Professional course

Implementation and Design Quality

About this course

Course code:
Professional/Short Course
Geography and Environmental Management
six one day sessions scheduled over a period of up to 14 weeks
Course director:
Prof. John Parkin
Programme leader:
Adam Sheppard
Key fact:
This course can count towards the MSc Transport Planning or the MSc Transport Engineering and Planning

Page last updated 1 May 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.

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.

Careers / Further study

This module can be taken as a stand-alone CPD course, or used to build up credits towards the following named postgraduate qualification by completing the module assessment:

·        PG Certificate; Diploma or Masters in Transport

·        PG Diploma or Masters in Transport Planning

Study time

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

Contact time = 72hrs

Assimilation and development of knowledge = 108hrs

Assessment = Portfolio 60hrs, planning appeal 60hrs

Total = 300hrs


The assessment for this course includes a presentation and project report. For more details, see our full glossary of assessment terms.



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.

Study time

The course is delivered through a series of lectures, workshops and student presentations over one semester. As such contact with participants will take the form of weekly sessions.

  • Directed contact learning = 36 hours
  • Independent Study = 36 hours
  • Assessment, including preparation = 78 hours
  • Total =150 hours


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

DatesUK & EU Student / International Student Fee*
This course will next run in our 2019-20 academic year. To be kept up-to-date with our course dates please complete the enquiry form below.TBC

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


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

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For further information

  • Email: For all queries regarding administration aspects of registration, i.e. dates, fees, etc. please contact us using the online enquiry form link. For any questions in relation to the course, i.e. content, suitability, assessments, etc. please contact the Course Director.
  • Telephone: +44 (0)117 32 86304

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