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Module

TCP3028 : Strategies into Action: Planning

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Mrs Teresa Strachan
  • Lecturer: Dr Neil Adrian Powe, Dr Sebastian Weise, Dr Raymond Abdulai, Dr Loes Veldpaus
  • Teaching Assistant: Mr Sean Peacock
  • Owning School: Architecture, Planning & Landscape
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

The module aims to get you to: -
a) Develop a sophisticated understanding of the processes that guide development and change.
b) Explore and understand the relationships between different activities in the same geographical area, and the relationships between the study area and other parts of the wider locality.
c) Understand and explore the role that different community groups play within the area and the relationships between those different groups, appreciating their visions, goals and priorities for the future of that area.
d) Devise appropriate strategies to provide a framework for future action, which spring from an understanding of the issues, opportunities and relationships which you have explored and identifying priorities for action.
e) Devise effective delivery mechanisms whereby elements of the strategy can be put into practice.
f) Develop your interpersonal skills of negotiation, compromise, leadership, delegation and acceptance of responsibility within a team framework.
g) Develop strategy writing and presentation skills to a professional level.

Outline Of Syllabus

15 minute weekly overview nonsynchronous online to guide students with what teaching will take place and what they will need to do each week. Signposts to online resources.
Initial 1 hour introductory whole cohort lecture in Induction week, synchronous online, supported by non-synchronous online materials to scaffold structured guided learning and guided individual study. Project briefs available and project choice forms to be completed by students before teaching commences in week 1.
Whole cohort lectures in weeks 1- 4, 1 hour each (equivalent 2 hours teaching) synchronous online, supported by non-synchronous online materials to scaffold structured guided learning and guided individual study.
Five parallel strategy projects comprise seminars in week 1 - 9, 1 hour each (equivalent to 2 hours teaching) synchronous online, supported by non-synchronous online materials to scaffold structured guided learning of an additional 1 hour and guided individual learning.
Site visits where social distancing allows to explore the characteristics and dynamics of the locality, and to determine the issues that the strategy will address.
Present- in - person supplementary tutorials offered by project tutors (may be weighted towards the second half of semester), 1 hour per student in subgroups of 4 students.
Summative assessment – Background Report, week 5 (2000 words per student.

Formative assessment – Presentation, week 7
Summative assessment – Strategy (report, presentation, presie, flow chart, poster, video according to subgroup preference) (maximum 1000 words in total or equivalent in graphic presentation), week 9.
Fieldwork logbook throughout to be uploaded to Canvas weekly.
Either
Background Report - 40%
+
Strategy Report/ presentation/ video/ flow chart - 40%
Or
Combined report 80%

Plus
Fieldwork logbook blog 20%

Projects offered: Active travel, Development Appraisal, Place Based Revival, Community Engagement (Hot Food Takeaways), Conservation

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
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials91:009:00All materials available non synchronously online
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion1136:00136:00Ongoing group work with direction from project tutor and module leader
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching92:0018:001 hour synchronous and online, equivalent to 2 hours lecture. All materials available non synchron
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops52:0010:001 hour synchronous and online, equivalent to 2 hours lecture. All materials available non synchron
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops91:009:00Present in Person, weighted towards the end of the semester
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion92:0018:00Timetabled seminar on line, seminar materials, non-synchronous discussion, quiz Structured reading
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Initial lecture (during Induction) introduces the module, the projects and invites students to choose their projects. Subsequent lectures give cohort-wide teaching on topics that inform all projects and support presentation skill development.
Group seminars and tutorials (present in person) allow students to gain from staff expertise and provides opportunities to discuss their evolving strategy. The fieldwork and private study enable students to gain an in-depth understanding of the locality (through field visits where possible and supported by online resources), the local community profile, and to follow up evidence and policy documents in relation to it.
Guided independent study provides time for students to gain an understanding of policy mechanisms, and to reflect on key issues related to strategy making. Students will also need to organise their time/plan future actions, meet remotely and in person in their groups where social distancing rules allow, to discuss their various activities, maintain their field work log-book, and draw together their strategy and presentation (Group-learning). Presentation (formative assessment only) session enables students to present their own work, to answer questions and to observe and comment on others’.

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
Reflective log1M20Fieldwork Logbook (blog) with minimum individual student contribution 1000 words)
Report1M40Group Background Report (Individual student contribution 2000 words)
Report1M40Group Strategy Report (no word count, as written and visual components)
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Oral Presentation1MGroup presentation. These will be presented within weekly group seminars in week 6
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Group Background Report - including data analysis to support the contents of the Strategy Report. This will comprise 8,000 words per group of four students or 2,000 words per individual student.

Group Strategy Report - containing the vision, priorities and policies for the strategy. This does not have a rigid word count as students will contribute written and visual elements.

The Fieldwork Logbook (blog) enables students to present the background work they have done and the evidence they have gathered from which they will determine their strategy. It also provides them with an opportunity to develop professional practices when carry out meetings including noting meeting interactions, decisions, and actions taken through the minuting of meetings, keeping action logs etc.

The Strategy Report tests the students’ graphical presentation and writing skills, their ability to understand an area and determine its key issues, their ability to articulate their intentions clearly, and to reflect on the limitations of their strategy-making. The final (formative) presentation also provides an opportunity for them to demonstrate their ability to respond to questions informatively and to use feedback as a basis to finalise their strategy.

Group work will be marked in accordance with the Group Work Policy.

All elements of the summative assessment are subject to Student Peer Review.

Reading Lists

Timetable