Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Module version for: 2013/4Module Convenor: Dr Richard Nunes
Summary module description:
The module brings together a blend of teaching and learning methods. It provides an understanding of the interrelated design, planning and real estate roles in delivering sustainable development and its associated challenges, whilst equipping students with the wherewithal to critically identify both the causes of environmental concern, as well as the proactive methods and mechanisms sought to address these issues and concerns.
The module aims to provide students with an understanding of sustainability, natural resource management, urban design and place-making. It provides students with an introduction to the concept of sustainable development as it relates to planning and real estate practice, emphasising the role that planning and real estate can play in conserving and managing natural resources and environmental assets for the benefit of future generations. It also covers the dimensions and constituents of urban design quality and promotes awareness of, and sensitivity to, design considerations in order to enable students to critically evaluate urban spaces and places.
Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module it is expected that the student will be able to:
- Define the concept of sustainability and be aware of the different viewpoints which underpin it;
- Critically evaluate the role of planning and real estate in managing natural resource use;
- Explore and evaluate the role of planning and development in delivering selected aspects of sustainable development;
- Utilise learning technologies (e.g. discussion boards, social bookmarking; on-line learning objects; wikis) to communicate, evaluate and present ideas and proposals;
- Discuss the main concepts and principles of urban design;
- Discuss the functional, environmental, visual and social use aspects of urban design;
- Illustrate the evolution of urban form and composition and of approaches to environmental improvement;
- Recognise the social and cultural heritage considerations and values in urban design;
- Outline the equal opportunity considerations in urban design including issues of disability and gender;
- Use an appropriate design vocabulary; and
- Identify, describe, appraise and communicate - verbally and graphically - the design characteristics and qualities of places and spaces.
- Develop graphic communication skills including the use of maps, plans and other illustrations through the module requirement to produce a well illustrated report describing and analysing the form, features, character and use of a place; and
- Develop Web-based learning skills, involving literature searching, research and case study exercises.
Content is re-examined each year in light of current topical issues. Broad thematic lines of inquiry include urban design in history and in the development planning process, planning and natural resource management, and greening the development process.
Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The module is delivered using a combination of web-based learning and review tutorials (during autumn and spring terms, for sustainability and the natural environment) and illustrated lectures (during autumn term, for urban design and place-making).
|Seminars||8|| || |
|Practicals classes and workshops||4||4|| |
|Supervised time in studio/workshop||4|| || |
|Work-based learning||80||90|| |
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|Total hours by term||100.00||100.00|| |
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|Total hours for module||200.00|
Summative Assessment Methods:
|Written assignment including essay||37.5|
|Practical skills assessment||15|
Other information on summative assessment:
Formative assessment methods:
Online discussion boards, seminars.
Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy.
The following penalties will be applied to coursework which is submitted after the deadline for submission:
- where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark;
- where the piece of work is submitted more than one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.
You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.
(Please refer to the Undergraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guideUG.aspx)
Length of examination:
Requirements for a pass:
A mark of at least 40% overall.
Reassessment will be by the same method as for the module’s original assessment requirements, subject to variation by the Examination Board where appropriate.
Last updated: 23 April 2013