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BSc Planning, Environment and Development

Academic Year 2019/20

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Programme Title BSc Planning, Environment and Development Final Award
(exit route if applicable for Postgraduate Taught Programmes)
Bachelor of Science
Programme Code EVP-BSC-PD UCAS Code K430 HECoS Code 100197
ATAS Clearance Required No
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

Teaching Institution

Queen's University Belfast

School/Department

Natural and Built Environment

Framework for Higher Education Qualification Level 
www.qaa.ac.uk

Level 6

QAA Benchmark Group
www.qaa.ac.uk/quality-code/subject-benchmark-statements

Town and country planning (2008)

Accreditations (PSRB)

The Royal Town Planning Institute

Date of most recent Accreditation Visit 01-02-19

Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors

Date of most recent Accreditation Visit 10-05-16

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

Stages and Modules

Module Title Module Code Level/ stage Credits

Availability

Duration Pre-requisite

Assessment

S1 S2 Core Option Coursework % Practical % Examination %
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 75% 25% 0%
Design Principles in the Built Environment EVP1011 1 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 50% 50% 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 60% 40% 0%
Site Layout and Design 2 EVP2007 2 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 50% 50% 0%
Planning and Climate Change EVP2009 2 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 80% 20% 0%
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 75% 25% 0%
Planning Theory and Society EVP2013 2 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 40% 60% 0%
Theory and Practice of Spatial Planning Policy EVP2012 2 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 60% 40% 0%
Conservation of the Built Environment 3 EVP3004 3 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Legal Studies in Planning EVP3010 3 20 YES 12 weeks Y YES 50% 0% 50%
Planning Practice Study Visit EVP3003 3 10 YES 12 weeks N YES 40% 60% 0%
Comparative Planning Studies EVP3012 3 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 60% 40% 0%
Independent Research Project EVP3011 3 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 90% 10% 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 60% 40% 0%
Research Methods and Place EVP3019 3 10 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%

Notes

Co-requisites: EVP2012 and EVP2011.

EVP1001 is a prereq of EVP3010, EVP3013 and EVP3014.