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Study Skills for Town and Country Planning



© 2013 | 256 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

"Sheppard and Smith provide a clear, accessible and friendly guide to studying to become a planner, with great tips, insight and advice – including what employers will be looking for and the importance of lifelong learning"
- Michael Harris, Deputy Head of Policy and Research, Royal Town Planning Institute

"If you are thinking of studying town and country planning at university, this book tells you what to expect and how to succeed"
- Cliff Hague, Emeritus Professor of Heriot-Watt University and Past President of the Royal Town Planning Institute

Study Skills for Town and Country Planning is a basic introduction to studying planning, a 'how to' for students to develop a relevant skill set to succeed in their degree, and  a guide to applying those skills in a very practical and diverse workplace.

Clearly written and accessible, the book includes:

  • Up-to-date case studies, providing real examples of applying the relevant tools and techniques covered in the book
  • Practical activities, such as preparing and practising presentations and drafting short reports
  • 'Tips for Success'
  • Suggestions for further reading
  • a Glossary explaining new terms
This student-focused guide provides an introduction to the study skills associated with town and country planning for anyone considering or already studying a planning related course.

Adam Sheppard is a senior lecturer in the Department of Planning and Architecture at the University of the West of England.

Nick Smith is a senior lecturer in the Department of Planning and Architecture at the University of the West of England.

 
Preface
 
Acknowledgements
 
List of Boxes
 
List of Figures
 
List of Tables
 
About the Authors
 
PART ONE: STUDYING IN HIGHER EDUCATION
 
Town Planning and Society
 
Studying Town and Country Planning at University
 
Finding and Using Information
 
PART TWO: STUDY SKILLS FOR TOWN AND COUNTRY PLANNING
 
Time Management
 
Leadership and Team Working
 
Engagement and Negotiation
 
Spatial Analysis
 
Understanding Plans and Drawings (by James Burch)
 
Giving Presentations
 
Presenting your Work
 
Reports and Essay Writing
 
Writing a Dissertation
 
PART THREE: PLANNING IN PRACTICE
 
A Career in Town and Country Planning
 
The Next Steps: Continuing Professional Development
 
Appendix One: Key Books on Town and Country Planning
 
Appendix Two: Key Journals Associated with Town and Country Planning
 
Appendix Three: Useful Websites Relating to Town and Country Planning
 
Appendix Four: How Do I Reference...
 
References
 
Index

Sheppard and Smith provide a clear, accessible and friendly guide to studying to become a planner, with great tips, insight and advice – including what employers will be looking for and the importance of lifelong learning. This book will prove to be a valuable resource, at a time when it’s critical that we engage more people in considering planning as a career.

Michael Harris
Deputy Head of Policy and Research, Royal Town Planning Institute

This is a very impressive book which takes the study of town and country planning very seriously and treats its complexities with respect. Whilst the book sets out the very necessary critical learning skills required to purposively engage with land use planning in the higher education sector – it would also be a humbling read for those who are ignorant of its role in a modern society and economy.  The book is written in an engaging and relaxed way and takes the reader through a logically progressive sequence of skills which explain why each is necessary and well as exploring their substantive contents.  Whilst set in the context of England and Wales it offers the building blocks applicable to studying planning elsewhere. There are excellent explanations of the importance of time management, team working and negotiation. The authors are to be applauded, this is a refreshing contribution to studying and reflecting on planning.  

Greg Lloyd
Professor of Urban Planning and Head of the School of the Built Environment, University of Ulster

If you are thinking of studying town and country planning at university, this book tells you what to expect and how to succeed. After introducing the way that planning works in different parts of the UK, and explaining the transition from school to higher education, it takes the reader through the range of skills they will be expected to develop as they become planners. These skills are very diverse and include negotiation, photography, understanding maps, giving presentations and working in teams. It's written in a way that helps the student to self-assess and the key messages are clearly set out. If you had not thought about planning as the career for you, maybe read this book and think again

Cliff Hague
Emeritus Professor of Heriot-Watt University and Past President of the Royal Town Planning Institute

The book will be supplemental due to it is not specifically targeted for the topic of the course (environmental design).
I'll suggest the book to students this year, with the aim of pointing out the basic skills in the field of planning.

Professor Marina Rigillo
DICATA, University of Napoli Federico II
November 3, 2014

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Chapter One: Town Planning and Society


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Adam Sheppard

Adam joined the Department of Planning and Archietecture at the University of the West of England as a lecturer in 2007 from planning practice.  He has previously worked in Essex, South Gloucestershire and the Bristol urban fringe, and Herefordshire as a Local Planning Authority development control officer, involved in a diverse range of planning projects at varying scales and degrees of complexity. Adam has worked in both the rural and urban context and has experience across the planning spectrum, from Green Belt areas and open countryside to inner city redevelopment projects.  He teaches modules relating to planning regulation... More About Author

Nick Smith

Nick Smith is a senior lecturer in the department and is also a university teaching and learning (associate) fellow. He is a professional town planner and a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute, Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a member of the Town and Country Planning Association. Prior to joining the university in 2007, Nick worked for Terence O’Rourke, a multi-disciplinary consultancy in Bournemouth. During this time he worked on a range of projects for both public and private clients across the country, including an urban extension in Cambridge, a university campus in Surrey, and a heritage and technology centre for... More About Author

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