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We take advantage of the size and expertise of The Ohio State University. Through a multi-disciplinary collaboration our students can take courses in business, urban planning, law, architecture, construction management, engineering, environmental resources, geography. All are taught by world-class faculty in their own area of expertise.

We have created a list of suggested multi-disciplinary courses to enhance student’s education in real estate. Please remember that all courses should be taken with the consultation of your academic advisor to tailor the best education plan for you.  For any of the courses offered outside the Fisher College of Business inquiries about enrollment permission, when courses are offered, who the instructor is, etc. should be directed to the school or college which administers the course.

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Bullet Business Courses in Real Estate


7240 Real Estate I

Term: Spring I
Provides in-depth exposure to the dynamics of the real estate development process including ground-up development and re-development. Topics covered include market analysis, site acquisition, due diligence, zoning, entitlements, approvals, site planning, building design, construction, financing, leasing, ongoing management and disposition and related property laws. Additional topics include analysis and evaluation of the similarities and differences of traditional real estate product types. Emphasis is on concise analysis and decision making. The course will utilize experiential teaching methodologies by creating diverse teams of students to analyze and solve real development cases in Central Ohio. Students will be required to make a group presentation of their development proposal. Prereq or concur: MBA 6221 or 6222.

7240 Real Estate II

Term: Spring II
Provides an overview of real estate valuation and advanced fundamentals of real estate finance. It will cover topics fundamental to the valuation of real estate, including the process, procedures and valuation methods. The course focuses on the valuation of income-producing properties. Advanced topics in valuation are presented. Topics include real estate capital markets, equity vehicles (REITs) securitization and the proliferation of securitized debt (MBS, CMBS and CDO) and mortgage-related instruments (mortgage derivatives). It emphasizes a conceptual framework for decision making in the uncertain environment of real estate markets. Prereq or concur: MBA 6221 or 6222.


3400 Introduction to Real Estate

Term: Autumn and Spring
Professor: Paul Weinstock & Ken Gold
Provides a basic overview of the Real Estate Industry. Topics covered include finance, law, property management, land planning and acquisition, urban economics and green development. Available to business and non-business majors. Prereq: Econ 2001.01 or 2002.01.

4410 Real Estate Finance

Term: Autumn and Spring
Professor: Paul Weinstock
Fundamentals of Real Estate Analysis: Particular focus is on sources and methods of obtaining funds, project feasibility, valuation of distressed assets, appraisal and municipal finance. Prereq: BusMgt 2320, 2321, BusFin 3220, 3400, & 3500.

4411 Real Estate Management

Term: Autumn
Professor: Nick Harpster
Examines Property Management for all types of Real Estate Assets. Topics include finance, acquisition, construction, budgets, sales and marketing, leasing, negotiation and environmental issues. Prereq: BusMgt 2320, 2321, 3220, 3500, & 3400.

4412 Real Estate Law

Term: Autumn
Professor: Paul Weinstock 
Examines the major legal and ethical aspects of real estate transactions, contracts, brokerage, leases and environmental law. Prereq: BusMgt 2320, 2321, BusFin 3220, 3400, & 3500.

4413 Real Estate Planning & Development

Term: Spring
Professor: Brett Kaufman
Provides a comprehensive look at the development process, from identifying an opportunity through to the finished product. Teams will work on a current site-based development case study that will encourage real world applications to real estate theory and strategic collaboration. Prereq: BusMgt 2320, 2321, BusFin 3220, 3400, & 3500.

Bullet City & Regional Planning Courses

Knowlton School of Architecture - Knowlton Hall
The Knowlton School of Architecture offers undergraduate and graduate programs in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and City and Regional Planning.

These multi-faceted disciplines both enhance and sustain natural and man-made settings, ranging from buildings and sites to neighborhoods, cities, and regions, all of which are subject to diverse and conflicting economic, social, ecological, cultural, and aesthetic objectives and constraints. To do so, these disciplines borrow from the arts and the sciences, calling for creativity and imagination in design and planning at various scales, and for technical skills in understanding the environments in which we live and forecasting how they might evolve.

C&R PLAN 607: Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems U G 4

Basic principles of geographic and land information systems and their use in spatial analysis and information management. Cross-listed in Civil Engineering, Geodetic Science, Geography, Geological Sciences, and Natural Resources.

C&R PLAN 731: Outlines Of Urban Design U G 3

Urban design as an area of specialization in urban planning; theories and processes in urban design; evaluation of criteria.

C&R PLAN 745: Physical Elements Of Urban Development U G 5

Physical components of urban areas; residential, commercial, industrial, pedestrian, and vehicular circulation; other community facilities; analysis of design criteria and standards.

