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Planning Report (8786.4)

Level: Level 4 - Undergraduate Advanced Unit
Credit Points: 6
HECS Bands: 2
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Design
Discipline: School of Design and the Built Environment


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  • Semester 1, 2020, RESEARCH, BRUCE (194065) - View
  • Semester 1, 2018, RESEARCH, BRUCE (176548) - View
  • Semester 1, 2017, PROJECT, BRUCE (170626) - View
  • Semester 1, 2016, PROJECT, BRUCE (154712) - View
  • Semester 1, 2015, PROJECT, BRUCE (145555) - View

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The aim of this unit is to provide the students with the ability to apply research skills to an urban and regional planning issue. The students will work individually on a research topic, to be chosen in consultation with the unit coordinator. The students will be required to write and present a 8,000 - 10,000 word planning report. An academic staff member of the urban and regional planning discipline will supervise each student. The unit will be structured to assist the students in selecting and developing an appropriate research topic, research methodologies and in the gathering of information and resources.

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Think critically about a planning problem and develop an appropriate research methodology or analytical approach to address it;

2. Identify and access appropriate sources of information, research and literature relevant to urban and regional planning issues;

3. Undertake primary and secondary research relevant to problems in planning practice; and

4. Present the findings in a way that demonstrates academic and professional competence.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

Individual supervision.


7967 Introduction to Planning OR
7968 Planning Theory and Process.



Assumed Knowledge

Foundational knowledge of urban and regional planning.

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