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Faculty : Faculty of Engineering & Technology

Program Name : Bachelor of Science (Real Estate)

BGCSE Points(or similar) : BGCSE


Type : Under Graduate

No. of Semesters : 8

Description : BGCSE/equivalent with a minimum of grade C in Mathematics and English Language. Preference will be given to candidates with a minimum of C grade in Accounting, Commerce, Geography, History, Development Studies, Design & Technology and any other related subjects. Entrance Requirements Admission to the Degree programme shall be as stipulated in General Academic Regulation 20. Applicants for admission to level 100 must have a minimum Grade of C in English Language, Mathematic. Preference will be given to candidates with a minimum of grade C in Accounts, Commerce, Geography, History, Development Studies, Design and Technology and any other cognate subjects. Admission into Level 200 of the Bachelor of Science in Real Estate Degree Programme shall be as stipulated in the General Admissions Regulations. Applicants who are in possession of an appropriate Diploma or equivalent in Land Management, Land Administration, Estate Management, Geomatics, Land Surveying, Cartography, GIS or any other cognate subjects and have a GPA of at least 3.0 or its equivalent may be admitted directly into Level 200 but will take Level 100 courses if necessary. Programme Structure The programme is a single major that will extend over 8 semesters of full time studies. It shall be consist of four core areas of property management, valuation, investment and appraisal and support subjects (economics, law, construction and town planning).

Courses involved :

Semester 1

Core Courses

  GEOMATICS I Credits : 4
  ACADEMIC & PROFESSIONAL COMMN (ENG. & TECH.) Credits : 3
  BASIC MICROECONOMICS Credits : 3
  COMPUTER SKILLS FUNDAMENTALS I Credits : 2
  INTRODUCTION TO REAL ESTATE Credits : 3
  Course Description :

The course is meant to introduce students to the Real Estate profession with a view to enabling them understand the definition, origin, growth, nature and scope of the Real Estate industry; types of properties and interests in land; basic estate accounts; duties of the Estate Manager and Real Estate Portfolio Management.

  MATHEMATICS FOR SOCIAL SCIENCES I Credits : 3

Optional Courses

    No Optional courses present in this Program for Semester 1.

Elective Courses

    No Elective courses present in this Program for Semester 1.

Semester 2

Core Courses

  INTRO TO COMMN & ACADEMIC LITERACY(ENG & TEC) Credits : 3
  BASIC MACRO ECONOMICS Credits : 3
  COMPUTER SKILLS FUNDAMENTALS 2 INFORMATION SKILLS 11 Credits : 2
  INTRODUCTION TO LAW Credits : 3
  INTRODUCTION TO VALUATION Credits : 3
  Course Description :

The course is meant to introduce students to valuation and value concepts. The course will enable students to appreciate the role of a property surveyor and to understand the purposes for which property valuations are required; the factors that affect property values as well as the mathematical principles underlying property valuation.

  MATHEMATICS FOR BUSINESS & SOCIAL SCIENCES II Credits : 3

Optional Courses

    No Optional courses present in this Program for Semester 2.

Elective Courses

    No Elective courses present in this Program for Semester 2.

Semester 3

Core Courses

  INTRODUCTION TO ACCOUNTING Credits : 3
  PRINCIPLES OF MANAGEMENT Credits : 3
  LAND ECONOMICS I Credits : 3
  Course Description :

The course covers major aspects of land as an economic resource. The objective is to teach students the processes of land market and resource allocation in an economy. Concepts of economics introduced in Year I are, in this course related to real property.

  PRINCIPLES AND METHODS OF VALUATION Credits : 3
  Course Description :

The course gives students a detailed understanding of the theory, principles and application of the conventional methods of valuation as well as modified approaches. The valuation introduced in Year I (RES102) is treated to a greater depth to include valuation table construction and application.

  PLANNING LAW Credits : 3
  Course Description :

The objective of the course is to give students an understanding of planning law and other legislation governing land use planning in Botswana.

  INTRODUCTION TO TOWN PLANNING Credits : 2

Optional Courses

    No Optional courses present in this Program for Semester 3.

Elective Courses

    No Elective courses present in this Program for Semester 3.

