PLANNING 7035 - Planning Theory and Practice

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2015

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.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    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 Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Jon Kellett

    Professor Jon Kellett
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1. Critically analyse  the variety of approaches that have driven and characterised planning activity over time
    2. Analyse a planning problem and  its solution and relate this to planning theory
    3. Critically analyse the role of planning in modern economies and societies.
    4. Critically evaluate the role of the modern planning professional
    5. 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)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 2, 3, 4
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 2, 3
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 4, 5
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 5
  • Learning Resources
    Recommended Resources
    Please refer to MyUni for details of recommended readings and
    websites

    Speaker Series:
    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.
    Online Learning

    University Email:
    The school uses the University email system to get in touch with the students.
    So it is imperative that you check your email regularly and keep up to date
    with any new announcements.

    MyUni:
    MyUni is an essential online tool which will be used to communicate
    information regarding the course including details of assignments and interim
    grades. There are many other learning resources and assessment pieces that
    rely on the MyUni system for delivery. Therefore it is recommended that you
    familiarise yourself with the various functions of MyUni and employ it to its
    fullest extent. https://myuni.adelaide.edu.au

    Discussion Board:
    The MyUni Discussion Board can be used to interact with other students and
    tutors and is an essential tool to discuss information and increase your
    understanding of issues.

    Lecture Recording:
    In certain cases the recording of the lectures is made available in electronic
    format for students to listen through on their own time and make notes, and is
    provided through the MyUni system. However, this service is only available for
    lectures with essential course content and may not include guest lectures.
    Furthermore, where the presentation content is subject to copyright or the guest
    speaker is uncomfortable with the recording of the content, the lecture
    recording will not be made available online. So students should not rely
    solely on this mode of learning and arrange to attend or get lecture content
    from peers.

    Noticeboard / Handbook:
    General information about the activities at the School is available online
    from the Student Noticeboard which can be accessed at
    https://unified.adelaide.edu.au/group/professons-studentarchitecture/
    current-student
    Students can also access a copy of the Student Handbook at the following link:

    https://unified.adelaide.edu.au/group/professons-student-architecture/enrolments
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    Weekly lectures followed by tutorials which explore issues raised in the lectures. These will be based on defined readings and exercises relevant to the lecture themes.
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    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 (delete as appropriate):


    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
    Week Lecture Tutorial Assessement
    1 Origins of Planning
    2 Utopia Read Fishman
    3 Modernism  and systems approaches Read Rittell & Webber
    4 The Fragmentation of Planning Read Evans or Reade
    5 The scope of modern Planning Read Boulding
    6 Guest lecture: Introduction to project Project work #1
    Break
    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 Climate change and Planning Practical exercise
    #3
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment task Assessment type      Due Weighting Learning outcome
    Written seminar paper Summative Friday week 6 30%
    1500 words             
    1,2,3
    Applied planning project           Summative Friday week 11 35%
    2000 words
    2,3
    Ethics essay Summative Friday week 13            35%
    1200 words
    4,5
    Assessment Detail

    No information currently available.

    Submission

    No information currently available.

    Course Grading

    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

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    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.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/101/) course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

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