C&R PLAN 750: Resolving Social Conflict G 4

A multidisciplinary examination of social conflict, its dynamics, and its negotiated and consensual resolution; offers a broad-based framework for diagnosing and managing conflict; applied to legal, environmental, organizational, and geopolitical conflicts.

C&R PLAN 752: Urban Planning For Housing U G 3

Introduction to urban planning for housing including the meaning and importance of housing, housing markets, demographics, supply, finance and policy. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or permission of the instructor.

C&R PLAN 761: Land-Use Controls U G 4

Legal basis of land-use controls in the United States, provisions, procedures and issues in zoning, subdivision regulation, urban renewal, building and housing codes, and acquisition of real property for public use.

For more information on City and Regional Planning courses contact:
Jennifer Evans-Cowley
Associate Professor - City & Regional Planning Section
223 Knowlton Hall
(614) 247-7479

Bullet Civil Engineering Courses

College of Engineering - Hitchcock Hall
The College of Engineering is consistently ranked among the top engineering schools in the nation. They offer 13 undergraduate and 17 graduate engineering programs through the 11 engineering departments, as well as two undergraduate and three graduate degrees from the Knowlton School of Architecture.

CIVIL EN 540 Civil and Environmental Engineering Systems U G 4

Basic concepts and methods of systems engineering and applications to civil engineering problems in transportation and water resources planning, structural design, and construction management. 4 cl. Prereq: Civil En 405. Not open to students with credit for Civil En 540. Cross-listed in Environmental Engineering.

CIVIL EN 570 Transportation Engineering and Analysis U G 4

Term: Winter
Introduction to topics in transportation engineering and analysis; geometric design, traffic flow, freeway capacity, traffic signals, demand-performance equilibrium, pricing, and design under uncertainty. 4 cl. Prereq: Eng Mech 430 or Mech Eng 430; prereq or concur: Civil En 405, minimum CPHR of 2.00, and standing as civil en major, or written permission of dept chairperson.

CIVIL EN 604 Terrain Analysis U G 4

Term: Autumn
Principles and applications of photo pattern analysis, geologic and geomorphologic patterns, terrain studies, and land use suitability and capability mapping. 3 cl, 1 3-hr lab. Prereq: 405 or Survey 450 or equiv with written permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for Geod Sci 604. Cross-listed in Geodetic Science.

CIVIL EN 607 Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems U G 5

Term: Autumn
Basic principles of geographic and land information systems and their use in spatial analysis and information management. 3 cl, 1 3-hr lab. Prereq: Sr standing. Not open to students with credit for Geog 685; or 607 in C&R Plan, Geod Sci, Geog, Geol Sci, or Nat Res. Cross-listed in City and Regional Planning, Geodetic Science, Geography, Geological Sciences, and Natural Resources.

CIVIL EN 685 Deterministic Construction Estimating and Pricing U G 4

Term: Autumn
Generally accepted models and methods of estimating and pricing; identification of causes of underestimating and under pricing. 2 2-hr cl. Prereq: 576.

CIVIL EN 686 Construction Contracts and Claims U G 4

Term: Spring
Contract documents and specifications; formulation of contracts; offer, acceptance, breach, and damages; responsibilities and liabilities; claims; labor agreements. 2 2-hr cl. Prereq or concur: 576 or equiv with written permission of instructor.

CIVIL EN 760 Civil and Environmental Engineering Planning U G 5

Water resource planning process, benefit-cost analysis; environmental, economic, and social impacts of civil engineering projects; project selection; and case studies in water resources, transportation, and energy. 5 cl. Prereq: 516 or Civil En 516. Not open to students with credit for Civil En 760. Odd years. Cross-listed in Environmental Engineering.

For more information on Civil Engineering Courses contact:
Hazel A. Morrow-Jones
Associate Dean for Graduate and Professional Education
Associate Professor for Department of City and Regional Planning
165 Hitchcock Hall
(614) 292-1027

Bullet Construction Systems Management Courses

Construction Systems Management - Department of Food, Agriculture and Biological Engineering, Agricultural Engineering Bldg

Construction Systems Management (CSM) is the planning, construction, and management of dwellings, service structures, and other permanent facilities. The systems approach to curriculum in the CSM specialty provides understanding of land acquisition and development, social, environmental and legal factors, as well as financial management and marketing.

This option will provide the student with a background in the technical and managerial aspects of construction. In a construction firm, one might plan the construction operations of a new project. This would include site layout, sequencing and scheduling of tasks, temporary structures, equipment selection, work organization, materials management, and environmental safeguards.

The Construction Systems Management curriculum includes site surveying and preparation, data analysis, an introduction to architectural structures, wood and steel construction design, technical drawing, blueprint reading, CAD, estimating, safety, professional development, and management.