Semester 4

Core Courses

  BUILDING MATERIALS & CONSTRUCTION I Credits : 2
  Course Description :This course deals with building materials and their use in "fundamental" conditions, "natural" as distinct from "fabricated" materials: earth and its derivatives and wood. It does so through observation of these materials in traditional and modern buildings. The course deals with materials and process of construction and their interrelationship in the way they are used in building. Credits: 2 Lectures/Studio: 2 hours per week Continuous assessment: 2 Tests and 2 assignments Final examination: 2 hours CA/Exam ratio: 2:3
  BUILDING MATERIALS & CONSTRUCTION II Credits : 2
  Course Description :

This course deals with building materials and their use in "fundamental" conditions with focus on industrially produced materials: cement, concrete, glass, steel and other metals used in buildings. The course covers basic characteristics of these materials but focusing on them as construction materials.

Pre-req.: ARB112

Credits: 2

Lectures/Studio: 2 hours per week

Continuous assessment: At least 1 test and 1 assignment

Final examination: 2 hours CA/Exam ratio: 2:3

  LAND ECONOMICS II Credits : 3
  Course Description :

The course examines theories propounded on distribution of urban land uses as well as the evolution and growth of urban areas. It is meant to develop students understanding of the factors, which influence the growth of urban areas and the problems that accompany them.

  FACILITIES MANAGEMENT Credits : 3
  Course Description :

The course provides students with the basic foundation of facilities management in terms of building performance; legal framework regarding facilities management and property management; management skills; facility planning; building services management and maintenance.

  LAND POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION Credits : 3
  Course Description :

The course will equip students with knowledge relating to land tenure and policy to enable them to evaluate various land tenure systems and deal with land problems in today’s society. It will also deal with formulation of land policy, land policy determinants as well as marketability of land.

  GIS & ESTATE MANAGEMENT Credits : 3
  Course Description :

The course deals with the general principles and techniques of GIS as well as land and building measurements. It will enable students to understand the application of GIS and land surveying skills, including surveying for sectional titles and techniques in the field and ways of dealing with spatial and attribute data in estate management.

  INTERNSHIP Credits : 2
  Course Description :

Internship at the end of this semester is devoted to practical training through field or industry attachment. Students are attached to an organisation to undertake industrial training under the supervision of a Field Supervisor will be responsible for overseeing the students’ training at the work-place while Internship Supervisors from the University undertake targeted visits. The essence is to provide practical training to students so as to enable them acquire practical skills and to enable students to integrate the theoretical knowledge learnt in class with real life situations. Furthermore it is to acquaint students with the organisation and nature of work-places and the requisite human relations to enable them work harmoniously with others at work-places.

Optional Courses

    No Optional courses present in this Program for Semester 4.

Elective Courses

    No Elective courses present in this Program for Semester 4.

Semester 5

Core Courses

  LAND LAW FOR GEOMATICS Credits : 3
  HOUSING ECONOMICS & POLICIES Credits : 3
  Course Description :

The course will equip students with housing economics and policy related matters in terms of the dynamics of the housing market; housing finance; governmental intervention and programmes or housing policy affecting the housing market and their objectives and impacts; zoning and land use regulation, rent and price controls as well as formal and informal housing.

  REAL ESTATE MARKETING & STRATEGY Credits : 3
  Course Description :

The course provides a detailed treatise on the process involved in the disposal of real property and to understand the professional liability arising from the work of an estate agent. The course covers such aspects as property marketing; marketing planning; marketing strategies; market research as well as Estate Agency.

  APPLIED VALUATION I Credits : 3
  Course Description :

The aim of this course is to provide a platform for the application of the valuation principles and tools of analysis for a wide range of purposes. It offers knowledge on contemporary valuation approaches and skills on valuation of special types of properties.

  PROPERTY DEVELOPMENT & FINANCE Credits : 3
  Course Description :

The aim of this course is to provide students with an understanding of why people invest in landed properties and how they make such investment decision. The course will cover in detail the various stages and requirements in the property development process, its economic context and alternative sources of funding. It will also outline different types of risks investors have to contend with and the available techniques in assessing the risks.

Optional Courses

    No Optional courses present in this Program for Semester 5.

Elective Courses

    No Elective courses present in this Program for Semester 5.

Semester 6

Core Courses

  PROPERTY MANAGEMENT Credits : 3
  Course Description :

This course provides and equips students with the general principles, knowledge and skills of the practice of estate management, including basics of estate management such as key elements of leases, types of estate management and duties and roles of property managers. It deals with systems of property management; estate policy formulation and estate accounts.

  PROPERTY INVESTMENT & APPRAISAL Credits : 3
  Course Description :

The course provides students with knowledge about property portfolio analyses and the appraisal of property investment schemes. It offers students the opportunity of application of theories of property investment analysis at both, the individual property level as well as the portfolio level. Furthermore it enables students to acquire the theory and practice of fund management techniques.

