PLAN20010 Community Development and Planning

Academic Year 2021/2022

The aim of this module is to increase the student's knowledge and skills in relation to a form of planning which takes as its starting point, the involvement of community within the planning process. The module will explore the theory of community and community planning, the policy context for community participation in planning, and the practical applications of community planning. Students will be introduced to a number of methodologies for engaging communities and practical examples of their application. Empirical national and international examples from rural and urban communities will be drawn upon. Each student will be expected to undertake a project relating to community planning which will apply the knowledge and skills they have gained in lectures. A field trip may be organised in conjunction with this module and this may take place at a weekend.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to:
1.Demonstrate an understanding of the theory and practice of community planning.
2.Compare and contrast different approaches to community planning.
3.Evaluate the benefits and challenges of community planning in practice.
4.Design materials for engaging communities in the planning process.
5.Present ideas orally and engage in discussion.

Indicative Module Content:

Section 1: Theory and Policy Context
The first section of the module deals with the theory and policy context for community planning and development. Lectures will cover theories of participation and collaboration and the developing policy context for engaging communities in Ireland and elsewhere. Lectures 1-3

Section 2: Community Based Planning in Practice: Methodologies and Examples
The second section is devoted to the practical issues of community planning and participation. This section of the module will provide an overview of different community planning techniques and will provide examples of community planning in practice. Lecture 4-8

Section 3: Application
The final section of the course which runs concurrently with sections 1 and 2 is devoted to the practical application of the knowledge gained in the other sections of the module. This element of the module is linked to the group project. Lectures 9-12

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
In this module specific tasks and hands on learning activities take place following a more formal presentation, which allows students to actually implement a process which they have heard about, or to reflect on their own knowledge about an issue or process discussed in the lecture.

The hands on learning activities usually take place in small groups. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
PEP10020 - Intro to Spatial Planning, PLAN10010 - Intro to Spatial Planning

PEP30120 - Topics in Urban & Reg Planning

Community Development and Plan (PEP20050)

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Group Project: Group project on community planning Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Assignment: Students will produce a case study of a community participation project. Week 8 n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Peer review activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Individual feedback will be provided on the individual assignments after the assessment. Group feedback will be provided on the group project post assessment. There will be a small element of peer review of the group project, whereby students will provide a peer review of their team members and will assess the presentations of other groups.

Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Wed 09:00 - 10:50