REMH03-Heritage Law and Economics

Module Provider: Real Estate and Planning
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Mr Stephen Bond


Summary module description:

This module aims to provide an understanding of the legislative issues affecting building conservation, including Building Regulations, the law of listed buildings, scheduled monuments and conservation areas, and the law relating to places of worship.

The module will also provide the student with an understanding of the economic and funding issues affecting the historic environment.

Assessable learning outcomes:
On completion of this module students will be able to:

• Identify and critically appraise the legislation affecting historic buildings
• Make informed judgements about how individual buildings and sites are affected by historic buildings legislation
• Insightfully interpret how Building Regulations impact on historic buildings
• Evidence your understanding of the legislation that affects places of worship.
• Show a mastery of the basic concepts of property valuation
• Critically evaluate the impact of the basic factors of property values on the historic environment
• Demonstrate an awareness and understanding of the role of building preservation trusts in rescuing and repairing historic buildings
• Explain and evaluate the principles of property insurance as applied to historic buildings
• Evidence your understanding of risk management procedures

Additional outcomes:
• Enhance oral and communication skills through discussions and presentations in seminar sessions;
• Develop academic report writing skills through the module assignment;

Outline content:
• Enhance oral and communication skills through discussions and presentations in seminar sessions;
• The law and policy covering heritage planning and archaeology
• The ecclesiastical exemption and other jurisdictions
• Building regulations and construction codes as applied to historic buildings
• Basic property valuation principles
• The operation of building preservation trusts and similar organisations
• Insuring historic buildings
• Grant aid and funding

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The module is delivered in block release format that involves a four day face to face teaching block with pre-course preparation plus online post-teaching support. The module is taught in an interactive format through seminars and workshops. An assessed individual project is the consolidating and integrating vehicle for the taught material. Students are encouraged to share information via Blackboard in the extended online support period which follows the face to face element. An online discussion of the case studies between tutors and students supports the assessment in this module.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 12
Seminars 6
External visits 12
Guided independent study 170
Total hours by term 200.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Other information on summative assessment:
A major project, assesses all the learning outcomes of this module. Guide length 5,000 words.

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information:

Length of examination:

Requirements for a pass:

As this is a core Module of Special Significance for all students on the MSc Conservation of the Historic Environment a mark of 40 must be achieved in order for the MSc to be awarded.

Reassessment arrangements:
Resubmission of the project in order to achieve a maximum mark of 50. Reassessment utilises the same method as that used 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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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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