SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code MMK423244
Module Leader Rohinton Emmanuel
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Civil Engineering and Environmental Management
  • C (May start)-A (September start)

Summary of Content

This module provides students with critical knowledge and understanding of current challenges in urban and interactive planning. The contents are arranged in three thematic areas: urban planning theory; urban and interactive planning goals; urban planning practice. The first theme will provide an understanding of the historical context and the theoretical underpinnings of contemporary planning theory. The second theme aims to show the end goals of urban and interactive planning, with an emphasis on urban place making. It also provides an understanding and develops abilities to identify place and evaluate them. The final theme provides an understanding of contemporary planning processes and its links to sustainability, environmental management and environmental legislation.


-360b7 Urban planning - history -284 o History of cities o Urbanisation, urban growth o Urban transitions o Global overview of the evolution of urban planning o Planning principles -360b7 Urban and interactive planning goals -284 o Identity of place/place making o Healthy urban planning o Planning for sustainability o Environmental behavioural viewpoint of the built environment -360b7 Urban planning practice -284 o The profession of planning o The planning process o Legislation and decision making o Strategic planning and levels of planning o Interactive planning process and collaboration of professionals in planning o Evaluation of planning processes

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:1. Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the main features of urban planning history2. Critically assess the theory of urban planning including planning profession and the need for diversified professional work in planning.3. Demonstrate an understanding and technical ability to the identity of a place, how to recognise its historical and contemporary features and evaluate them.4. Critically evaluate contemporary phenomena like urbanization and urban sprawl, transitions in urban areas.5. Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge and technical ability in strategic planning and different levels of urban planning and design.6. Critically appraise the quality of architecture and the principles of sustainable and ecological building. 7. Demonstrate an understanding of environmental behavioural research principles in environmental evaluation.8. Critically evaluate the main concepts concerning town planning theory and history, identity of places, contemporary phenomena like urbanization, legislation and planning systems.9. Critically evaluate and appraise recent planning processes, the built environment and its quality as well as management and participation in the processes.10. Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge and technical ability in environmental legislation concerning urban planning, ability to use programmes like SketchUp to illustrate spatial planning.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The module, developed under the auspices of the RESCUE Project, in conjunction with the Lahti University of Applied Sciences (LUAS), Finland, a partner in the Project. The delivery of this module will be through lectures, seminars and case studies, as well as guest lectures by LUAS Staff. Students will develop the practical skills necessary for urban planning through tutorial exercises, case studies, in-class presentations, learning diaries, group works and reports. The course has a virtual platform where all the materials and tasks are saved. The lectures and presentations will be recorded and links are found in the virtual platform. Communication and information are carried out by using the platform functions between contact meetings. Students are expected to do also self-evaluation and mutual evaluation of their course works.

Indicative Reading

Benevolo, L. 1981. The history of the city. 2 nd ed. Cambridge: The MIT Press Silberstein, Jane. 2013. Land-use planning for sustainable development. 2nd ed. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press Haas, Tigran. Ed. 2012. Sustainable urbanism and beyond : rethinking cities for the future. New York : Rizzoli Hall, Peter. 2002. Cities of tomorrow : an intellectual history of urban planning and design in the twentieth century. 3rd ed. Oxford : Blackwell Balducci, Alessandro & Raine Me4ntysalo. (eds.)2013. Urban planning as a trading zone. New York : Springer Brenner, Neil, Marcuse, Peter, Mayer, Margit. 2012. Cities for people, not for profit: critical urban theory and the right to the city. London ; New York: Routledge Miles, Malcolm, Hall, Tim. 2003. Urban futures : critical commentaries on shaping the city. London; New York : Routledge Fainstein, Susan S., Campbell, Scott. 2011. Readings in urban theory. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell Healey, P. 2006. Collaborative planning: shaping places in fragmented societies. 2 nd ed. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan Barton, Hugh and Tsourou, Catherine. 2000. Healthy Urban Planning - A WHO guide to planning for people. London : Spon Press Adams, D. and Tiesdell, S. 2012. Shaping places: urban planning, design and development. Abington : Routledge

Transferrable Skills

-360b7 Communicating effectively in appropriate formats, including among peers and with external agencies b7 Using effectively a wide range of IT tools, including general software and specialist packages b7 Working effectively as part of a team b7 Demonstrating a professional approach to time-management

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 18.00
Independent Learning (FT) 84.00
Tutorials (FT) 12.00
Seminars (FT) 12.00
Lectures (FT) 24.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 02 n/a 40.00 45% Individual report
Course Work 01 n/a 60.00 45% Group Report