PLNG4401 Planning Theory and Practice

12 points
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
This unit provides students with the opportunity to engage in a real-world research based master planning project for an urban or regional location. Students are introduced to key planning theories, concepts and research techniques required to develop a concept master plan. Students study the traditions and philosophies of planning, planning ethics, plan making, and other planning practice issues from the perspective of public and private sectors.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of the rationale and utility of planning theory and its linkages to planning practice; (2) apply the broad knowledge and skill sets expected and required of a professional planner; (3) prepare a master plan for a given location and present proposals to a panel of professional planners; and (4) demonstrate an understanding of the importance and challenges of working independently and collectively.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) a group-based project that comprises a project report and master plan (60 per cent); (2) a group-based master plan poster (20 per cent); and (3) a group-based formal presentation group (20 per cent). Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Paul Maginn
Unit rules
EART4411 Planning Theory and Practice
Contact hours
7 hours per week—unit taught all day and comprises a mix of lectures, tutorials, workshops and/or field trips. The total workload for the unit is 300 hours.
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  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.