Module DXX-3004:
Settlement Systems

Module Facts

Run by School of Natural Sciences

20 Credits or 10 ECTS Credits

Semester 1 & 2

Organiser: Ms Sian Pierce

Overall aims and purpose

The module examines the main forces which have shaped rural and urban communities and settlements , mediating the places and spaces in between these. . Contrasting and inter-disciplinary interpretations focus on the geographical, social, political, historical, cultural and economic features of areas described as rural and urban and consider the significance of and future implications for policy making. Field work will focus on fostering a critical understanding of a range of issues relating to the restructuring of rural and urban settlements and community responses to the processes of globalisation and challenges of sustainability. The examined task will develop team based skills and consultancy- type project management and planning with a real-world action research context

Course content

The module will contain the following: • Settlement theory • Rural - Urban linkages • Urbanisation / counter-urbanisation and the “ rural turn” as a process at world and local levels • Rural and urban dynamics • Sustainable settlements and communities e.g. for “ post-productivist rural and post modern cities” • Rural and urban Land Uses, Designations and Conservation • Globalisation, Economic Restructuring and Change • Community development initiatives from urban and rural environments • Green infrastructure and the countryside • Future Directions for Urban and Rural Policy e.g. Agricultural reform • Contemporary issues

Assessment Criteria

threshold

  1. No major omissions or inaccuracies in the deployment of information / skills
  2. Some grasp of theoretical conceptual practical elements
  3. Integration of theory/practice/information present intermittently in pursuit of the assessed works' objectives. This translates to Satisfactory Standard Pass : D- to D+

good

  1. Much or most of the relevant information and skills accurately deployed
  2. Good/adequate grasp of theoretical/conceptual/practical elements
  3. Good/fair integration of theory/practice/information in pursuit of the assessed works' objectives.
  4. Evidence of the use of creative and reflective skills This translates to Average to High Standard Pass : C- to B+

excellent

  1. An outstanding performance, exceptionally able
  2. The relevant information accurately deployed
  3. Excellent grasp of theoretical/conceptual/practice elements
  4. Very good integration of theory/practice/information in pursuit of the assessed work's objectives.
  5. Strong evidence of the use of creative and reflective skills This translates to Excellent Standard: A- to A**

Learning outcomes

  1. Demonstrate and synthesize the geographical, social, political, historical, cultural and economic features of areas described as rural and urban communities and settlements

  2. Demonstrate an awareness of contrasting and inter- disciplinary interpretations of urban and rural communities and settlements in space and the main forces shaping them.

  3. Demonstrate a critical understanding of a range of issues relating to the restructuring of rural and urban settlements and community responses to the processes of globalisation and challenges of sustainability.

  4. Demonstrate and synthesize theoretical concepts within field based learning situations and also assimilate real world information to reinforce theoretical learning.

  5. Show an understanding of the main forces shaping the rural and urban communities and settlements in space.

  6. Develop a range of skills in researching, presenting, writing and disseminating information about contemporary aspects of rural and urban living.

  7. Assess the signficance of policy making, the work of agencies(e.g. public, third and private sectors) in the sustainable functioning of these communities.

  8. Understand the basic principles and processes of community development, stagnation and regeneration within rural and urban communities and settlements.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
COURSEWORK Essay (Semester 1) 30
COURSEWORK CONSULTANCY - TYPE REPORT 30
EXAM Examination 40

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Hours
Lecture

18*2 hour lectures

36
Fieldwork

2*8 hour field visits

16
Workshop

2*4 hour workshops

8
Private study

Private and guided self-study

140

Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
  • Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
  • Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
  • Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
  • Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
  • Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
  • Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team
  • Management - Able to utilise, coordinate and control resources (human, physical and/or financial)
  • Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting

Subject specific skills

  • Conduct fieldwork and/or laboratory work competently with awareness of appropriate risk assessment and ethical considerations
  • Recognize and apply appropriate theories and concepts from a range of disciplines.
  • Consider issues from a range of interdisciplinary perspectives.
  • Apply subject knowledge to the understanding and addressing of problems.
  • Awareness of the concepts of spatial and temporal scale in understanding processes and relationships.
  • Appreciation of the reciprocal nature of human-environmental relationships.
  • Apply appropriate techniques for presenting spatial and/or temporal trends in data.

Process management : 1. Organisation - able to coordinate an administer workloads efficiently 2. Prioritisation - able to rank tasks according to level of importance 3. Planning - able to set achievable goals and structure the necessary action, using SMART GOAL techniques. 4. Complexity management- able to handle ambiguous and complex situations and their consequences 5. Decision making - able to decide firmly, clearly and swiftly upon a course of action from a series of options 6. Evaluation - able to examine the outcomes of tasks and events from a personal and organisational viewpoint also judge levels of quality and importance

Liaison Customer relations - able to liaise sensitively and diplomatically with a cross section of users Negotiation - able to discuss and attempt to achieve mutually satisfactory resolution of contentious issues Conflict resolution - able to resolve conflicts in relationship with others Networking - able to build relationships in various and multiple scenarios, sharing skills and ideas

Relating to self & others Self confidence- having confidence to deal with the challenges faced. Emotional intelligence - having a sensitivity to emotions in the field work location, being able to navigate those of others and to manage those of your own

Relating to working practices Independence- able to work and demonstrate to relevant stakeholders that you can work to an appropriate level with minimal supervision Initiative- able to take appropriate action and arrange activities without having to be prompted Adaptability - able to respond positively to changing circumstances and new challenges within the field work location Positive attitude - having an optimistic and proactive approach to the stakeholders Stress tolerance- able to retain effectiveness and be efficient under pressure Willingness to learn - Demonstrate a willingness to learn about the field work location prior to going there and also whilst there in order to meet the needs of the stakeholders

These criteria have been drawn from the Skills & Qualities Analysis of the Bangor Employability Award and are used with kind permission.

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