Course 2019-2020 a.y.


Department of Finance

Course taught in English
Go to class group/s: 31
DSBA (6 credits - I sem. - OP  |  3 credits SECS-P/07  |  3 credits SECS-P/09)
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Classes: 31 (I sem.)

Class-group lessons delivered  on campus

Suggested background knowledge

Students are expected to be competent in Excel and are also expected to perform basic financial calculations including mortgage amortization, internal rate of return, compounding and discounting of cash flows. Students should be comfortable with modern financial mathematics and should have taken some introductive finance course. Familiarity with computer spread sheets, concepts of net present value, and other financial formulae is required, as well as introduction to methods of financial analysis for real estate investments. Topics include methods of valuation, cash flow forecasting, computer modelling, debt, leverage, and deal structures.

Mission & Content Summary


Real estate is an important sector both for investments and for companies in general. Both private and institutional investors allocate a relevant amount of money in this asset classes. Companies and families as well use properties to carry out their business and for personal use. The course covers real estate market and investment issues providing the students with the necessary tools in order to understand the tendencies of the different property market segments (residential, office, commercial and trade related properties) and the various business models used by the main players (property companies, property management companies, developers, real estate funds). The objective of the course is to provide the students with the basic principles of financial analysis, in order to allow them to evaluate the development, trading, financing and portfolio management operations, along with a clear understanding of the inner and outer critical factors relative to real estate market transactions. After an introductory theoretical part needed to provide basic tools, the course includes many case studies, financial models for real estate and an analysis of the main transactions occurred over the last few years.


  • Real estate market and players
  • Economic models: space & capital markets
  • Principles of real estate investments & financial valuation
  • Real estate capitalization and discount rates
  • Income producing properties
  • Real estate valuation & feasibility study
  • Real estate development schemes
  • Property financing
  • Indirect real estate investments: private equity funds & REITs

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILO)


At the end of the course student will be able to...
  • Understand the dynamics of the real estate market
  • Understand the strategies and the economic models of different players involved
  • Understand the market of indirect real estate investments: REITs and Funds


At the end of the course student will be able to...
  • Estimate the market value of income producing properties and land
  • Create financial models to analyse real estate investments and development projects
  • Negotiate the bank financing for properties
  • Understand the real estate indirect market 

Teaching methods

  • Face-to-face lectures
  • Guest speaker's talks (in class or in distance)
  • Case studies /Incidents (traditional, online)
  • Group assignments
  • Interactive class activities (role playing, business game, simulation, online forum, instant polls)


  • Guest speaker's talks (in class): several guest speakers bring their experience during some classes under the guidance of the teacher
  • Case studies (traditional) & Group assignments: students work at home in groups on case studies. Every group is required to present at least one case solution during an open plenary discussion with other students and the teacher.

Assessment methods

  Continuous assessment Partial exams General exam
  • Written individual exam (traditional/online)
  • Group assignment (report, exercise, presentation, project work etc.)


Course valuation is based on 3 case studies during the term. All homework assignments are group projects and must be completed using Excel and Word/Power Point. Cases are handed out in class in printed version. All cases are due at the beginning of class prior to the case discussion. Deadlines in this class, as they are in business, are firm. If assignments are not handed in on time, they are not accepted.

  • Case Studies are corrected only at the end of the course. Case study solutions are provided at the end of the presentation in class and all groups’ presentations are available. Self - evaluation of your performance is very important.
  • Grades are determined based upon the following inputs:
    1. Partial Group Case Study assignments 30%
    2. Individual Final Written Exam (multiple choice test) 70%


The exam for not-attending students is made of open or multiple choiche questions without calculation exercises. No case studies are required.

Teaching materials


No textbook is required for attending students. The exam is based on materials provided by teachers on the Blackboard and on students’ own notes.


  • G. MORRI, A. MAZZA, Property Finance: An International Approach, Wiley, 2015 (Part I only, part II is not required).
  • G. MORRI, P. BENEDETTO, Commercial Property Valuation, Wiley, 2019 (Chapters 1-8 only, Chapters 9-13 are not compulsory).
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