BSc Planning and Real Estate

Year of entry: 2023

Course unit details:
Professional Placement

Course unit fact file
Unit code PLAN20090
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 2
Teaching period(s) Full year
Offered by Planning and Environmental Management
Available as a free choice unit? No


Students are required to work with the relevant course unit Placement Coordinator to set up an external placement with an appropriate planning, real estate or environmental management provider.  The placement will be undertaken for a minimum period of one day per week, but no more than two days per week, over the 11 teaching weeks of either semester (two days per week) or both semesters (one day per week).  Alternatively, the placement may be arranged during a holiday period as one or more blocks of time.  The exact details of dates and timings will be arranged between the student and the placement provider.


To explore the professional world of your specialism - environmental management, planning, real estate.

To undertake practical work in the field with an employer in your specialism.

To develop a focussed within a specific area of environmental management or planning or real estate practice.

To gain specialised skills appropriate to your chosen specialism.

To gain personal transferable skills in the world of work.



SEM 1 – WK 1 - Introduction

SEM 1 – WK 3 - Finding a placement, expectations and assignment; general introduction followed by specific sessions with relevant placement coordinator

SEM 1 – WK 6/7 - Progress review with coordinators

SEM 2 – WK 10 - Progress review with coordinators

SEM 2 - WK -2 - Finalising the placement – see relevant coordinator

SEM 2- WK 9 - Assignments workshop

Summer 2021 - Students undertaking their placement during the Summer should maintain regular contact with their relevant Placement Coordinator for guidance.

Teaching and learning methods

The course unit will be ‘taught’ through online seminars, individual discussions between the student and the course unit director and/or relevant placement coordinators throughout the placement.

Knowledge and understanding

Have gained knowledge and experience of their relevant professional discipline.

Intellectual skills

Be able to undertake a programme of work set by a client provider organisation.

Be able to critically analyse the placement organisation and provide a clear synthesis of strengths and weaknesses with recommendations.

Practical skills

Be able to write an appraisal of the operation of an environmental management or planning or real estate provider organisation, based on personal experience and data gathered.

Transferable skills and personal qualities

Work effectively with a range of other personnel in the workplace.

Write a personal evaluation reflecting on the experience and present evidence of achievements.

Assessment methods

Appraisal Report of Placement Organisation - 20 credits – 3,000 words, 10 credits – 2,500 words

Formative feedback, plus summative guidance during preparation and writing 50%


Placement Reflection Report (20%) - 20 credits – 1,000 words 10 credits – 750 words

Formative feedback, plus summative guidance during preparation and writing  20%


External Assessment of student by Placement Organisation – NA Students will be able to access the external assessment reports 30%

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Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Tutorials 10
Independent study hours
Independent study 190

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Carys Jones Unit coordinator

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