RE3SUD-Sustainability and Urban Design

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:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr Richard Nunes


Summary module description:

This module aims to provide students with an understanding of key aspects of the built and natural environment. In particular it examines the nature, role and contemporary relevance of sustainable urban design and development. It covers the dimensions and constituents of urban design and planning approaches to the creation and maintenance of good places, with regard to the interests involved and the nature of the urban design and development planning processes. It aims to promote awareness of, and sensitivity to urban design, and strategic and local planning issues with implications for more socially and environmentally just development outcomes.

Assessable learning outcomes:
•Examine the concept of sustainability and be aware of the different viewpoints and theoretical perspectives, which underpin it;
•Discuss the evolving concepts and principles of urban design;
•Discuss the substance, motives, roles and relevance of sustainable urban design;
•Use an appropriate urban design vocabulary;
•Identify, describe, appraise and communicate the design characteristics and qualities of places and spaces;
•Discuss the functional, environmental, visual and social use aspects of urban design;
•Outline the equal opportunity considerations in sustainable urban design including issues of disability and gender;
•Recognise the value of sustainable urban design; and
•Explore and evaluate the role of planning and development in delivering selected aspects of sustainable urban design.

Additional outcomes:
•Develop graphic communication skills including the use of maps, plans and other illustrations through the module requirement to produce a well-illustrated report.
•Develop Web-based learning skills, involving literature searching, research and case study exercises.

Outline content:
•Origins of sustainability and urban design practice
•Sustainability and urban design principles, and its value to everyday practice
•Policy guidance and delivery of sustainable development, and its enforcement
•Monitoring and evaluation through sustainability appraisal and design audit.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The module is delivered using a combination of web-based learning and review tutorials (during autumn and spring terms, for sustainability and the natural environment) and illustrated lectures (during autumn term, for urban design and place-making).

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 16 16
Seminars 2 2
Practicals classes and workshops 2 2
Guided independent study 80 80
Total hours by term 100.00 100.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Report 50
Set exercise 50

Other information on summative assessment:

Formative assessment methods:
Peer assessment; tutorials; seminars

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (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.

    Length of examination:

    Requirements for a pass:
    The pass-mark for this module is 40% overall.

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Reassessment will be by the same method as for the module’s original assessment requirements, subject to variation by the Examination Board where appropriate.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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    2) Specialist equipment or materials:
    3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
    4) Printing and binding:
    5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
    6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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