Course Title: Strategic Urban Planning

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Strategic Urban Planning

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021

Course Coordinator: Dr Anthony Kent

Course Coordinator Phone: +(61 3) 9925 9213

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 8.11.28

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course will examine the principles, processes, issues and practices underlying strategic land use planning. Strategic planning at different scales (regional, metropolitan, local) will be examined, drawing in particular on the Melbourne and Victorian context. Key debates and lessons from planning in other national and international contexts will also be explored. In understanding strategic planning as a process, this course examines the role of strategic planners working with different governance and political frameworks and how this influences and shapes decision-making processes. The main elements of strategic plans and plan making are examined in the context of integrated land use – transport planning, social, economic and environmental concerns.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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
  • Initiate positive contributions to the wider community through professional planning practice, establishing empathy, equity and shared understanding across diverse interest groups. 

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

  1. Identify important contemporary strategic planning issues and principles in Victoria, Australia and internationally
  2. Discuss ideas and debates that inform strategic planning processes at different scales
  3. Examine the work of strategic planners and develop solutions to particular planning problems in different contexts
  4. Explain the importance of strategic planning as a background to studies in statutory planning
  5. Apply research, writing and presentation skills through different tasks and outputs including group based and independent research. 

Overview of Learning Activities

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

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. Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks. 

Assessment Tasks

  1. Presentation (20%) (Linked to CLO 1, 2, and 3) 
  2. Critical Analysis (30%) (Linked to CLO 2, 4 and 5) 
  3. Strategic Planning Research (50%) (Linked to CLO 2, 3, 4 and 5) 
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.