PLANNING 7035 - Planning Theory and Practice
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2023
General Course Information
Course Code PLANNING 7035 Course Planning Theory and Practice Coordinating Unit School of Architecture and Built Environment Term Semester 1 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Course Description This course presents and analyses the development of planning theory over the twentieth and twenty first centuries. It seeks to provoke a process of reflection on the scope and purpose of planning by contrasting the development of thinking about the fundamental purpose of planning and how it should be carried out in practice. This reflection leads in turn to a discussion of the ethics of planning practice which includes a range of practical scenario situations which students must address in interactive and role playing sessions.
Course Coordinator: Cathryn HamiltonProfessor Jon Kellett
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Critically analyse the variety of approaches that have driven and characterised planning activity over time
- Analyse a planning problem and its solution and relate this to planning theory
- Critically analyse the role of planning in modern economies and societies.
- Critically evaluate the role of the modern planning professional
- Explain and appreciate the importance of ethics in planning practice
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.
Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.
Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills
Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.
Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness
Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.
Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency
Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.
Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.
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The School has a fortnightly lecture series where respected practitioners and academics from the field deliver a public lecture on contemporary architectural practice. In order to expand your knowledge of contemporary directions in design it is recommended that you attend these sessions. The exact detail of dates and speakers is available from the School website and the Front Office.
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Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching Modes
Workshops including presentations, tutorials on defined readings and practical exercises.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.The University expects full-time students (ie. those taking 12 units per semester) to devote at least 48 hours per week to their studies. Accordingly, students undertaking this 3 unit course are expected to devote 12 hours per week to contact activities and self-guided studies.
Based on this framework here are some figures that might assist workload management:
For a 3 unit course:
Total workload hours: 12 Hrs per week x 13 weeks = 156 Hrs
Total contact hours: 3 Hrs per week x 12 weeks = 36 Hrs
Total self-guided study: 9 Hrs per week x 13 weeks = 117 Hrs
These 117 hours should be used towards preparation of weekly tasks and for completion of the various assignments
associated with the course, including development of various skills required to complete the same. Please organise your time wisely.
Learning Activities Summary
Teaching & Learning Activity Learning Outcomes Workshop 1,3,4,5 Directed reading 1,2,3,4,5
Schedule Week Lecture Tutorial Assessment 1 Origins of Planning 2 Utopianism Read Fishman 3 Modernism and systems approaches Read Rittel & Webber 4 The Fragmentation of Planning Read Evans or Reade 5 The scope of modern Planning Read Boulding 6 Introduction to project Project work #1 Mid Semester Break 7 Key challenges for modern Planning Read Sorensen & Auster and Sandercock 8 Planning as a Profession: The role of ethics Read Davidoff 9 Environmental ethics and global justice Read Agyeman 10 Philosophy of ethics Practical exercise 11 Workplace ethics Practical exercise #2 12 The ERD court and acting as a professional witness Practical exercise 13 #3
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- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Length Due Learning Outcome Written seminar paper (individual) Summative 35% 1500 words Week 6 1,2,3 Applied planning project (individual) Summative 35% 2000 words Week 11 2,3,4 Ethics essay (individual) Summative 30% 1200 words Week 13 4,5 Total 100%
Assessment DetailThe detail of each assessment will be made available on the course MyUni site.
SubmissionAll work should be submitted electronically using the course MyUni site. Students should ensure that work is submitted on time on or before the due date
Late work will not be marked.
Extensions will be granted for valid reasons such as illness but these must be arranged with the course co-ordinator before the submission deadline.
Where appropriate, Harvard referencing conventions should be used.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.
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