Module Catalogue 2023/24

TCP8024 : Consultancy Project

TCP8024 : Consultancy Project

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Zan Gunn
  • Owning School: Architecture, Planning & Landscape
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System

Modules you must have done previously to study this module

Pre Requisite Comment



Modules you need to take at the same time

Co Requisite Comment



To bring together students' accumulated knowledge and understanding of planning and apply it in a live planning-related situation for an external client.

The Consultancy Project is designed to allow a group of students to work intensively on a piece of consultancy work for an outside client. This is a “live” project and the project brief is that of the client organisation with only minimum input from the School. It provides students with an ideal opportunity to bring together their accumulated knowledge and understanding of planning, with their ever growing body of practical, professional experience in a real planning or planning-related situation.

Outline Of Syllabus

Pre-Induction: Students can view the module brief, the project briefs and any supporting project material on Canvas.

Induction: Live Synchronous session with module lead introducing the projects giving students a chance to state their preferences.
Students put into groups- informed of this, and group space created for each group on Canvas
Independent Learning: students read brief other supporting material for the relevant project and prepare to meet the client

Week 1 Non-synchronous project meetings across the week: Each group of students meet the client (organisation) with staff member to discuss the project and determine how the group is going to operate.

Week 2 or 3 Non-synchronous project meeting with the client lead (using Teams) Group start independent work on project

Week 2 and/or 3: Synchronous project meeting with module lead - Group continue independent work on project.

Week 4: Synchronous project meeting with module lead (Group continue independent work on project)
Week 4/5 Non-synchronous project meeting with the client lead (Group continue with independent work on project)
(Buffer week no meetings organised)
Week 5 and/or 6: Synchronous project meeting with module lead ((Group continue independent work on project)
Week 7 Non-synchronous project meeting with the client lead (Group continue with independent work on project)
Week 8 Synchronous project meeting with module lead ((Group continue independent work on project)

Week 9 and or 10 Synchronous project meeting with module lead: Determine with students what work needs to be done for submission after Christmas (Group should be concluding their independent work, completing report, determining recommendations)
Week 11/Assessment period: Asynchronous project presentations across the week and synchronous submission of project via Canvas on Friday of assessment week.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

To allow students to understand both the context and the specific details of the topic under consideration.
To produce coherent recommendations.
To produce a report to a professional standard.
To make a presentation to a client and the client’s guests and answer questions.

Intended Skill Outcomes

To improve planning practice skills including: working to a brief and precise timetable; working with a client; assembling and analysing data; drawing appropriate conclusions and making recommendations.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion180:0080:00Students work independently on particular aspects of the project
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities12:002:00Assessment activity
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork22:004:00Project meeting sessions organised by students and client organisation
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork22:004:00Meeting the Client
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity1100:00100:00Students work together on project
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery42:008:00Drop in sessions with module lead
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk12:002:00Setting up the module; project options (in induction)
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

To improve students ability to operate as a professional planner in real world planning context.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Prof skill assessmnt1A100Group presentation and group report. Approximately 10,000 words depending on group size. Presentation last week of semester to client
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The assessment is an end of project presentation and report to the client organisation and its guests. This provides an opportunity for the students to feedback their project findings and recommendations in a professional way to an interested and well informed audience; to field questions and to hear suggestions from those they have been working closely with for the period of the project.

The project presentation and report need to be considered together as a single submission: ‘the presentation of the project’ to allow latitude for a project to provide the end product appropriate to the intention, and process of the project.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


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