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Module

TCP3059 : Strategies Into Action: Urban Design

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Miss Georgia Giannopoulou
  • Lecturer: Dr Michael Crilly
  • Owning School: Architecture, Planning & Landscape
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 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) Understand the influences that shape urban design in that location, exploring 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) 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.
d) Identify 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 report writing and visual methods of presenting your strategy in a masterplan or other visual format.

Outline Of Syllabus

Initial introductory lecture to the project and site visit
A series of short lectures on key issues in urban design
Weekly roaming tutorials to support the students with analyzing the place and developing a robust understanding of the characteristics and dynamics of the locality, and to determine the issues that the strategy will address including how to present these graphically
Interim presentation of background report
Weekly roaming tutorials on developing strategies for the site and evaluating these, as well as considering issues of delivery
Presentation of Strategy Formulation of final background report and visual strategy
Final submission of both reports in a joint document
Ongoing reflexive journal in the form of a Blog, monitored by tutor
2 x sessions on desktop publishing software

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 ActivitiesSmall group teaching43:0012:00Present in person. Group workshops, depending on cohort size and room capacity/ covid restrictions
Guided Independent StudyProject work52:0010:00Available online sessions as required All materials available non synchronously online
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork102:0020:00Field work, site assessment, where safe to do so and following COVID guidelines
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1153:00153:00Ongoing individual and group work with remote supervision from project tutor and module leader
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk51:005:001 hour synchronous and online, equivalent to 2 hours lecture. All materials available non synchron
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Initial lecture introduces the module and project as well as the site combined by visit. Subsequent lectures give cohort-wide teaching on topics that inform all projects, including support for IT skills. Group tutorials and practicals allow students to gain from staff expertise and provides them with opportunities to discuss their particular strategy. The fieldwork and private study enable students to gain an in-depth understanding of the locality (through field visits), and to follow up evidence and policy documents in relation to it. It also 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 to discuss their various activities, set up and maintain their diary or blog, and draw together their strategy and presentation (Group-learning). Presentations (formative only) session enables students to present their own work and engage with verbal feedback from the tutor and discussion with tutor and peers, 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 log2M20Equivalent to 1000 words, in graphical/ visual form
Report2M40Group Background Report (Individual student contribution 2000 words)
Report2M40Group Strategy (no word count, as written and visual components)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Group Background Report and Strategy - containing the vision, priorities and policies for the strategy. Each report will comprise 8,000 words (or the equivalent, of where a more visual approach is agreed between the Module leader, Tutor and students) per group of four students, or 2,000 words per individual student.
The individual Master Plan will allow students to create their own piece of work in the period towards the end of the semester, taking on board student feedback in previous years.
The Strategy and (formative) presentation tests the students’ visual presentation and writing skills, their ability to understand an area and determine its key issues, their ability to articulate their intentions clearly (through a range of different media), and to reflect on the limitations of their strategy-making. The final presentation also provides an opportunity for them to demonstrate their ability to respond to questions informatively and to respond to feedback in finalising their Strategy and individual Masterplan.
Students will keep a record of their progress as a group throughout the semester. Whist it is not separately assessed, it will provide key evidence of group working throughout that period, to support the Group Work Policy.
Group work will be marked in accordance with the Group Work Policy.
This module will be subject to Peer Review.

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