PLAN3000W Planning & Real Est Dev Prac

Academic Year 2024/2025

This module considers the relationships between planning and real estate development. It consists of two parts. The first part introduces the conceptual foundations of the module. It will discuss planning theories and explore how planning practices are shaped by broader processes, conditions and dynamics such as globalisation, neoliberalism, environment degradation, heritage conservation, and entrepreneurialism. In particular, we will explore theories of urban politics and urban governance to understand how planning expresses and mediates the interests of development industries, land and property owners, financial institutions, local communities, civic organisations and local communities. We will also provide a brief introduction to the real estate development industry and the real estate development process. We will then evaluate the influences of planning control such as zoning and density, which underpin decisions on land uses but are also subject to political bargaining, negotiation, and contestation. The second part of this module consists of in-depth discussions of, and collaborative learning on, selected topics related to planning and real estate development. Specifically, we will focus on urban heritage protection, megaprojects, new towns, and development rights transfer.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completing this module, students will be able to:
1. demonstrate a critical understanding of planning theories introduced in the module;
2. understand how planning is shaped by broader processes and dynamics, including the interest of the real estate development sector;
3. grasp the complexities of the real estate development industry and development processes, and recognise the challenges posed to planning and governance;
4. apply theories and concepts introduced in class to critically evaluate development and planning practices involved in megaprojects, urban heritage protection, new towns, and development rights transfer in China and other places;

Indicative Module Content:

The module will discuss the following:
• planning theories
• real estate development cycles, financing strategies, feasibility studies and risk assessment
• politics of real estate driven development
• heritage conservation
• megaprojects
• new towns
• development rights transfer

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Students are expected to (1) read and critique extant literature from various sources; (2) actively participate in discussions and group projects; (3) present findings in different formats; (4) work independently and write essays on assigned topics.
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Exclusions:

This module is delivered overseas and is not available to students based at the UCD Belfield or UCD Blackrock campuses.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered

Not yet recorded.

Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
In-Module Resit Prior to relevant Programme Exam Board
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

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback will be given to students on a continuous basis through the trimester on individual and group activities.

Name Role
Dr Yunpeng Zhang Lecturer / Co-Lecturer