RPA415 - Professional Issues in the Assessment Industry

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Subject Title
Professional Issues in the Assessment Industry

Subject Description

This course is intended to provide RPA students with an understanding of the professional milieu in the property assessment, appraisal and municipal taxation industries as well as hone the soft skills required to be successful in the industry. Emphasis will be placed on the role of the employees in the service-oriented tax and assessment society including communicating with taxpayers and clients and professionalism in the workplace. Different areas of the real property industry will be highlighted with a focus on exposing students to potential careers and professional development opportunities. The objective of the course is to enable students to make a smooth transition from the academic setting to a work environment.

Credit Status
This is a credit subject applicable towards the Real Property Administration Program offered through the School of Legal and Public Administration.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Recognize the importance of punctuality and attention to detail in an industry context
  2. Understand the different aspects, relationships and organizations that operate within the Real Property industry
  3. Refine communication skills to effectively and professionally engage industry peers and address taxpayer and client concerns
  4. Prepare an industry appropriate resume and cover letter
  5. Develop self-marketing skills in order to prepare and successfully interview for a career in the assessment or appraisal industry
  6. Understand the standards necessary to succeed in the Real Property industry including professionalism as well as requirements under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and the prevention of harassment and violence in the workplace
  7. Recognize the importance and value of interpersonal skills and team-building in a workplace setting

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.