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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Intermediate

Unit aim

Introduces students to both theoretical and practical aspects of land use and environmental planning. The unit centres on the identification and application of key planning concepts, issues and processes, primarily in relation to statutory and strategic planning at the local and regional levels. In addition, coastal management, climate change, sustainability and community involvement are examined in relation to environmental planning.

Unit content

Topic 1: Nature and history of planning
Topic 2: NSW planning system and law
Topic 3: Environmental planning instruments and development control plans
Topic 4: Statutory planning/ development assessment
Topic 5: NSW Land and Environment Court
Topic 6: Strategic and regional planning
Topic 7: Environmental impact assessment
Topic 8: Community engagement
Topic 9: Coastal planning
Topic 10: Metropolitan and rural planning
Topic 11: Ethics and sustainability
Topic 12: Topical planning

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 Demonstrate an understanding of the nature of planning, its origins and development, and the process of translating planning principles into professional practice.
2 Demonstrate an understanding of the principal aspects of the NSW planning system and planning policy development at the State, regional and local levels.
3 Analyse and apply legislative provisions in relation to the processes of development control, development assessment and strategic planning.
4 Evaluate case studies in order to identify various, skills, techniques and processes required to undertake planning assessments and address planning problems
5 Apply sustainability and environmental management principles to environmental planning.
6 Demonstrate the relationships between a variety of contemporary environmental and social issues and planning in NSW.
7 Identify the roles of community consultation and public participation in planning and apply community engagement concepts and techniques in an environmental planning context.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the nature of planning, its origins and development, and the process of translating planning principles into professional practice.
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  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the principal aspects of the NSW planning system and planning policy development at the State, regional and local levels.
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    • GA4:
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  3. Analyse and apply legislative provisions in relation to the processes of development control, development assessment and strategic planning.
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    • GA4:
    • GA5:
  4. Evaluate case studies in order to identify various, skills, techniques and processes required to undertake planning assessments and address planning problems
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  5. Apply sustainability and environmental management principles to environmental planning.
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  6. Demonstrate the relationships between a variety of contemporary environmental and social issues and planning in NSW.
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  7. Identify the roles of community consultation and public participation in planning and apply community engagement concepts and techniques in an environmental planning context.
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Prescribed texts

  • Thompson, S & Maginn, P (eds), 2012, Planning Australia. An overview of urban and regional planning, 2nd edn, Cambridge University Press, Melbourne. ISBN: 978-1-107-69624-2.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.