PLANNING 7035 - Planning Theory and Practice
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2015
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: Professor Jon KellettProfessor Jon Kellett
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Course Learning Outcomes
- 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) 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
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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.
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
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Assessment task Assessment type Due Weighting Learning outcome Written seminar paper Summative Friday week 6 30%
1,2,3 Applied planning project Summative Friday week 11 35%
2,3 Ethics essay Summative Friday week 13 35%
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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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