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GEOP8075 – Planning, Development and Assessment

2021 – Session 1, Special circumstances

Notice

As part of Phase 3 of our return to campus plan, most units will now run tutorials, seminars and other small group activities on campus, and most will keep an online version available to those students unable to return or those who choose to continue their studies online.

To check the availability of face-to-face and online 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 Convenor/Lecturer/Tutor
Donna Houston
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Linda Kelly
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Admission to MEnvPlan or MPlan or GradCertEnvPlan or MEnvMgt or MEngMgt or MPPP or MEnv or GradDipEnv or GradCertSusDev or GradDipSusDev or GradCertEnvPlan or GradCertSIA or GradDipSIA or MDevStud or MSusDev
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Unit description Unit description

This unit examines the complexities of planning, development and place-making in the public domain. The unit considers both theoretical and practical perspectives with a focus upon the foundation elements of planning frameworks including stakeholders and participation, governance and assessment, planning principles and professional planning ethics. This unit relates theory to practice, paying particular attention to what it means to plan in the public interest in the 21st century, generating professional practice skills for students.

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: Explain the basis for the theory and practice of planning and place-making processes
  • ULO3: Interpret plans and policies to identify and critically evaluate planning and design issues
  • ULO2: Describe the role of planners and stakeholders in the development of plans and planning principles at different levels of governance
  • ULO4: Understand planning principles and their role in planning practice
  • ULO5: Prepare clear well-structured reports addressing planning issues which are suitable for a variety of audiences.
  • ULO6: Recognise the operation of values and ethical issues in planning processes

General Assessment Information

Where can I find out more detailed information about assignments?

Please consult the folder in the GEOP8075 iLearn page labelled 'Assessment'. Here you will find more detailed instructions for each assessment item, marking criteria and rubrics. The assessment folder contains links to useful resources and guides. You are encouraged to post questions about assignments in the General Discussion Forum on the main iLearn page.

Group task - putting planning principles into practice

This assignment is a mixture of group and individual assessment. There is class-time dedicated to this task so that your group has an opportunity to work together on the assignment. Please note that 50% of the mark for the 'putting planning principles into practice task' is individually assessed. The individual component of the task requires you to submit a 500-word summary of three readings that you have individually selected and analysed for the group project - this should be written in your own words and reflect your unique contribution to the development of the planning principles.  You will be required to submit your written summary to Turnitin in iLearn by 9am on Monday in Week 13.

The remaining 50% of the group project mark will be based on the quality of the group project and the presentation of your planning principles.  The group projects must be ready to present in class by 9:30am in Week 13. 

Quizzes

Three quizzes each worth 10% will be given in Weeks 2, 4 and 9.  The quizzes will be a mix of multiple choice and short format answers. The quizzes are time sensitive tasks that will start in class and be available for a limited amount of time on iLearn.   No late submissions will be accepted for quizzes unless you have an approved special consideration request.

Handing in your assignments

Unless otherwise specified, you are required to submit your assignments by the time and date provided in this Unit Guide via the Turnitin link provided in iLearn. Please keep an electronic copy of your assignment and a record of your submission for reference. If you are having trouble submitting your assessment to Turnitin, please contact Donna immediately.

Late assignments

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.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Analysis of a planning project 40% No 5pm 23/4/2021
In class quiz/test 30% No See general assessment information
Putting planning principles into practice 30% No 9am 31/5/2021

Analysis of a planning project

Assessment Type 1: Report
Indicative Time on Task 2: 45 hours
Due: 5pm 23/4/2021
Weighting: 40%

 

Students will undertake a comprehensive analysis of a contemporary planning project and prepare a 2500 word report outlining the planning context, key issues identified and recommendations.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Explain the basis for the theory and practice of planning and place-making processes
  • Interpret plans and policies to identify and critically evaluate planning and design issues
  • Prepare clear well-structured reports addressing planning issues which are suitable for a variety of audiences.
  • Recognise the operation of values and ethical issues in planning processes

In class quiz/test

Assessment Type 1: Quiz/Test
Indicative Time on Task 2: 10 hours
Due: See general assessment information
Weighting: 30%

 

Quizzes will be used to test the development of knowledge and vocabulary of planning processes.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Explain the basis for the theory and practice of planning and place-making processes
  • Interpret plans and policies to identify and critically evaluate planning and design issues
  • Describe the role of planners and stakeholders in the development of plans and planning principles at different levels of governance
  • Recognise the operation of values and ethical issues in planning processes

Putting planning principles into practice

Assessment Type 1: Presentation
Indicative Time on Task 2: 30 hours
Due: 9am 31/5/2021
Weighting: 30%

 

Working in small groups, students will prepare a set of principles guiding planning public spaces. The group presentation will outline key definitions, the principles and stakeholders and be of a professional quality. The individual component of the task is a 500-word summary of three key references used to develop the principles.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Describe the role of planners and stakeholders in the development of plans and planning principles at different levels of governance
  • Understand planning principles and their role in planning practice
  • Prepare clear well-structured reports addressing planning issues which are suitable for a variety of audiences.
  • Recognise the operation of values and ethical issues in planning processes

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

GEOP8075 is delivered as a postgraduate seminar, which will be taught in 'special circumstances' mode that will include online lectures and on campus/online workshops in weeks 1-13.  Unless specified otherwise in the unit schedule, the first hour of class will be delivered as a pre-recorded Echo360 lecture in iLearn.  You are required to listen to the lecture in the timetabled lecture slot (9am-10am on Mondays) before attending class each week.  

The workshops will be taught synchronously in a classroom on campus and via Zoom video conference between 10:30am-12:00pm on Mondays.  This means that the workshops will be taught in person with the option for you to join the class via a Zoom video conference link if you are unable to attend on campus.  Please note that the workshops will not be recorded.  The workshops comprise a mix of structured activities, small group work, guest Q & As and discussion of the weekly readings. Class time has also been set aside for quizzes and assignment preparation, individually and in groups. 

Workshops 10:30am-12:00pm Mondays: 220 Tutorial Room, 4 Western Road.

Zoom video conference:  There is the option to join the workshop each week via Zoom video conferencing.  The link will be available prior to class in Week 1 in iLearn.

Unit readings can be accessed via Leganto.  The Leganto link is located in the top right panel of the GEOP8075 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.

The GEOP8075 iLearn page 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 Schedule

Week 1.     Introduction, planning and development in the public domain

Week 2.     Planning systems

Week 3.     Planning in international contexts

Week 4.     Planning theories

Week 5.     Planning and participation    

Week 6.     Professional planning ethics

Week 7.     Planning and development in the public domain

Week 8.     What is it that planners actually do in terms of planning in the public domain?

Week 9.     Planning principles

Week 10.   Development and place-making

Week 11.   Place-making practices

Week 12.   No lecture or workshop - assessment preparation for group task

Week 13.   Presentations of the group 'putting planning principles into practice' task

*Please note that a more comprehensive unit schedule will be made available in iLearn.

Policies and Procedures

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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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