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Course Handbooks for the 2020/21 academic year will be published on this page in due course. If your Course Handbook is not published yet, please check back soon. All Course Handbooks will be published prior to the course induction.

Master of Planning Master of Planning, Level 6, 2020/21 - Course Handbook

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Welcome to the Course

This handbook provides you with information that you will need on your course. You should find it helpful when you first start, when you are preparing for assessment and at any time that you need help or advice in connection with your studies here. You will also receive a Module Handbook for each module you study on your course.

The course team is looking forward to working with you this year and we hope that your time studying with us at Leeds Beckett University is both enjoyable and successful.

On behalf of our University and the whole course team I would like to wish you well in your studies.

Whether you are joining us as a new student or returning to continue your studies, and whether your course is on-campus, distance learning, degree apprenticeships or you are on one of our UK and overseas collaborative and franchise courses, we hope you will enjoy your experience and find your studies interesting, challenging and relevant to your development and future career plans.

Our aim is to provide students with a research informed, innovative and relevant curriculum that is linked to current industry practices and standards. Our courses are highly valued by employers, professional bodies and other stakeholders. Our School has a strong tradition of delivering programmes that provide students with the opportunity for academic and practical experience. This approach, coupled with our close involvement with employers, produces graduates who are highly regarded in the workplace.

Through our approach to student support and to teaching and learning we aim to place you, our students, at the heart of everything we do. You will experience a diverse range of teaching approaches. We also use a variety of different methods of assessment and attach considerable importance to providing you feedback on your assessments.

The School curricula encompasses sustainability embracing broader social, economic, and environmental issues fundamental to understanding, preserving, and enriching the built, natural and digital environments.

As a School we strive to be student-centred and value your opinions and feedback. We want to hear about the things you enjoy and that you think we do well, but also want to know when you think there are ways in which we can improve your experience. There are many ways in which you can provide feedback including through your student academic representatives, through written or on-line module evaluation feedback forms and through student open meetings, forums with staff and student representative meetings with me.

We maintain a strong commitment to our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and our facilities are well equipped for each major area of our course provision. Our Built Environment, Planning, Human Geography and Civil and Building Services Engineering courses are situated in the heart of the City at Northern Terrace Building, with the Computing and Electrical and Electronic Engineering courses located in Caedmon Building at our Headingley Campus.

If you are studying on campus, where possible, the majority of your teaching will take place at the School’s buildings; however, some teaching sessions may be scheduled in other buildings on our City Campus and Headingley Campus. The City Campus library is located in the Leslie Silver Building, which is adjacent to Northern Terrace, while the James Graham Building houses the library at our Headingley Campus.

This academic year, because of the need to maintain social distance as a result of Covid-19, thereby keep both students and staff safe, the School of Built Environment, Engineering and Computing will be using a blended learning approach. All essential delivery will take place online and this will include lectures, seminars and virtual drop-in sessions. Some limited face-to-face sessions (for example tutorials/seminars/workshop) will be delivered onsite to provide additional small-group learning opportunities. For those who are unable to visit us on campus, these face-to-face sessions will be recorded and made available electronically. In addition, courses that have laboratory work and practical sessions, where these cannot be delivered in any alternative way will be arranged for students to come to Campus for the sessions. The delivery methods will be reviewed as we know more about Covid-19 through Government advice and directives.

I would like to wish you well in your chosen studies and hope you have an enjoyable and successful year.

Professor Akin Akintola

Professor Akintola Akintoye, Dean of School

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I’m really looking forward to meeting you (virtually!) and wish you the best! See you around.

Sherry Iqbal, Education Officer, LBSU

Introduction

This Handbook contains important information about Leeds Beckett University’s planned approach to course delivery and assessment in 2020/21. You should read this web page carefully so that you are aware of any changes that affect your course.  

The University is informed by Government and Public Health England (PHE) Covid-19 advice and guidance for maintaining a Covid-secure learning and working environment. We have made arrangements to continue to provide a high-quality educational experience in a way that protects the safety and wellbeing of both students and staff. We are engaging closely with Leeds Beckett Students’ Union to inform the arrangements and will also be informed by feedback provided by our individual students. 

Government and Public Health England advice and guidance continues to evolve, so the arrangements for delivery of your course and use of the campus may need to change during the academic year to continue to protect students and staff.

The taught content advertised at each level of study, or its equivalent, will be delivered across the academic year 2020/21.  We have identified an appropriate mix of blended learning – a mix of face-to-face, on-campus, online and digital content and teaching and learning for each subject, reflecting what will maximise learning as well as supporting more vulnerable learners and enabling the university as a whole to minimise transmission risk.

Covid-19 social distancing measures will be implemented during 2020/21 for teaching, learning, assessment and student support.  

In the event of further government lockdowns, either local or national, we will prioritise digital and online learning and support to enable students to continue with their studies. 

If there is an easing of Covid-19 restrictions, we will continue to provide blended delivery for teaching block 1 or semester 1 in 2020/21. We will keep teaching blocks 2 and 3 or semester 2 under review, informed by Public Health England advice. We may revert to different proportions of on-campus learning and online learning delivery later in the academic calendar year or a later teaching block.  Learning will remain accessible for students who are unable to attend on campus sessions. 

How we will communicate with you

We have sent information to new and continuing students on the plans for delivery of your course in 2020/21, the academic calendar (teaching block delivery or alternative) applicable for your course and the options available to you, to enable you to make informed choices. 

As the situation evolves, further information on local course delivery arrangements will be provided to you in emails and on the University’s Covid-19 microsite

In addition to the course specific information set out in this Handbook and the above communications, the University’s Covid-19 microsite contains information for students and applicants, including information relating to University accommodation and University facilities and services.  The Covid-19 microsite is regularly reviewed and updated as the situation, advice and planning evolve.

Key terms and conditions

Further important information for applicants and students is available on our Information for Applicants and Students website. This includes information about the student contract, fees and funding, your rights of cancellation, the student protection plan and the University complaints process.  It is essential that you read the information on this webpage carefully as it sets out the rights and obligations that form the contract between you and the University and information about how to make a complaint.

Location of delivery

In academic year 2020/21, it is planned that your course will be delivered via a blend of online and digital learning and on-campus teaching and learning, with the necessary Covid-19 social distancing and other measures in place on campus informed by the Government and Public Health England advice and guidance. 

Information on how blended teaching and learning will be delivered and the location of any on-campus delivery is provided in subsequent sections of this Handbook entitled ‘Location(s) of Delivery’ and ‘Teaching and Learning Activities’.

Information on the delivery of placements and other off-campus learning opportunities is provided in subsequent sections of this Handbook entitled ‘In-Year Work Placement Information’ and (if applicable to your course), ‘Sandwich Placement Information’.

Course Fees 

Course fees and additional course costs are confirmed in your offer letter. Course fees are presented to you annually through the online enrolment process. Other additional costs remain as published on our original Online Prospectus information in addition to the areas of costs outlined below and in the updated 2020/21 Course Specification for your course.

The course will be delivered via a blended approach that includes online teaching and learning, digital learning and on campus sessions.  If a further lockdown is necessary then delivery will be continued and supported via online and digital learning. Students are advised that they will need a personal digital device for this purpose. The University’s wide range of student support services available for students also includes a laptop loans scheme. Students may wish to bring an existing personal device or purchase or lease a laptop or similar device for their personal use which would be an additional cost.  The costs of this would vary depending on your individual requirements but can be in the region of £400-800 depending on the device. 

