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B.A.S. Residential & Commercial Property Management
Curriculum

This program prepares students for a career in either residential or commercial property management. It is a multi-disciplinary curriculum, combining business, accounting, and real estate courses. This bachelor’s degree program combines a business, accounting, or real estate AAS-T degree with upper division courses in property management. The program includes a required practicum and internship, ensuring students are prepared for and have access to career opportunities upon graduation.

This 180-credit RCPM BAS degree is composed of 60 credits of general education requirements, 60 credits of electives, and 60 credits of upper division (300/400 level) RCPM program requirements.

This combination of course offerings ensures that students are developing a strong foundation in math, writing, communications, and sciences; a range of business expertise including economics, finance, computer information systems, and accounting; as well as focused curriculum in property management leasing, maintenance, finance, sustainability, and real estate law.

View the current RCPM Program Planning Sheet for information on the RCPM program requirements, including the general education and elective requirements.

Please contact the BAS program manager and advisor with any questions regarding registration, degree requirements, and course enrollment.

The following is a list of courses included in the Bachelor of Applied Science in Residential and Commercial Property Management degree curriculum. In addition to the 60 credits of upper division courses listed on this page, students must complete 60 elective and 60 general education credits in order to complete the RCPM BAS degree. Elective and general education requirements can be fulfilled by associate degree or past college/university credits. Meet with the RCPM BAS program manager to see how your past credits fit in the RCPM BAS degree requirements.

Develops a framework for research in the online environment and helps build skills and techniques for success as online learners through quarter-long research projects on global issues.

Introduction to Property Management and management of residential property. Employees, management tools, government involvement, client acquisition and tax requirements, leasing and managing property, and understanding agents’ pre-license and brokerage requirements.

Prepare property management students as professionals in a global community. Role-play emphasis on professional presentation, etiquette, culture and business communication, problem identification and solving, and network and relationship building. Practice management in group activities, case studies, and problem scenarios.

An introduction to the field of construction and vendor relationships as presented by professionals in the construction industry to broaden student understanding and develop appreciation of the entire scope of construction within residential property management field. Topics includes tenant improvements (TI), add value for the stakeholders, and owners project requirements (OPRs)

Examine and practice management of 4 types of commercial properties, learning the necessary competencies such as time management, relationship building (owners, staff, tenants, customers, contractors and public), problem identification and solving, operations and maintenance management, budgeting, leasing and lease administration, safety, security, and emergency procedures.

Contemporary issues affecting residential property management including student, senior, military, tax credit housing, Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT), and Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU).

Effective marketing practices, leasing strategies and tactics designed to attract and retain qualified residential tenants to income producing properties.

Effective marketing practices, leasing strategies and tactics designed to attract and retain qualified commercial tenants to income producing properties. Looking for tenants to improve tenant mix, demographic look, developing marking strategy.

Introduction to negotiation techniques and styles. How to structure agreements to meet your goals. Practice dealing with common challenges in property management field.

Introduces students to the software used by asset management and real estate investment companies.

Examine the foundation elements of leadership and team building. Review current management thought. Examine and practice current and emerging topics emphasizing leadership, motivation, communication, relationship building, team dynamics, organizational development, and management of a diverse workforce.

Study of accounting for corporations, methods of raising capital, analysis of financial statements, profit planning, management performance measures, and capital budgeting. Topics include interest rate on debt service, rate of return, structuring of capital, how to implement/operate a budget, and forecasting. Topics will be considered from both residential and commercial perspectives.

This course focuses on project management using the traditional approach of planning, scheduling, monitoring, and control within the context of property management. The course will cover the basic methodologies and tools of the project manager, the technical and management challenges he/she may face, and the strategic perspective of project management within property management.

Organization and coordination of personnel practices and methods. Consideration given to communication, employment, staff orientation and training, working conditions, supervision, performance evaluation, collective bargaining, salary administration, and health and recreation of a diverse work force employed in domestic and international settings.

The study of legal concepts, precedent, relevant statutes, and case law involved in real property ownership, leasing, property management, and sale of an interest (s) in real property. Students will engage in discussions and use a series of in and out of class projects designed to make the student aware of current issues related to real estate law in the marketplace.

The analysis of ethical decision making in property management. Case analysis of decisions affecting the code of ethics for residential and commercial property managers. Students will be exposed to market place scenarios in and out of the classroom that will heighten the student's awareness of ethical dilemmas, ways to avoid facing ethical dilemmas, and possible solutions to ethical questions.

Fundamental theory and application of heating, ventilation, air conditioning, plumbing, and fire suppression systems for buildings. Emphasis on system integration and sustainable topics as related to design, construction and management of mechanical construction scope of work. Basic understanding of high performance building and energy efficiency. Including fundamentals of residential operations and maintenance.

Students will complete a project that will be compiled in a portfolio, which demonstrates their accumulated knowledge regarding property management. The portfolio is intended to support students in finding employment.

In this online variable credit course (3-9) for the Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS), students arrange and complete internships applying theory and skills learned in the classroom to the workplace. Students participate in an online orientation, weekly discussions and write a culminating paper for each internship. Paper length commensurate with credits earned.