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BSc Planning, Environment and Development

Academic Year 2017/18

A programme specification is required for any programme on which a student may be registered. All programmes of the University are subject to the University's Quality Assurance and Enhancement processes as set out in the DASA Policies and Procedures Manual.

Programme Title

BSc Planning, Environment and Development

Final Award
(exit route if applicable for Postgraduate Taught Programmes)

Bachelor of Science

Programme Code

EVP-BSC-S

UCAS Code

K430

JACS Code

K400 (DESCR) 100

Criteria for Admissions

A-level: BBB + GCSE Mathematics
BTEC Extended Diploma: a BTEC Extended Diploma with 10 Distinctions and 8 Merits + GCSE Mathematics
Irish Leaving Certificate: B2B2B2B2CC/B2B2B2B2B2 + if not offered at Higher Level then Ordinary Level grade C in Mathematics

ATAS Clearance Required

No

Health Check Required

No

Portfolio Required

Interview Required

Mode of Study

Full Time

Type of Programme

Single Honours

Length of Programme

3 Academic Year(s)

Total Credits for Programme

360

Exit Awards available

INSTITUTE INFORMATION

Awarding Institution/Body

Queen's University Belfast

Teaching Institution

Queen's University Belfast

School/Department

Natural and Built Environment

Framework for Higher Education Qualification Level 
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/publications/information-and-guidance

Level 6

QAA Benchmark Group
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/assuring-standards-and-quality/the-quality-code/subject-benchmark-statements

Town and country planning (2008)

Accreditations (PSRB)

The Royal Town Planning Institute

Date of most recent Accreditation Visit 03-03-17

Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors

Date of most recent Accreditation Visit 10-05-16

External Examiner Name:

External Examiner Institution/Organisation

Mr David Mounstephen

Director, Fleming Mounstephen Planning

Dr Declan Redmond

University College Dublin

REGULATION INFORMATION

Does the Programme have any approved exemptions from the University General Regulations
(Please see General Regulations)

None

Programme Specific Regulations

N/A

Students with protected characteristics

N/A

Are students subject to Fitness to Practise Regulations

(Please see General Regulations)

No

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF PROGRAMME

1. Demonstrate understanding of the scope, potential and complexities of planning issues and problems and evaluate the effectiveness of planning intervention as a form of action within processes of change;

2. Display a critical understanding of the place of values and ethics in planning;

3. Appreciate the political nature of planning and evaluate the broader governance, legal and institutional frameworks and procedures in planning;

4. Display a good understanding of theory and demonstrate the links between theory and practice;

5. Demonstrate a good awareness and understanding of professional working, roles, responsibilities and values;

6. Effectively evaluate, utilise and communicate plan and policy-making methods, processes and strategies in response to social, economic and environmental problems;

7. Recognise the importance of stakeholder involvement in the planning process, in a context in which the diversity of cultures and ideologies are respected;

8. Appreciate the role of design in creating high quality places;

9. Effectively communicate planning information, ideas principles, arguments and proposals through written, graphic, oral and electronic means and demonstrate effectively written teamwork, problem-solving, numeracy, oral and information literacy skills;

10. Recognise the importance of planning specific skills including negotiation, advocacy and interdisciplinary working;

11. Besides having a good general knowledge of planning as a discipline, demonstrate good specialist knowledge in one or more areas of planning activity;

12. Display the range of other competencies required at this level for professional recognition by the Royal Town Planning Institute and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Learning Outcomes: Cognitive Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Effectively evaluate, utilise and communicate plan and policy-making methods, processes and strategies in response to social, economic and environmental problems.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Students are exposed to a wide variety of learning experiences that include formal lectures, computer based learning, seminars, project work and field study.

Methods of Assessment

Combination of formative and summative techniques including individual essays and reports, group project work, unseen examinations, oral presentations, class tests and diary records.

Learning Outcomes: Transferable Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Effectively communicate planning information, ideas principles, arguments and proposals through written, graphic, oral and electronic means.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Students are exposed to a wide variety of learning experiences that include formal lectures, computer based learning, seminars, project work and field study.

Methods of Assessment

Combination of formative and summative techniques including individual essays and reports, group project work, unseen examinations, oral presentations, class tests and diary records.

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge & Understanding

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Demonstrate understanding of the scope, potential and complexities of planning issues and problems and evaluate the effectiveness of planning intervention as a form of action within processes of change.

Display a critical understanding of the place of values and ethics in planning.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Students are exposed to a wide variety of learning experiences that include formal lectures, computer based learning, seminars, project work and field study.

Methods of Assessment

Combination of formative and summative techniques including individual essays and reports, group project work, unseen examinations, oral presentations, class tests and diary records.

