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 Li Yu
SemesterDouble Semester
Academic Year2013/4

Outline Description of Module

 This module provides an opportunity for students to undertake an overseas field study visit and work in-depth on a ‘live’ planning and/or governance issue in an eco-city. Students will work in groups. Students will work closely with a partner organisation and will need todeploy skills in problem-definition; draw upon, and develop, knowledge of the planning, political and cultural context of the development; and appreciate the operational context within which a report will be delivered to the partner organisation. Students will be introduced to data techniques and analytical approaches to be used in the field.

On completion of the module a student should be able to

How the module will be delivered

The module will be delivered by a combination of:

Lectures and seminars are supplemented by Powerpoint presentations (slides are copied and made available) and handouts. Key readings that are used in teaching sessions will be available in Learning Central before the session in which they are to be discussed. During seminars you may required to lead or contribute to debate/discussion. Work in the field will take place over a two week period and will involve intensive investigation of issues on site.


Skills that will be practised and developed

Academic/subject specific skills

 Transferable/employability skills

Students will practice and develop the following:

How the module will be assessed

Group Report - 70%
Group presentation - 30%

Assessment Breakdown

Type % Title Duration(hrs) Period Week
Written Assessment 100
Group Report
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

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

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


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