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PgDip Planning and Development

Academic Year 2020/21

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Programme Title

PgDip Planning and Development

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

Postgraduate Diploma

Programme Code

EVP-PD-PD

UCAS Code

HECoS Code

100197

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

120

Exit Awards available

INSTITUTE INFORMATION

Teaching Institution

Queen's University Belfast

School/Department

Natural and Built Environment

Quality Code
https://www.qaa.ac.uk/quality-code

Higher Education Credit Framework for England
https://www.qaa.ac.uk/quality-code/higher-education-credit-framework-for-england

Level 7

Subject Benchmark Statements
https://www.qaa.ac.uk/quality-code/subject-benchmark-statements

The Frameworks for Higher Education Qualifications of UK Degree-Awarding Bodies
https://www.qaa.ac.uk/docs/qaa/quality-code/qualifications-frameworks.pdf

Town and country planning (2008)

Accreditations (PSRB)

The Royal Town Planning Institute

Date of most recent Accreditation Visit 27-01-20

REGULATION INFORMATION

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

N/A

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

On completion of the programme the students 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.

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

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.

Methods of Assessment

Examinations, essays, small group project work, individual project work, oral presentations.

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.

Methods of Assessment

Individual and group project work.

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.

Methods of Assessment

Examinations, essays, small group project work, individual project work, oral presentations.

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.

Methods of Assessment

Examinations, essays, small group project work, individual project work, oral presentations.

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.

Methods of Assessment

Examinations, essays, small group project work, individual project work, oral presentations.

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.

Methods of Assessment

Examinations, essays, small group project work, individual project work, oral presentations.

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.

Methods of Assessment

Examinations, essays, small group project work, individual project work, oral presentations.

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.

Methods of Assessment

Examinations, essays, small group project work, individual project work, oral presentations.

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.

Methods of Assessment

Examinations, essays, small group project work, individual project work, oral presentations.

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.

Methods of Assessment

Examinations, essays, small group project work, individual project work, oral presentations.

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.

Methods of Assessment

Examinations, essays, small group project work, individual project work, oral presentations.

Sustainable development issues within the overall context of place making.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, seminars, project work (group and individual), field trips.

Methods of Assessment

Examinations, essays, small group project work, individual project work, oral presentations.

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.

Methods of Assessment

Examinations, essays, small group project work, individual project work, oral presentations.

To mediate between competing development interests.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, seminars, project work (group and individual), field trips.

Methods of Assessment

Examinations, essays, small group project work, individual project work, oral presentations.

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.

Methods of Assessment

Examinations, essays, small group project work, individual project work, oral presentations.

Learning Outcomes: Cognitive Skills

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

Exercise spatial literacy through skills in Geographical Information Systems (GIS), spatial mapping of socio-econmoic 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.

MODULE INFORMATION

Programme Requirements

Module Title

Module Code

Level/ stage

Credits

Availability

Duration

Pre-requisite

 

Assessment

 

 

 

 

S1

S2

 

 

Core

Option

Coursework %

Practical %

Examination %

Professional Practice Project in Environmental Planning

EVP7018

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

International Planning Studies

EVP7015

7

10

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

GIS and Spatial Analysis

EVP7032

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Planning and Environmental Governance

EVP7011

7

10

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Introduction to Planning Theory and Practice

EVP7010

7

10

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Community Planning and Regeneration

EVP7033

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%

Planning Law and Practice

EVP7036

7

10

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

50%

0%

50%

Property Development

EVP7016

7

10

YES

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Design in the Built Environment

EVP7014

7

10

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

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