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GEOP370 – Urban Strategic Planning

2017 – S1 Day

General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff
Linda Kelly
Credit points Credit points
3
Prerequisites Prerequisites
(39cp at 100 level or above) including (ENVG281 or GEOS280 or GEOS281 or GEOP181)
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description
Designed to be a planning applications unit, this unit focuses on urban strategic planning at the regional and local government level, drawing on existing strategic plans at both levels of government in the Australian context. This unit allows students to develop practical skills for urban strategic planning, while also drawing on recent academic research published in major academic journals. On completion of this unit students will know how to approach urban strategic planning as an inter-agency/intra-department process. They will also have gained practice experience in assessing the scope of issues covered in urban strategic plans and the keys to effective strategy development.

Important Academic Dates

Information about important academic dates including deadlines for withdrawing from units are available at http://students.mq.edu.au/student_admin/enrolmentguide/academicdates/

Learning Outcomes

  1. A clear understanding of the underlying principles of urban strategic planning
  2. A sound appreciation of urban strategic planning in the recent Australian context
  3. An understanding of the role of urban strategic planning in shaping our cities.
  4. A capacity to research and apply current academic literature to urban strategic planning issues.
  5. A sound understanding of how to develop an urban strategic plan.
  6. Experience in working as a team in urban strategic planning

General Assessment Information

Assessment tasks are designed to ensure you are learning during the unit. Please let the unit convenor know as soon as possible if you need clarification about the expectations for each task. Some general information:

  • All assessment tasks must be submitted in order to pass this unit
  • late assignments will incur a 10% penalty per day late, including weekends. This penalty will be applied unless a valid medical certificate is supplied or alternative acceptable documentation. Please contact the unit convenor as soon as possible if you are unwell and unlikely to make a deadline.
  • Familiarise yourself with the University's policy on plagiarism.
  • All assignments should be properly referenced using the Harvard system of referencing.
  • Text should be a minimum of 11 point font, 2 cm margins and line spacing of 1.5.
  • When using images and diagrams always cite the source and provide a description.
  • Proof read your work at least twice.
  • Use Australian English.
  • Assessment tasks 1 and 3 should be submitted via the iLearn site.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Due
Greater Sydney Commission 20% 22 March Week 4
Community video 30% 3 May Week 8
Preparing a strategic plan 40% 14 June
Attendance & Participation 10% throughout semester

Greater Sydney Commission

Due: 22 March Week 4
Weighting: 20%

This assessment task requires you to undertake a discussion and critical evaluation of aspects of the Greater Sydney Commission (GSC) as well as considering the draft District Plans that are currently on exhibition. You need to prepare a 2,000 word essay that addresses the following questions:

  1. What is the GSC and what was it established to do?
  2. Who are they key players?
  3. What legislation supports it and its plan making functions?
  4. What are the Sydney Planning Panels? What is their function and what are they established achieve?
  5. Select a district within greater metropolitan Sydney and access the relevant draft District Plan. Read the Introduction and the Liveable City chapters, and discuss what is planned for this District under the draft plan.
  6. There are a number of videos on the GSC website including "Greater Sydney's Three Cities" and "GPOP launch video". Discuss the objectives of these videos and what key concepts are introduced. How effective do think they are?

 


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • A sound appreciation of urban strategic planning in the recent Australian context
  • An understanding of the role of urban strategic planning in shaping our cities.

Community video

Due: 3 May Week 8
Weighting: 30%

You are to imagine that you are working for an organisation which has decided to prepare an urban strategic plan addressing one of these issues:

1. short term holiday lettings in Bondi (such as Airbnb) 

2. the 30 minute city on the Northern Beaches 

3. graffiti management in Surry Hills 

4. community gardens in Lane Cove 

Choose an issue from the above list and prepare a three minute video which would be part of a community consultation strategy that is aimed at engaging the community in participating in the preparation of the plan. You want to motivate the public to want to know more about the project and ask them for their ideas.

Your video would begin by explaining the decision of your organisation to prepare the plan, what the plan means and the issues that would be covered. You would finish with a "call to action". 

This assessment is not to test your film making and editing skills but rather to get you to experiment with a different media for community consultation. I would expect that you would speak in the video and utilise an appropriate background or images to keep your viewers' attention. Background music or other sounds could be used. These videos will be posted on You Tube (private setting) and shown in class for marking and discussion.


