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MSc (T) Urban & Rural Design

Academic Year 2016/17

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Programme Title

MSc (T) Urban & Rural Design

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

Master of Science

Programme Code

EVP-MSC-UR

UCAS Code

JACS Code

K420 (DESCR) 100

Criteria for Admissions

Admission to the one calendar year Masters programme normally requires a Second Class honours degree or above in a related discipline such as Environmental Planning, Architecture, Landscape Architecture or Civil Engineering. Students without a suitable background in the ‘built environment’ may be asked for interview and will also be asked to present a portfolio of their own work to demonstrate a design competence and/or interest. Further criteria may be set by the School if the number of applications exceeds the maximum student intake. Applicants should be aware that RTPI accreditation will only be awarded to students who have completed an RTPI-accredited undergraduate degree, whereas RICS accreditation is available for all.

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, who can demonstrate substantial and relevant experience, in line with University guidelines and will be considered on an individual basis. http://www.qub.ac.uk/directorates/AcademicAffairs/ProceduresforRecognitionofPriorLearningRPL/1DefinitionofRecognitionofPriorLearningRPL/

ATAS Clearance Required

No

Health Check Required

No

Portfolio Required

Only for students who do not have background in the Built environment

Interview Required

Only for students who do not have background in the Built environment.

Mode of Study

Full Time

Type of Programme

Postgraduate

Length of Programme

1 Calendar 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

Director, Planning Policy Division, Planning and Local Government group (formerly the Planning Service), Dept of Environment NI

REGULATION INFORMATION

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

N/A

Programme Specific Regulations

In order to proceed to Independent Design Project must pass all taught modules, carrying no more than 20 CATs, and proceed ‘at risk’.

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:

To develop an understanding of the nature, purpose, methods and practice of urban and rural design. This includes knowledge about the policy context; finance and development issues; and inter-disciplinary professional practice.

To understand the processes of change in the built environment and the relationships between the social, economic and physical factors associated with the development of the built environment. This includes, understanding the views and perceptions of sometimes competing development interests.

To strengthen and develop students’ design literacy and vocabulary. This includes the development of an understanding of concepts such as form, scale, proportion, serial vision, permeability, legibility and composition; as well as developing skills in relation to the use of precedents and best practice.

To develop key design related skills, including techniques and approaches relating to: urban design analysis; landscape appraisal; conceptual thinking; and master-planning.

To develop the ability to design and manage design projects in liaison with a client.

To strengthen and develop competencies in key communication skills such as: three-dimensional visualisation; model-making and the use of free-hand graphics; oral and written presentation; and software such as GIS, SketchUp, Photoshop and InDesign.

To develop an awareness of the value dimension of design activity and the ethical responsibilities of those involved in design and development in mediating between differences in contexts of power.

To develop the ability to undertake a substantial individual design project, possibly in collaboration with a client.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Learning Outcomes: Cognitive Skills

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

plan, conduct, research and present technical reports and presentations on urban and rural design issues;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Studio teaching, workshops, presentations and crits, self-development through reading, looking and experiencing good practice

Methods of Assessment

Project reports, oral and visual presentations.

analyse urban and rural environments using a explicit and explainable processes; and

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Studio teaching, workshops, presentations and crits, self-development through reading, looking and experiencing good practice

Methods of Assessment

Project reports, oral and visual presentations.

critically evaluate design decisions including the ability to self-reflect and re-evaluate processes.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Studio teaching, workshops, presentations and crits, self-development through reading, looking and experiencing and reflecting on good practice

Methods of Assessment

Project reports, oral and visual presentations.

Learning Outcomes: Transferable Skills

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

operate as a member of a team in work based situations;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Workshops, group working, studio crits and self-reflection

Methods of Assessment

Project assessment and peer assessment.

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

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Studio teaching, workshops, presentations and crits, self-development through reading, looking and experiencing and reflecting on good practice

Methods of Assessment

individual and group project submissions

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

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Studio teaching, workshops, presentations and crits, self-development through reading, looking and experiencing and reflecting on good practice

Methods of Assessment

individual and group project submissions

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

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Workshops, group working, studio crits and self-reflection

Methods of Assessment

Reflective essay,

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge & Understanding

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

Urban design theory and contemporary practices;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, studio teaching, individual and group crits, site visits, self-development through reading and looking at good practice

Methods of Assessment

Largely continuous assessment via individual and group submissions, but also a small formal exam component.

The role of urban and rural design in the context of the delivery of spatial planning and regeneration;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, studio teaching, individual and group crits, site visits, self-development through reading and looking at good practice

Methods of Assessment

Largely continuous assessment via individual and group submissions, but also a small formal exam component.

the social and economic processes which interact with design processes; and

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, studio teaching, individual and group crits, site visits, client interactions, self-development through reading and looking at good practice.

Methods of Assessment

Largely continuous assessment via individual and group submissions, but also a small formal exam component.

sustainable development issues within the overall challenge of place making.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, studio teaching, individual and group crits, site visits, self-development through reading and looking at good practice

Methods of Assessment

Largely continuous assessment via individual and group submissions, but also a small formal exam component.

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific

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

be able to apply urban and rural design knowledge and techniques in real, place-specific projects;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, studio teaching, individual and group crits, site visits, client interactions, self-development through reading and looking at good practice

Methods of Assessment

Largely continuous assessment via individual and group project submissions

be able to employ a range of design software applications to present design projects;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, workshops, individual tutoring and self-development through practice.

Methods of Assessment

Largely continuous assessment via individual and group project submissions

be able to use analysis processes that inform design outcomes; and

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, workshops, studio crits, individual tutoring and self-development through reading and looking at good practice

Methods of Assessment

Largely continuous assessment via individual and group submissions, but also a small formal exam component.

be able to work within a multidisciplinary design team.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Workshops, studio teaching and self-development through group interactions

Methods of Assessment

Largely continuous assessment via individual, group project submissions and peer assessment.

MODULE INFORMATION

Programme Requirements

Module Title

Module Code

Level/ stage

Credits

Availability

Duration

Pre-requisite

 

Assessment

 

 

 

 

S1

S2

 

 

Core

Option

Coursework %

Practical %

Examination %

Design and Regeneration

EVP7020

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Spatial Literacy in Design

EVP7027

7

20

YES

6 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Urban Design in Practice

EVP7028

7

20

YES

7 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Approaches to Property Development

EVP7023

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

50%

0%

50%

Rural Landscape and Design

EVP7029

7

20

YES

8 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Designing for Sustainable Communities

EVP7030

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

70%

30%

0%

Urban and Rural Design Individual Design Project

EVP7031

7

60

30 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Notes

In order to proceed to Independent Design Project must pass all taught modules, carrying no more than 20 CATs, and proceed ‘at risk’.