TCP3049 : Skills for Planning Strategies (Inactive)

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


The module aims to -
a) Introduce a number of key ideas and skills related to strategy making.
b) Improve awareness of the complexity of the institutional and policy contexts in which planning strategies are made, the variety of the stakeholders, and the range of mechanisms available to orchestrate change.

This module introduces you to the institutional and policy contexts in which planning strategies are made, and provides you with key strategy-making skills to help you to understand environmental change at the local level; how this change affects local interests, and how these interests are articulated. It seeks to equip you with the skills required to understand a locality and formulate sensible policies and action plans at the neighbourhood level.

Taught through lectures, group tutorials and workshops, the aim of the module is to introduce you to the skills you will require to explore the interactions between spatial and non-spatial issues, and to produce a strategy that addresses in the round the problems and opportunities of a particular locality. In Semester 2, TCP3052 naturally follows on from this module where you will learn how to put strategy into action.

Outline Of Syllabus

Lectures/Group workshops/tutorials to introduce:
The institutional and policy context in which strategy making occurs.
Some key strategy-making skills and ideas to enable students to explore the characteristics and dynamics of a locality, to determine the issues that a strategy might address.
Some policy mechanisms available to planners to orchestrate change, and a chance to reflect on their appropriateness and usefulness.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion149:0049:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture112:0022:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading149:0049:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching112:0022:00Seminar
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery110:0010:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study148:0048:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The emphasis of this module is on skill development taught primarily through tutorials and practicals to allow students to gain from staff expertise. This is augmented by lecturing to contextualise and theorise the skills being taught.
The private study and associated assignments enable students to gain an in-depth understanding of the context in which these skills are utilised and opportunities to develop their own skills and understanding further.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report1M50Report - Understanding the purpose and mechanisms of policy strategies - 2,000 words.
Essay1M50Essay - discussing the strengths and weaknesses of market evidence - 2,000 words.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

These assessments enable students to practice their skills as they are taught in the appropriate sections of the module, and to reflect on a range of policy mechanisms and issues related to spatial strategy making ahead of developing their own strategy in the following semester.

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