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Module

TCP2025 : Researching Local Economies

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Neil Adrian Powe
  • Lecturer: Dr Brian Peel
  • Owning School: Architecture, Planning & Landscape
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

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

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture270:209:00Podcast style lecture material
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical60:303:00Practical computer demonstrations. Podcast style demonstrations
Guided Independent StudySkills practice61:006:00Computer practical instructions that link to the computer demonstrations
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities120:0020:00Reading and learning as set out within the lectures and developed in the workshops.
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities141:0041:00Reading and research specifically focused on assessment preparation and completion.
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion62:0012:00Support of computer practical work
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops180:309:00Weekly 1 hour seminar style Zoom sessions. Student invited to half sessions each
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1100:00100:00N/A
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

This is an applied module giving hands on experience of using data to explore local economies.

Present in Person provision will be delivered at the programme level for second year students in APL

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report1M50Project Work - Report 1, 2000 words. Based on business growth within the local economy and will include policy analysis
Report1M50Project Work - Report 2, 2000 words. Based on town centre revival and will include a combination of mapping and statistical analysi
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

Timetable