REMF59-Heritage and Development

Module Provider: Real Estate and Planning
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2023/4

Module Convenor: Mr Henry Russell

Type of module:

Summary module description:

Historic buildings and sites are a major part of the built environment. Many will be hundreds of years old, but there are also more modern buildings considered as heritage. The construction industry’s work is evenly split between new-build and work to existing buildings, some of which will have some statutory protection, such as being listed.  

This module introduces students to concepts and practices in conservation of the historic environment, both in the UK and internationally, and explains the roles of the actors involved. The underlying philosophies of conservation, their history and how heritage is managed through legal frameworks and policy form an important component. The module also considers matters relating to real estate processes and the shaping of both urban and rural environments. In so doing it covers aspects of architectural and landscape history, and practical building conservation. Examples and case studies are used throughout. 


The aims of this module are to: 

  • provide an understanding of current approaches to conservation of the historic environment in the UK and internationally; 

  • develop the skills necessary to manage heritage in urban and rural environments; 

  • provide an understanding of heritage planning law and policy, and its practical application;  

  • develop a basic understanding of architectural and landscape history; 

  • provide a basic understanding of how to assess historic structures and to understand traditional building materials and their repair and adaptation; 

  • develop an understanding of the economics of heritage.  


Assessable learning outcomes:

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

  • an understanding of conservation philosophies in the UK and internationally;? 

  • an appreciation of how real estate and heritage interact and how conflict can be resolved; 

  • an understanding of the actors involved and conflicts associated with decision-making in heritage planning; 

  • an understanding of the architectural and construction history of buildings and landscapes; 

  • how to assess the condition of historic buildings and structures.

Additional outcomes:

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

  • comprehend and explain complex issues and debates surrounding policy and decision-making in the historic environment;

  • apply and set out critical analyses of heritage issues 

Outline content:

Topics to be covered in the lectures will include: 

  • Key concepts in international conservation philosophy, by understanding the history of the conservation movement, and international charters and conventions; 

  • Architectural, building and landscape history; 

  • Developing heritage assets, viability of uses, enabling innovative development; 

  • Heritage law and planning policy frameworks in the UK, including listed buildings and conservation areas; 

  • Conservation stakeholders, including owners, occupiers, national heritage bodies, local authorities and the third sector; 

  • Practical building conservation and repair; 

  • Managing the historic environment as a process.  

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

The module will consist of lectures, and independent study on an individual basis. 

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Guided independent study:      
    Wider reading (independent) 140
    Essay preparation 40
Total hours by term 0 200 0
Total hours for module 200

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

Summative assessment- Examinations:


Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Individual assignment of 3,750 words - 75% of assessment 

Assignment Submission Deadline: Week 34

Formative assessment methods:

Group work project class presentation – 25% of assessment 

Penalties for late submission:

The below information applies to students on taught programmes except those on Postgraduate Flexible programmes. Penalties for late submission, and the associated procedures, which apply to Postgraduate Flexible programmes are specified in the policy “Penalties for late submission for Postgraduate Flexible programmes”, which can be found here:
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:


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: 30 March 2023


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