The University has developed a means-tested Covid-19 Financial Assistance Package to support students to acquire a laptop should this be needed. Students may also apply for a living expenses fund for unexpected personal hardship as a result of the Covid-19 Crisis. 

Students will need to follow the Public Health England advice and any specific national requirements for maintaining personal safety and hygiene to protect themselves and others from the Covid-19 risks. These personal safety measures such as the wearing of face coverings will be an additional cost that students need to consider. 

Where PPE is an essential requirement for the nature of the course you are undertaking this will be detailed below.   

Policies, Standards and Regulations 

Covid-19 social distancing measures will be in place for teaching, learning, assessment and student support in 2020/21. This means that there will be operational requirements and protocols in place for the way in which your course is delivered and the way in which University activities, facilities, and spaces operate which students and staff will need to follow.   

In the event of further government lockdowns either local or national in response to Covid-19, we will prioritise digital and online learning and support to enable students to continue with their studies. We may need to implement approved emergency Covid-19 pandemic academic regulations to take account of the impact of Covid-19 general extenuating circumstances. 

Details of the policies and regulations which are relevant to you are available in the ‘Policies, Standards and Regulations’ section of this Handbook.  

Sandwich Placements, Other Placements and Other Off-Campus Learning Opportunities 

Covid-19 response measures are likely to impact on the arrangements for placements, field trips, volunteering and other off-campus activities. If available, these are likely to operate with appropriate social distancing arrangements.  Employers may reduce the availability of placement or volunteering opportunities due to the impact of Covid-19 on their operations.

The availability or type of placements with employers, study abroad or volunteering opportunities, may be restricted. The University follows the UK Government‘s Foreign and Commonwealth travel advice and is also informed by any specific in-country international travel restrictions or requirements.  

The University’s current position is that we will not facilitate outward (from UK) international/overseas placements, study abroad or volunteering activity in 2020/21. This is to protect students and minimise the risk of you being stranded abroad in the event of a lockdown and the introduction of national/local travel restrictions. We will only consider international placements for students whose domicile address is in the country of their placement. 

Inward Erasmus study (from other EU countries to the UK under this scheme) will be supported where these align with the teaching blocks academic calendar delivery dates. There may be other national or international travel restrictions or quarantine measures or specific work-place Covid-19 measures that impact on these opportunities.  

Should the Covid-19 response and alert level be amended any activity may also be subject to Covid-19 employer, local or in-country requirements applicable at the time of the placement/activity. We will keep the position under review for teaching blocks 2 and 3 or semester 2, informed by Public Health England and the UK Government‘s Foreign and Commonwealth travel advice.
Students will have access to advice and support from the University careers and employability team during their studies via the online resources and support.

Further information on placements or other off-campus learning opportunities applicable to your course is provided in the ‘In-Year Work Placement Information’ and (where relevant) ‘Sandwich Placement Information’ sections below.

Professional Accreditation or Recognition Associated with the Course

We will prioritise face-to-face teaching and practical teaching to meet any requirements of relevant professional, statutory and regulatory bodies (PSRB) if your course includes these elements. This will ensure that your course retains its full professional status. 

Where applicable, specific information on applicable professional statutory or regulatory body recognition or requirements for your course is summarised in the ‘Professional Accreditation or Recognition Associated with the Course’ section below.

Teaching and Learning Activities

The way we will deliver this course and teaching, learning and assessment activities in 2020/21 will be informed by Public Health England advice and guidance on Covid-19 secure requirements and the need for social distancing for the protection of students and staff. 

You will experience a blended approach to learning for 2020/21; this is a mix of face-to-face, on campus online, and digital content, teaching and learning. 

We are working within the government 2 metre social distancing measures for Teaching Block 1 so we are not planning to deliver large-group teaching on campus throughout 2020/2021. This will ensure that maximum space will be available for small-group teaching.

In most cases, the taught content will also be available online so you can still access it if you are not able to attend campus due to the pandemic (for example, due to self-isolation, shielding or travel restrictions). There will be digital content and recorded lectures available online to support students who may be unable to travel to campus. In some circumstances, other formal taught sessions may also be recorded. 

In the event of a further government lockdown in response to Covid-19, we will prioritise digital and online learning and support to enable students to continue with their studies and study towards achieving any specified professional statutory and regulatory body accreditation requirements where this applies.  

If there is an easing of Covid-19 restrictions, we will continue to provide blended delivery for teaching block 1 or semester 1 in 2020/21. We will keep teaching blocks 2 and 3 or semester 2 under review, informed by Public Health England advice (see Introduction section above).

Further information on local course delivery arrangements will continue to be available from your School. 

Learning Support

Our approach to delivering student support in 2020/21

Given the planned social distancing measures in place on campus for 2020/21 to ensure safe delivery of services for students and staff, some of the arrangements for student support will be accessible online. 

We are committed to ensuring you continue to have opportunities to access the learning and wellbeing support that you need over the forthcoming year. General learning spaces, including access to libraries, will be available to be booked online; and where specialist space is needed, this will either be provided: as normal; created in newly adapted spaces; or replicated as part of an enhanced suite of online resources.

We want to provide a safe environment for students and staff, so on-campus delivery of student support services will be limited. This may mean that campus-based school offices will operate within defined core office hours.  However, full access to advice, learning support and specialist services will be delivered via telephone, email, video calls and online live chat.  The Students' Union will also be implementing social distancing arrangements for student advice services. 

Access to Library support in 2020/21

The Library offers access to thousands of resources via MyBeckett or theLibrary website which also provides full details of all our services. 

In response to Covid-19, and the need for social distancing for the protection of students and staff, the libraries will be available via a booking system in 2020/21 for students to study, access PCs and laptops, printer/ copiers, and other equipment, and to use the books and journals.

Further information on Library support is available in the ‘Library and IT Support’ section of this Handbook. 

Range of Support Services Available

There is a range of support for disabled or vulnerable students. Any student with a disability, who may or may not have declared this to the University and wishes to discuss their learning support for the year ahead or their status as a Covid-19 extremely vulnerable person, should contact their Disability Adviser for their School who is based in Student Services to discuss their support needs in the first instance.  The service contact details are disabilityadvice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk or telephone 0113 812 5831. Students who are classed at Covid-19 Extremely Vulnerable (i.e. you have received a Shielding Letter from the NHS) but who do not regard themselves as disabled, and have not registered with the Disability Team, should discuss any support arrangements they may need, directly with their Course Director and if resident in halls, their Residential Life Team.

Further information is available in the ‘Support for Disabled Students’ section of this Handbook. 

Information on the support available from your School and other Services is available in the ‘Key Contacts’ and ‘Learning Support’ sections of this Handbook. 

In order to provide you with information on student services support in 2020/21 in response to the changing Covid-19 position, updated information will be provided on our University Covid-19 microsite.

Course-specific information

We plan to deliver large group sessions and lectures online and smaller group seminars or tutorials on campus with appropriate social distancing measures in place. These will be arranged in such a way that each course level (Level 4, Level 5, Level 6 and Level 7) will have an opportunity for weekly face-to face seminars / tutorials in small groups in line with social distancing measures. This will be in addition to the large group online sessions. Both the online and campus-based delivery will offer students opportunities for formative and summative assessment and feedback.