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • A clear understanding of the underlying principles of urban strategic planning
  • An understanding of the role of urban strategic planning in shaping our cities.
  • A sound understanding of how to develop an urban strategic plan.

Preparing a strategic plan

Due: 14 June
Weighting: 40%

This assessment requires you to prepare a small strategic plan for Angourie, on the north coast NSW. You will work in a group in class to develop the aims/objectives of the plan. Each member will prepare one chapter of the plan from the following list (no doubling up):

  1. Housing
  2. Open space and recreation
  3. Culture and heritage
  4. Natural environment and biodiversity

The finalisation and presentation of the document shall be undertaken as a group. The group mark for objectives and presentation will be 10%.

The assessable mark on the individual student's own work on the chapter of the plan will be 30%.

The word limit for this assessment is 1,000 words per chapter.


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • A clear understanding of the underlying principles of urban strategic planning
  • A sound appreciation of urban strategic planning in the recent Australian context
  • An understanding of the role of urban strategic planning in shaping our cities.
  • A capacity to research and apply current academic literature to urban strategic planning issues.
  • A sound understanding of how to develop an urban strategic plan.
  • Experience in working as a team in urban strategic planning

Attendance & Participation

Due: throughout semester
Weighting: 10%

You are expected to attend at least 90% of all scheduled classes. The unit is being taught involving you in active learning which will require you to participate in activities in each session. The activities are designed to provide you with essential skills for working as a planner. In order to achieve maximum marks for this assessment it will not be sufficient to simply turn up, you will need to demonstrate engagement and participation. Attendance will be recorded at each class. Failure to attend will impact upon other assessments as well as your mark for this component.

4 marks out of 10 will be allocated to your attendance, and 6 out of 10 will be allocated to participation in class activities and discussion.


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • A clear understanding of the underlying principles of urban strategic planning
  • A sound appreciation of urban strategic planning in the recent Australian context
  • An understanding of the role of urban strategic planning in shaping our cities.
  • A sound understanding of how to develop an urban strategic plan.
  • Experience in working as a team in urban strategic planning

Delivery and Resources

GEOP370 will be taught in a 3 hour weekly session involving the following components:

  • a lecture
  • a session of student presentations, and
  • a practical session.

 

Unit Schedule

2pm - 5pm Wednesdays in Room W5C 335

Week

Date

Lecture topic

Tutorial

Assessment

1

1 MAR

Introduction to unit and assessments

What is strategic planning?

What do you already know about Sydney?

 

2

8 MAR

History of metropolitan planning in Sydney

Introduction to Draft North Coast Plan

"Towards our Greater Sydney 2056"

 

3

15 MAR

Strategic planning in NSW

  • Hierarchy of plans
  • District plans

Week 2 readings discussion

Student presentations –

Site transformations

 

4

22 MAR

Local strategic planning

Preparing submissions 

 

Assessment 1 due

5

29 MAR

SITE VISIT (tbc)

Planning for the nation's capital?

 

 

6

5 APR

Strategic Policy

 

 

7

12 APR

Strategic Plans

 

 

 

 

MID SEMSTER BREAK

 

 

8

3 MAY

 

Student  video presentations 

Assessment 2 due

9

10 MAY

Social equality in strategic planning

 

 

10

17 MAY

Planning Proposals

Group work – determining project objectives

 

11

24 MAY

Site planning and community engagement

 

Student planning exercise Part 1 - 

responding to the design brief

 

12

31 MAY

Developing a plan

Unit overview

Student planning exercise Part 2

 

13

6 JUN

 Group work

 

 

 

Policies and Procedures

Macquarie University policies and procedures are accessible from Policy Central. Students should be aware of the following policies in particular with regard to Learning and Teaching:

Academic Honesty Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/academic_honesty/policy.html

Assessment Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/assessment/policy_2016.html

Grade Appeal Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/gradeappeal/policy.html

Complaint Management Procedure for Students and Members of the Public http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/complaint_management/procedure.html​

Disruption to Studies Policy http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/disruption_studies/policy.html The Disruption to Studies Policy is effective from March 3 2014 and replaces the Special Consideration Policy.

In addition, a number of other policies can be found in the Learning and Teaching Category of Policy Central.

Student Code of Conduct

Macquarie University students have a responsibility to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct: https://students.mq.edu.au/support/student_conduct/

Results

Results shown in iLearn, or released directly by your Unit Convenor, are not confirmed as they are subject to final approval by the University. Once approved, final results will be sent to your student email address and will be made available in eStudent. For more information visit ask.mq.edu.au.