  PROPERTY CONVEYANCE & DISPOSITION Credits : 3
  Course Description :

The course is designed to expose students to conveyancing and disposition of interests in property together with the various aspects of interests involved. It deals with the law of landlord and tenant; meaning and types of securities including mortgage, charge, pledge, pawn, lien; transfers and sales of land as well as land and document registration.

  APPLIED VALUATION II Credits : 3
  Course Description :

The aim of this course is to offer a detailed coverage of valuations done for specific purposes together with those provided for in legislation or arising from a contractual duty. It provides skills in the application of valuation principles within the provision of statutes relating to land and property acquisition, rent controls legislation, ratings, principles of plant and machinery valuation, sectional titles, compensation, and third party interests in land.

  INTERNSHIP Credits : 2
  Course Description :

Internship at the end of this semester is devoted to practical training through field or industry attachment. Students are attached to an organization to undertake industrial training under the supervision of a Field Supervisor will be responsible for overseeing the students’ training at the work-place while Internship Supervisors from the University undertake targeted visits. The essence is to provide practical training to students so as to enable them acquire practical skills and to enable students to integrate the theoretical knowledge learnt in class with real life situations. Furthermore it is to acquaint students with the organization and nature of work-places and the requisite human relations to enable them work harmoniously with others at work-places.

Optional Courses

    No Optional courses present in this Program for Semester 6.

Elective Courses

    No Elective courses present in this Program for Semester 6.

Semester 7

Core Courses

  INVESTMENT & VALUATION PROJECT Credits : 3
  Course Description :

The essence of the course is to develop skills on how to approach investment and/or valuation project by applying acquired knowledge in property development, construction, disposal, management and valuation in practical situations, in combination with other disciplines, and with emphasis on procedures, monitoring and report writing.

  COMPUTER APPLICATION TO REAL ESTATE Credits : 3
  Course Description :

The course offers students mastery in the application of modern ICT in the spheres of property development, facilities management, valuation and the real estate business in general with an emphasis on the “hands-on” approach, particularly in the areas of property valuation, property management, and real estate investment analysis and estate agency.

  BUSINESS PLANNING & ENTREPRENEURSHIP Credits : 3
  Course Description :

The course is meant to impart knowledge on the rationale, process and the dynamics of the planning function in business as well as introduce students to the different types of planning and their applications in an enterprise context. Students will be exposed to knowledge on how to identify opportunities in real estate, screen such opportunities, develop a business plan, seek funding for implementing the plan, set up and run the enterprise successfully. Students will be expected to be familiar with the domestic and international business environment in which real estate entrepreneurs operate.

  RESEARCH METHODOLOGY Credits : 3
  Course Description :

The objective of the course is to guide the students on research methods, data collection techniques and analysis so as to prepare them for the projects and dissertation to be carried out in the final year of study.

Optional Courses

    No Optional courses present in this Program for Semester 7.

Elective Courses

    No Elective courses present in this Program for Semester 7.

Semester 8

Core Courses

  DISSERTATION/PROJECT Credits : 9
  Course Description :

Final year students will be expected to have acquired knowledge of the programme as an integrated whole and should be able to write and submit a dissertation or project. The dissertation or project should be based on both analytical and empirical components in addition to descriptive material. Topics should be selected by students and approved by the Department. A relevant academic staff member will be assigned to supervise each student dissertation. The dissertation will have to be presented orally to a Departmental Examination Panel.

  BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL ETHICS Credits : 3
  Course Description :

The course is designed to enable students have a broad understanding of business ethics such that the students appreciate the need to apply ethical behaviour in the conduct of the real estate business. The course is intended to equip students with skills and insights into professional practices including ways of approaching people and problems, practical advice, tips and techniques and effective communication skills with colleagues and clients.

  PROJECT PLANNING & IMPLEMENTATION Credits : 3
  Course Description :

In this course students will be exposed to theories, processes and techniques for planning and management medium to large scale projects in the field of Real Estate. Accompanied by case studies and hand on exercises, the course will cover project scheduling; cost estimation and control; bidding and contracting; construction and implementation management.

Optional Courses

    No Optional courses present in this Program for Semester 8.

Elective Courses

    No Elective courses present in this Program for Semester 8.
Contact Details :
4775 Notwane Rd. Gaborone, Botswana Private Bag UB 0022. Tel: +(267) 355 0000 Gaborone, Botswana