Key Contacts & Keeping in Touch

You will be allocated an academic advisor (personal tutor) when you enrol in Induction Week. Your academic advisor should be your first point of contact for both academic matters and for matters of a pastoral nature. In your first year you will have a regular series or structured or semi-structured meetings with your academic advisor and other members of your tutorial group, as well as an individual meeting once a semester to review your academic, personal or development needs. This is particularly important in your first year, but in principle your academic advisor will stay with you for the duration of your course.

Andrew Winterburn

Andrew.Winterburn@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

Northern Terrace, Room G09

Course Representatives are student volunteers who represent your views at course-level, in course forums and in meetings with academic and support staff. Details about being a Course Representative are available at www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/course-representatives.htm. The Students’ Union oversees Course Representatives and more information is available at www.leedsbeckettsu.co.uk.

Ellie Clement and Catherine Parkin

E.L.Clement@leedsbeckett.ac.uk and C.M.Parkin@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

0113 812 5238, 0113 812 1101

Leslie Silver Building, Sheila Silver Library, Room 403

The contact details of other key services, such as the Student Advice Hub, Disability Support, Library, Money, Careers, Students' Union Advice Service and Students' Union Student Voice Team can be found on the Students web page.

Academic and administrative staff at our University use your student email address to contact you. It is important that you check this account regularly. You can forward emails from your student email address to a preferred personal email address, however, quarantine and spam filters needed by our University mean that emails sent from external email addresses may be delayed, blocked or deleted. It is therefore important that your student email address is the only email address that you use to contact University staff. Information on how to access your student email address can be found on the Library Student IT Support page (http://libguides.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/it_support/office365/outlook)

Please make sure that you inform your Course Administration team whenever you change your address and contact details. It is important that you also update your records yourself. You can do this via the My Account/Update my Data tab on MyBeckett. This will ensure we can always contact you in an emergency, and that you receive any important University communications that we may need to send you.

We will inform you of class activities and course notifications, including any cancellations. . This will normally be done by e-mail and/or announcements on module MyBeckett sites.

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For each module, the Module Handbook will include the preferred method of communicating general information about that module to you.

Skype for Business is a communication tool for staff and students:

  • Make calls using audio, video and instant messages across the University community.
  • Create and participate in group online meetings to support project assignments.
  • Available across University devices and personal mobiles via a free downloadable app.
  • Fully integrated with the Office 365 suite already used by staff and students.

Further information is available on the Library's Skype for Business web page for students. 

MS Teams is part of the Office 365 suite used by staff and students for communication and collaboration: 

  • Access via MyBeckett on University devices and personal mobiles via a free downloadable app.  
  • Participate in online meetings and video conferencing in groups or one-to-one.  
  • Work on shared content, ideas, projects and online learning.  

Further information is available on the Library's MS Teams FAQ web page.

Your course team will advise how Skype for Business will be used on your course and make guidance available as required.

Timetable Information

This course will be scheduled using a teaching block or semester-based delivery. The 2020/21 academic calendar and term dates are available on our Academic Calendars web page.

Taught sessions will normally be scheduled and included in your timetable. This will include on-campus sessions that you should attend. In 2020/21, depending on your course, this may also include scheduled online teaching and learning sessions where student engagement is required at a specified time and tutor pre-recorded lectures and scheduled discussion sessions. Module information will be made available online by the school for enrolled students.

Timetables will be made available to students during induction week via:
1. The Student Portal (MyBeckett)
2. The Leeds Beckett app

You should discuss any difficulties relating to your engagement with timetabled sessions with your Course Administrator.

The School Forums, where students raise feedback on their academic experience, are scheduled into all students’ timetables. Any student can attend but only Course Reps are expected to be in attendance.

Course Overview

This is a dynamic and innovative course that aims to develop planners with a passion for place and the skills to communicate that passion, to support and engage with communities and exercise leadership across a range of disciplines.

It provides a combined spatial and specialist planning route to professional body membership and engages students in practical projects with client-based field work to develop critical reflection on the challenges and contexts of interventions in the built and natural environment.

Across four years of integrated study, students pursue both spatial and specialist learning pathways, acquiring practitioner tools and planning knowledge, and the ability to evaluate, appraise, research and articulate substantiated responses to global and local issues. They develop the design, drawing and model making skills to make plans and communicate their vision, and the specialist knowledge of development strategies, resource management and regulation needed to make well-judged and timely responses. This course aims to create planners who uphold the highest ethical standards, who champion the engagement of communities, who are sensitive to spatial inequalities and are capable of devising sustainable interventions and leading inter-disciplinary teams and making effective and timely decisions.

This course has been inspired by the recommendations of the Farrell Review of Architecture and the Built Environment (2014). The result is a course with a distinct identity that equips students to engage in contemporary spatial planning and respond to the forces that cause change in the built and natural environment. It introduces a common foundation in spatial planning from which students can develop joined-up thinking around planning specialisms. As such it provides a complementary but distinctive addition to the suite of accredited planning courses at Leeds Beckett planning school. It adds a combined route to professional membership alongside the three year spatial and one year specialist routes also offered. It applies resources developed in the specialist accredited programmes to provide depth to spatial planning education. Modules making up the new MPlan may be shared across accredited courses and are combined to develop particular skills sets required by an integrated course.

The learning pathways underpinning this course are designed to reflect closely the RTPI learning outcomes for a combined planning course. RTPI learning outcomes have been themed around three learning pathways of ‘Spatial Planning Knowledge’, ‘Critical Global Contexts’ and ‘Practitioner Skills’. Each pathway is progressed vertically across the four levels of the course and horizontally so that connections are made between practitioner skills, planning knowledge, and the theoretical engagement and analysis that enables critical reflection and reflexive practice.

The learning pathway of Spatial Planning Knowledge matches RTPI learning outcomes 1-4 and is developed at all levels from ‘Introduction to Planning’ at Level 4 to ‘Managing Places & Spaces’ at Level 7. Awareness of development strategies, project management, site assessment, and resource management are covered in modules such as ‘Housing Markets’ at Level 5 and ‘Site Analysis’ at Level 7. Matters of environmental regulation and development planning are introduced with a light touch in ‘Place Making’ at Level 4, and fully developed in ‘Managing Places & Spaces’ at Level 7. Critical political debates and theories in planning are encountered through practical example at Level 4 and continued at Level 5 in more depth in ‘Development of Planning Thought’, through a themed approach at Level 6 in ‘Planning Policy & Practice’ and culminating in detailed specific study in Level 7’s ‘Dissertation’ or Advanced Project module.

The learning pathway of Critical Global Context matches to RTPI learning outcomes 5-7, and 9 and starts at Level 4 with the modules ‘City and Society’, ‘Introduction to Planning’ and ‘Sustainable Places’ that explain the political and ethical nature of spatial planning, the democratic decision-making structures and concepts of rights that underpin the planning process. Continuing at Level 5 with ‘Development of Planning Thought’ and progressing to Level 7 with Sustainable Communities this learning pathway provides a strong global outlook for the development of planning knowledge and skills and examines some of the major challenges to the built and natural environment.

