Grant Lee: A study in Contrasts by Bruce Catton
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Summary of Grant Lee: A study in Contrasts by Bruce Catton Assignment:
Round One Discussion Posts Due (Four Posts Total)
Real estate investments are complex. As a real estate investor, you must observe national and local economic trends, study the unique characteristics of the neighborhood in which you are investing, carefully examine numerous prospective properties, assemble a business plan for financing, purchasing, and operating each project, and take action based on your best guess on an unknown future.
The Pinckney Street Case Study offers an opportunity for you to grapple with many of the issues above – and gain insight from your peers who have different insights and perspectives.
Toward that end, we have created the Pinckney Street Case Study Discussion Series: four separate Graded Discussions through which you’ll contribute to a class-wide discussion on the case study.
Prompt posed in each of the FOUR Graded Discussions. (Four Posts Total)
To facilitate a lively discussion, each of your Round One responses to the Discussion Prompt must end with a follow-up question. The question you pose should be on something you would be interested to read other people’s perspectives on and can be related or unrelated to the Discussion Prompt.
During Round One, each student must make their First Post in each of the four Graded Discussion in which they respond directly to each Graded Discussion’s Discussion Prompt. That First Post must contain a question to which other students may reply.
As a general guideline, posts should be somewhere between six and twelve sentences (long enough to be
substantive, short enough not to be a novel).
You should support your argument by drawing explicitly from the case study – citing specific examples and data points from within the case.
You should also draw directly on the course material. You don’t need to cite something from every lecture, but you should ground your responses in the material we’ve covered (using key terms where appropriate).
In awarding scores for your discussion posts we will look at both Quantity and Quality.
Quality refers not to how many sentences you wrote (in fact, we place limits on this) but rather “Did you contribute, or attempt to contribute, throughout the discussion?” Our measurement of quality can be summed up in the following questions:
The nature of the topic and the case study method means there is no single “right” answer to most Discussion Prompts(which is not to say that every answer is correct).
A significant part of your score will therefore be based on a subjective, qualitative evaluation of your work by our team of live, trained graders (who grade onsite at the instructor’s office).
Being graded on material where there are few clear-cut, objective “correct” answers and points are awarded (or deducted) based on our subjective assessment of the overall quality of your work can take a little getting used to for some but it is an integral part of case learning.
“What was the single most important element of Edward’s property research? Explain your reasoning.”
“Is it a good idea to be living in a building that one is managing? Why or why not?”
“What is the greatest risk / threat to Edward’s success with this investment? Be very specific and explain why you feel Edward should pay extra attention to this risk / threat?”
“Should Edward make this investment or should he keep looking? Why or why not?
This question can be addressed in any of the following ways:
#1. Highly Quantitatively: You have the information you need to do a full-blown Stage 1 and Stage 2 analysis and evaluate the project.
#2. Somewhat Quantitatively: You can easily do a Stage 1 Analysis and, if you feel that it demonstrates the project is not a good idea, you can explain why and stop there.
#3. Highly Qualitatively: You may argue on the basis of non-financial issues both in favor of the investment (ex: he’s young, it’s better to get started sooner than later, this project is as good as its likely to get, etc) or against the investment (he’s inexperienced, has precarious overall personal financial situation, etc.).”
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