Course Outline

ENP460 Planning Practicum

Course Coordinator:Nicholas Stevens ( School:School of Law and Society

2023Semester 1

UniSC Sunshine Coast

Blended learning Most of your course is on campus but you may be able to do some components of this course online.

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teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?


You are placed in planning organisations in which staff commit to a mentoring program supporting you while you work for a period of 4 weeks (160 hours). Before your placement, you will consider what issues you need to think about while on placement. These issues will then be reconsidered in post placement sessions in which students share their experiences with each other. The course will build your skills as a reflective practitioner in the planning discipline and familiarise you with workplace practices you need to think about while on placement.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – On Campus Workshop - 12 hours over 2 days 12hrs Orientation week Once Only
Placement – Work Placement 160hrs Not applicable Once Only
Tutorial/Workshop 2 – On Campus Workshop - 6 hours over 1 day 6hrs Week 13 Once Only

Course Topics

  • Town Planning and Urban Design practice
  • Practicum/internship requirements and experience
  • Reflective planning practice
  • Professional time management
  • PIA Code of conduct

What level is this course?

400 Level (Graduate)

Demonstrating coherence and breadth or depth of knowledge and skills. Independent application of knowledge and skills in unfamiliar contexts. Meeting professional requirements and AQF descriptors for the degree. May require pre-requisites where discipline specific introductory or developing knowledge or skills is necessary. Normally undertaken in the third or fourth full-time study year of an undergraduate program.

What is the unit value of this course?

24 units

How does this course contribute to my learning?

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 Apply theoretical and technical planning skills to unfamiliar circumstances Engaged
2 Work in a diverse employment situation requiring application of planning theory, knowledge and skills and reflect on personal values, professional practice and legal and theoretical perspectives Engaged
3 Critique plans, planning tools and built environment proposals Engaged
4 Demonstrate behaviour and knowledge of personal and professional ethical standards Ethical

Am I eligible to enrol in this course?

Refer to the UniSC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.


ENP355, ENP336, ENP365, ENP311, ENP411 and enrolled in Program AR406


Not applicable


Not applicable

Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

You must demonstrate that you have completed a substantial part of the BRUP program so you may reflect on your experiences linking both theory and practice to critique your own knowledge and level of achievement.

How am I going to be assessed?

Grading Scale

Standard Grading (GRD)

High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).