The learning pathway of Practitioner Skills matches to RTPI learning outcomes 8 and 10-13. Issues of reflective professional practice, ethical conduct and critical judgement are introduced at Level 4 and become central themes of the Level 6 Planning Policy & Practice and Level 7 Managing Places and Spaces modules. These skills are further explored through engagement with planning and planners in the real world, in the international field visits and the master planning project. Skills in design and visual communication are taught again in progression from ‘Introduction to Landscape & Environment’ at Level 4, with practical exercises in ‘Placemaking’ and at Level 5 in ‘Neighbourhood Planning & Design’, with a major client based design project at Level 6, culminating in the opportunity to carry out an Advanced Design Project as the Level 7 Dissertation.

In addition there are three strands of specialist planning knowledge relating to areas of specialism and these take the form of learning pathways for Spatial Design, Sustainability, and Community Engagement. Specialist skills in design and visual communication are taught again in progression from ‘Introduction to Landscape & Environment’ at Level 4, with practical exercises in ‘Placemaking’ and at Level 5 in ‘Neighbourhood Planning & Design’ culminating in the opportunity to carry out an Advanced Design Project as the Level 7 Dissertation. Students are able to evaluate the distinctive contribution of design and plan-making to the making of place and the mediation of space and evidence their command of the skills that will be expected of them as practitioners. The specialist study of sustainability issues begins at Level 4 with ‘Sustainable Places’, is followed with International Fieldtrip Module at Level 5 and culminates with ‘Sustainable Communities’ at Level 7. Students engage in theoretical, practical and ethical debate on sustainability and sustainable development in the context of spatial planning and assess their knowledge against the challenges of mitigating, and adapting to climate change. The study of community engagement is developed initially in ‘People & Places’ in Level 4 and progresses through placements in the module ‘Placement & Professional Skills’ and both the ‘Design and Community’ and ‘Community and Neighbourhood Planning’ module at Level 6 leading to a neighbourhood planning case study in ‘Sustainable Communities’ at Level 7. Students evaluate social, economic, environmental and political contexts and demonstrate the relationship of community engagement to other areas of specialist expertise. The three specialist learning pathways map to the RTPI learning outcomes of areas of specialism 7.7, 1-6.

The focus of the course is on practical engagement in order to apply and develop taught skills and critical understanding. Leeds Beckett University has been teaching accredited planning courses since 1934 with its origins in Leeds School of Art. Planning courses are taught in a collaborative environment that includes an accredited MA Town & Regional Planning and accredited Masters specialist courses in Housing, Regeneration & Urban Management and Urban Design. The interdisciplinary nature of the teaching and research environment is, therefore, one which supports the dynamic required to deal with current planning challenges. Lecturing staff are active in planning research or planning practice and these interests feed into the course and contribute to the contemporary relevance of its content. Guest lecturers from private practice and statutory agencies also ensure the currency of the course.

In addition, the course presents students with the opportunity to work directly for ‘clients’ in their assessed work, encouraging them to engage with community groups, respond to their brief, and produce high quality plans of practical benefit to the community. The major research project at Level 6, Design & Community, and the Level 7 Sustainable Communities project provide this high level of community engagement, while students have the additional opportunity at Level 6 to benefit from a placement in a planning agency where they will gain practical insights, and may be engaged in providing assistance and support to the development of neighbourhood plans.

With its distinctive learning pathways, the Master of Planning provides a combined spatial and specialist course that develops students’ capacity for creative thinking, problem solving and leadership and equips them with the skills and knowledge to plan, lead and make effective and sustainable development decisions.

1 Develop creative and critically substantiated responses to problems and opportunities in planning and demonstrate a commitment to reflective practice, including upholding the highest ethical standards

2 Demonstrate a critical awareness of the social, economic, political and regulatory nature of planning and evaluate development strategies and assess the challenges of planned interventions

3 Critically evaluate the principles and processes of design in the creation of high quality places and apply design skills in enhancing the public realm for the benefit of all in society

4 Demonstrate the critical ability to communicate and engage effectively with communities, work in an interdisciplinary context and develop skills in advocacy, negotiation and partnership

5 Critically evaluate the responses of planning to the challenges of sustainability and climate change and demonstrate creativity in planning sustainable interventions

Assessment & Feedback

Please note the exam/assessment periods in the academic calendar and make sure that you are available during those periods. Further details of your schedule of examinations can be found on your timetable once the examination schedule is released. Coursework submission deadlines can normally be found on MyBeckett, on course noticeboards or in individual Module Handbooks/other module guides.

Disabled students requiring adjustments to assessments and/or examinations should contact Disability Advice at the earliest possible opportunity to discuss their support requirements. In order for adjustments to be identified and implemented in a timely fashion we urge all students to register with us as soon as possible, as we cannot provide adjustments at short notice.

For further information visit Disability Advice or email us at disabilityadvice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk or call us on 0113 812 5831. Please also see Disability Advice on the ‘Support’ tab in MyBeckett for further information.

It is important for your progression and achievement that you submit all work for all assignments in a timely manner. It is also important that you keep copies of all work submitted until after you have graduated. You should also keep any receipts confirming the submission of assignments. In the event of your submitted work being lost you may be required to produce a copy of the work and submission receipt. If you are unable to do so, your work will not be marked.

It is important to note that submitting all assignments is a requirement of your course. Should you experience extenuating circumstances which prevent you from submitting on time please make yourself aware of the Mitigation and Extenuating Circumstances process. Without any form of extenuating circumstances, standard penalties apply for late submission of assessed work. Full details of the penalties for late submission of course work are available in section 3.11 of the Academic Regulations at www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/public-information/academic-regulations. Please check the penalties that apply to this course as some Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Body requirements may mean that different penalties apply.

If you have been recommended ‘flexibility around deadlines’ as a reasonable adjustment in a Reasonable Adjustment Plan, your Course Administrator will be able to advise you of the process.

Most assessment submissions will make use of Turnitin. When you submit your work through Turnitin it will 'match' your work with a massive global database of books, e-books, journals, websites and other students' work. You can see if parts of your work 'match' work in the database and you can see if you have attributed this to the source. Turnitin can only help you if you submit drafts of your work a reasonable length of time before the submission deadline.

Turnitin cannot detect plagiarism, it can only 'match' text. If you are not sure how to interpret the 'originality report' which Turnitin makes available to you please ask your module tutor.

Further information on Turnitin is available here: http://libguides.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/mybeckett/turnitin

Assessed work will normally be returned with appropriate feedback within four weeks of your submission. But note that this does not include periods of time when the University is closed, e.g. around Christmas and New Year. Each Module Handbook will provide you with specific guidelines on how and when you will receive this. The Course Specification explains how feedback will be provided on both formative and summative assessments.

Feedback can be in written form or verbal, formal or informal, and it is important that you understand what it can involve. Some key features of this are:

  • Feedback is normally written on the work submitted and a separate feedback sheet providing typed comments relating to the assessment’s specific marking criteria provided
  • Feedback should be constructive and include an indication of how a piece of work could be improved
  • Group feedback is often provided which summarises the key strengths and weaknesses of the assessment overall. This provides you with an opportunity to learn directly from your peers.

Results from module assessments and decisions on progression to the next level of study (e.g., from Level 4 to Level 5 of an undergraduate degree) or awards (if you are in the final level) are available on the Results Online system: www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/results-online.htm.

Results will appear within Results Online five working days after the date of the Progression and Award Board meeting (the meeting where your end of level outcome will be decided) or the Module Board meeting (the meeting where modular outcomes are decided).

