RE1IPB-Introductions to Planning and Building

Module Provider: Real Estate and Planning
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites: RE1PREP Projects in Real Estate and Planning (1)
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Prof Gavin Parker


Type of module:

Summary module description:

Introductory module covering the principles of construction and the principles and key concepts underpinning modern town planning.

This module is delivered at University of Reading and University of Reading Malaysia.


The module aims to:

• examine the rationale for and history of spatial planning;

• outline the components of the contemporary planning system;

• introduce the range of processes, tools and skills necessary for effective planning practice;

• outline the types of problem addressed by planning in urban and rural contexts;

• consider the inter-relationships between planning and real estate development;

• introduce the concept of buildings and the alternative methods of construction;

• explore the commercial judgements made in the selection of the methods and parties involved in construction;

• explore the various forms of building failure; and

• introduce the different methods used to evaluate the technical performance of buildings.

Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of the module it is expected that the student will be able to:

• recognise why planning is used and the different ways it can be organised and delivered;

• outline the historical development and describe the basic legal and regulatory framework of the British planning system;

• identify the role of the different levels of the planning system;

• discuss current major planning issues and policy responses;

• explain how the planning and development system interacts with different interests in land;

• identify the alternative methods of construction and their advantages and disadvantages;

• identify the reasons for selecting specific methods of construction for bespoke commercial building uses;

• discuss the need, alternatives, implications and the methods of provision for internal

Additional outcomes:

The module aims to develop independent learning/study skills involving literature searching, research and case study exercises. The seminars will help to develop students’ oral and presentational skills.

Outline content:

The module content will typically cover the following areas:

* Rationale for planning and building regulation

* Historical context of planning

* The contemporary planning system

* Planners and other interests in land

* Planning problems and policies in urban and rural contexts

* Planning and the development process

* Introduction to buildings and their construction

* The building envelope and its support

* Building interior and services

* Building provision and limitations

* Building success and failure

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

The module will be delivered through weekly lecture blocks with associated learning exercises in each week, involving preparatory reading, the presentation of material to fellow students, and subsequent discussion.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20 20 2
Guided independent study 54 54 50
Total hours by term 74.00 74.00 52.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 80
Class test administered by School 20

Summative assessment- Examinations:
One two-hour examination worth 80% of the total assessment weighting.

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Two in-class tests (10%+10% of assessment) – one at end of Autumn term, one at end of Spring term.

Formative assessment methods:

In-class tests x2, contributions during lectures.

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day[1] (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Assessment requirements for a pass:
    A mark of least 40% overall

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Reassessment shall be by a repeat of the original assessment or as deemed appropriate.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

    Last updated: 20 April 2018


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