CPT886: Live Project for Eco-City Development

School Cardiff School of Geography and Planning
Department Code GEOPL
Module Code CPT886
External Subject Code K490
Number of Credits 20
Level L7
Language of Delivery English
Module Leader Dr Andrea Frank
Semester Double Semester
Academic Year 2017/8

How the module will be assessed

The module requires students to form small groups. Each group should identify a topic of low carbon, sustainable eco-city planning and development, which should be initially discussed and agreed with the client via the module leader. Each group is required to develop a plan, or a model, and/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 and the conditions identified during the field study visit. 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 a “Groupwork Feedback Form”. If team members feel that one (or more) 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% contribution


Written report (or plan)

70% contribution

2,800 words


How the module will be delivered

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

Outline Description of Module

This module provides an opportunity for students to identify planning and development problems in respect to either developing new eco-cities or the transition of existing cities and metropolitan areas to low-carbon, sustainable places. For this students will work in teams. After participating in a real practical eco-city project, the students are to provide reports to local planning, NGOs or development authorities. 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 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 and analyse the organisational and governance context within which the project is being undertaken, including any multi-professional dimension, and their implications for feasibility of solutions; critically 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

Skills that will be practised and developed

  1. Problem definition
  2. Field 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

Assessment Breakdown

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

Essential Reading and Resource List

Dessler, A. & Parson, E. A., 2010. The Science and Politics of Global Climate Change. A Guide to the Debate. 2nd ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Dunn, N., Cureton, P. & Pollastri, S., 2014. Future cities: a visual history of the future. [Online] Available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/357790/14-814-future-cities-visual-history.pdf [Accessed 01 10 2014].

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

Scho?n, 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

Syllabus content

The opening weeks of the module will explain the project brief(s) and group working. Students will work on the 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.

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