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TCP4002 : Practice Issues Report

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 15.0


As a part of the CPP programme, the module aims to introduce the student to planning practice and its context. The module is intrinsically linked to the RTPI’s Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) process which allows students to include the CPP as part of the post-initial qualification period of experience for professional membership.

The module’s specific aims are:

1. Explore an aspect of planning practice in depth
2. Develop professional practice expertise, through producing a high quality professional report for a specific client or client group
3. Develop an investigative and analytical capability

Work placement is at the core of Stage 4 of Newcastle’s RTPI accredited planning programme, providing hands-on experience of the planning process.

In order for students to reflect on their experiences, and to develop their skills in writing professional reports, students are asked to produce a report examining one issue of planning practice in-depth.

Outline Of Syllabus

Completion of a professional report for a specific target audience, exploring one issue of planning practice.
Alternative Form of Assessment if the CPP placement is curtailed:
Completion of a 2000 word report that contextualizes a current topic of planning within the relevant policy framework. The report will discuss the topic chosen, in terms of the policy, practice or procedural issues that it raises. Where possible research should allow the student to examine similar issues elsewhere (through online research) and to include the views of colleagues or other professionals in reaching their conclusions and recommendations that will address the issue/s.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion150:0050:00N/A
Placement/Study AbroadEmployer-based learning1150:00150:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading122:0022:00Continuous through semester 1 and 2.
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion14:004:00To run the length of the placement period with individual students or groups through Canvas
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity135:0035:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision80:304:00Synchronous seminars at beginning of month to highlight task ahead. Supporting material on Canvas
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study135:0035:00With tutorial support when needed
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

If placement is curtailed there will be an alternative assessment and alterative teaching methods plan.
Lecture synchronous and online will allow students to attend sessions with others in their cohort, online. The discussion board will enable that peer and tutor support and dialogue to continue
Structured guided learning will enable students to structure their learning into regular intervals and manageable pieces over the assessment period, whilst being encouraged to use the resources available on Canvas including a discussion board.
Guided Independent learning will enable students to access the literature and support for their report that they would have otherwise had available through their placement place of work.
No present in person time is planned as the student would be unlikely to be on campus

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report2M100Practice Issue Report. 5000-6000 words.
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Report1MProposal Form submitted at the end of October(this may be postponed by one month depending on when student cohort began their placem
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The formative submission of the proposal form allows the Tutor to give feedback on the suitability of the proposed topic.

The Practice Issues Report is a substantial exploration in depth of an aspect of planning practice and/or an issue with which planners are confronted.

The aims of doing the report are to:
-       explore an aspect of planning practice in depth
-       develop professional practice expertise, through producing a high quality professional report for a specific client or client group
-       develop investigative and analytical capability

The objective is to improve the students’ abilities to write professional reports, develop an area for research and solving the research problem.

The alternative assessment will be Practice Issues Report 2000 words due in semester 2 for 100%.

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