Programme And Module Handbook
 
Programme Specification


Date Specification Approved 04/07/2017
College College Life and Env Sci
School School of Geog Earth & Env Sci
Department Geography
Partner College and School Geography
Collaborative Organisation and Form of Collaboration
Qualification and Programme Title B.Sc. Geography and Urban and Regional Planning Full-time
Programme Code 2068
Delivery Location Campus
Language of Study English
Length of Programme 3 Year(s)
Accreditations This programme has no outside accreditations
Aims of the Programme
  • To enable students to critically study urban and regional planning with a range of other academic disciplines.
  • To develop an understanding of urban and regional planning as an important element of public policy through a variety of teaching and learning methods, and forms of experimental learning, which are carefully integrated into a coherent programme of studies.(G2.2)
  • To develop progressively, independent learning and study skills.
  • To develop intellectual and practical skills in the collection, interpretation, analysis and presentation of data using appropriate computer and information technologies.(G2.3)
  • To embed skills of working in small groups and oral presentation into training and assessment of courses.
  • To enhance the learning experience by structuring the programme so that by the final year students are able to study modules that are informed by the current specialised geographical and urban planning research of academic staff (S4.1).
  • To provide students with transferable, personal and academic skills that will not only qualify them for employment but will also enable them to engage in life-long learning and contribute to the wider community.(G2.3, B4.1, S4.3).
G = QAA Geography Benchmarks, B = University of Birmingham Learning and Teaching Strategy, S = School of Geography and Environmental Sciences Learning and Teaching Strategy.
Programme Outcomes
Students are expected to have Knowledge and Understanding of: Which will be gained through the following Teaching and Learning methods: and assessed using the following methods:
The nature of change in physical and biological environments nad human society and the interactions between them (G3.2).
The perspectives of cultural, social, political and economic geographies in relation to the contemporary world.
The ways in which the distinctiveness of place, at different spatial scales, is contested, constituted and constantly remade (G3.2; G3.3; G3.9).
The process underpinning physical and biological systems and environmental change at a range of temporal and spatial scales (G3.2; G3.3; G3.5; G3.7).
All our learning and teaching methods are involved in helping students achieve one or more of the programme outcomes. Numbers in parentheses below are used to highlight particular methods considered to be important in achieving the outcomes specified.Lectures (1-4); tutorials (1-4); practical classes (4); fieldwork (1-4) and project work (1-4).
Each method of assessment is aimed at evaluating the level to which students have achieved one or more of the programme outcomes. Numbers in parentheses below are used to highlight methods considered to be particularly important in assessing outcomes specified.
Students are expected to have attained the following Skills and other Attributes: Which will be gained through the following Teaching and Learning methods: and assessed using the following methods:
Have a conceptual understanding of the ways in which urban and regional planners and others concieve the world and be able to contest and challenge the provisional nature of that knowledge and understanding.
Analyse, evaluate and synthesise published geographical information.
Communicate geographical concepts, ideas and results to a professional standard and through reasoned argument by written, oral and visual means.
Exploit the potential of computers in information gathering, communication and presentation.(G3.2; G3.13).
Plan, design and conduct a piece of geographical research based on secondary sources and demonstrate a critical engagement with the literature. Present an extended essay to a professional standard (including citation and bibliography)
Work effectively and efficiently both individually and as a member of group.
All our learning and teaching methods are involved in helping students achieve one or more of the programme outcomes. Numbers in parentheses below are used to highlight particular methods considered to be important in achieving the outcomes specified.Lectures (1-4); tutorials (1-4); practical classes (4); fieldwork (1-4) and project work (1-4).
Learning and teaching methods for sections 1-3 include lectures, seminars, tutorial classes and directed independent study. They are intended to help students achieve one or more of the programme outcomes.IT skills workshops.Library research; independent research; discussions with tutor.Four day residential field-trip, Tutorial project, Project report.