REMP18-Projects in Planning

Module Provider: Real Estate and Planning
Number of credits: 30 [15 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Prof Gavin Parker


Summary module description:

This module provides a practical yet reflective series of projects of varying lengths and foci. The module integrates a range of knowledge and skills that are fostered in accompanying modules and puts them into practice through group study and presentation and / or role-play. Some of the project work takes place around field visits, whilst other tasks focus on planning and development processes (e.g. deliberating over planning proposals, visioning, policy formulation, site planning and/or project funding). The module integrates practical skills with concepts and creative thinking abilities.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module it is expected that the student will be able to undertake most of the following:
•Understand the operation of the development management/control system;
•Outline the main components of the site planning process;
•Draw a site plan for a particular development scheme;
•Develop basic skills in aesthetic appreciation of the built environment;
•Evaluate a development scheme and suggest alternatives;
•Undertake a visioning exercise adopting different stakeholders perspectives to produce a strategy;
•Collect data, investigate and research strategic and local planning issues;
•Understand and apply the principles and practice of negotiation;
•Work in a group to organise, prepare and present a report in a multi-stakeholder environment;
•Assess an example of planning policy and practice from a comparative perspective.

Additional outcomes:
Students will develop their competence in research and organization, policy instruments and design awareness, and extend their range of oral and written communication skills. The module also seeks to deepen student understanding of group-working dynamics.

Outline content:
The module will involve at least three projects of different lengths. These may be varied from year to year to reflect the changing nature of planning practice and/or staff availability. Examples include:
oRegional Field trip - a one-day or two day trip to a place of planning interest that could involve a site project and informal group presentation;
oDevelopment control/management - preparation and presentation of a local authority committee report;
oSite planning and design project - a site planning and design exercise in an urban context;
oNegotiation process exercise - day project involving role play between student groups as different stakeholders; and/or
oEuropean Field Trip - one week overseas trip with project work and learning journal.

The projects will involve the preparation and delivery of plans, reports, presentations, role-play exercises or a combination of these elements.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The module will comprises group and individual tutorials and support lectures around the project themes.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 6 12
Tutorials 4 8
Practicals classes and workshops 10 20
Fieldwork 32
Guided independent study 72 70 66
Total hours by term 92.00 110.00 98.00
Total hours for module 300.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Report 60
Project output other than dissertation 20
Oral assessment and presentation 20

Other information on summative assessment:
The module will include a set of project submissions or presentations. Examples include:
- Committee report/presentation;
- Role-play performance;
- Site planning portfolio,
- And/or European field visit group presentation and learning journal.

Each project carries its own detailed brief and assessment brief.

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:
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.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
1) Required text books:
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: The study tour will commence at a selected south of England airport. Students are expected to pay for return travel from Whiteknights campus to the selected airport for commencement of the tour. In addition, students are expected to pay for some meals and all drinks during the tour.

Last updated: 21 December 2016

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