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Graduate Capabilities

Discipline Specific Knowledge and Skills

Our graduates will take with them the intellectual development, depth and breadth of knowledge, scholarly understanding, and specific subject content in their chosen fields to make them competent and confident in their subject or profession. They will be able to demonstrate, where relevant, professional technical competence and meet professional standards. They will be able to articulate the structure of knowledge of their discipline, be able to adapt discipline-specific knowledge to novel situations, and be able to contribute from their discipline to inter-disciplinary solutions to problems.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • A clear understanding of the underlying principles of urban strategic planning
  • A sound appreciation of urban strategic planning in the recent Australian context
  • An understanding of the role of urban strategic planning in shaping our cities.
  • A capacity to research and apply current academic literature to urban strategic planning issues.
  • A sound understanding of how to develop an urban strategic plan.
  • Experience in working as a team in urban strategic planning

Assessment tasks

  • Greater Sydney Commission
  • Community video
  • Preparing a strategic plan
  • Attendance & Participation

Critical, Analytical and Integrative Thinking

We want our graduates to be capable of reasoning, questioning and analysing, and to integrate and synthesise learning and knowledge from a range of sources and environments; to be able to critique constraints, assumptions and limitations; to be able to think independently and systemically in relation to scholarly activity, in the workplace, and in the world. We want them to have a level of scientific and information technology literacy.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • A clear understanding of the underlying principles of urban strategic planning
  • An understanding of the role of urban strategic planning in shaping our cities.
  • A sound understanding of how to develop an urban strategic plan.

Assessment tasks

  • Community video
  • Preparing a strategic plan
  • Attendance & Participation

Problem Solving and Research Capability

Our graduates should be capable of researching; of analysing, and interpreting and assessing data and information in various forms; of drawing connections across fields of knowledge; and they should be able to relate their knowledge to complex situations at work or in the world, in order to diagnose and solve problems. We want them to have the confidence to take the initiative in doing so, within an awareness of their own limitations.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • A clear understanding of the underlying principles of urban strategic planning
  • A sound appreciation of urban strategic planning in the recent Australian context
  • An understanding of the role of urban strategic planning in shaping our cities.
  • A capacity to research and apply current academic literature to urban strategic planning issues.
  • Experience in working as a team in urban strategic planning

Assessment tasks

  • Greater Sydney Commission
  • Community video
  • Preparing a strategic plan
  • Attendance & Participation

Creative and Innovative

Our graduates will also be capable of creative thinking and of creating knowledge. They will be imaginative and open to experience and capable of innovation at work and in the community. We want them to be engaged in applying their critical, creative thinking.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcome

  • A capacity to research and apply current academic literature to urban strategic planning issues.

Assessment task

  • Preparing a strategic plan

Effective Communication

We want to develop in our students the ability to communicate and convey their views in forms effective with different audiences. We want our graduates to take with them the capability to read, listen, question, gather and evaluate information resources in a variety of formats, assess, write clearly, speak effectively, and to use visual communication and communication technologies as appropriate.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcome

  • Experience in working as a team in urban strategic planning

Assessment tasks

  • Community video
  • Preparing a strategic plan
  • Attendance & Participation

Engaged and Ethical Local and Global citizens

As local citizens our graduates will be aware of indigenous perspectives and of the nation's historical context. They will be engaged with the challenges of contemporary society and with knowledge and ideas. We want our graduates to have respect for diversity, to be open-minded, sensitive to others and inclusive, and to be open to other cultures and perspectives: they should have a level of cultural literacy. Our graduates should be aware of disadvantage and social justice, and be willing to participate to help create a wiser and better society.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcome

  • An understanding of the role of urban strategic planning in shaping our cities.

Assessment tasks

  • Community video
  • Preparing a strategic plan
  • Attendance & Participation

Socially and Environmentally Active and Responsible

We want our graduates to be aware of and have respect for self and others; to be able to work with others as a leader and a team player; to have a sense of connectedness with others and country; and to have a sense of mutual obligation. Our graduates should be informed and active participants in moving society towards sustainability.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcome

  • A sound understanding of how to develop an urban strategic plan.

Assessment tasks

  • Community video
  • Preparing a strategic plan
  • Attendance & Participation