Appreciate the political nature of planning and evaluate the broader governance, legal and institutional frameworks and procedures in planning.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Students are exposed to a wide variety of learning experiences that include formal lectures, computer based learning, seminars, project work and field study.

Methods of Assessment

Combination of formative and summative techniques including individual essays and reports, group project work, unseen examinations, oral presentations, class tests and diary records.

Display a good understanding of theory and demonstrate the links between theory and practice.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Students are exposed to a wide variety of learning experiences that include formal lectures, computer based learning, seminars, project work and field study.

Methods of Assessment

Combination of formative and summative techniques including individual essays and reports, group project work, unseen examinations, oral presentations, class tests and diary records.

Demonstrate a good awareness and understanding of professional working, roles, responsibilities and values.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Students are exposed to a wide variety of learning experiences that include formal lectures, computer based learning, seminars, project work and field study.

Methods of Assessment

Combination of formative and summative techniques including individual essays and reports, group project work, unseen examinations, oral presentations, class tests and diary records.

Recognise the importance of stakeholder involvement in the planning process, in a context in which the diversity of cultures and ideologies are respected.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Students are exposed to a wide variety of learning experiences that include formal lectures, computer based learning, seminars, project work and field study.

Methods of Assessment

Combination of formative and summative techniques including individual essays and reports, group project work, unseen examinations, oral presentations, class tests and diary records.

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Display the range of other competencies required at this level for professional recognition by the Royal Town Planning Institute and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Students are exposed to a wide variety of learning experiences that include formal lectures, computer based learning, seminars, project work and field study visits.

Methods of Assessment

Combination of formative and summative techniques including individual essays and reports, group project work, unseen examinations, oral presentations, class tests and diary records.

Besides having a good general knowledge of planning as a discipline, demonstrate good specialist knowledge in one or more areas of planning activity.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The course also includes dedicated sessions for developing professional and learning skills.

Methods of Assessment

Combination of formative and summative techniques including individual essays and reports, group project work, unseen examinations, oral presentations, class tests and diary records.

Recognise the importance of planning specific skills including negotiation, advocacy and interdisciplinary working.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The course also includes dedicated sessions for developing professional and learning skills.

Methods of Assessment

Combination of formative and summative techniques including individual essays and reports, group project work, unseen examinations, oral presentations, class tests and diary records.

Learning Outcomes: Cognitive Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Appreciate the role of design in creating high quality places.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Students are exposed to a wide variety of learning experiences that include formal lectures, computer based learning, seminars, project work and field study.

Methods of Assessment

Combination of formative and summative techniques including individual essays and reports, group project work, unseen examinations, oral presentations, class tests and diary records.

Learning Outcomes: Transferable Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Demonstrate effectively written teamwork, problem-solving, numeracy, oral and information literacy skills.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Students are exposed to a wide variety of learning experiences that include formal lectures, computer based learning, seminars, project work and field study.

Methods of Assessment

Combination of formative and summative techniques including individual essays and reports, group project work, unseen examinations, oral presentations, class tests and diary records.

MODULE INFORMATION

Programme Requirements

Module Title

Module Code

Level/ stage

Credits

Availability

Duration

Pre-requisite

 

Assessment

 

 

 

 

S1

S2

 

 

Core

Option

Coursework %

Practical %

Examination %

Conservation of the Built Environment 3

EVP3004

3

20

YES

12 weeks

Y

YES

50%

0%

50%

Site Layout and Design 2

EVP2007

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Planning and Climate Change

EVP2009

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

50%

0%

50%

Planning Health and Well Being

EVP1001

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Planning Skills and GIS

EVP1004

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Design Principles in the Built Environment

EVP1011

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

The History of Planned Settlement

EVP1012

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

40%

0%

60%

Contemporary Issues in Urban and Rural Planning

EVP1013

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

50%

0%

50%

Institutional and Policy Context of Planning Practice

EVP1014

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Legal Studies in Planning

EVP3010

3

20

YES

12 weeks

Y

YES

50%

0%

50%

Economy and Space

EVP2010

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

40%

0%

60%

Theory and Practice of Development Management

EVP2011

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Planning Theory and Society

EVP2013

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Theory and Practice of Spatial Planning Policy

EVP2012

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Planning Practice Study Visit

EVP3003

3

10

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Comparative Planning Studies

EVP3012

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Independent Research Project

EVP3011

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Erasmus Studies

EVP3015

3

60

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Infrastructure and Transportation Planning

EVP3013

3

20

YES

12 weeks

Y

YES

100%

0%

0%

Themes in Spatial Planning

EVP3014

3

20

YES

12 weeks

Y

YES

100%

0%

0%

Research Methods and Place

EVP3019

3

10

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Notes

Co-requisites: EVP2012 and EVP2011.

EVP3015, EVP3019, EVP3003, EVP3012, EVP3011 pre-requisite: Successful progression to Level 3.