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GEOP4090 – Planning and Design

2020 – Session 2, Special circumstance, North Ryde

Notice

As part of Phase 3 of our return to campus plan, most units will now run tutorials, seminars and other small group learning activities on campus for the second half-year, while keeping an online version available for those students unable to return or those who choose to continue their studies online.

To check the availability of face to face activities for your unit, please go to timetable viewer. To check detailed information on unit assessments visit your unit's iLearn space or consult your unit convenor.

General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff
Linda Kelly
25B WW room B412
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
Admission to BPlan and (130cp at 1000 level or above) including ENVG370 or GEOP370 or GEOP3080
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

How does planning influence the design of cities, neighbourhoods, streetscapes and sites? This unit explores the relationship between planning and design. It builds upon the student's skills developed across the many subject areas of the planning program, including real world creative problem solving, collaboration, plan preparation and evaluation, inquiry based skills, and workplace readiness. The unit examines the tools available to planners to guide the built outcomes of places and provides an overview of the elements of urban design. Through exposure to subject matter experts, site visits and workshop exercises students will further develop the knowledge skills required of planners.

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: Evaluate the role of planning for healthy built environments.
  • ULO2: Identify and discuss the planner's role in communicating issues to different audiences.
  • ULO3: Prepare strategic planning documents that show an understanding of the relationship between planning and design.
  • ULO4: Explain and discuss the interplay between planning and design and the planner's various roles in this process.
  • ULO5: Communicate and present complex issues clearly and succinctly.
  • ULO6: Apply practical skills expected of a planner in the workplace.

General Assessment Information

Submission of assessment tasks

Written assessments will be submitted via Turnitin on the unit's iLearn page. 

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.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Preparing a submission 30% No 21/8/2020
Planning for health 30% No 29/9/2020
Plan preparation 40% No 27/10/2020

Preparing a submission

Assessment Type 1: Practice-based task
Indicative Time on Task 2: 20 hours
Due: 21/8/2020
Weighting: 30%

 

You are to prepare a submission as a planner (1,000 words) on a draft policy/plan in relation to a current exhibition and call for submissions.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Prepare strategic planning documents that show an understanding of the relationship between planning and design.
  • Communicate and present complex issues clearly and succinctly.
  • Apply practical skills expected of a planner in the workplace.

Planning for health

Assessment Type 1: Report
Indicative Time on Task 2: 25 hours
Due: 29/9/2020
Weighting: 30%

 

A report (1,500 words) based on research and critical evaluation of planning for healthy built environments. The report will address the academic literature on the topic as well as discuss practical examples of where it has been implemented.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Evaluate the role of planning for healthy built environments.
  • Explain and discuss the interplay between planning and design and the planner's various roles in this process.
  • Communicate and present complex issues clearly and succinctly.
  • Apply practical skills expected of a planner in the workplace.

Plan preparation

Assessment Type 1: Report
Indicative Time on Task 2: 35 hours
Due: 27/10/2020
Weighting: 40%

 

You are to prepare a plan for a small area within Sydney. Your assessment submission will include a short report (1,500 words) explaining the context and basis for the plan and an A3 plan illustrating your proposal.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Identify and discuss the planner's role in communicating issues to different audiences.
  • Prepare strategic planning documents that show an understanding of the relationship between planning and design.
  • Explain and discuss the interplay between planning and design and the planner's various roles in this process.
  • Communicate and present complex issues clearly and succinctly.
  • Apply practical skills expected of a planner in the workplace.

1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:

  • the academic teaching staff in your unit for guidance in understanding or completing this type of assessment
  • the Learning Skills Unit for academic skills support.

2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation

Delivery and Resources

The delivery of this unit will include online delivery of a presentation on the week's topic via a pre-recording available on Echo360, asynchronous activities, and have some synchronous delivery, both online and on campus. 

There are no texts for this unit, however, you are encouraged to read the recommended readings that will be posted on iLearn.

Unit Schedule

Topics will include:

  1. Introducing planning and design - representing spaces
  2. Understanding built character - neighbourhood character statements
  3. Planning for healthy communities
  4. Urban design in practice
  5. Planning for centres and precincts - structure plans
  6. Customer service

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​

Results

Results published on platform other than eStudent, (eg. iLearn, Coursera etc.) 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 or if you are a Global MBA student contact globalmba.support@mq.edu.au

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.

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