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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Introductory

Unit aim

Explores natural resource management and rural and regional planning issues within both statutory and strategic planning contexts. Key environmental, social and economic issues for rural and regional planners are examined in depth along with the associated planning policy context.  In particular, the unit examines the balancing of issues as a fundamental skill in making planning decisions. The unit also involves critical thinking about the formulation and application of regional planning policy with respect to both the planning profession and the community.

Unit content

Topic 1: Merit-based Planning and the Public Interest
Topic 2: Natural Resource Management in Rural and Regional Australia
Topic 3: Regional Planning Policy
Topic 4: Local Planning Policy in Rural and Regional Australia
Topic 5: Natural Environment and Biodiversity (Terrestrial and Aquatic)
Topic 6: Aboriginal Cultural Heritage
Topic 7: Agriculture and Rural Land Use
Topic 8: Regional Communities (Social and Economic Character)
Topic 9: Natural Hazards (Floodplains, Coastlines and Soils)

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 natural resource management and rural and regional planning concepts. Knowledge of a discipline
2 explore the interrelationships between people and their environments, and how conflicts over resources may be resolved. Intellectual rigour Creativity Knowledge of a discipline
3 apply and evaluate the planning mechanisms and tools used to establish rural and regional planning goals and policies. Intellectual rigour Creativity Knowledge of a discipline
4 demonstrate research, report writing, group participation, communication and critical thinking skills. Intellectual rigour Communication and social skills

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

  1. demonstrate an understanding of natural resource management and rural and regional planning concepts.
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. explore the interrelationships between people and their environments, and how conflicts over resources may be resolved.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. apply and evaluate the planning mechanisms and tools used to establish rural and regional planning goals and policies.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. demonstrate research, report writing, group participation, communication and critical thinking skills.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA6: Communication and social skills

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.