If you are unsure about when you might receive your results or have queries relating to your results, you should contact your Course Administrator.

The University recognises that, from time to time, students may encounter issues which may prevent them from being able to submit or take assessment. Where this is the case, students may be able to submit their 'extenuating circumstances' for consideration. Please see the Mitigation and Extenuating Circumstances web page for further information.

If you have not passed a module at the first attempt you will be eligible for re-assessment. See your Module Handbook for details of the relevant re-assessment process (e.g., whether it is coursework, an examination, a presentation or other form of assessment/when it will take place/what the deadline is). You will be advised via Results Online of your options for re-assessment. You are advised to contact your Course Director, Course Administrator or Academic Advisor for any necessary clarification.

Details about our Appeals process can be found on the Appeals web page.

Academic integrity means intellectual honesty and is part of good academic practice. Further information can be found on our Academic Integrity web page.

Teaching & Learning

Students will be expected to review lectures and other teaching material that will be posted online and to engage with these and other-directed activities, including wider reading, in scheduled tutorials and workshops, both online and in face-to-face sessions. Academic staff will be available during the working week for one to one discussion via online meeting platforms with students as well as email conversations.

The use of the VLE, MyBeckett, will be the central focal point of module delivery where relevant modular information will be found. Each module team will direct students to the relevant areas and tasks that have been set, with regular support to help student engagement

Level 4 Core Modules

Sustainable Places & European Field Trip

Introduction to Planning

Introduction to Landscape & Environment

City & Society

People & Places

Placemaking

Level 5 Core Modules

Development of Planning Thought

Housing Markets

Public Realm Design

Neighbourhood Planning & Design

International Field Trip

Placement & Professional Skills

Level 6 Core Modules

Design & Community 1

Community & Neighbourhood Planning

Inter-Professional Studies

Heritage & Conservation

Housing Policy

Planning Policy & Practice

Level 7 Core Modules

Research Methods

Managing Places & Spaces

Sustainable Communities

Dissertation or Advanced Urban Design Project

Overall Workload

Level 4

Level 5

Level 6

Level 7

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

279 hours

305 hours

179 hours

179 hours

Independent Study

921 hours

825 hours

1021 hours

1021 hours

Placement

-

70 hours

-

-

Details of School academic staff can be found on the School of Built Environment, Engineering & Computing Website.

Attendance & Absence

The University expects you to attend and fully contribute to all mandatory sessions on your timetable as set out in your student contract. Engagement in your lectures, seminars and practicals is an important part of your learning - contributing both to the University community and the learning experience of your fellow students on the course.

We monitor your engagement at the University as regular attendance and academic achievement are closely linked. Moreover, by monitoring your engagement and attendance we can identify students who may need our guidance or support at an early stage to help them progress in their studies. This is part of our commitment to ensuring an excellent education and experience and supporting your success at Leeds Beckett.

The University does understand that from time to time there is good reason why you cannot attend a class, and in this instance you must contact your School office to let them know.

Please note that any attendance reports can be shared with you and your Course team. You might be asked to contact your School office so that appropriate academic or pastoral support can be offered, should your attendance record give cause for concern.

Our most important aim is to support your studies, but we are also required to report attendance to various external bodies such as the Student Loan Company and the Home Office. There are measures in place for students who seek to falsely register either their own or fellow students’ attendance.

Our Attendance Policy is available under ‘Student Contract’ on the Student Regulations web page.

Please note that if your course carries professional accreditation or recognition, there may be additional course-specific attendance requirements detailed elsewhere in this handbook.

You must notify your Course Administrator if you are absent for more than one day (for example for an interview, emergency unforeseen circumstances, or for compassionate leave). If you are going to apply for mitigation you will need to provide written evidence of the reason for your absence.

Please note that if your course carries professional accreditation or recognition, there may be additional course-specific absence reporting requirements detailed elsewhere in this handbook.

If you are unable to study due to Covid-19 (coronavirus) symptoms, please see the guidance available on our Covid-19 web page.

If you are unable to study because of another illness for more than 14 consecutive days (including weekends), you must provide us with a Fit Note.

You can send a digital copy of your Fit Note to your Course Administrator, and then send the original by post.

If you are absent through illness on the day of an examination or assignment deadline and you intend to apply for mitigation, you must also provide us with details as possible. Your submission for mitigation may be made online and the circumstances surrounding it may be self-certified unless your period of absence is prolonged. Generally, all absences of 2 weeks or more will require the submission of verifiable documentary evidence. For more information on ‘fit to sit’ and mitigation please visit our Mitigation web page.

Please note that if your course carries professional accreditation or recognition, there may be additional course-specific absence reporting requirements detailed elsewhere in this handbook.

Campus-based students who suspect they may have, or have been diagnosed as having a serious infectious disease such as Mumps, TB, measles, meningitis or chicken pox should not attend campus and notify their Course Director or Course Administrator as soon as possible giving information regarding which groups of students (and/or colleagues and clients on placements) you have been in contact with and when. For diseases such as Mumps, TB or meningitis, your doctor will notify the West Yorkshire Public Health Protection Team who may also wish to speak to you (or your family) to determine if others require screening or medication. You should follow advice given by the hospital or your GP about when it is safe to return to University. Further information is available on the Student Wellbeing web page.

For guidance on what to do if you have symptoms of Covid-19 (coronavirus), please visit our Covid-19 web page.

If you are thinking about changing course or withdrawing from your course, further information can be found on our Student web pages

International Students

Please be aware that our university fully complies with University Kingdom Visas and Immigration (UKVI) policy at all times. There are legal reporting requirements for all students in the UK on a Student visa, and full attendance is mandatory for all students on a Student Visa. Failure to meet UKVI attendance requirements could lead to your academic sponsorship being withdrawn and your visa being revoked. Students on a Student Visa need to be aware of their responsibilities whilst in the UK, please see www.ukcisa.org.uk or our Student Immigration Advice and Compliance web page for full information.

For up to date information about visas, immigration issues and other matters relating to international students, please visit the International Students’ web pages on the Students website (www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/) or contact the International Student Advice Centre on internationalstudentadvice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

Professional Accreditation or Recognition Associated with the Course

Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).

Students automatically become RTPI Student Members for the duration of the course. Successful completion of this programme provides eligibility to become a Chartered Planner (on completion of Assessment of Professional Competence). Being Chartered enables advancement in the profession and carries significant status and recognition.

'In Year' Work Placement Information

Please be aware that the COVID-19 response measures may impact on the arrangements for placement and other off-campus activities such as volunteering or field trips and may lead to changes in what opportunities are available or the ability of students to undertake these.

This may include the application of national or international travel restrictions or quarantine measures or specific work-place Covid-19 measures. The availability or type of placements with employers may be restricted. Students will be advised about any new information or required revisions to confirmed arrangements as soon as this information becomes available.

There are field trips scheduled at each level of study, including international field trips. Where field trips can be conducted safely every effort will be made to ensure they take place, but due to the circumstances with COVID-19 this may not be possible.

70 hours, undertaken at year 2 (level 5).

Skills, Employability & Graduate Opportunities

During the course you will gain a range of employability and personal skills such as team-working, research, critical thinking and evaluation, presentation and independent learning. Many of these skills are linked to the development of Graduate Attributes which are assessed as part of the course (see below).

You will have opportunities to gain recognition during your time at Leeds Beckett University for the extra activities you do in addition to your studies, including volunteering, student societies, playing in our University sports teams and being a Course Representative.

