RE1IPB-Introductions to Planning and Building

Module Provider: Real Estate and Planning
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites: RE1PROJ Projects in Real Estate and Planning
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2021/2

Module Convenor: Prof Gavin Parker

Type of module:

Summary module description:

Introductory module covering the principles of construction and the key tools and key concepts underpinning modern town planning.


The aims of this module are as follows:

  • Examine the rationale for and history of spatial planning; 

  • Outline the components of the contemporary planning system; 

  • Introduce the range of processes, tools and skills necessary for effective planning practice; 

  • Outline the types of problems addressed by planning in urban and rural contexts; 

  • Consider the inter-relationships between planning and real estate development; 

  • Introduce the concept of buildings and the alternative methods of construction; 

  • Explore the commercial judgements made in the selection of the methods and parties involved in construction; 

  • Explore the various forms of building failure; and 

  • Introduce the different methods used to evaluate the technical performance of buildings. 

Assessable learning outcomes:

Upon completion of this module, students should be able to: 

  • Recognise why planning is used and the different ways it can be organised and delivered; 

  • Outline the historical development and describe the basic legal and regulatory framework of the English planning system; 

  • Discuss current major planning issues and policy responses; 

  • Explain how the planning and development system interacts with different interests in land; 

  • Identify the alternative methods of construction and their advantages and disadvantages; 

  • Identify the reasons for selecting specific methods of construction for bespoke commercial building uses. 

Additional outcomes:

The module aims to develop independent learning/study skills involving literature searching, research and case study exercises. The seminars will help to develop students’ oral and presentation skills. 

Outline content:

  • Rationale for planning and building regulation 

  • Historical context of planning 

  • The contemporary planning system 

  • Planners and other interests in land 

  • Planning problems and policies in urban and rural contexts 

  • Planning and the development process 

  • Introduction to buildings and their construction 

  • The building envelope and its support  

  • Building interior and services 

  • Building provision and limitations 

  • Building success and failure 

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Lecture based with revision tutorials. 

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20 20
Tutorials 2
Guided independent study:      
    Wider reading (directed) 40 40
    Exam revision/preparation 50
    Revision and preparation 14 14
Total hours by term 74 74 52
Total hours for module 200

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 80
Class test administered by School 20

Summative assessment- Examinations:

One three-hour examination worth 80% of the total assessment weighting.

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Formative assessment methods:

Two in-class tests (during the last week of Autumn and Spring terms) weighted at 10% each, contributions during lectures. 

Penalties for late submission:

The Support Centres will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.
The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

Assessment requirements for a pass:

40% (module of special significance) 

Reassessment arrangements:

Reassessment shall be by a repeat of the original assessment or as deemed appropriate. If students fail at the first attempt the original results of the two class tests will be retained and the resit exam will be worth 80% of the final assessment. Thus, the result of the resit exam and the original class tests form the basis for the second attempt grade. 

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Last updated: 29 September 2021


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