TCP3053 : Development Management

Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


The module aims to develop students’ knowledge of planning law, development management and the institutional framework within which planners operate. It will also facilitate application of that knowledge through practical evaluation of issues surrounding planning applications and critical reflection of ongoing changes to the system.

Outline Of Syllabus

Please refer to the module guide for a detailed schedule of sessions. Overall, the module is split into two parts and two assessments mirror these parts. Approximately the first fifty per cent of lecture sessions are assessed via an exam in week six. This body of knowledge then forms the basis on which students should analyse a planning application in order to prepare a case during a mock inquiry. Students' ability to synthesis policy and build arguments is assessed by a mock inquiry exercise which runs in weeks eleven and twelve.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture132:0026:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion1110:00110:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops42:008:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork14:004:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity150:0050:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery12:002:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

This module is divided into two parts, the first of which aims to convey a basic knowledge of key elements of the development management process as a foundation on which to develop further skills and to assist students to apply that knowledge. This will be assessed through a 90 minute examination in the assessment period which will include knowledge, application and reflection sections.

The module is designed to enable students to bring together their skills from part one in a way that assists them to contest a proposal through a mock inquiry exercise. This is assessed through an oral, group examination towards the end of the semester. Students will have the opportunity to construct a case in full support, partial support or opposition to a hypothetical planning proposal.

In sum, the breakdown of the module into these elements is intended to cover both the practical and the reflective skills required by development managers. On completion, students will have engaged positively in the making and assessing of planning applications, they will have gained experience of critically evaluating applications and demonstrated awareness of the political and governance issues associated with the process as a whole.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Presentation102M40A group examination introduced in week one and assessed oral presentations in weeks eleven and twelve.
Written Examination902M60Formal exam on knowledge, application of knowledge and critical reflection, organised centrally and sat in around week 6.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

In their exams, the students are tested on their knowledge and understanding of the system and their ability to understand debates around planning applications. In their group oral assessment they are tested on their practical ability to contribute to a mock inquiry.

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