There are three Graduate Attributes for Leeds Beckett University and these are tailored to suit your course. The three attributes you should achieve by the end of the course are for you to be digitally literate, have a global outlook and for you to be enterprising. Learning about these attributes and being assessed on them as part of your modules will provide you with capabilities which are essential for your future career and wider life as you move on from your studies here. You will be formally assessed on all the attributes in some of your modules at each academic level in each year of your course. For more information on graduate attributes please visit https://skillsforlearning.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/local/graduate_attributes/category_homepage.shtml Information on your assessment is included in your Module Handbooks.

Graduate Attributes

This is an integrated masters course and is expected to meet the graduate attributes of Enterprise, Digital Literacy and Global Outlook progressing developmentally over the first three years.

Enterprising’

Students will be equipped with creative and problem-solving skills that allow them to take an enterprising and resourceful approach to their future careers and learning. Situated learning experiences will be embedded including work placements, live projects with local organisations, social enterprises and planning agencies. All of the modules are intrinsically linked to employment in the form of planning practice both in relation to contact with planners who come to give guest lectures and on the number of learning activities that involve engagement with real world planning projects. Students will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience of working alongside community groups in voluntary and charitable organisations in placements and projects. During level 4, problem solving skills will be explicitly developed in all the modules and in level 5 much of the problem solving will be situated in a practical context. Key skills, such as presentation and communication skills, time management, and skills in partnership working, are supplemented with specialist attributes in design, drawing, and visual communication to enhance the students’ abilities. The Design and Community 20 credit module at Level 6 provides students with direct experience of working on a design project with an external client (e.g. primary school, hospice, local community group), and the Level 7 Dissertation module provides an opportunity for students to further develop their skills and personal attributes by managing an independent research project.

‘Digital Literacy’

The development of ICT skills forms an integral part of the course. It is essential that planners acquire both basic and advanced skills in computer literacy for the collection, presentation and interpretation of spatial information and to be able to communicate clearly planned spatial interventions. Level 4 students are introduced to Photoshop, InDesign and SketchUp. There is also a brief introduction to the use of AutoCAD which is further developed in Level 5 when students are required to submit work on CAD for assessment. At Level 6 students are expected to show competence in the use of appropriate software to explore and communicate the 3-dimensional nature of landscape design. Students also learn advanced skills in digital literature searching and how to use statistical packages such as SPSS and specialist software such as Geographical Information Systems (GIS). Students will commence their GIS training in Level 4 in the ‘Placemaking’ module and then skills are built on further in Level 5 in ‘Placement & Professional Skills’.

‘Global Outlook’

An essential element in this planning programme is concerned with the global interconnectedness of places in terms of their economic, political, social or cultural relations. A global perspective in ethical considerations and cross-cultural capabilities are developed at every level. For example at level 4 in ‘Sustainable Places’ students are introduced to the problems of climate change, and the challenges of sustainable development, while at subsequent levels these issues of sustainability are given practical focus and applied to planning specialisms. Global issues of development and the market forces that impact on place and space are introduced at Level 4 and studied in their increasing complexity in Level 5 ‘Housing Markets’ and Level 6 ‘Planning Policy & Practice’ while at Level 7 students can engage with the application of these issues in site specific case studies as well as in a major research project. The placement and client based modules at level 5 will require students to work in a professional manner and the grounding gained at level 4 should support them in this and the assessments will include consideration of both ethical issues and global perspectives. The overseas field trips have a big part to play in developing a global outlook and indeed cross-cultural awareness on the part of students as they involve meeting and working together with students in the host countries. In this context students also have the opportunity of studying abroad for one semester, which is an opportunity that increasing numbers of students are taking up.

As a vocational and professional course, work-related activity can be said to occur in all four levels and takes two main aspects in relation to the course. On the one hand there is a placement block that forms an integral part of the module, ‘Placement & Professional Skills’ that has been specifically developed to provide a platform for students to gain practical experience of and insight into planning and place making. Students will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience of working with public or private sector planning organisations or alongside community planners in neighbourhood organisations. Reflections on the placement experience forms part of a piece of summative assessment.

The second aspect of relevance here is the direct contact with planners working in practice that is an integral part of the planning-related parts of the course and the requirement on students, especially in the design modules, to work on real sites that they have visited. This, often coupled with group-based site analysis and development planning, provides students with direct experience of elements of the planning profession and provides a unique opportunity for students to get a real understanding of a planning-related profession as a career. It also provides opportunities for networking and possible further job placements or internships. Examples of this would include the Level 4 module Introduction to Planning, which has visiting lecturers, some of them former students who are now practitioners, talking about the practice of planning in both the public sector and private practice, and the Level 6 Planning Policy & Practice module, which will involve contact with practising planners in several situations including a visit to Plans Panel. The Level 6 double module Design & Communities involves a sustained project working to a brief established by an external client, usually community based (e.g. school, old-people’s home, hospice, local community group). This involves client consultation, negotiating a brief, collaborative design development, presenting final designs to the client and managing, or having regard to, a budget. The project occupies approximately 75% of the two modules collectively, i.e. 300 hours of notional study time. Finally the Level 7 Sustainable Communities module involves the production of a neighbourhood plan usually working to a commission from a community organisation, town or parish council.

A key purpose of the course is to enable students to attain a professionally- accredited qualification which they will need to attain full membership of the Royal Town Planning Institute. As an accredited course, students on the Master of Planning will be entitled to free student membership of the RTPI from the start of their studies.

The Higher Education Officer for the RTPI gives an annual workshop for students explaining the route to membership through the two year period of practice that follows successful graduation. These workshops also feature presentations by previous graduates from the planning courses at Leeds Beckett University who are now employed in consultancies and planning authorities and can give their experience to the benefit of current students.

To help students begin their practical experience the Course Team encourages and assists them to volunteer through the RTPI for Planning Aid giving practical support to communities in the region engaged in neighbourhood planning. Students on the course have free access to the RTPI Yorkshire Conference series and the prestigious 4x4 series of urban design conferences and have the opportunity to engage with the key contemporary issues for the profession and to meet leading theorists and policy-makers.

There are annual prizes both internally and externally for high-achieving students and the RTPI, together with the Course Team provide great networking opportunities for graduate planners in the region.

Students completing the current post graduate planning course have been highly successful in gaining employment or progressing within existing employment on leaving the course.

Our graduates are employed in property and planning consultancies, third sector organisations and local planning authorities. The most recent data shows 86 per cent of full-time students and 100 per cent of part-time students gaining or developing full-time employment and our graduates are working for Gladman Developments, Kirklees council, Turley and Peter Brett Associates LLP and many other authorities and agencies. Graduate opportunities with planning consultancies are available annually and are promoted to all students. There are also opportunities for internships providing vital experience and a pathway to employment. The CDT and the RTPI Partnership Board are aware of an upturn in economic prospects, particularly in private sector employment, that is generating demand for more planning students and provides a strong justification for this course.

Many of the academic staff are active in, or have previous experience of working in planning practice, with guest lecturers providing further professional links. Engagement with practitioners leads to many opportunities for students to gain hands-on experience via direct contact with planning professionals or participation in real-world projects. Recent examples include developing a neighbourhood plan for Todmorden, an area action plan for Knottingley, conducting a survey into traffic problems in Hebden Bridge which subsequently involved making a presentation to local councillors, and meeting planning officers and local council planning committee Members on a field trip to Scarborough.

