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MSc (T) Planning and Development

Academic Year 2016/17

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

MSc (T) Planning and Development

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

Master of Science

Programme Code

EVP-MSC-PD

UCAS Code

JACS Code

K400 (DESCR) 100

Criteria for Admissions

A 2.2 Honours degree from an approved institution
International students must have appropriate English language skills equivalent of IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each element).
The University operates a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) scheme for admission to MSc Planning and Development. A RPL application form shall be submitted by potential applicants in line with University guidelines http://www.qub.ac.uk/directorates/AcademicAffairs/ProceduresforRecognitionofPriorLearningRPL/1DefinitionofRecognitionofPriorLearningRPL/

ATAS Clearance Required

No

Health Check Required

No

Portfolio Required

Interview Required

Mode of Study

Full Time

Type of Programme

Postgraduate

Length of Programme

1 Academic Year(s)

Total Credits for Programme

180

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 7

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)

Date of most recent Accreditation Visit

External Examiner Name:

External Examiner Institution/Organisation

Professor David Adams

University of Glasgow

Mr Angus Kerr

Department of the Environment for Northern Ireland

REGULATION INFORMATION

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

N/A

Programme Specific Regulations

Students proceed at risk in regard to the Independent Research Project element if carrying not more than 20 CATS of taught modules into Semester 3

Students with protected characteristics

N/A

Are students subject to Fitness to Practise Regulations

(Please see General Regulations)

No

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF PROGRAMME

On completion of the programme the student will be able to:

Develop an understanding of the nature, purpose, methods and practice of Planning and Development; this includes knowledge about the political and governance context of Planning, and its impact on individuals and communities, often in a multicultural environment;

Understand the processes of change in the built environment and the relationships between the social, economic, environmental and physical factors associated with the development of the built environment;

Develop and put into practice key planning-related skills, including the ability to facilitate change within urban environments, to mediate between competing development interests, to produce strategies, policies and planning decisions and to communicate processes and outcomes;

Provide opportunities to practice and strengthen competencies in key skills such as numeracy, literacy, use of ICT, problem solving, team work and aspects of urban design;

Develop awareness of the ethical responsibilities of those involved in Planning and Development;

Develop the ability to undertake a substantial piece of specialist independent research; and

Commence the display of the range of competencies required for subsequent 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:

Plan, conduct research, and report upon Planning and Development issues.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, seminars, project work (group and individual), field trips, one-to-one supervision of Independent Specialist Research Project.

Methods of Assessment

Examinations, essays, small group project work, individual project work, oral presentations, Independent Specialist Research Project.

Exercise spatial literacy through skills in Geographical Information Systems (GIS), spatial mapping of socio-economic data, data categorisation, design and evaluation.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, seminars, individual project work, one-to-one supervision of Independent Specialist Research Project.

Methods of Assessment

Individual and group project work Independent Specialist Research Project.

Carry out and critically evaluate property valuation exercises.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, field trip.

Methods of Assessment

Essay.

Synthesise academic and policy relevant literature when engaged in project applications of planning practice.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, seminars, project work (group and individual), field trips, one-to-one supervision of Independent Specialist Research Project.

Methods of Assessment

Examinations, essays, small group project work, individual project work, oral presentations, Independent Specialist Research Project.

Learning Outcomes: Transferable Skills

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

Define and articulate problems, identify potential solutions and communicate these in a clear manner.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, seminars, project work (group and individual), field trips, one-to-one supervision of Independent Specialist Research Project.

Methods of Assessment

Examinations, essays, small group project work, individual project work, oral presentations, Independent Specialist Research Project.

Effectively use oral, written and graphic modes of communication that speak to both specialist and non-specialist audiences.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, seminars, project work (group and individual), field trips, one-to-one supervision of Independent Specialist Research Project.

Methods of Assessment

Examinations, essays, small group project work, individual project work, oral presentations, Independent Specialist Research Project.

Operate as a member of a team in work based situations.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Project work (group and individual), field trips.

