Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Manchester 2012: the Field Trip

The final year students have come back from Manchester and are submitting their dissertations this week (an emotional time). The field trip and work in Manchester together with the Professional Practice Test vivas make up the Real Estate Integrative Project module which is taken by all third years on the BSc Real Estate Management. So, what did they get up to in Manchester? Let's see...

Monday 26 March
An early start (for students anyway) - the coach left Oxford Brookes at 8.30am and arrived in Manchester four hours later. After lunch the students went on a walking tour through the city. The tour focused on the Urban Renaissance of the City. The students went back to their base at the Britannia Hotel and were given a presentation on Manchester by Jones Lang LaSalle (Manchester Office).

As part of the module each student was allocated a property scenario and a client (the part of client was played by a member of staff). The students worked on the scenarios in groups and submitted group and individual project reports as well as participating in a viva about their project later in the week. The sites for the property scenarios were: Spinningfields; Piccadily Basin; Brazenose House and the fourth group looked at residential sites including the Urban Splash development at Timber Wharf in the Castlefields area and retail (King Street and surrounding area).

For the other part of the module each student was asked to prepare for two vivas (oral presentations): (1) Professional Liability and Landlord and Tenant Law and (2) Professional Conduct Scenario. These vivas were designed to test students on their presentation skills, accuracy and ability to think on their feet.

Tuesday 27 March
The students started their fieldwork for the property scenarios and carried out inspections at their allocated sites. Have a look at some of the site photos:

Spinningfields site visit to Quay House - photo by Youngha Cho

Spinningfields - photo by Youngha Cho

Inside Quay House - photo by Youngha Cho
Piccadily Basin - photo by Sally Sims

Piccadily Basin site visit - photo by Sally Sims

King Street - photo from Wikipedia

 The rest of the day was spent working on the property projects and the law and professional conduct vivas.

Wednesday 28 March
The law and professional conduct vivas began at the Britannia Hotel followed by more work on the property projects. The students seemed fairly relaxed!

Who's nervous? Photo by Sally Sims

Thursday 29 March 
The students were at the Britannia Hotel again for the last of the law and professional conduct vivas followed by the property project vivas. At the end of a long day the coach brought everybody back to Oxford Brookes.

Friday 30 March
The students put the finishing touches to their property reports. The submission of these reports marked to official end of the module.

Interested in finding out more? Check out these links:
  • The Rebuilding Manchester website which has lots of information about the redevelopment of the city following the bomb damage in 1996.
  • The Centre for Cities website which looks at development and performance across all UK cities.

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