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Dissertation Course Code


Program or Programs for which course is part

Master in Real Estate (MRE) Master in Real Estate and Finance (MRE(Fin)) Master in Real Estate and Finance (MRE (Fin)) Semester Abroad Master in Real Estate and International Business Master in Real Estate and Marketing Master in Real Estate and Project Management

Level (I, H, or M)


Number of Credits

This course carries a weight of 20 credits of the Homburg Academy, which is equal to 10 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System credits).

Learning Time

This course requires approximately 200 hours of learning time. This includes all taught and supervised classes and all private study and research.

Stage (I or II, where applicable)

Stage II

Is this Course Core, Specialist or Elective

Core for all Master in Real Estate programs listed above

Courses that are prerequisite or co-requisite

In accordance with the Academic Regulations, it is a condition of Progression to Stage II that students shall have completed satisfactorily the coursework element in Stage I, as determined by a Meeting of the Examiners.

Name of Course Convenor

Supervisors are allocated on a functional basis, as determined by the expertise of available staff and the proposed topic of research.

Brief Course Summary The purpose of the dissertation is to enable students to concentrate on a sustained piece of academic research on a topic of their choice. In Stage I, students are provided with an appropriate background in academic research methods (in the course RES814 Research in Real Estate Business), as well as qualitative and quantitative methodologies (in the course DATA824 Data Analysis and Critical Thinking), to equip them with the skills necessary to plan, research, and write an academic Dissertation independently, ensuring that the research is communicated clearly, respecting academic conventions. As a requirement of RES814, students will have submitted an approved Dissertation Proposal. In this course, students will begin the research for their dissertation under supervision for the first 4 weeks. Thereafter, students will work independently on their dissertation.

Course Objectives These specific learning outcomes contribute to achieving the learning outcomes of the relevant programs by demonstrating knowledge of the following (mapped to the Program Specification): A. Advanced knowledge and understanding of: 12.A.6 How to design and conduct a scholarly dissertation demonstrating awareness of theoretical and methodological principles, exercising sound judgement in establishing criteria for selection and evaluation, finding data and discriminating among the evidence, and communicating research findings in a clear manner. B. Intellectual skills: 12.B.1: Develop general research skills, especially bibliographic and computing skills in finding, selecting, and analysing materials for the independent project; 12.B.2: Learn to gather, organise and deploy evidence, data and information from a variety of secondary and some primary sources; 12.B.4: Learn to identify, investigate, analyse, formulate and advocate solutions to problems; 12.B.5: Develop problem solving skills, including the ability to identify and define problems, and to establish strategies for dealing with them including criteria for success, mapping optimum and alternative solutions, and exercising critical judgement to discriminate between the ranges of alternatives;

12.B.6: Synthesise relevant information and exercise critical judgement in the development of reasoned arguments; 12.B.7: Enable students to reflect upon and manage their own learning, and seek to make use of constructive feedback from staff and peers to enhance their performance and personal skills. C. Subject-Specific Skills 12.C.3: Be able to discriminate between forms of knowledge and be able to draw selectively and appropriately on them; D. Transferable skills: 12.D.1: Develop autonomy in learning, work independently demonstrating initiative and self organisation; 12.D.3: Use communication and information technology for the retrieval and presentation of information, in the form of prose or numeracy as appropriate; 12.D.4: Develop communication skills, both orally and in writing. Communicate clear, succinct, analytical ideas; 12.D.5: Prepare and deliver oral presentations individually and as part of a group.

List of Lecture Topics This is a research-based course, and as such there are no prescribed lectures.

Learning and Teaching Methods Achievement of learning outcomes: the learning outcomes for this course are achieved through student independent study and research. Learning outcomes for independent study are achieved through students’ own reading, research and preparation of the final dissertation.

Indicative Reading List There are no prescribed texts for this course.

Method of Assessment (and how the chosen method of assessment is related to learning outcomes) Students will submit an academic dissertation of between 10,000 words to 12,000 words (approximately 45 pages, double-spaced). The word count is deemed to exclude citations and other notations. The dissertation must be submitted in an appropriate academic format, respecting academic conventions.

Summary of Assessed Elements, and Percentage Weight of Each Element Assessment 1: The final dissertation = 100%


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