RE3PDP-Projects in Development and Planning

Module Provider: Real Estate and Planning
Number of credits: 30 [15 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites: RE3DAF Development Appraisal and Finance RE3REDP Real Estate Development Practice RE3SUD Sustainability and Urban Design
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2021/2

Module Convenor: Dr Mark Dobson

Type of module:


Summary module description:

Co-convenor of this module is Victor Nicholls (

A multi project-based module that introduces new skills whilst drawing together existing knowledge in 'Real world' development and planning scenarios. The module consists of two projects, that cover the different aspects of development and planning practice.and requires individual and group working. 


The module aims to equip students with a range of specialist knowledge and skills to enable them to engage effectively in the field of planning and development. It also aims to develop students' transferable skills including communication, team working, problem solving, business awareness, numeracy and the use of IT wiht a focus on working in practice for a development company / client.

Assessable learning outcomes:

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

  • Collect, analyse and present key relevant information and data tailored to specific development and planning case projects;

  • Recognise, evaluate and provide evidence-based and justified recommendations for specific development and planning case projects;

  • Apply wider academic knowledge of key concepts in real estate and planning to specific ‘real wor ld’ case projects;

  • Demonstrate professional written and oral presentation skills for development and planning practice-orientated and client-focussed outputs.

Additional outcomes:

  • Recognise the constraints and opportunities of development site planning and potential uses from the perspective of a developer/client and end-users;

  • Appreciate the importance of stakeholder relations/analysis and local politics for development;

  • Collect and interpret complex, and often conflicting, property market and policy information to identify potential issues and advise on development potential;

  • Experience working through one cycle of the real estate development process from Development Pressure & Prospects, through Development Feasibility and Implementation;

  • Understand the many facets underpinning the development process (e.g. site selection and context, planning, scheme design, market data/financing, construction/implementation);

  • Bring together a wide range of information to form robust and clear recommendations;

  • Awareness of wider leading-edge practices in real estate development and planning in relation to ‘real world’ case projects;

  • Hone a range of transferable skills with a focus on employability such as individual and group research, preparation, oral presentation, problem-solving, team working and report writing.

Outline content:

The module is structured around two projects – an initial ‘case study’ project provided by the module convenor that evaluates the development and planning opportunities and challenges for that site; and then a ‘development feasibility’ project in which the students find their own site and propose a development scheme based on client criteria. Each project provides students with an opportunity to apply theoretical concepts and techniques, technical and/or legal kn owledge, and relevant research to the analysis and evaluation of practical problems and situations for making development happen

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

The projects module draws on the learning developed in Parts 1 and 2 and the other development and planning pathway core modules to apply it to a specific case study and site and scheme proposal. It is primarily student-led with guidance and inputs throughout from the module staff and industry guests.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 3 3
Tutorials 2 2
Project Supervision 5 5
Guided independent study:      
    Wider reading (independent) 15 15
    Wider reading (directed) 25 25
    Preparation for tutorials 5 5
    Preparation of practical report 25 25
    Completion of formative assessment tasks 50 50
    Group study tasks 15 15
    Reflection 5 5
Total hours by term 150 150 0
Total hours for module 300

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Project output other than dissertation 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:


  • A 2,500-word Individual Case Study Report worth 35% due in Week 7 (11) Autumn term;

  • A 15-minute (+Q/A) Group Site Presentation worth 10% due in Week 11 (15) Autumn term;

  • A 2,500-word Individual Specialist Report worth 35% due in Week 7 (26) Spring term;

  • A 15 Minute (+Q/A) Group Feasibility Presentation worth 20% due in Week 10 (29) Spring term

Formative assessment methods:

Group tutorials and feedback from module staff running throughout the Projects.

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:
A mark of at least 40% overall.

Reassessment arrangements:

  • Reassessment for the first ‘case study’ project will be by the same method as for the module’s original assessment requirements, subject to variation by the Examination Board where appropriate.  

  • Reassessment for the second ‘development feasibility’ project will be different because the group presentations cannot be replicated after the event. Therefore, the student will be expected to prepare an individual 4,000 word report that follows the same format of advising a client on the site selection process and development feasibility tests for a scheme.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Possible travel expense for Thames Valley Site Visit - max £20.

Last updated: 14 April 2021


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