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GEOP4080 – Planning Experience

2020 – Session 1, Weekday attendance, North Ryde

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General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff
Jessica McLean
Credit points Credit points
Prerequisites Prerequisites
Admission to BPlan and (GEOP2080 or GEOP212) and (GEOP3080 or GEOP370) and permission by special approval
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

This unit provides an off-campus, work-integrated learning experience or student consulting team experience, with a real client, in the planning field. Placements and consultancies may be undertaken across a range of sectors (such as government, industry, non-profit, industry and professional associations). Students use reflective practice to improve their understanding of workplace or client project needs, and their own strengths and weaknesses, to develop their professional skills. Platform skills, including stakeholder analysis and negotiation, are focused on. As far as possible, placements and consulting projects are arranged in accordance with each student's background, skills, experience, professional/academic interests and career aspirations. Students must complete 175 hours on placement or the client project plus attend workshops. Students must submit a Special Permission request to enrol in this unit no later than 1 month prior to the start of semester to enable placements to be arranged.

Important Academic Dates

Information about important academic dates including deadlines for withdrawing from units are available at https://students.mq.edu.au/important-dates

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: Work effectively in a professional planning environment
  • ULO2: Demonstrate understanding of the skills required of the practising planner
  • ULO3: Use reflective practice to improve performance in a professional workplace
  • ULO4: Evaluate personal needs for professional development and continuous learning

Assessment Tasks

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General Assessment Information

Late Assessment Penalty

Unless a Special Consideration request has been submitted and approved, (a) a penalty for lateness will apply – two (2) marks out of 100 will be deducted per day for assignments submitted after the due date – and (b) no assignment will be accepted more than seven (7) days (incl. weekends) after the original submission deadline. No late submissions will be accepted for timed assessments – e.g. quizzes, online tests

Delivery and Resources

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Required and recommended reading:

There is no required text for GEOP461. There may be classes in critical thinking and writing that may be useful for your written tasks this semester hosted by Macquarie: https://students.mq.edu.au/support/study/skills-development/workshop-calendar

Unit Schedule

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Wk #

Class date

Workshop topic



26 February 

Workshop 1

Introduction to unit and assessments

Planning, Communication and Ethics

2 4 March No class  
3 11 March

Workshop 2

Overview of placements

Project management

Planning Careers

4 18 March No class Stakeholder analysis assessment due
25 March No class  
6 1 April

Workshop 3

Opportunity to talk through assessments and

any issues you may be having

7 8 April

No class

Reflective practice planning due
8 29 April No class  
9 6 May No class  
10  13 May

Workshop 4




11 20 May No class  
12 27 May

Workshop 5

Professional Networking 

Unit overview and reflection

Reflective learning report due
13 3 June No class Job redesign suggestions

Policies and Procedures

Macquarie University policies and procedures are accessible from Policy Central (https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policy-central). Students should be aware of the following policies in particular with regard to Learning and Teaching:

Students seeking more policy resources can visit the Student Policy Gateway (https://students.mq.edu.au/support/study/student-policy-gateway). It is your one-stop-shop for the key policies you need to know about throughout your undergraduate student journey.

If you would like to see all the policies relevant to Learning and Teaching visit Policy Central (https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/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/study/getting-started/student-conduct​


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Student Support

Macquarie University provides a range of support services for students. For details, visit http://students.mq.edu.au/support/

Learning Skills

Learning Skills (mq.edu.au/learningskills) provides academic writing resources and study strategies to help you improve your marks and take control of your study.

The Library provides online and face to face support to help you find and use relevant information resources. 

Student Enquiry Service

For all student enquiries, visit Student Connect at ask.mq.edu.au

If you are a Global MBA student contact globalmba.support@mq.edu.au

Equity Support

Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Service who can provide appropriate help with any issues that arise during their studies.

IT Help

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When using the University's IT, you must adhere to the Acceptable Use of IT Resources Policy. The policy applies to all who connect to the MQ network including students.

Changes from Previous Offering

The Reflective Journal assessment task has been replaced with a Job Redesign assessment task and the Reflective Learning Report.