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Module

TCP8024 : Consultancy Project

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

Aims

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: Synchronous session with module lead using Zoom 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 (Teams)
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: 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 (using Teams)
(Group continue independent work on project)
Week 4: Synchronous project meeting with module leads (Using Teams).
(Group continue independent work on project)
Week 4/5 Non-synchronous project meeting with the client lead (using Teams)
(Group continue with independent work on project)
(Buffer week no meetings organised)
Week 5 and/or 6: Synchronous project meeting with module lead (using Teams)
(Group continue independent work on project)
Week 7 Non-synchronous project meeting with the client lead (using Teams)
(Group continue with independent work on project)
Week 8 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 9 Asynchronous project presentations across the week and synchronous submission of project via Canvas on Friday of that week.

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
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion150:0050:00Asynchronous group working on end report and presentation
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion62:0012:00Unscheduled nonsynchronous on-line meetings with student groups
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion32:006:00Structured non-synchronous on line discussions. With client (set up between client and students)
Guided Independent StudyProject work53:0015:001per group x number of groups 15 hours Presentation, questions and feedback on project as a whole.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery62:0012:00Scheduled synchronous on-line meetings Surgery with module leader
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity1103:00103:00Asynchronous group-working sessions- determined by student group using Canvas.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk12:002:00Scheduled synchronous meeting on Zoom to start project
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

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

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
Prof skill assessmnt1A100Group presentation and group report. Approximately 10,000 words depending on group size. Presentation last week of semester to clien
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.

Reading Lists

Timetable