CONSYSMT 440 Construction Surveying and Site Development U 5

Terms: Summer, Autumn, Spring
Principles of hydrology, soil mechanics, and surveying as applied to site development for residential and commercial construction. 2 2-hr cl, 1 3-hr lab. Prereq: 305, Physics 111 or 131, CS&E 101 or 105 or 200 or Engineer 182 or 183, En Graph 121 or 166 or Engineer 181.

CONSYSMT 441 Construction Drawings and Estimating U 5

Terms: Autumn, Winter, Spring
Reading and interpretation of construction drawings and specifications for buildings. Estimating the material requirements of building construction projects using commercially available estimating aids. 3 cl, 2 2-hr labs. Prereq: 240, 241, 310, 345, and 440. Not open to students with credit for Ag&ConSM 341.

CONSYSMT 540 Estimating and Scheduling U G 4

Terms: Autumn, Winter, Spring
Principles of estimating and scheduling applied to standard commercial/ residential construction including material, equipment and labor.3 cl, 1 2-hr lab. Prereq: 441.

CONSYSMT 641 Construction Project Management U G 3

Terms: Autumn, Winter, Spring
The management of standard commercial/residential construction, including planning, material management (logistics), resource procurement, codes and standards, construction funding, personnel management and labor unions. 3 cl. Prereq: 540.

CONSYSMT 642 Construction Control - Contracts and Documents U G 3

Terms: Autumn, Winter, Spring
Documents used in the construction industry will be discussed and applied; including types of contracts, bidding and negotiating, administration and quality control of construction contracts. 3 cl. Prereq: 540

For more information on Construction Systems Management courses contact:
Ann Christy
Chair of Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering
200A Agricultural Engineering Building
(614) 292-9338

Bullet Real Estate Law Courses

Michael E. Moritz College of Law - Drinko Hall
The Moritz College of Law has served the citizens of Ohio and the nation since its establishment in 1891. Since its founding, the college has played a leading role in the legal profession through countless contributions made by graduates and faculty.

The administration of Moritz Law is committed to advancing the quality and reputation of the college through ongoing improvements to the academic program and student services. In keeping with this commitment, Moritz Law launched a new LL.M. program for foreign lawyers in fall 2007, further internationalizing an already diverse J.D. program.

The credits contained on the listing below are semester credit hours. The equivalent number of quarter credit hours can be determined by multiplying the semester hours by one and one-half.

LAW 505 – Property Law G P  4

Acquisition, incidents, and transfer of ownership; possessory, concurrent, marital, and future interests, and contractual modification of these results.

LAW 621 - Real Estate Finance P 1-4

The course covers two major areas: real estate transactions and real estate finance. The transactions portion covers real estate contracts, rights and liabilities of real estate brokers and the recording acts. The finance portion examines advanced real estate financing, emphasizing mortgages, deeds of trust, installment land contracts, rights and remedies of borrowers and lenders, and contemporary financing innovations.

LAW 645 - Real Estate Development P 1-4

The course will take a practical, “hands on” approach to the multi-faceted area of real estate development law. Case studies based on actual, “real world” projects will serve as the backdrop for our examination of the myriad of legal disciplines that a real estate development lawyer needs to master in order to be successful. Disciplines explored will range from traditional real estate topics such as the leasing, acquisition and conveyance of real property to tax, partnership, bankruptcy, environmental, finance, ethics and public policy considerations.

We will examine the role a lawyer plays during each stage of the life cycle of a real estate project, with particular emphasis being placed on how a lawyer’s actions and judgments can serve to enhance (or detract from) the ultimate success of a real estate deal.  Mock negotiations by students (utilizing the actual documents used on the projects on which the case studies are based) and presentations by guest speakers from around the real estate world (lawyers, developers and governmental representatives) will be among the techniques used to teach students to think like real estate development lawyers.

LAW 694 Z - Landlord/Tenant Law P 1-4

This course will provide a survey of residential landlord and tenant law with a primary focus on Ohio law. The course will briefly look at the federal law regarding fair housing and subsidized housing issues. The course will focus on practical applications of the law and will primarily be taught using problems, hypothetical scenarios and through role play. Students will be graded on participation, attendance and practice related written components.

LAW 794 D - Commercial Leasing P G 1-6

The course will be a focused study of the various business and legal considerations which drive the leasing of a commercial real estate project. We will examine the material provisions of a variety of lease documents, including office, industrial, retail and ground leases. The students will be given ample opportunity throughout the semester to review, negotiate, draft and revise the provisions of a commercial real estate lease.

For more information on Real Estate Law Courses contact:
Rick Daley
Senior Lecturer in Law
Drinko 255P
(614) 292-4328