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GEOP8090 – Gateway to the Planning Profession

2021 – Session 2, Special circumstances

Session 2 Learning and Teaching Update

The decision has been made to conduct study online for the remainder of Session 2 for all units WITHOUT mandatory on-campus learning activities. Exams for Session 2 will also be online where possible to do so.

This is due to the extension of the lockdown orders and to provide certainty around arrangements for the remainder of Session 2. We hope to return to campus beyond Session 2 as soon as it is safe and appropriate to do so.

Some classes/teaching activities cannot be moved online and must be taught on campus. You should already know if you are in one of these classes/teaching activities and your unit convenor will provide you with more information via iLearn. If you want to confirm, see the list of units with mandatory on-campus classes/teaching activities.

Visit the MQ COVID-19 information page for more detail.

General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Convenor/Lecturer
Donna Houston
Contact via Email
Room 419, 25B Wally's Walk
By appointment
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
Admission to MPlan and 80cp at 8000 level
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

Planning is a professional practice and this unit is designed to assist students develop skills for a career in the planning profession. The unit requires students to prepare a substantial and well researched report in response to a Brief issued by a hypothetical planning agency. The student will prepare a work plan, apply knowledge of planning systems to a particular issue, and respond to the expressed requirements of the hypothetical client. In undertaking this work the student will apply research skills, identify and confront ethical issues, and practice writing for a non-specialist audience.

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: Prepare a detailed project outline in response to a planning Brief and document the key steps in its execution
  • ULO2: Apply research skills to contemporary planning issues
  • ULO3: Exercise problem-solving, critical, analytical and integrative thinking skills in the field of planning
  • ULO4: Communicate findings in written forms for diverse audiences
  • ULO5: Apply skills in self-management, personal judgement and initiative

General Assessment Information

Handing in your assessment tasks

You are required to submit your assessment tasks by the time and date provided in this Unit Guide via the Turnitin link provided in iLearn.  Allow enough time to submit your assignment as the deadline is final. Please keep an electronic copy of your assignment and a record of your submission for reference. 

Late assessments

Unless a Special Consideration request has been submitted and approved, (a) a penalty for lateness will apply – 10 marks out of 100 credit will be deducted per day for assignments submitted after the due date – and (b) no assignment will be accepted seven days (incl. weekends) after the original submission deadline.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Response to Brief 20% No 23:59 on 13/08/21
Literature/policy review 30% No 23:59 on 03/09/21
Data collection and analysis 30% No 23:59 on 08/10/21
Final report 20% No 23:59 on 05/11/21

Response to Brief

Assessment Type 1: Plan
Indicative Time on Task 2: 15 hours
Due: 23:59 on 13/08/21
Weighting: 20%

500 word response setting out the steps and stages to be undertaken to acquit the Brief


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Prepare a detailed project outline in response to a planning Brief and document the key steps in its execution

Literature/policy review

Assessment Type 1: Report
Indicative Time on Task 2: 50 hours
Due: 23:59 on 03/09/21
Weighting: 30%

1500 word literature/policy review (Part 1 of report as required in the project Brief)


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Apply research skills to contemporary planning issues
  • Exercise problem-solving, critical, analytical and integrative thinking skills in the field of planning
  • Communicate findings in written forms for diverse audiences

Data collection and analysis

Assessment Type 1: Report
Indicative Time on Task 2: 50 hours
Due: 23:59 on 08/10/21
Weighting: 30%

2000 word data analysis (Part 2 of report as required in the project Brief)


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Apply research skills to contemporary planning issues
  • Exercise problem-solving, critical, analytical and integrative thinking skills in the field of planning
  • Communicate findings in written forms for diverse audiences

Final report

Assessment Type 1: Report
Indicative Time on Task 2: 31 hours
Due: 23:59 on 05/11/21
Weighting: 20%

4500 word final report combining literature/policy review, data collection/analysis plus overall findngs and recommendations


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Communicate findings in written forms for diverse audiences
  • Apply skills in self-management, personal judgement and initiative

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

GEOP8090 will be taught online via Zoom video-conferencing.  Class time is scheduled between 2:00-4:00pm on Wednesdays and will comprise a mix of mini-lectures, small group discussions, writing workshops, presentations and feedback.  You are expected to attend the workshops and the Zoom sessions will not be recorded.  

The GEOP8090 iLearn site contains additional resources in the 'Assessment' folder and under the weekly topic headings.  Please make sure that you regularly check the iLearn page and your Macquarie University student email for updates and information regarding this unit.

Unit readings can be accessed via Leganto.  The Leganto link is located in the top right panel of the GEOP8090 iLearn main page.  Please contact Donna if you are having trouble accessing the readings as they are essential to your assignments and to the class discussions.

Unit Schedule

Week 1: Introduction to Gateway to the Planning Profession

Week 2: Responding to the brief

Week 3: Feedback and consultation on the project brief (assignment due)

Week 4: Preparing a planning report 1: literature/policy reviews

Week 5: Preparing a planning report 2: site and context

Week 6: Feedback and consultation on the literature review (assignment due)

Week 7: Preparing a planning report 3: assessment and analysis

Week 8: Presenting work in progress: feedback on assessment and data analysis

Week 9:  Data analysis assessment due, no class

Week 10: Writing the final report 1: findings and recommendations

Week 11: Writing the final report 2: what is professional quality presentation?

Week 12: Feedback and consultation on the final report draft, findings and recommendations

Week 13: Final report due, no class

Policies and Procedures

Macquarie University policies and procedures are accessible from Policy Central (https://policies.mq.edu.au). Students should be aware of the following policies in particular with regard to Learning and Teaching:

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

To find other policies relating to Teaching and Learning, visit Policy Central (https://policies.mq.edu.au) and use the search tool.

Student Code of Conduct

Macquarie University students have a responsibility to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct: https://students.mq.edu.au/admin/other-resources/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

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

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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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