module specification

LT4057 - Event Planning and Management (2024/25)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2024/25
Module title Event Planning and Management
Module level Certificate (04)
Credit rating for module 15
School Guildhall School of Business and Law
Total study hours 150
24 hours Assessment Preparation / Delivery
72 hours Guided independent study
36 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
18 hours Placement / study abroad
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 70%   Video Blogs (Indi-vidual, 15 minutes)
Group Presentation 30%   Event Proposal Presentation (Group/30 minutes)
Running in 2024/25

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Autumn semester North Wednesday Afternoon

Module summary

Events Planning and Management will help students to develop their knowledge and understanding of the processes involved in event planning and management, through academic reading, case studies and practical experience. Where possible, the module will also offer students the opportunity to either work, plan, or run an actual event (e.g. student union activities, university student ambassador, music, business, arts, cultural, and so on).


Aims of the module:
1. To equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to research, plan, design and implement a range of event types in diverse settings.
2. To develop student knowledge/ability to apply key events management (and marketing) principles and theories to real world professional industry contexts - through either-or, working, planning, running/organising a live event.
3. To provide students with the opportunity to gain both academic and hands-on experience in the research, planning/design and delivery of events.
4. To enable students to develop their knowledge and practice relevant com-petencies in a real-life events management environment.

Prior learning requirements



Key event management and marketing concepts; developing SMART objectives; event design principles; venue selection; event programming and the like. LO1

Managing the event team; managing budgets; carrying out risk assessments; understanding legal obligations; promotion; logis-tics; event evaluation; methods of critical analysis and reflection LO2, LO3

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

The module will be delivered via a combination of workshops, seminars, tutorials, online activities, group work, peer learning, and the like. Sessions will consist of a mixture of theoretical input and problem-based learning. The aim is to support learning activities with the use of modern technology, such as videos, discussion boards, in-class student-centered discussions, peer collaboration and guest speakers.

Learning and teaching on the module is organised around 2-hour workshops and 1-hour seminars every week.

Lectures aim to introduce the students to the relevant models and theories that will aid them when the opportunity occur to apply this knowledge by holding a real event. Industry professionals (internal or external) may also act as guest lecturers, mentors, supervisors and facilitators.

Participation in real events will provide students with applicable experience with the view to enhance their employability and possibly references from relevant industry professionals. This will also be an opportunity for students to reflect on their experience of attending and running an event.

The module offers the opportunity to apply the relevant theories both in the classroom and within the context of real events. Where relevant, guest speakers or industry related activities, student self-directed learning or student selected topics will also be deployed.

Weekly teaching will be supported with the online intranet (Weblearn) for sharing materials and incorporating online activities in preparation for, or as follow-up of sessions, and include both individual and collaborative exercises.

Students are expected to actively participate in all sessions and to come to sessions prepared, which will entail a certain amount of guided and self-guided independent study at home or in the library, both including hard copy and online resources. Indicative key reading material and guidance will be provided to help students plan their studies, but students are also expected to conduct additional research, to supplement their reading with relevant topics and material or their choice.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:

LO1: Demonstrate knowledge/understanding of key event management, market-ing and other principles relevant to the design, planning and (potential) implemen-tation of a real event.

LO2: Define the contributing factors to a successful event – including, but not lim-ited to management, marketing, logistics, HR, legal, health and safety, financial (working with budgets) requirements.

LO3: Report on the contributing factors to a successful event (highlighting the criti-cal aspects).




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