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: 2020/1

Module Convenor: Dr Christopher Maidment


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 exercises, reports and presentations. 


This module provides a practical yet reflective set of skills-based projects and exercises of varying lengths and foci. The module integrates a range of knowledge and skills important for practicing planners and puts them into effect through group study, reports, presentations and role-play. Some of the project work is oriented around field visits, whilst other tasks focus on planning and development processes and sites (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:

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

  • understand the operation of the development management/control system, including researching and analysing the role of strategic and local planning policies;

  • outline the main components of the site planning process (including the site plan for a development scheme);

  • evaluate a development scheme and suggest alternatives;

  • undertake a visioning exercise, a dopting different stakeholder perspectives to produce a strategy;

  • understand and apply the principles and practices of negotiation;

  • work in a group to organise, prepare and present a report in a multi-stakeholder environment;

  • assess planning practice from a comparative perspective and reflect on UK practices.

Additional outcomes:

Students will develop their competence in research and organisation, 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. Each project carries its own detailed brief and assessment brief. These cover:


  • Negotiated Development - preparation and presentation of a case for or against development either for a private client or a local authority, including the assimi lation of negotiation and policy development skills (10 credits);

  • Site planning and design project - a site planning and design exercise in an urban context (15 credits);

  • European Field Trip – one week overseas trip with assessed learning journal (5 credits).


The projects will involve the preparation and delivery of plans, reports, presentations, role-play exercises or a combination of these element s.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 6 6
Tutorials 14 14
External visits 30
Guided independent study:      
    Wider reading (independent) 20 25 25
    Wider reading (directed) 20 25 25
    Preparation for presentations 15 15
    Group study tasks 25 35
Total hours by term 100 120 80
Total hours for module 300

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Report 80
Oral assessment and presentation 20

Summative assessment- Examinations:


Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

The module will include a set of project submissions or presentations as follows: 

Negotiated development project (10 credits) – three assessed elements: 

  • i. Group role-play performance (20%) and ii. negotiation report (80%) - late Autumn term (50% of Negotiated development project); 

  • iii. Committee report by team and planning analysis – late spring term (50% of Negotiated development project). 

  Site planning project (in latter part of Autumn and mid/latter part of Spring term – portfolio in three elements (15 credits)):  

  • i. Site context presentation (20%);  

  • ii. Individual research report (50%); 

  • iii. Site proposal presentation (30%).  

  European field visit: 

  • Individual learning journal in three parts (100%) - mid part of Summer term (5 credits). 

Formative assessment methods:

Negotiation Project A – presentation (20% of that project) 

Site Project – site assessment (20% of that project) 

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: £20.00

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

Last updated: 27 August 2020


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