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GEOP3080 – Urban Strategic Planning

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
Linda Kelly
Credit points Credit points
Prerequisites Prerequisites
40cp at 2000 level or above including (GEOP212 or GEOP2080)
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

Strategic planning is a key practice for planners. This unit focuses on urban strategic planning at the State and local 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. On completion of this unit students will know how to approach urban strategic planning as an inter-agency/intra-department process. Students will gain practical experience in assessing the scope of issues covered in urban strategic plans and knowledge about effective strategy development, plan making and communication.

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Learning Outcomes

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

  • ULO1: Demonstrate proficient knowledge of the underlying principles of urban strategic planning and plan making.
  • ULO2: Identify and explain the role of urban strategic planning in shaping cities, particularly in the NSW context.
  • ULO3: Draw on a range of academic and policy sources to analyse and evaluate issues, concepts and current practices in urban strategic planning.
  • ULO4: Develop a strategic plan in both hypothetical and practical situations.
  • ULO5: Use written, verbal and visual communication to present complex information to diverse audiences, including the community.
  • ULO6: Interact and collaborate with other students to effectively develop a strategic plan for a site.

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 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 days (incl. weekends) after the original submission deadline. No late submissions will be accepted for timed assessments – e.g. quizzes, online tests.

Presentation expectation

  • Assessment tasks should be properly referenced using the Harvard system of referencing.
  • Text should be a minimum of 11 point font and line spacing 1.5.
  • When using images, cite the source, provide a label, and refer to them in your text.
  • Proof read your work at least twice.
  • Use Australian English.

Academic integrity

You are encouraged to complete the University iLearn Academic Integrity Module which is available on the unit iLearn site. A link to the Academic Integrity Policy is provided on iLearn as well as in the Policies and Procedures section of this Guide. Individual feedback to students will be provided via Turnitin.

Delivery and Resources

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GEOP3080 will be taught in a three hour weekly session, which as the semester progresses will develop into a workshop format. 

Recommended texts for this unit are:

Stein, L (2017) Comparative Urban Land Use Planning: Best Practice, Sydney University Press, Sydney.

Jackson, S, Porter, L, and Johnson, L.C (2017), Planning in Indigenous Australia, Routledge, NY

Gurran, N., 2011 Australian urban land use planning: principles, systems and practice, Sydney University Press, Sydney.

The following websites contain material that will be referenced in the unit:



Further resources will be posted on iLearn.

Unit Schedule

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Week 1: Introduction to unit. What is strategic planning?

Week 2: Strategic planning & metropolitan planning in NSW

Week 3: State and local policy and plans

Week 4: Current NSW planning issues 

Week 5: Student video presentations

Week 6: Local centre planning 

Week 7: Representing evidence on plans and maps

Week 8: Planning proposals

Week 9: Observing the everyday

Week 10: Planning workshop Part 1

Week 11: Planning workshop Part 2

Week 12: Planning workshop Part 3

Week 13: Student plan presentations

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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