Course Information Undergraduate prospectus

Planning and Sustainability

Course summary

Course code: TOWN1043
Level: 5
Credits: 15
School: Architecture, Computing and Hums
Department: Built Environment
Course Coordinator(s): Patrick O'Leary


Pre and co requisites



The aims of the course are:

To provide an introduction to urban planning
Explore the mechanisms that can be used to ensure the delivery of successful property developments while considering the social, economic and environmental contexts.

Learning outcomes

Upon completing the course students will:

Be able to demonstrate an understanding of how the planning process works and the mechanisms used to influence sustainability in the built environment.
Have considered the current and potential future impact of the urban environment in the context in the continued growth in the proportion of the world's population living in cities.
Have increased awareness of the resilience of urban environments to the potential impacts of climate change and natural disaster in the context of the planning process.

Indicative content

The Planning Process.
Planning for Sustainability.
Historic Buildings, Planning and Sustainability.
International, National, Regional and Local Considerations.
Urban Growth and Decline.
Urban Regeneration.
Mega Cities.
The City and Sustainability -
The Impact of the City-
The Heat Island Effect Socio-Economic Considerations;
Adaptation and Resilience;
Future Cities.

Teaching and learning activity

The subject will be taught by a combination of formal lectures, seminars/tutorials and a visit and tour of a relevant location.

Learning Time (1 credit = 10 hours)

Scheduled contact hours:

Note: include in scheduled time: project supervision, demonstrations, practical classes and workshops, supervised time in studio or workshop, scheduled lab work , fieldwork, external visits, work-based learning where integrated into a structured academic programme:
lectures 12;
seminars 0;
supervised practical sessions 0;
tutorials 12;
formative assessment 12;
other scheduled time 0;
Guided independent study:

Note: include in guided independent study preparation for scheduled sessions, follow up work, wider reading or practice, revision.
Independent coursework 114;
Independent laboratory work 0;
other non-scheduled time 0:
Placements (including work placement and year abroad) 0:
Total hours (Should be equal to credit x 10) 150.


Portfolio of written work. 2000 words. 100% weighting. Pass mark 40%.