SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M1K423162
Module Leader Craig Thomson
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Construction and Surveying
  • A (September start)-B (January start)
  • B (January start)

Summary of Content

Provide an insight into urban development and the role of Government, the private sector and voluntary organisations in the urban process. A review of current property, planning and administrative issues affecting urban areas and their property markets.


Introduction to the concept of urban The development of urban areas. The role of public sector agencies and voluntary organisations in the urban property market. The role of partnership organisations in the urban arena. Major private sector organisations - their impact upon and operation within the urban property market. The challenges facing cities across the world in the 21 st century. The rise and fall of urban industrial centres. Key tends and predictions to 2050. Urban Poverty and Global Development. What is Urban Design? What makes a successful place. Lessons from the Glasgow experience.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module the student should be able to:1. Understand the operation of Central and Local Government and its impact upon the urban arena (A6, B1, B2, B3, C1-3, D1-3, D7, D10-14)2. Identify the major effects upon urban areas of private, public and voluntary sector activity (A3, A4, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, C1-3, C6, D1-3, D7, D10-14)3. Understand current issues and themes affecting urban areas and urban property markets (A3, A4, A5, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, C1-3, D1-3, D7, D10-14)4. Identify the major sources of property market and other urban information (A3, D11, D13)

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Lectures provide the basic theoretical concepts which will be complemented by seminars and practical sessions including site visits. Learning and teaching strategies will be developed and implemented, appropriate to students' needs, to enable all students to participate fully in the module.

Indicative Reading

Hall T and Barrett H (2012) Urban Geography (4 th Edition) Routledge * Rodgers R (1997) Cities for a Small Planet, Faber. Rodgers R and Power A (2000) Cities for a Small Country, Faber. * http://www.FT.com http://www.scotland.gov.uk http://www.scotnet.org.uk http://www.rics.org.uk http://www.jrf.org.uk http://www.gla.ac.uk/acad/urban/ * Essential text/recommended for purchase

Transferrable Skills

Use of library and internet resources Analytical skills Effective communication: written, graphical and oral Independent working skills Team working Presentational

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 18.00
Seminars (FT) 24.00
Lectures (FT) 48.00
Independent Learning (FT) 86.00
Practicals (FT) 24.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 n/a 40.00 35% Group Project up to 6 students
Course Work 02 n/a 60.00 35% Indivisual report 2500 words