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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 core knowledge and skills needed to practice as a contemporary planner in statutory planning and development assessment. A key emphasis in the unit is understanding and applying the skills needed to undertake development assessment (statutory planning) at a range of levels.  The unit is delivered in a collaborative environment through a studio model.

Unit content

Topic 1: NSW Development Assessment System
Topic 2: Types of Development
Topic 3: Development Assessment Process
Topic 4: Development Assessment Techniques and Merit Assessment
Topic 5: Writing for Planning Decision Makers

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 and practical application of the NSW development assessment system
2 critically assess interconnected and complex issues as the basis for land use planning decision making
3 write clearly for statutory planning purposes and communicate complex planning issues to various audiences
4 compile a development application consistent with legislative requirements and best practice
5 assess and peer review a development application and provide constructive feedback to stakeholders.

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

  1. demonstrate an understanding and practical application of the NSW development assessment system
    • GA4:
  2. critically assess interconnected and complex issues as the basis for land use planning decision making
    • GA1:
    • GA2:
    • GA5:
  3. write clearly for statutory planning purposes and communicate complex planning issues to various audiences
    • GA5:
    • GA6:
  4. compile a development application consistent with legislative requirements and best practice
    • GA4:
    • GA6:
  5. assess and peer review a development application and provide constructive feedback to stakeholders.
    • GA1:
    • GA5: