over 12 weeks) to their studies. This means that you are expected to commit approximately 108 hours (9 hours x 12 week) for a three-unit course of private study outside of your intensive seminars. Students are expected to attend both intensive seminars.
    Learning Activities Summary
    The course material consists of 6 topics. The topics are listed below:
    Topic 1: Introduction to Real Estate Valuation (1, 2, 4 & 6)
        Real Estate Space and Asset Markets
        Real Estate System
        Some Basic Urban Economics
        Real Estate Market Analysis
    Topic 2: Basic Financial Economic Concepts and Tools (7, 8 & 9)
        Real Estate as an Investment
        Present Value Mathematics for Real Estate
        Measuring Investment Performance: The Concept of Returns
    Topic 3: Real Estate Valuation and Investment Analysis (10, 11 & 12)
        The Basic Idea: DCF and NPV
        Nuts and Bolts for Real Estate Valuation
        Advanced Micro-level Valuation
    Topic 4: Financing and Investment Analysis (13, 14 & 15)
        Use of Debt in Real Estate Investment
        After-Tax Investment Analysis and Corporate Real Estate
        Real Estate Investment Capital Structure
    Topic 5: Real Estate Investment (21,22 & 23)
        Real Estate and Portfolio Theory
        Equilibrium Asset Valuation and Real Estate's Price of Risk in the Capital Market
        Real Estate Investment Trust (REITs)
    Topic 6: Real Estate Development (27, 28, & 29)
        Real Options and Land Value
        Investment Analysis of Real Estate Development Project

    Note: Reading may be varied during the semester. All .pdf files are uploaded to MyUni.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    The assessment components are: 1. One group assignment (worth 25% towards your final grade) that will be distributed during the first intensive seminar – date of submission to be agreed. 2. Group presentations and participations during the second intensive seminar - worth a total of 25%.  3. One closed-book final exam worth 50% to your final grade.
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Statutory obligations in Singapore are such that attendance in person is a compulsory condition of passing a course. Our specific requirements are that students must attend at least 80% of class sessions to be graded for that course. For these purposes each intensive weekend is defined as comprising 5 sessions with 1 on Friday evening and 2 on each of Saturday and Sunday. Each course in total comprises 10 sessions; Students must attend a minimum of 8 sessions to be eligible to be given a grade for the course. Students failing to meet these requirements will be automatically graded 0% Fail (F) on their transcripts.

    Besides meeting the statutory obligations in Singapore, to gain a pass for this course, a mark of at least 40% (out of 100%) must be obtained for the final examination as well as a total of at least 50% overall. Students not achieving the minimum exam mark will be awarded no more than 49%.

    Legible hand-writing and the quality of English expression are considered to be integral parts of the assessment process. Marks may be deducted in all assessments because of poor hand-writing or English expression.

    Students in this course are not permitted to take a DICTIONARY (English or English-Foreign) into the examination. The use of calculators in the examination is permitted in this course.

    Academic Honesty Policy:

    Assessment Detail

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    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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