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Module Content first year

The first year in Germany

The SPRING programme at TU Dortmund University is, according to the main stages of planning theory, divided into three stages namely: Analysis, Planning and Implementation. Teaching takes place in various forms such as lectures, seminars, subject-related exercises and workshops with its reference document: The SPRING Region Profile. Module examinations take place as either oral or written exams, workshop reports, assignments or research paper. The table below indicates the six modules and its respective courses (including the credit points - CP) as well the type of examination and a brief module description.

Module 1 Courses Module Exam Module Description
Module 1: Planning Approaches and Key Skills for Planners
(8 CP)
Spatial Planning and Sustainable Development in Germany
(1 CP)

Written exam (graded) related to the lecture Spatial Planning and Sustainable Development in Germany and the Excursion
(2 CP)

This module contains two courses providing a general overview on the planning system in Germany including either an excursion (3 days) to Berlin or several shorter excursions to other municipalities and introducing into essential soft skills relevant for practitioners and academic work as well as into cross-cutting issues of human dimension in planning.
Excursion to Berlin or shorter excursion
(1 CP)
Human Dimension in Planning
Presentation and Group Faciliation Techniques
(1 CP)
Academic Writing
(1 CP)
Introduction into Research Paper Writing
(1 CP)

Module 2 Courses Module Exam Module Description
Workshop - Planning Practice
(12 CP)
Three Planning Workshops (10 CP Overall): 3 Workshop Reports (graded)
(2 CP)
In this module, planning tools and techniques are applied and introduced, especially in Module 1 and 4 following the ideal planning cycle (analysis -planning -implementation) step by step.
a. Analysis
b. Planning
c. Implementation

Module 3 Courses Module Exam Module Description
Planning in Developing Countries and Physical Infrastructure
(20 CP)
Land Use Planning and Environmental Management
(4 CP)
Research Paper (graded)
(4 CP)
Students have to choose four out of five seminars:
This module includes the technical, socio-economic and environmental aspects of physical planning from regional to local level in developing countries. The institutional framework is provided by land rights and land management systems. Special attention is given to measures coping with impacts of climate change on existing land use system. The students will complete the module by writing an independent but supervised research paper of up to 30 pages focusing on planning and development issues. The research is essentially based on secondary data, which may in exceptional cases, be supported by some original field data.
Climate Change and Risk Management
(4 CP)
Transport and Infrastructure
(4 CP)
Sustainable Land Management
(4 CP)
Human Settlement Planning
(4 CP)

Module 4 Courses Module Exam Module Description
Planning Tools
(6 CP)
Programme Planning and Project Management
(3 CP)
Two Home Assignments
(not graded)

This module introduces and practices techniques that are essential for planning. Special focus is put on the application of techniques; programme and project planning instruments and methods of data generation as well as analyst interpretation of spatial data.
Spatial Data Analysis and Mapping
(3 CP)

Module 5 Courses Module Exam Module Description
Concepts and Theories for Planning
(7 CP)
Development Theories and Strategies
(2 CP)

Oral Exam (graded)
(3 CP)

The course content covers theories and concepts of spatial planning and development from a broad perspective. Particularly, they deal with bridging the divide between theory and practice.
Governance and Decision Making
(2 CP)

Module 6 Courses Module Exam Module Description
Socio-Economic Development-Planning
(7 CP)
Economical Instruments for Regional Development Planning
(2 CP)
Oral Exam (graded)
(3 CP)
This module covers essential socio-economic determinants of regional development. Special emphasis is put on basic economic concepts and the interrelation between economic development, social change and demographic growth.
Demography: Social Dimensions of Structural Change
(2 CP)

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The SPRING Course Directory provides details about the modules of the first year and their appertaining courses.

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