"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.
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 and the decision process to undergraduate and postgraduate students, and on professional practice short courses. He is part of the programme team for the undergraduate planning courses at UWE. 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 Mercedes-Benz. He was also involved with a series of design-led master plans. He is programme leader of the BSc (Hons) in Urban Planning which he has done since 2010. He has received recognition for his efforts in this role, being successful in winning the university's `personal tutor of the year' award in 2011. In 2012 he received a teaching-led award from the Students' Union for Inspiring Students.
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