Learning Support

If you have a question or a problem relating to your course, your Course Administrator is there to help you. Course Administrators work closely with academic staff and can make referrals to teaching staff or to specialist professional services as appropriate. They can give you a confirmation of attendance letter, and a transcript. You may also like to contact your Course Rep or the Students’ Union Advice team for additional support with course-related questions.

Your Academic Advisor will be an academic member of staff who teaches you on your course. Your Course Director will make sure that you are given the contact details of your Academic Advisor at the beginning of each year, usually in your course induction. Further details on the role of your Academic Advisor are available on the Academic Advisor web page.

The Student Advice Hub Team can support with a number of practical elements of University life. When you first arrive at University, they produce your first Student ID card and any replacements you require during your studies. When you commence your studies, they can provide you with bank letters, so that you are able to open and maintain student bank accounts, and Confirmation of Enrolment letters that you might need for a range of purposes. Current students and graduates can also request transcripts from the Student Advice Hub.

As you progress with university life, the Student Advice Hub Team are able to provide information in relation to any element you might need help with. If you have a question and you’re not sure who to ask, please get in touch. If the team aren’t able to answer your query directly, they will ensure you can access the most appropriate team to offer help.

If you need help with more complex queries or concerns, their trained advisers also support students with 1-1 appointments, providing a safe, confidential and non-judgmental space to talk about your circumstances and identifying support that you can access within and outside of the University. You can book an appointment with an Adviser on MyHub.

Ordinarily, members of the Student Advice Hub in the Student Hubs on the ground floor of the Rose Bowl and Leslie Silver at City Campus and in Campus Central at Headingley. However, due to Covid-19, and in the interests of the health and safety of our students and staff, for a period of time this service will support you digitally via live chat, email, video calls and online resources. Their telephone number is 0113 812 3000 and you can contact them via e-mail on studentadvicehub@leedsbeckett.ac.uk. Appointments can be booked via the Student Advice Hub Team web page, all of which will be delivered virtually.

Within MyBeckett you will see two tabs (Support and Opportunities) where you can find online information and resources for yourselves. The ‘Support’ tab gives you access to details of services available to give you academic and personal support. These include Library Services, the Students’ Union, Money advice, Disability advice and support, Wellbeing, International Student Services and Accommodation. There is also an A-Z of Support Services, and access to online appointments/registration.

The ‘Opportunities’ tab is the place to explore the options you have for jobs, work placements, volunteering, and a wide range of other opportunities. For example, you can find out here how to get help with your CV, prepare for an interview, get a part-time job or voluntary role, take part in an international project, or join societies closer to home.

Support for disabled students is available from our Disability Advice team. Support is available for students with a range of disabilities including:
• epilepsy, diabetes and IBS
• depression, anxiety and eating disorders
• dyslexia, dyspraxia, and AD(H)D
• Autism Spectrum Conditions
• Mobility difficulties
• Sensory impairments

Support is individually tailored depending on the nature of your disability and the demands of your course. We would encourage you to contact us as early as possible to enable us to implement any adjustments you may need. If you have a disability and have not previously declared it, please fill in the registration form (which is also available via the Disability Advice web page) or contact the Disability Advice team on 0113 8125831 or email disabilityadvice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

More information on disability advice is available under the Academic and Personal Support sections of the ‘Support’ tab in MyBeckett, and on the Disability Advice web page.

Disabled students can also access the Disability Resource Areas in each library and the support provided by the Library Learning Support Officer. More information is available on the Library website.

The Library

The Library offers 24/7 support for your studies. You can access thousands of resources via MyBeckett or the Library website which also provides full details of all our services.

Library Academic Support

The Library Academic Support Team can help you develop your academic skills such as critical thinking, academic writing and analysing data, and research skills such as how to find, use and evaluate information for your studies. The team liaises with your lecturers to provide the information resources you need for your subject and to arrange academic skills sessions to support you in your studies.

The team maintains a number of websites to support your learning:

  • In your Subject guide, you'll find a variety of information resources which have been selected as a good starting point for research in that area.  These are available on the Skills and Subject Support web page or via the Course or Support tabs in My Beckett.
  • On the Skills for Learning website, you’ll find online resources covering topics such as essay writing, research and time management, plus information to help you reference and avoid plagiarism, alongside details of online workshops that are designed to help you succeed in your assessments.  The Skills for Learning website can be found on the Library website or via the Library or Support tabs in My Beckett.

Library and Student IT Advice Service

The Library and Student IT Advice Service team can answer your queries on borrowing, finding information, passwords, Office 365, online meetings, saving your work, MyBeckett and more:

  • online (including 24/7 chat) via the Contact Us web page
  • by phone - 0113 812 1000 (24/7 IT support)


They also have a wide range of short tutorials available on the Library’s YouTube channel.

Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi on the University campus is provided by eduroam, a secure wireless network, which also allows you Wi-Fi access if you visit other universities. To connect:
1. Select eduroam from available Wi-Fi
2. Your login details are:
Username: e.g., c1234567@leedsbeckett.ac.uk
Password: your normal university password
*Android Users: Select under Phase 2 Authentication – MS-CHAPv2
Help is available on the Library’s Wi-Fi web page.

Microsoft Office 365

You are provided with free access to Office 365 and the latest version of Office can be downloaded from the IT tab in MyBeckett or from office.com. All students who are registered for a qualification at Leeds Beckett University are eligible and you can use the subscription for the duration of your course. For instructions and more information, please see the Office 365 support page.

OneDrive

OneDrive Leeds Beckett is your individual file storage with 1TB of storage space. With OneDrive you can access and share your files across your devices. This is accessible on University PCs and off-campus through Office 365 portal. See the Saving your Work pages on the Library website for more information.

Leeds Beckett RemoteApp

The Leeds Beckett RemoteApp gives you access to a range of specialist software for your course on your personal devices. See the RemoteApp page on the Library website for more information.

Media Equipment – free loans

You can borrow high-end Media Equipment for free. Browse, reserve and collect equipment ranging from GoPros to Remote Presenters from the ground floor of the Shelia Silver and Headingley Libraries. Further information is available on the Media Equipment web page.


The Students’ Union Advice Service offers free, independent, non-judgemental advice and guidance to all Leeds Beckett Students. This can include advice on any problems you might have whilst on your course including all the Academic Regulations (Mitigation, Extensions, Complaints, Appeals, Disciplinary procedures and Academic Integrity). We can also give advice on any issues you may have with your housing including disrepair, contract checking and issues with deposits. We can also advise on student funding and debt.

We will listen to your problem and outline what options are available to you, so you can make an informed decision on what to do.

Hopefully you will never need us but just remember we are here for you if you do.

Email: suadvice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

Tel: 0113 812 8400

www.leedsbeckettsu.co.uk/advice

The Students’ Union Student Voice & Insight Team works together with the Education Officer to effectively represent students’ academic interests.

We provide support, training and ongoing development to c.1000 Course Representatives, who are elected by you to represent you whilst you study at Leeds Beckett, and facilitate the School Forums where any student can raise feedback about their academic experience at Leeds Beckett and discuss changes that have occurred as a result of student feedback with University staff.

