REMP31-Development Planning Projects

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:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Prof Gavin Parker


Type of module:

Summary module description:

The module integrates a range of knowledge and skills important for practicing planners and puts them into practice through group project study, reports and presentations.


This module provides a practical yet reflective set of skills based projects of varying lengths and foci. The module integrates a range of knowledge and skills important for practicing planners and puts them into practice through group study, reports, presentations and 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, contesting proposals, 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 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. The details of each will vary from year to year to reflect the changing nature of planning practice and/or staff availability. These cover:

  • Negotiated Development - preparation and presentation of a case for or against development either for a private client or a local authority and  assimilation of negotiation skills;

  • Site planning and design project - a site planning and design exercise in an urban context;

  • European Field Trip - one week overseas trip with  learning journal.

The projects will involve the preparation and delivery of plans, reports, presentations, role-play exercises or a combination of these elements. Negotiating the legal framework for the planning system.

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

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Not applicable

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

The module will include a set of project submissions or presentations.

- Committee report/presentation – late spring term

- Role-play performance  - Late Autumn term

- Site planning portfolio  - latter part of Autumn and mid/latter part of Spring term

- European field visit group learning journal – latter part of Summer term

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:

Assessment 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: none

2) Specialist equipment or materials: none

3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear: none

4) Printing and binding: none

5) Computers and devices with a particular specification: none

6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence: own subsistence during the European field visit week


Last updated: 31 July 2018


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