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 Planning in Practice
Code ENVS426
Coordinator Professor DP Shaw
Geography and Planning
David.Shaw@liverpool.ac.uk
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2022-23 Level 7 FHEQ Whole Session 30

Aims

To extend the student’s understanding of the practice, process and administration of the planning system and of the role of planners in it and of the views, needs and requirements of all those who participate in it and emerging trends and developments in planning practice;
To develop the critical skills needed by planners to operate effectively – including the ability to negotiate, communicate and relate legislation and contemporary priorities to plan making, regulation and development within and beyond spatial planning;
To develop a clear understanding of the application of professional values and morals and ethics in planning;
To critically consider the role and sustainability and global context of planning practice;
To equip students with a clear understanding of gaining employment and the world of work and deliver effective and high-quality planning services.


Learning Outcomes

(LO1) On completion of the module, students should be able to understand the informal and formal processes involved in dealing with planning applications and preparing development and other plans and strategies and the external influences on the planning system.

(LO2) On completion of the module, students should be better informed about the main contemporary debates and emerging issues at the heart of  planning practice.

(LO3) On completion of the module, students should be equipped to undertake the activities of a professional planner in relation to the wide range of organisations and interests involved in the planning process.

(LO4) On completion of the module, students should have improved their ability to secure employment and understand the world of work and the application of professional standards.

(LO5) On completion of the module, students should be able to critically examine and develop strategies for dealing with clients and customers of planning services and be able to engage in informed debate about the future direction that spatial planning practice could take.


Syllabus

 

Times for visiting lecturers may require the times and programme to be varied and any local site visits will require a half or full day attendance at venues to be confirmed. Below is a list of the topics that will covered in the course of this module. Please note that many of these topics will be covered as part of other project work, or in the course of exercises:

Public Involvement in Planning:
The Planner in modern Society – roles, expectations, skills, vision;
Public Consultation and Involvement – practice, techniques;
Pressure Groups and how to work with them.

Players in Planning:
Key Interests/interest groups in planning;
Politicians in planning;
The Business Community and Planning;
Consultants in the Planning System;
The Voluntary Sector and Planning.

Professionalism in Planning:
The Professional Planner;
Ethics and Morality in Planning;
APC/ Continuing Professional Development and the RTP I .

Key Stakeholders in Planning:
Statutory consultees, QUANGOs and other agencies in planning and how they work;
Dealing with Major Developments;
Working Regionally.

Quasi Planning Strategies – the roles of planners:
Community, health, economic, transport, economic development and other related strategies.

Skills in Planning Practice:
Planning Inquiries and the Inspectorate;
Negotiating Tariffs and Agreements;
PR and the Media.

The Workplace:
Managing change and personality/team assessment;
Jobs and Careers in Planning


Teaching and Learning Strategies

The module uses a variety of approaches to examine and explore what is means to be a professional planners and the critical skills necessary to embark on a planning career. The teaching is predominatly interactive based around a client based group practice and range of visiting speakers to explore different aspects of planning practice and lectures/seminars to explore the dynamic nature of planning practice, becoming a professional planner and the importance of lifelong learning, and what the ethical codes of professional practice means and whose interest are being served by the advice planners give.


Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours 40

8

        48
Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 252
TOTAL HOURS 300

Assessment

EXAM Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
Formal Examination There is a resit opportunity. This is an anonymous assessment. Assessment Schedule (When): end second semester    40       
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
group project report There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is not an anonymous assessment. Assessment Schedule (When) :First semester    40       
Essay/Briefing note There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is an anonymous assessment. Assessment Schedule (When) :Second semester    20       

Recommended Texts

Reading lists are managed at readinglists.liverpool.ac.uk. Click here to access the reading lists for this module.