REMP16-Urban Design and Sustainability

Module Provider: Real Estate and Planning
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Richard Nunes


Summary module description:

This module provides an introductory level overview of basic urban design concepts and sustainability principles.


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 illustrated lectures, workshops and seminars.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 7
Seminars 3
Tutorials 2
Demonstration 4
Practicals classes and workshops 4
Guided independent study 180
Total hours by term 200.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 70
Set exercise 30

Other information on summative assessment:

The module is assessed through a two-part interrelated coursework assignment: 

• A group presentation of urban design audit with pre-determined individual components for assessment, including an analytical framework (30%)

• A mid-term 3000 word policy analysis (70%) 

Formative assessment methods:

Seminars, workshops, tutorial and demonstration (group presentation)

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:

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:
Not applicable.

Requirements for a pass:
The pass-mark for this module is 50%.

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.

Last updated: 26 September 2017

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