Course Title: Urban Policy Research Project

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Urban Policy Research Project

Credit Points: 24


Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

ARCH1067

City Campus

Undergraduate

330H Social Science & Planning

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2006

ARCH1067

City Campus

Undergraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Ian Woodcock

Course Coordinator Phone: +(61 3) 9925 3441

Course Coordinator Email: ian.woodcock@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 8.7.32

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You should have satisfactorily completed the prerequisite course HUSO2165 Urban Planning Research before you commence this course.

Note it is a condition of enrolment at RMIT that you accept responsibility for ensuring that you have completed the prerequisite/s and agree to concurrently enrol in co-requisite courses before enrolling in a course.

For your information the RMIT Course Requisites policy can be found at: http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=twx09y07zi1c


Course Description

In this course you will conduct a major research project as part of a research team. In small groups, you will develop a topic of your own choice drawing on subject matter and research approaches encountered in your previous urban-planning courses.

In addition to the design and execution of a professional research project, you will identify key specific problems and devise approaches to solving them. You will draw upon your professional work placement, and any relevant overseas study and travel experiences.

Please note that if you take this course for a bachelor honours program, your overall mark in this course will be one of the course marks that will be used to calculate the weighted average mark (WAM) that will determine your award level. (This applies to students who commence enrolment in a bachelor honours program from 1 January 2016 onwards. See the WAM information web page for more information.)
 


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Course Learning Outcomes

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

• Design and implement research projects using research techniques appropriate to the disciplines of urban policy and urban planning

• Evaluate findings and prepare research reports

• Analyse policy and present informed, evidence-based recommendations

• Identify the role of group dynamics in group work and determine strategies for effectively collaborating with others in a professional environment
 


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

• Discern the value of information and knowledge from a wide variety of sources and experiences and reflect on and evaluate their application in planning practice and research

• Apply a range of social science research methods to conduct research and undertake policy development that consider theoretical, historical, local and international contexts for decision making

• Communicate ideas using diverse formats and strategies to academic and professional audiences within and external to the discipline of urban and regional planning

• Critically reflect on the interconnectedness of environmental, social, economic systems both locally and internationally and apply in your professional practice or further study


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, tutorials, group and class discussion, 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 [http://rmit.libguides.com/planning].

The Library provides guides on academic referencing: http://www.rmit.edu.au/library/referencing and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian 
 


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 may include a research project, major report, and associated individual and group presentations.

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 the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

• Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: http://www.rmit.edu.au/policies/academic#assessment