Professional course

Implementation and Design Quality

About this course

Course code:
Professional/Short Course
Geography and Environmental Management
Twelve one-day sessions scheduled over fourteen weeks (every Friday)
Through weekly lectures and workshops
Programme leader:
Prof. John Parkin
Key fact:
This course can contribute towards MSc Planning Major Projects, MSc Transport, MSc Transport Engineering and Planning, MSc Urban Planning, MSc Planning and Urban Leadership (DL)

Page last updated 26 November 2019


This course seeks to ensure that you have a practical and theoretical understanding of the approaches to managing development through the mechanisms and system of planning.

It will also provide you with a working and practical understanding of analytical skills needed to make decisions based not on the output (i.e. a decision,) but rather to be outcome focused. You will explore the legal framework of planning, how decisions are made, enforcement, design, movement, appeals, and a range of other areas of interest. You will study and learn through a series of lectures, exercises and seminars which allow practice application and understanding of theory, policy, and regulation.

The course is therefore underpinned by the principles of the development management approach with an emphasis on the quality of the outcome and the effectiveness of the process.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for you to undertake this course as a stand-alone short course without the optional module assessment.

If you wish to complete the course assessment you are expected to have a first degree at 2.2 level or above (or equivalent) or alternatively have industrial experience.

We strongly recommend that you speak to the course tutor prior to the course if you are unsure about your suitability to complete the assessment.

Overseas participants will be required to provide evidence of visa status once accepted onto the course, before they can be fully registered and attend.

Careers / Further study

This module can be taken as a stand-alone CPD course, or by completing the module assessment, it can be used to build up credits towards a named postgraduate qualification (PG Certificate, PG Diploma or Masters) in: Transport Planning, Transport Engineering and Planning, Planning and Urban Leadership (Distance Learning), Planning Major Projects, Urban Planning and the Level 7 Degree Apprenticeship in Urban Planning Practice



What does it cover?

  • Decision making processes and implementation mechanisms regarding the development and use of land to meet sustainability objectives within the context of the spatial planning approach.
  • The legislative context: the need for planning permission; the definition of development; permitted development rights; the use of classes order; legal validity; design and access statements, planning enforcement.
  • Professional skills, including a focus upon negotiation, project management, understanding and creating plans and drawings, and viability.
  • Appeals: written statements, hearings and inquiries; the role of the planning inspectorate; understanding how to produce evidence and justify argument.
  • Policy, guidance and advice: understanding the development plan and other material considerations, including guidance case law.
  • Urban design theories, vocabulary and architectural styles and periods.
  • Traveller and traffic behaviour in the urban environment, including the nature and perceptions of different forms of movement (walking, cycling, driving, etc.) and the potential for urban design to influence sustainable mobility objectives, such as low-carbon travel choices.
  • The relationship between urban/street design, with a particular focus on safety through urban design.

What will the course outcome be?

  • To demonstrate comprehension of planning law in the context of current planning principles, concepts and approach.
  • To demonstrate effective decision making and design solution skills.
  • Critical analysis of legal processes.
  • To critically comment on the system for managing development including demonstrating how that system might be improved.
  • To demonstrate an understanding of the nature of the objectives of urban design, and be able to apply these objectives to typical development situations.

Learning and Teaching

The course is delivered through a series of weekly lectures, site visits, guest speakers (Planning Inspectorate and other practitioner, plus supporting UWE staff), workshops and supported group based project work.

Watch the video of students comments on transport teaching at UWE Bristol and find out why recent students chose to study Transport at UWE Bristol.

Study time

Each 30 credit course (module) is expected to take 300 hours to complete:

  • 72 hrs direct contact learning
  • 108 hrs assimilation and development of knowledge
  • 60 hrs portfolio (assessment)
  • 60 hrs planning appeal (assessment)


The assessment for this course includes a presentation and project report

For more details, see our full glossary of assessment terms.


Professional accreditation

View our Centre for Transport and Society (CTS) pages for further information on activity including upcoming events and opportunities in transport.

Study facilities

UWE Bristol is superbly equipped with libraries and computer labs, and an excellent campus environment.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE has to offer.

Prices and dates

Supplementary fee information

CohortJanuary 2020
UK/EU Participants£1250
International Participants£2166
Application DeadlineMonday 13 January 2020*

* Please note parking and refreshments are not provided as part of this course fee

Course Dates

CohortStart DateSession Time
January 2020Friday 24 January 2020*10:00 - 17:00

*then every Friday on: 31 January; 7, 14, 21, 28 February; 6, 13, 20, 27 March; 3, 24 April 2020


UWE Bristol, Frenchay Campus, Coldharbour Lane, Bristol BS16 1QY

How to apply

How to apply

As this module carries university accreditation, please note that once you have submitted your booking form, you will be required to provide the following supporting information to the administration team for the module tutor to be able to review and formally accept your application as required by the university:

  • An up-to-date copy of your Curriculum Vitae (including contact details of a work or academic reference)
  • A brief personal statement to support your application
  • A copy of your highest qualification certificate and transcript of modules studied
  • A copy of photographic proof of ID (i.e. driver's licence/passport). For non UK students, this must be a copy of your passport

Overseas participants will be required to provide evidence of visa status once accepted onto the course, before they can be fully registered and attend.

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For further information

  • Email: For any questions in relation to the course, i.e. content, suitability, assessments, etc. please contact the Module Leader ( For all other queries regarding administration aspects of registration, i.e. dates, fees, etc. please contact us using the online enquiry form link or telephone number below.
  • Telephone: +44 (0)117 32 86927

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