SHE Level 2
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M2K421891
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)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

M1K420745 Urban Studies

Summary of Content

The purpose of the planning system. The History and Evolution of Planning in Scotland and the UK. An introduction to the operation of the Scottish Town and Country Planning System. Comparative studies of Planning in Europe and North America. Implementing Planning Reform - Modernising the Planning System. The Legislative Framework. The Planning Process at national and local government level. Land use planning topics and key issues. Planning and Development: A case study.


A guide to the Scottish Planning System; Planning, the Market and Development Processes Ethics and Town Planning National and local government planning policies Scottish Planning Policy and the National Planning Framework The evolution of Planning; The Public Health origins; The Impact of War; New Towns; The Rediscovery of Poverty; Entrepreneurial Planning; The Environment. An introduction to the Planning (Scotland) Act 2006 An introduction to development planning, development management and enforcement. Planning for sustainability.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to: 1. Appreciate the purpose of the planning system. 2. Be introduced to the land uses, amenity and environmental aspects of urban planning. 3. Develop an awareness of the economic, social and environmental factors considered in the process of town and country planning. 4. Be introduced to the processes of plan-making and the subjects it addresses. 5. Develop an understanding of the problems, policy formulation and implementation measures associated with a local area. 6. Be introduced to the processes of submitting and determining a planning application. 7. Acquire an understanding of the role of development in achieving planning objectives.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Lectures provide the basic theoretical concepts which will be complemented by seminars, tutorials and site visits. Lectures provide an introduction to theoretical and applied standard textbook and educational material. Project coursework and tutorials will provide an opportunity to explore and understand fundamental concepts and relevant applications. Seminars will introduce practitioners, highlight current issues and explore alternative responses. Learning and teaching strategies will be designed and implemented, appropriate to students' needs, to allow all students to fully participate in the module.

Indicative Reading

Essential Reading Rydin. Y, (2011) The Purpose of Planning: Creating Sustainable Towns and Cities Richard Rogers and Anne Power (2000) Cities for a Small Country: Faber Indicative Reading Allmendinger, Prior & Raemaekers ed. (2000) Introduction to Planning Practice: Wiley. www.scotland.gov.uk www.rtpi.org.uk www.rics.org.uk www.ads.org.uk www.cabe.org.uk

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
Seminars (FT) 24.00
Lectures (FT) 24.00
Independent Learning (FT) 110.00
Practicals (FT) 24.00
Assessment (FT) 18.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 02 n/a 60.00 35% Case study report (2000 words)
Course Work 01 n/a 40.00 35% Individual report up to 2500 words