This semester I'll be working with a professor to design a one-credit module dedicated to proforma analyses and their applications in planning. The basic idea is to introduce interested MURP students to proforma, give them a "so what" explanation of the topic, and do some exercises working with a basic 10 or 15-year discounted cashflow model. The module will take the form of three sessions of 3-4 hours apiece so time is limited and I'm looking to enable students to get the most out of what we're offering. Therefore, I'm looking for advice from teh Throbbing Brain concerning the following:
1. For those of you in the professional world, what are some salient aspects of proforma covered (or that you wish were covered) in your planning program? What do planning students need to know about financial feasibility to deal with public-private ventures, hold their own against developers that may not have their best interest in mind, etc, etc?
2. Are there any books or other resources out there that provide a solid but easily understood overview of proforma applications in planning?
Any suggestions or comments would be greatly appreciated!