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 Prof DP Shaw
Geography and Planning
David.Shaw@liverpool.ac.uk
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2018-19 Level 7 FHEQ Whole Session 30

Aims

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. To develop a clear understanding of the application of professional values and morals and ethics in planning.
  4. To critically consider the role and sustainability and global context of planning practice.
  5. To equip students with a clear understanding of gaining employment and the world of work and deliv er effective and high quality planning services. 

Learning Outcomes

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

On completion of the module, students should be able to discuss critically key issues in contemporary planning practice. Be better informed about the main contemporary and emerging issues at the heart of debates within  planning practice

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.

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

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 i n 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

Continuing Professional Development and the RTPI (compulsory attendance with MCD students)

Key Stakeholders in Planning:

Statutory consultees, QUANGOs a nd 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 (held jointly with MCD/ all final year students around the beginning of the second semester)


Teaching and Learning Strategies

Lectures - These are used on an occasional basis when the topic at hand needs to be properly introduced to the students before they can carry out exercises to do with that topic.

There are zero scheduled hours for lectures, but note that does this not preclude the use of lectures should the need arise (eg to explain specialist content).

Seminar - This will be the main mode of module delivery.

This module is highly interactive, and will take the form of seminars, which may also function as de facto project meetings for the client-based project element of the module.

Other - This includes project work, site visits and so forth. This mode will be used primarily in the Autumn term


Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours   42
This will be the main mode of module delivery.
      15
These are used on an occasional basis when the topic at hand needs to be properly introduced to the students before they can carry out exercises to do with that topic.
57
Timetable (if known)   This module is highly interactive, and will take the form of seminars, which may also function as de facto project meetings for the client-based project element of the module.
 
      There are zero scheduled hours for lectures, but note that does this not preclude the use of lectures should the need arise (eg to explain specialist content).
 
 
Private Study 243
TOTAL HOURS 300

Assessment

EXAM Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
Unseen Written Exam  3 Hours  end second semester  50  Yes    Formal Examination Notes (applying to all assessments) - none 
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
Coursework  6000 words  First semester  25  Yes  Standard UoL penalty applies  group project report 
Coursework  2000 words  Second semester  25  Yes  Standard UoL penalty applies  Essay/Briefing note 

Recommended Texts

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

Much of the reading for this module will from the literature aimed at practising professionals - policy, news, planning magazines, and reference books.