CPT886 - Live Project for Eco-city Development

SchoolCardiff School of Planning and Geography
Department CodeCPLAN0
Module CodeCPT886
External Subject CodeK490
Number of Credits20
Language of DeliveryEnglish
Module Leader Dr Andrea Frank
SemesterDouble Semester
Academic Year2015/6

Outline Description of Module

This module provides an opportunity for students to work in groups and to identify planning and development problems in association with a low carbon eco-city. After participating in a real practical eco-city project, the students should provide reports to local planning or development authority. This module will deploy skills in problem-definition; and develop knowledge of procedures and practice within a low carbon eco-city development; engage in appropriate reflection of social, economic and environmental issues; and appreciate the operational context within which the report will be delivered. Groups will be required to make a group presentations of their work to an audience of staff, practitioners, and clients; and to write a final project report or produce a plan based on their findings.

On completion of the module a student should be able to

  1. understand socio-economic and environmental processes in addressing low carbon eco-city planning and development in real world.
  2. appreciate the challenges in economic, social and environment that confront policy makers, planners and communicates in sustainable development
  3. understand the organisational and governance context within which the project is being undertaken, including any multi-professional dimension, and their implications for feasibility of solutions; reflect upon the role of research and evidence in this context
  4. generate and evaluate creative responses to planning issues
  5. reflect systematically upon what has been learnt in a project, and its implications for personal development and further training

How the module will be delivered

The module consists of series lectures and seminars to introduce planning approach for low carbon eco-city, background of the live project; and supervisory (surgery) sessions of project. Students are required to participate in field trip to understand and to identify the impacts and problems in practical planning and development of eco-cities. Students are required to form into groups to address the tasks of the ‘live project’.

Skills that will be practised and developed

1.     Problem definition

2.     Research skills

3.     Group working skills

4.     Written, oral and graphic communication

5.     Collaborative problem solving

6.     Creative and efficient group work and project management

7.     Preparation of a written report

How the module will be assessed

The module requires students to form groups, each of which should consists of 4-5 students. Each group should identify a topic of low carbon eco-city planning and development, which should be initially discussed and agreed with the client by lecturer. Each group is required to develop a plan, or a model, or set of policies that seek to resolve the planning or development problems of a low carbon eco-city in the real world based on the knowledge from the classes.

The students need to do group presentation, and then provide a written report (or plan) to client.

Since the coursework is mainly group work, the student will complete the “Groupwork Feedback Form”. If team members feel that one (or more) other members are not contributing properly to the group work, they can indicate this via the form. The mark of individual group members may be moderated based on peer feedback. 


Group Presentation - 30%
Written Report - 70%

The potential for reassessment in this module

Students are permitted to be reassessed (usually once) in a module which they have failed, in line with course regulations. The reassessment will usually take place during the summer

Assessment Breakdown

Type % Title Duration(hrs) Period Week
Written Assessment 70
Group Report
N/A 1 N/A
Presentation 30
Group Presentation
N/A 1 N/A

Syllabus content

The opening weeks of the module will explain the project brief(s) and group working. Students will work on their interpretation of the brief, devise group working practices, identify secondary data sources, map gaps in knowledge and agree how those will be covered, and finalise their project aims and time plan. Outputs from the project will also need to be agreed. Much of the module will take place as a field study visit. 

Essential Reading and Resource List

Lehmann, S. (2012), The Principles of Green Urbanism: transforming the city for sustainability, London, Earthscan

Schön, D. (1995), The reflective practitioner: how professionals think in action, Aldershot : Arena

UN HABITAT (United Nations Human Settlements Programme) (2011) Cities and Climate Change- Global Report on Human Settlements 2011 (http://mirror.unhabitat.org/pmss/listItemDetails.aspx?publicationID=3085)

Wong, T, and Yuen, B.  (2011). Eco-city Planning Policies, Practice and Design. London: Springer.

Background Reading and Resource List

Background literature will be identified in conjunction with the field trip

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