Course Title: Planning, Property and Economics

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Planning, Property and Economics

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


330H Social Science & Planning


Sem 1 2006


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2022,
Sem 1 2023

Course Coordinator: Dr Benno Engels

Course Coordinator Phone: +(61 3) 9925 3884

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 8, Level 11

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

Cities both shape and are shaped by economic processes. Economic cycles and structural change influence phases of urban change; while the form and function of cities, along with policy frameworks, act as both enabler and inhibitor to economic and land development activity. Land-use planning thus plays a critical role in the function of property markets, urban development and urban economics. In this course you will engage with urban theory, policy and practice to understand the role of land-use planning in the context of economic and property development activity. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes: 

  • Demonstrate creativity, critical thinking and innovation when identifying and solving urban and regional problems in diverse contexts and assessing implications of decisions and actions.
  • Critically reflect on the interconnectedness of environmental, social, economic systems both locally and internationally and apply in your professional practice or further study.

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. describe and assess relationships between land use planning, property markets and urban economics; 
  2. examine the roles performed by planners and different market agents in urban development and property markets; 
  3. apply economic theories to analyse cities; 
  4. explain the economic impact that planning decisions can have upon the agents and the property market. 

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in learning that involves a range of face to face and online activities such as lectures, guest lectures, group and class discussion, role play, group activities and individual research. 

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. 

A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning. 

The University Library has extensive resources for planning students. The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies []. 

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal. 

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes.

Assessment Tasks

  1. A research task (30% Linked to CLOs 1 and 2) 
  2. A case study task (50% Linked to CLOs  1, 2 and 3) 
  3. A presentation, reflection and discussion (20% Linked to CLOs 1 and 4) 

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks. 

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more. 

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.