REMP32-Cities, Regions and Strategic Governance

Module Provider: Real Estate and Planning
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Level:7
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites:
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Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Prof Kathy Pain

Email: k.pain@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:

This module prepares students for planning and development leadership roles. During this module, students will critically analyze the ways in which strategic planning in the UK has developed. This will include studying the concepts upon which it has been based, and the ways in which strategies have been prepared and restructured in relation to their operating environment. Students will gain understanding of the conceptual and practical challenges faced in applying the principles of strategic planning. The module will conclude by considering possible futures for strategic planning.


Aims:

This module prepares students for planning and development leadership roles. During this module, students will critically analyze the ways in which strategic planning in the UK has developed. This will include studying the concepts upon which it has been based, and the ways in which strategies have been prepared and restructured in relation to their operating environment. Students will gain understanding of the conceptual and practical challenges faced in applying the principles of strategic planning. The module will conclude by considering possible futures for strategic planning.


Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of the module it is expected that the student will be able to demonstrate:



  • a systematic understanding of the challenges facing contemporary strategic, large-scale planning, and the issues, constraints and problems which it faces;
  • a comprehensive understanding of the analytical techniques applicable to advanced scholarship and research in the field of strategic planning;
  • originality in the application of knowledge relevant to strategic planning, and an awareness of the challenges of creating and interpreting knowledge in this field;
  • conceptual understanding allowing: comparative and critical assessment and evaluation of theoretical perspectives, debates, methodologies and conceptual frameworks relating to strategic planning; and the ability to identify new research questions relevant for strategic planning policy and practice.

Additional outcomes:

Typically, on completion of the module, students should be equipped to:



  • approach complex issues and debates systematically and creatively, and make sound judgments in practical situations where the decision-making environment may be unpredictable and where complete data are absent;
  • articulate and communicate well-supported conclusions clearly and convincingly to academic, practitioner, professional and non-specialist audiences;
  • exercise self-directed initiative and personal responsibility in approaching complex tasks, problems and challenges in a professional, practical or equivalent capacity;
  • be equipped to advance their knowledge, understanding and skills to a higher level, and to pursue continuing professional development through independent learning.

Outline content:

Topics to be covered in the lecture and tutorial programme include:

  • Strategic planning in a dynamic global context
  • Background to strategic policy and planning in the UK
  • The economics behind urban and regional change in the UK
  • Understanding functional economic areas
  • Development and infrastructure planning

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

The module will consist of lectures, group work, and independent student research on an individual basis.


Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 12
Project Supervision 6
Guided independent study 182
       
Total hours by term 200.00
       
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 75
Oral assessment and presentation 25

Other information on summative assessment:

One team PowerPoint presentation and one individual research paper of a maximum of 3000 words in length will be carried out on an individual basis. The presentation and paper will be based on topics provided by the module convenor. The team presentation is weighted at 25% of the marks and the individual research paper is weighted at 75% of the marks.


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: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

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):

Last updated: 31 March 2017

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