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RUP2001 - Regional and Urban Planning

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Dr Elizabeth O'Brien


Berwick Second semester 2007 (Day)


This unit investigates: the various ways in which strategic planning and statutory planning translate at the local level; emerging issues; planning objectives, such as participatory planning; linkages between the economic, environmental, social and cultural aspects of planning; the connected nature of demographics, employment, housing, transport and community facilities and services; and the shift towards integrated governance, and spatial integration. Key planning concepts, themes, issues, problems and potential solutions are addressed, together with the formulation of planning responses. Case studies are explored and students introduced to the various skills employed in Regional and Urban Planning.


On completion of the unit students will have:

  1. Acquired further understanding of the purpose and methods of planning, principles of integrated sustainable development, planning objectives, methods of evaluating and managing natural and built environments, the political, legal and institutional contexts of planning, and emerging issues in planning;
  2. Developed their understanding of planning policies, instruments and urban design principles at the local level within a regional planning context;
  3. Gained an understanding of planning requirements and outcomes at the local level within a regional planning context;
  4. Developed their skills in problem definition and objectives formulation;
  5. Acquired further experience of knowledge synthesis and application in planning practice;
  6. Enhanced their communication and interpersonal skills.


Site Plan (1500 words) : 30%
Housing Strategy (3000 words) : 70%

Contact hours

1 one-hour lecture and 1 one-hour tutorial, seminar, workshop or focus group per week


Students enrolled in Bachelor of Regional and Urban Planning: RUP1000 and RUP1001