Module Details

The information contained in this module specification was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change, either during the session because of unforeseen circumstances, or following review of the module at the end of the session. Queries about the module should be directed to the member of staff with responsibility for the module.
Title Heritage Management and Sustainable Development
Code ARCH738
Coordinator Dr G Quattrone
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2023-24 Level 7 FHEQ Second Semester 15


This module aims to:
1. Provide students with the relevant knowledge to link theory, policy and practice in heritage management and conservation in the context of local sustainable development.
2. Provide students with the necessary skills to develop a critical understanding of heritage, particularly in the context of rapidly changing built environments and societies, which builds on historical research as well as fieldwork and observation, and an ability to assess, evaluate and communicate it.
3. Assist students to acquire knowledge of key strategies, methods and techniques in sustainable cultural heritage management, including the assessment of the significance and impact of development proposals on historic built environments, and be able to apply these within different contexts nationally and internationally.
4. Develop the students’ knowledge of the wider spectrum of building deterioration conditions for different construction and material s, and their ability to identify the most appropriate and sustainable intervention approaches and repair actions.
5. Allow students to develop knowledge of contemporary design approaches, strategies and tactics in the context of interventions within historic settings and fabric, and the ability to apply the above understandings to real-life projects.
6. Develop the students’ understanding of funding strategies and processes for the implementation of heritage management plans, including the identification of relevant existing funding schemes as well as the evaluation and suggestion of private-public funding ventures, cost/ resources/ capital investment/ amortization/ revenue generation planning.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Assess the significance of different heritage assets, including architectural, archaeological and living heritage sites, single assets and intangible heritage elements, to identify heritage assets in need of safeguarding.

(LO2) Develop visions, guidelines, master plans and design proposals to sustainably integrate heritage preservation with development, including heritage impact assessment.

(LO3) Develop an ability to evaluate the state of preservation of built heritage as well as identify, map and visually illustrate structural and non-structural defects, an understanding of causes and patterns of damage in a range of structures, and an awareness of appropriate conservation approaches and technical repair measures.

(LO4) Distinguish between different categories and levels of intervention towards heritage safeguarding, identify and apply the most appropriate, based on a holistic evaluation of the property’s state of preservation and the local social, political and economic conditions.

(LO5) Understand the role of community participation in integrated sustainable heritage management and development, and apply relevant outreach and public engagement techniques, supported by awareness raising and capacity building methods.

(LO6) Understand funding strategies and processes for the implementation of heritage management plans, and methods for cost/ resources/ capital investment/ amortization planning.

(LO7) Understand the causes and patterns of damage in a wide range of structures and an awareness of the technology employed in the repair and strengthening of historic buildings.

(S1) Mapping, surveying and inventorying skills.

(S2) Master planning skills.

(S3) Problem solving/ questioning and critical thinking/ inquisitive thinking in analysing situations and facts towards making appropriate choices and developing effective solutions.

(S4) Written literacy/ ability to produce clear, well-structured and well-written work.

(S5) Communication and presentation skills.

(S6) Teamwork.

(S7) Time management.



Key topics and subjects covered in the module include:
• tangible and intangible heritage documentation and dissemination (methods and techniques, data analysis, mapping, illustration and visualization);
• historical/ ethnographic/ archaeological/ landscape/ urban/ design / architectural and construction analysis (methods and techniques);
• tangible and intangible heritage values, significance and threats (identification and assessment);
• states of preservation/ structural and non-structural failure (identification, assessment, mapping and illustration), and repair actions (guiding principles);
• heritage conservation and development (approaches, principles and guidelines, policies, best-practice, design, funding);
• sustainable heritage development planning (regional, urban and building scale; tourism, economics, environment);
• impact (socio-cultural/ economic/ environmental) of development proposals and designs on historic built environments.
Students will gain comprehensive multidisciplinary understanding of how methodological and practical aspects of heritage management planning, previously introduced in the first semester, are applied in real-life scenarios in the context of sustainable development. These aspects include field documentation, analysis of primary and secondary data, and review of international heritage policy and best-practice towards assessing heritage values, identifying protection requirements, priorities and measures, producing conservation and development guidelines, understanding the role and nature of design interventions, and devising appropriate awareness raising and dissemination strategies.
Upon completion of this module the students will be able to: a) recognise and leverage the potential of material and immaterial heritage assets to contribute to all dimensions of sustainable development; b) devise principles, strate gies, methods and approaches, including design, for their conservation and management that are aligned with broader sustainable development objectives; c) showcase said heritage assets to the wide spectrum of stakeholders including government and policy makers, cultural institutions, practitioners, local communities and the general public.
All lectures will be captured. Teaching material will be available to students on Canvas in the form of lecture notes and audio/video recordings, workshop briefings and handouts, additional reference material and key learning resources. A list of both essential and recommended readings will also be available on Canvas. Students are expected to review lecture notes, lecture recordings and reference material, as well as read the essential resources on the reading list, in preparation for the workshops, coursework and presentation. Students are also encouraged to conduct independent research and find their own supplementary learning resources.
S tudents will have the opportunity to develop their own research interests as they will be taught by staff and visiting experts who research and practice heritage management and sustainable development. Students will also have the opportunity to develop confidence in the subject by engaging in various active learning activities, in which they will discuss ideas and present their work to peers as well as heritage experts from both academia and practice.
Formative and summative assessments will lead to authentic assessment throughout the semester. The six hallmarks and attributes of the UoL Curriculum 2021 will be met, while student employability will be enhanced by meeting key criteria in seven, out of eight, Areas of Competence recognised by the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC).

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching method 1: Lecture
Description: All weekly sessions will be delivered as a combination of lectures and Q&A sessions. The first hour will typically consist in lectures covering key module contents, some of which might be delivered by visiting professionals and/or academics with specialist knowledge and expertise. The second hour will consist in interactive Q&A sessions on lecture contents, introduction to topics for reading and discussion in the following week, and briefing on the content and format of the coursework and presentation. An online discussion board will be available on Canvas to encourage students to raise and debate issues, along with a list of regularly updated FAQs, which the students can refer to when needed.
If, based on specific circumstances related to the COVID-19 crisis, a hybrid teaching model is to be considered, lectures will be delivered asynchronously, i.e. pre-recorded and made available on Canvas in advance of the Q&A sessions . These, instead, will be held synchronously, to ensure the students have an opportunity to interact face-to-face with peers and teaching staff within a virtual class environment.
Attendance recorded: Yes
Description of how self-directed learning hours may be used: Students will review teaching materials and further study the module contents by accessing the reading list and resources available on Canvas, as well through independent research.
Teaching method 2: Workshop
Description: The two-hour sessions of selected weeks will be delivered in the form of workshops, in which the students will be briefed on the coursework components and assigned related group tasks to carry out in class. The work produced will be collectively discussed and, on the basis of the feedback provided, further developed in the following weeks towards the final coursework submission.

If, based on specific circumstances related to the COVID-19 crisis, a hybrid teaching model is to be consid ered, workshops will be held synchronously online, e.g. on MS Teams or Zoom, recorded and made available on Canvas for future reference.

Attendance recorded: Yes
Description of how self-directed learning hours may be used: Students will work on the coursework and presentation.

Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours 14


Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 126


EXAM Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
Workshop. Development and collective discussion of the structure, contents and components of a heritage management plan.         
Heritage management plan, including text and images. There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is an anonymous assessment.    70       
PowerPoint/ equivalent software presentation (live or pre-recorded). There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is not an anonymous assessment. Group   20    30       

Recommended Texts

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