Unsure who your Course Rep is? Maybe you’re interested in becoming a Course Rep or have feedback about your academic experience? Drop us a message on the details below:

Email: studentvoice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

Tel: 0113 812 8400

www.leedsbeckettsu.co.uk/officerteam

Resources

MyBeckett, the portal and virtual learning environment provides:

• access to your modules and timetables;
• your reading lists and email account;
• your personal storage area on our University IT servers;
• information on where to look for academic or personal support (Support tab);
• information on opportunities such as jobs, careers, part-time work, placements and volunteering (Opportunities tab)
• access to Library and student IT advice

Further information and support for using MyBeckett can be found on the MyBeckett Support Pages.

The Library contains a range of quality electronic and print resources to support the curriculum, in addition to guiding users to high quality free content, for example journals published on an open access basis. Information and learning resources are acquired in electronic format in preference to print, wherever possible, enabling simultaneous multi-user access 24/7 from both on and off campus.

As an integral part of the Library service there are a number of student facing learning and information services, providing administration, user support and training. These services include:

  • Virtual Learning Environment, supplied by Blackboard and branded as MyBeckett, supports the University’s Learning and Teaching
  • The Resource Discovery Tool, “Discover”, providing single search access for users to the majority of information sources available through the University Library services and beyond.
  • The Library Website, providing access to information and resources available through the Library alongside information about services, help and support.
  • Help, Support and Skills Development
  • Skills for Learning - Skills for Learning provides online resources, services and publications to enable students to develop their academic skills
  • Specialist equipment and facilities - There are specialist teaching facilities for the teaching of GIS with a number of computer rooms containing computers with ArcView software installed. These computers are also equipped with Adobe Photoshop and Indesign software. All general access computers are equipped with SPSS software and students are also able to install the package on their computers at home.

Student Voice

We are committed to working in partnership with you and the Students’ Union to provide you with an inclusive, safe and engaging learning environment which is conducive to study for all our students and our staff. An important element of your time studying with us is your engagement in developing your learning. Your engagement and attendance on your course enables you to further your learning and supports your achievement, course completion and aspirations for the future. There is an expectation that students will attend, engage in their learning and submit for assessment. We provide support for you to maximise your time studying with us and to develop your learning, skills and abilities to support you in your chosen career path.

We seek active participation by all our students in the continuous enhancement of our courses and through our monitoring, annual review and enhancement processes. These are formal processes used by our University for assuring the academic standards and quality of your course and its continuous improvement. These processes utilise your feedback, External Examiners’ reports, feedback from staff and others, data relating to student outcomes on the course and student surveys to reflect on areas of good practice and areas for further enhancement. We invite all students to participate in a range of opportunities to provide us with feedback on your course and modules. This may include discussions with staff, focus groups, and meetings (e.g. with Course Representatives or with staff) and formalised student surveys e.g. mid module reviews, end of module evaluations and specific course or other surveys such as the Student Barometer, National Student Survey and Destination of Leavers in Higher Education Survey. We utilise the outcomes of these surveys to benchmark our courses nationally and to inform annual course enhancements.

Informal feedback is also welcome at any time either via your Academic Advisor or module tutor or via your Course Representative. Our partnership with you enables us together to make the most of your learning experience with us and to enhance the quality and reputation of your course. You can find out what actions have been taken in response to your feedback through your Course Representative, the Students’ Union, your tutors or through the Library.

Course Representatives are student volunteers who represent your views at course level, in formal and informal meetings with academic and support staff online and follow up on actions that have occurred as a result of student feedback at School Forums. Details about being a Course Representative are available on the Students web pages. The Students’ Union oversees Course Representatives and more information is available on the Students’ Union website.

You have the opportunity to become an elected Course Representative working in a voluntary capacity with students, the Students’ Union, the Course Director and members of the course team and our University. The Course Director, working in partnership with our Students’ Union, enables the process for election and appointment of Course Representatives. The Students’ Union provides training and development for Course Reps and supports their engagement in enhancement activities. Being a Course Representative provides an opportunity for you to enhance your own learning and the development of relevant professional and employability skills in parallel with your studies.

As a Course Representative you would play an important role in:
• acting as a point of contact and advocate for students on your course and in supporting their active engagement;
• gathering feedback from students on your course to inform further enhancements to the quality of your course and the student experience;
• enabling dialogue and good communication between students and staff on the course;
• working with the Course Director, members of the course team and the Students’ Union to enhance your course;
• facilitating and engaging in meetings about your course; and
• being an ambassador for your course.

Further details about Course Representatives are available on the web pages above and in our University’s Academic Regulations.

We invite all students to participate in a range of opportunities to provide us with feedback on your course and modules. This may include discussions with staff, focus groups, and meetings (e.g. with Course Representatives or with staff) and formalised student surveys e.g. mid module reviews, end of module evaluations and specific course or other surveys such as the Student Barometer, National Student Survey and Destination of Leavers in Higher Education Survey.

We are committed to providing a high quality experience for all our students. We welcome comments and compliments from students, and find them valuable for on-going improvements to our provision. Comments and compliments about your course can be raised with your Course Representative or directly with your Course Director or Academic Advisor.

If you have a specific complaint about an act or omission of our University, you may be able to make a complaint under the Student Complaints Procedure. In the first instance, you should raise the matter as soon as possible with the member of staff most directly concerned, or with the person who can best resolve it. If this does not resolve the matter, or if the complaint is too serious to be addressed in this way, then you should make a formal complaint in writing. Information about how to make a complaint, including the student complaints procedure and a complaints form, is available on the Students web pages

General Information

Master of Planning Master of Planning

Bachelor of Arts with Honours Planning

Bachelor of Arts Planning

Diploma of Higher Education Planning

Certificate of Higher Education Planning

Leeds Beckett University

Level 7

480 credits

City Campus, Leeds (plus location of work placement, if applicable)

Course fees and additional course costs are confirmed in your offer letter. Course fees are presented to you annually through the online enrolment process. If you have any queries about your tuition fees, please visit our Course/Tuition Fees Payment web page or contact Fees@leedsbeckett.ac.uk. Ongoing queries relating to additional course costs may be discussed with your Course Administrator.

Policies, Standards & Regulations

Key University regulations and policies can be accessed on the following web pages:

• Academic Regulations (including assessment regulations) are available on our Academic Regulations web page
• The Student Contract is available on our Student Regulations web page
• The Student Charter is available on our Academic Regulations web page (Section 20)

Other Student regulations and University policies, including Safety, Health and Wellbeing policies, are available on our Student Regulations web page

You should also familiarise yourself with our Zero Tolerance Report and Support web page regarding sexual harassment and assault, and also the Report & Support web page regarding racial harassment.

There are no additional or non-standard regulations which relate to your course.

The External Examiner assures that you are assessed fairly in relation to other students on the same course and also that the standard of your own award is comparable to similar courses taken by students in other higher education institutions within the UK. The External Examiner(s) provide an annual report for your course. External Examiner reports are available on our External Examiner Reports web page, which is accessible via the Course Information link on the Students home page.

The details of the External Examiner for this course are as follows:

Ms. Ruth Richards MRTPI

Royal Town Planning Institute
Complaints Investigator

Module Information

The Course Administrator can provide you with the module information for your course, or tell you where to locate the details. This includes a description of module content, how the module will be taught and how you will be assessed.. In most cases, you will be provided with a module handbook at the start of the module or one will be made available to you In My Beckett


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