Global Opportunities

TCP2025 : Researching Local Economies

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


Gain an understanding of the working of local economies and how they can be better understood through research.

With a planning focus, this module provides an applied introduction to the working of location economies, with particular references to business, retail/leisure and housing. The relevant ‘markets’ will be described, where the factors affecting them in terms of market and policy forces will be considered. In order to better understand these markets, statistical and geographical methods will be introduced and practical examples considered. There will be an emphasis throughout on project work and the use of secondary and map data, where the applied work focuses on “what a planner might do” to better understand and shape local economies. Throughout there is an emphasis on the importance of place within local economies.

Outline Of Syllabus

Economic regeneration
Business growth, job creation
Retail (forms of retail; planning for retail development)
Town centre revival
Policy evaluation
Availability and use of secondary data sources
Basic mapping and statistical analysis

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture111:0011:00One hour per week -PIP
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion190:0090:00Reading and research specifically focused on assessment preparation and completion.
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading168:0068:00Reading and learning as set out within the lectures and developed in the workshops.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical71:007:00Computer practical - PiP
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical12:002:00PiP - computer practical work -2 hour session with half the students invited to each
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops112:0022:00Weekly 2 hour seminars - PiP
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

This is an applied module giving hands on experience of using data to explore local economies. So the emphasis is on workshops and computer practicals.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report1M50Based on business growth within the local economy and will include policy analysis
Report1M50Based on town centre revival and will include a combination of mapping and statistical analysis
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Two assessments to cover the knowledge and skills outcomes outlined above. Project work reflects the research nature of the module and develops appropriate writing skills.

Reading Lists