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TCP7021 : Project 1: Spatial Strategies

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr William Otchere-Darko
  • Lecturer: Mrs Qianqian Qin
  • 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 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System


To develop competence on practical planning problems to replicate live planning situations.
To develop core skills of problem definition, data collection and analysis, communication, presentation and team work.
To introduce links between planning practice and planning systems and structure.
Presentations of examples of spatial planning projects.

This module provides some ideas and skills for thinking about planning interventions. It introduces some socio-spatial and process ideas on how and why to develop spatial strategies. You will work in groups on a very intensive project to develop a spatial strategy for your given area of Newcastle or Gateshead. Through attending lectures, workshops and site visits and through working on this strategy, you will have the opportunity to develop these skills and understandings.

Outline Of Syllabus

Week 1: Introduction
Week 1-9: Workshops/tutorials
Week 9: Group presentations

*Introduction to module and project
*What Makes a Sound Plan
*Evidence for strategy making
*Policies supporting strategies
*Developing a strategy’s ‘Vision’
*The role and value of design
*Examples of spatial strategies
*Barriers and Bridges to implementation
*Stakeholder Consultation/Public Engagement
*Design in planning
*Finance- where does the money come from? Where does it go?
*Presenting the Vision and the Strategy

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture91:009:009 one-hour lectures in person
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading128:4528:45Reading List to be provided for each topic alongside lecture materials to support learning and assessment
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities91:009:00Directed reading to support the lecture content
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops13:003:00Formative Presentation session (PiP)
Guided Independent StudyProject work150:0050:00Writing up of written assessment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops81:008:00Small Group practical workshop (PiP).
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops81:008:00Small group discussions on a weekly basis to discuss progress on strategy preparation work (PIP)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery22:004:00Sessions to advice prior to presentation and to discuss feedback following the presentation exercise
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study180:0080:00Site visits, data collection and analysis, preparation of vision and strategy proposals
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk10:150:15Meet the students and explain activities and review of the module. The talk will be recorded.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The practical sessions and project tests in-depth knowledge and skill development in relation to practical planning problems.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise2M30Group work folder
Written exercise2M70Group strategy (15,000 words and poster presentation)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The project tests the ability to understand, analyse and offer solutions to practical planning problems. It also tests the students' presentation skills. Each group usually consists of 5 to 6 students.

Reading Lists