This advanced course will extend your knowledge of theory and law through policy and strategic planning at multiple levels of governance. You will cover complex decision-making involving statutory and non-statutory instruments including public works impact assessment. Throughout the course, the knowledge and skills required by the professional planner in practice and planning ethics are addressed through incorporating visiting practitioners and workshop sessions to problem-solve current planning practice issues.
|Tutorial/Workshop 1 – On campus Workshop - 3 Hours||3hrs||Week 1||13 times|
Extending knowledge of theory and law through policy and strategic planning at multiple levels of governance
Complex decision- making involving statutory and non-statutory instruments including major project impact assessment.
Problem-solving and evaluation of current planning practice issues in the context of best practice planning policy and adequate data and monitoring.
400 Level (Graduate)
|Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to...||Graduate Qualities Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming...|
|1||Perform critical analysis and demonstrate strategic thinking and Problem solving skills as applied to a diverse range of regional and urban planning issues||
Creative and critical thinker
|2||Demonstrate knowledge application of sustainable development||Sustainability-focussed|
|3||Demonstrate a capacity to reflect on personal values and professional practice to inform theory||
|4||Demonstrate understanding of planning theory and principles as well as the need for and use of credible information for planning policy and strategy||
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Standard Grading (GRD)
|High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).|
Timely and detailed feedback is provided for each assessment. Feedback is provided both within text and general comments to build scholarly skills. Students are able to seek feedback through face-to-face discussion with the course coordinator. Tutorials will include extended discussion and review of the assessment task requirements and scope.
|Delivery mode||Task No.||Assessment Product||Individual or Group||Weighting %||What is the duration / length?||When should I submit?||Where should I submit it?|
|Week 4||Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check|
|Week 8||Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check|
|Week 13||Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check|
|All - Assessment Task 1:Mini Essay|
To demonstrate evidence of how theory and practice inform each other (theory-practice dialectic).
Write an essay on techniques used to address a current planning issue by a guest lecturer, and explain how this demonstrates or informs planning theory (including ethics) on the topic.
|All - Assessment Task 2:Report|
To analyse how a critical planning issue is addressed strategically at multiple levels of governance, propose amendments to local government statutory and non-statutory instruments, and test applicability to a real development proposal.
Imagine you are a strategic planner working for Sunshine Coast Council. Write a report to Council senior staff and elected officials recommending how to address a strategic planning issue on the Sunshine Coast (e.g. peak oil, public transit, affordable housing) through the mechanisms available to local governments. Your report will include: 1) An analysis of how the issue is addressed in ‘best planning practice’ as identified in the literature, and assessment of relevant international, national, and State government policies, as well as one of the Sunshine Coast Council planning strategy papers for consistency with best practice. 2) Examples of how the relevant best practice principles and Council strategy could be implemented through statutory and non-statutory mechanisms by: a) writing an amendment to a relevant planning scheme and code; and b) including provisions in non-regulatory mechanisms such as the Corporate Plan, community plan, and/or Council budget. 3) A review of an existing development or a current development application to determine if it is consistent with, or how it would need to be revised to be consistent with, the visions and directions in a Council Strategy paper and the planning scheme.
|All - Assessment Task 3:Ministerial Briefing Paper|
To learn how to succinctly brief a State or Commonwealth government Minister on a complex planning issue and provide principled and evidence-based advice.
Imagine you are a planning or policy advisor working for State or Commonwealth government. Write a brief to your Minister critically evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of a major public or private infrastructure project proposal in Australia. Your brief will be divided in two parts: a) Explain the limitations of the proposal and identify what type of knowledge and techniques are needed in order to appropriately address content issues. Recommend to the Minister how he/she should decide on the application and provide reasons. b) Suggest how to improve the decision-making process, perhaps requiring amendments to legislation and/or a state planning instrument or guidelines, with reference to good principles for planning and impact assessment.
A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Directed study hours may vary by location. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.
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