Methods of Assessment

Small group project work, oral presentations.

Demonstrate independent judgement and personal responsibility, linked to an appreciation for ethical behaviour, when involved in professional Planning and Development activities.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, seminars, project work (group and individual), field trips, one-to-one supervision of Independent Specialist Research Project.

Methods of Assessment

Examinations, essays, small group project work, individual project work, oral presentations, Independent Specialist Research Project.

Define and articulate problems, identify potential solutions and communicate these in a clear manner.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, seminars, project work (group and individual), field trips, one-to-one supervision of Independent Specialist Research Project.

Methods of Assessment

Examinations, essays, small group project work, individual project work, oral presentations, Independent Specialist Research Project.

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge & Understanding

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

The nature, purpose, methods and practice of Planning and Development.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, seminars, project work (group and individual), field trips, one-to-one supervision of Independent Specialist Research Project.

Methods of Assessment

Examinations, essays, small group project work, individual project work, oral presentations, Independent Specialist Research Project.

Processes of change in the built environment and the relationships between the social, economic, environmental and physical factors associated with the development of the built environment.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, seminars, project work (group and individual), field trips, one-to-one supervision of Independent Specialist Research Project.

Methods of Assessment

Examinations, essays, small group project work, individual project work, oral presentations, Independent Specialist Research Project.

The political and governance context of Planning and Development and its impact on individuals and communities.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, seminars, project work (group and individual), field trips, one-to-one supervision of Independent Specialist Research Project.

Methods of Assessment

Examinations, essays, small group project work, individual project work, oral presentations, Independent Specialist Research Project.

The value dimension of Planning and Development activity and the ethical responsibilities of those involved in this arena.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, seminars, project work (group and individual), field trips, one-to-one supervision of Independent Specialist Research Project.

Methods of Assessment

Examinations, essays, small group project work, individual project work, oral presentations, Independent Specialist Research Project.

Sustainable development issues within the overall context of place making.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, seminars, project work (group and individual), field trips, one-to-one supervision of Independent Specialist Research Project.

Methods of Assessment

Examinations, essays, small group project work, individual project work, oral presentations, Independent Specialist Research Project.

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific

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

To apply Planning and Development knowledge and techniques in real, place-specific projects through production of strategies, policies and plans.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, seminars, project work (group and individual), field trips, one-to-one supervision of Independent Specialist Research Project.

Methods of Assessment

Examinations, essays, small group project work, individual project work, oral presentations, Independent Specialist Research Project.

To mediate between competing development interests.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, seminars, project work (group and individual), field trips, one-to-one supervision of Independent Specialist Research Project.

Methods of Assessment

Examinations, essays, small group project work, individual project work, oral presentations, Independent Specialist Research Project.

To demonstrate design competency in relation to Planning and Development and the preparation of site-specific documentation.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, seminars, project work (group and individual), field trips, one-to-one supervision of Independent Specialist Research Project.

Methods of Assessment

Examinations, essays, small group project work, individual project work, oral presentations, Independent Specialist Research Project.

MODULE INFORMATION

Programme Requirements

Module Title

Module Code

Level/ stage

Credits

Availability

Duration

Pre-requisite

 

Assessment

 

 

 

 

S1

S2

 

 

Core

Option

Coursework %

Practical %

Examination %

Introduction to Planning Theory and Practice

EVP7010

7

10

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Planning Skills and Ethics

EVP7012

7

10

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Design in the Built Environment

EVP7014

7

10

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

International Planning Studies

EVP7015

7

10

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

50%

0%

50%

Property Development

EVP7016

7

10

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

50%

0%

50%

GIS and Spatial Analysis

EVP7032

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Community Planning and Regeneration

EVP7033

7

10

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Independent Specialist Project

EVP7019

7

60

24 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Planning and Environmental Governance

EVP7011

7

10

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Planning Law and Practice

EVP7036

7

10

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Notes

Students proceed at risk in regard to the Independent Research Project element if carrying not more than 20 CATS of taught modules into Semester 3