Details of early feedback on progress

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

Assessment tasks

Delivery mode Task No. Assessment Product Individual or Group Weighting % What is the duration / length? When should I submit? Where should I submit it?
All 1 Plan Individual 30%
1000 - 1500 words
Week 3 Online Submission
All 2 Journal Individual 50%
2500 - 3000 words
Week 13 Online Submission
All 3 Oral and Written Piece Individual 20%
750 - 1000 words
Week 13 In Class
All 4 Code of Conduct Individual 0%
Throughout teaching period (refer to Format) To Supervisor
All - Assessment Task 1:Set of Criteria for assessing learning experience
To discuss why reflective practice is important; and
To develop a set of criteria based on knowledge gained in planning theory and professional practice which can then be used to reflect on your practicum experience.
Product: Plan
Working as a reflective practitioner - Derivation of a set of criteria for discussing various aspects of professional practice in your learning journal, based on the criteria listed in the learning journal assessment guide.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
The extent to which you consider the importance of reflective practice
1 4
The extent to which your criteria reflect theoretical ideas about “good practice”
1 2 3
Consideration of the influence of institutional context for the organisation (e.g. legal requirements, organisational structure and role of the planner in a public institution or in a private consultancy)
2 4
Consideration of the influence of theory on tasks carried out during your practicum.
1 2
All - Assessment Task 2:Learning Journal
To apply planning theory, knowledge and skills to reflect on your experience gained in the practicum from an ethical, legal and theoretical perspective.
Product: Journal
You will complete a diary of daily activities and a reflexive report analysing the implications of your experience in terms applying knowledge gained at University.You will maintain a diary while working in the planning organisation.Reflections about practice may include commentary on links between practice and theory, the influence of the institutional context on the nature of planning and insights about your experience and observations. Assessment will also be influenced by the verbal mentor reports which will be used to structure particular discussions in the post placement workshop.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Links to planning theory and other core planning knowledge and skills
1 2 3 4
Understanding of organisation’s institutional context and other influences on the planning role.
1 2 4
Verbal mentor report
Learning journey insights
1 2 3 4
Presentation and quality of syntax
All - Assessment Task 3:Post placement presentation and discussion
To discuss and compare experiences in the practicum to present highlights and issues
Product: Oral and Written Piece
Talk for 10-15 minutes about the highlights of your experience and any issues that arose.You will make a Post Placement verbal presentation and participate in discussions about the student experiences.Your group will then discuss any issues raised in the workshop. Topics may be drawn from mentor reports, lecturer's observations of students working, and student summary and prioritisation of issues.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Coherence of your discussion about issues raised in learning journals and by planning mentors
1 2 4
Ideas for future application when working as a planner (e.g. Council practice).
1 2 3
Awareness of the general ethical and public responsibilities of the planner based on discussion about various issues faced by you while on the practicum
2 4
Personal insights into the link between your education and work as planners
1 2 3 4
All - Assessment Task 4:Code of Conduct
This task enables you to become familiar with the code of conduct for your discipline and work within its guidelines during a work integrated learning (WIL) experience
Product: Code of Conduct
During your WIL experience you are required to complete the required hours of work experience.To be eligible to pass, you are required to complete the internship satisfactorily according to the criteria below. See Canvas for your discipline specific Code of Conduct.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Behaviour that is in accordance with the discipline code of conduct
1 2 4
Adherence to the discipline code of conduct
Completion of the required hours

Directed study hours

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. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.

What resources do I need to undertake this course?

Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.

Prescribed text(s) or course reader

There are no required/recommended resources for this course.

Specific requirements


How are risks managed in this course?

Health and safety risks for this course have been assessed as low. It is your responsibility to review course material, search online, discuss with lecturers and peers and understand the health and safety risks associated with your specific course of study and to familiarise yourself with the University’s general health and safety principles by reviewing the online induction training for students, and following the instructions of the University staff.

What administrative information is relevant to this course?

Assessment: Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the ethical standard of university participation.  It ensures that students graduate as a result of proving they are competent in their discipline.  This is integral in maintaining the value of academic qualifications. Each industry has expectations and standards of the skills and knowledge within that discipline and these are reflected in assessment.

Academic integrity means that you do not engage in any activity that is considered to be academic fraud; including plagiarism, collusion or outsourcing any part of any assessment item to any other person.  You are expected to be honest and ethical by completing all work yourself and indicating in your work which ideas and information were developed by you and which were taken from others. You cannot provide your assessment work to others. You are also expected to provide evidence of wide and critical reading, usually by using appropriate academic references.

In order to minimise incidents of academic fraud, this course may require that some of its assessment tasks, when submitted to Canvas, are electronically checked through Turnitin.  This software allows for text comparisons to be made between your submitted assessment item and all other work to which Turnitin has access.

Assessment: Additional Requirements

Your eligibility for supplementary assessment in a course is dependent of the following conditions applying:

The final mark is in the percentage range 47% to 49.4%
The course is graded using the Standard Grading scale
You have not failed an assessment task in the course due to academic misconduct.

Assessment: Submission penalties

Late submission of assessment tasks may be penalised at the following maximum rate: 
- 5% (of the assessment task's identified value) per day for the first two days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- 10% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the third day - 20% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the fourth day and subsequent days up to and including seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- A result of zero is awarded for an assessment task submitted after seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. Weekdays and weekends are included in the calculation of days late. To request an extension you must contact your course coordinator to negotiate an outcome.


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