FI425 Principles of Real Estate

for U1WW 2013

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FI 425 Principles of Real Estate


U1WW 2013 WWH


Harrison, Martin T.


Senior Adjunct Instructor


MBA-University of Missouri
BA-St. Michael's College
Accredited Buyer' s Agent; Graduate of Real Estate Institute; Master in Real Estate

Office Location

Reece and Nichols Warrensburg/Whiteman Realty LLC

Office Hours

By Appointment

Daytime Phone


Other Phone



Semester Dates

June 3-July 28 2013

Class Days

Thursday Only

Class Time




Credit Hours



REAL ESTATE PRINCIPLES, 11th Edition, Charles J. Jacobus, Thomson Higher Education/South-Western
ISBN:  978-0-324-78749-8

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Course Description:
Study of real property, its legal title, transfer, ownership, finance, and management. PREREQUISITE: FI 360 .

The instructor for this class holds a broker real estate license in the State of Missouri and has practiced real estate sales for the past 12 years.  However, this class WILL NOT fulfill any state licensing requirements as the instructor is not a licensed real estate prelicense instructor under Missouri real estate statues nor does this class qualify under Missouri real estate statues for prelicensing class.

Educational Philosophy:
The instructor's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, examinations, internet, videos, web sites and writings. The facilitator will engage each learner in what is referred to as disputatious learning to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions.  As an active real estate broker/agent, past president of Midwest Missouri Board of Realtors, a past state director with the Missouri Board of Realtors and member of the Missouri Association of Realtor state wide ethics process, the instructor will be able to bring real world practical experiences to the classroom discussions as a direct compliment to theroy found in textbooks.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe what is entailed in property rights.
  2. Explain a legal description.
  3. List the legal requirements of deeds and leases.
  4. Explain a real estate contract.
  5. Explain a real estate appraisal.
  6. Describe the contents or a mortgage or deed of trust.
  7. Define property insurance requirements.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. 8.  Describe the role of federal legislation as it relates to the concept of fair housing.
  2. 9.  Describe the impact the US real estate market has on the US Econmic System.
Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:

1.  Active participation in all classroom discussions is a direct measurement of student preparations and regular attendance in class.  In addition, this class will require active participation with the threaded discussions.  Scoring rubric for threads will be distributed at first class session. 

2.  The course will include 8 weekly threaded discussions, interactive lectures and a comprehensive final exam (an essay style exam that will cover all Core Learning Objectives).
3.  The initial weekly threaded discussions are required to be completed prior to the class meeting on Thursday night.  At the completion of the class meeting, students are required to prior peer reviews and personal comments that are related to the lecture.  Peer reviews are due NLT Sunday.  In addition, the students are responsible for any follow-up questions posted by the course instructor on the threaded discussion.  

4.  A 10-12 page term paper will be due no later than December 9, 2013.   Specific and detail term paper guide lines, format style instructions and suggested topics will be distributred during the first session during Week 1.


Threaded Discussions----400pts
Final Exam-----------------300pts
Term Paper-----------------300pts
900pts or greater----------A
800pts - <900pts----------B 
700pts - <800pts----------C
600pts - <700pts----------D

The course grade for students will be based on the overall average of homework and tests taken during the course in accordance with the weighting of the various requirements as stated in the syllabus.

All final exams in all School of Business courses will be comprehensive and will be closed book and closed notes. They will constitute 30% of the total course grade and will not be a take-home exam. They will be completed during the test week in the period designated by the registrar or by the Proctor in the case online courses. If calculators are allowed, they will not be multifunctional electronic devices that include features such as: phones, cameras, instant messaging, pagers, and so forth. Electronic Computers will not be allowed on final exams unless an exception is made by the Dean of the School of Business.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Except for extraordinary reasons that are discussed with the instructor, all late assignments will receive a full letter grade deduction.  If you are planning to miss a exam, you must make arrangements with the instructor prior to the scheduled exam.  (Ordinary leave/vacation is not considered a valid reason to miss an exam.) 

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
A.  Class particpation is required.  This class will meet in a face-to-face arrangement for no less than twenty four (24) hours of contact time and an additional sixteen (16) will be required in the threaded discussion section of the course.
B.  Classes misssed for legitimate reasons (illness, death of family member, work assignments or military duties) are excusable; however, students must inform the instructor or University office prior to the absence and must make up missed coursework.  Missed classes due to taking ordinary leave or vacation are not considered excused absences.
C.  Class participation is expected; students are expected to come to all classes and be on time.  Roll will be checked each class meeting.  Three unexcused absences are considered excessive and will be reported to the Park University administrator.
D.  Students are  responsible for the content of classroom presentations.  If absent, students must obtain class notes from another student.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1   Introduction; Chapters 1-5 
Week 2   Chapters 6-9
Week 3   Chapters 10-14; 
Week 4   Chapters 17/18
Week 5   Chapters 19/20/21/22; Last Day for Early Turn In of Term Paper
Week 6   Chapters 23/24/25
Week 7   Chapters 26/27; Term Paper Turn in no later than Sunday (at midnight)
Week 8   Final Exam Review; Final Exam (Proctored) 

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life. Park University students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty ( or Park University 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog Page 97

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. from Park University 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog Page 98

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: .

Additional Information:

THIS IS A BLENDED COURSE: This format provides some of the best features of face-to-face and online courses, such as: direct interaction with your instructor and classmates in a classroom environment, use of technology in the online component to enhance your learning experience, flexibility and convenience, and reduced commuting time and expense.

There will not be any more (or less) work to complete a course in a hybrid format. It will simply provide students and the instructor with a degree of flexibility not available in the standard face-to-face course. The course sessions will include eight face-to-face meetings (on Tuesdays of Weeks 1-8)--see course schedule above for specific dates—from 4:55pm to 9:05pm) and the time spent working online make this hybrid course 60% face-to-face and 40% online. The face-to-face sessions are mandatory meetings. Each online activity is organized on a weekly basis with predetermined due dates and are  self-paced; however, since the online participation is asynchronous, students will enjoy the advantage of choosing the times they wish to participate outside of the face-to-face sessions during the week.


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