Course Title: Urban Policy Research Project

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Urban Policy Research Project

Credit Points: 24.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


330H Social Science & Planning


Sem 2 2006


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


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,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 2 2022

Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Joe Hurley

Course Coordinator Phone: +(61 3) 9925 9016

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: B8.L11

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Enforced Pre-Requisite Courses 

Successful completion of HUSO2165 Urban Planning Research.  

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 go to RMIT Course Requisites webpage. 

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.

If you are enrolled in this course as a component of your Bachelor Honours Program, your overall mark will contribute to the calculation of the weighted average mark (WAM).  

See the WAM information web page for more information. 

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

• 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

Course Learning Outcomes 

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

  1. Design and implement research projects using research techniques appropriate to the disciplines of urban policy and urban planning
  2. Evaluate findings and prepare research reports
  3. Analyse policy and present informed, evidence-based recommendations
  4. Identify the role of group dynamics in group work and determine strategies for effectively collaborating with others in a professional environment.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in learning that involves a range of  activities such as lectures, tutorials, group 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.

 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 learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

Assessment Tasks

Hurdle tasks (essential for progress but not marked)  include identifying a group, submitting a research proposal, connecting with stakeholders, ethics modules and materials for ethics application (Hurdle tasks linked to CLO 1,4)

1. Literature review 30% (Linked to CLO 1,2,3)

2. Progress/Reflection Report 2000 words 20% (Linked to CLO 1, 4)

3. Final Research Report 30%(Linked to CLO 1, 2, 3)

4. Research Presentation 20% (Linked to CLO 2, 3)

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 Manager 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.