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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 the history and practice of planning.  Students learn about the origins and development of planning and the translation of historical principles into contemporary practice.  Key planning and urban design concepts, models and approaches are investigated, as are patterns of human settlement and their impacts, the changing societal context for planning, and various planning problems, issues and solutions.  The unit is structured around key planning themes, including planning’s historical quest to improve living conditions, the evolving practice of planning, the significance of heritage protection, planning’s inherent tensions, community concerns, and planning’s contemporary mission to improve quality of life.

Unit content

Topic 1: Introduction to unit content and assessment
Topic 2: Improving the city and living conditions
Topic 3: Responding to changing planning contexts
Topic 4: Integrating urban development
Topic 5: Shaping the metropolis
Topic 6: Conserving the past
Topic 7: Navigating planning's inherent tensions
Topic 8: Embracing planning's evolving approaches
Topic 9: Responding to community concerns
Topic 10: Improving the quality of life
Topic 11: Planning's legacies

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.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
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. Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline Lifelong learning
2 Demonstrate an understanding of the principal aspects of the NSW planning system and planning policy development at the State, regional and local levels. Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline Lifelong learning
3 Analyse and apply legislative provisions in relation to the processes of development control, development assessment and strategic planning. Intellectual rigour Creativity Knowledge of a discipline Lifelong learning
4 Evaluate case studies in order to identify various, skills, techniques and processes required to undertake planning assessments and address planning problems Intellectual rigour Creativity Knowledge of a discipline Lifelong learning Communication and social skills
5 Apply sustainability and environmental management principles to environmental planning. Intellectual rigour Creativity Ethical practice Knowledge of a discipline Lifelong learning Communication and social skills
6 Demonstrate the relationships between a variety of contemporary environmental and social issues and planning in NSW. Intellectual rigour Creativity Knowledge of a discipline Lifelong learning Cultural competence
7 Identify the roles of community consultation and public participation in planning and apply community engagement concepts and techniques in an environmental planning context. Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline Communication and social skills

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.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the principal aspects of the NSW planning system and planning policy development at the State, regional and local levels.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  3. Analyse and apply legislative provisions in relation to the processes of development control, development assessment and strategic planning.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  4. Evaluate case studies in order to identify various, skills, techniques and processes required to undertake planning assessments and address planning problems
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  5. Apply sustainability and environmental management principles to environmental planning.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  6. Demonstrate the relationships between a variety of contemporary environmental and social issues and planning in NSW.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  7. Identify the roles of community consultation and public participation in planning and apply community engagement concepts and techniques in an environmental planning context.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills

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 study periods.