PLNG4401 Planning Theory and Practice

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
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) understand the rationale and utility of planning theory and its linkages to planning practice; (2) demonstrate an understanding of the broad knowledge and skill sets expected and required of a professional planner; (3) conceptualise and prepare a master plan for a given location and present their proposals to a panel of professional planners; and (4) develop 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
enrollment in Master of Urban and Regional Planning (72560)
(PLNG4402 Planning Law and PLNG4404 Statutory Planning)
equivalent, .
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 150 hours.
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