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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.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 Demonstrate the nature of planning, its origins and development, and the process of translating historical principles into practice.
2 Exhibit an understanding of key planning and urban design concepts, models and approaches, and their sources and applications.
3 Discuss patterns of human settlement and their impacts.
4 Situate the evolving practice of planning in the context of broad intellectual, social, political, environmental and global trends.
5 Display your familiarity with problems, issues and solutions in planning history and contemporary practice.
6 Explain the relationship between a variety of historical and contemporary economic, environmental and social planning issues.
7 Narrate how history can be used to inform contemporary planning practice.

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

  1. Demonstrate the nature of planning, its origins and development, and the process of translating historical principles into practice.
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  2. Exhibit an understanding of key planning and urban design concepts, models and approaches, and their sources and applications.
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    • GA4:
    • GA5:
  3. Discuss patterns of human settlement and their impacts.
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    • GA4:
    • GA5:
  4. Situate the evolving practice of planning in the context of broad intellectual, social, political, environmental and global trends.
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA5:
  5. Display your familiarity with problems, issues and solutions in planning history and contemporary practice.
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    • GA4:
    • GA5:
  6. Explain the relationship between a variety of historical and contemporary economic, environmental and social planning issues.
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    • GA4:
    • GA5:
  7. Narrate how history can be used to inform contemporary planning practice.
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    • GA4:
    • GA5: