Course Title: Planning Work Placement

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Planning Work Placement

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2017


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2016

Course Coordinator: Cathryn Kriewaldt

Course Coordinator Phone: +(61 3) 9925 8261

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 8.7

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You should undertake ARCH1276 Professional Practice and Ethics in Planning at the same time as this course as it contains areas of knowledge and skills which are implemented together in practice. These are co-requisite courses.

It is a condition of enrolment in both ARCH 1275 and ARCH 1276 that you will have completed all core courses required in years one to three of the Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning.

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:;ID=twx09y07zi1c

Course Description

The course is a professional placement that provides you with a work-integrated-learning experience in which your knowledge and skills are applied and assessed in a real workplace context and where feedback from industry and/or community is integral to your experience. It will also help you to critically evaluate professional practices and organisational demands, and reflect on your own professional skills, ideas and values.

In this course you will have the opportunity to work for at least 30 days in a planning agency or related work place. You will work in planning at local or state government level (e.g. statutory or strategic), with a private planning planning consultancy, or in the not-for-profit sector including research. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Course Learning Outcomes

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

• Apply theoretical and practical skills relevant to working in the professional planning environment, including team work;

• Communicate in a professional manner with a range of stakeholders including colleagues and clients;

• Reflect on contemporary practice and trends in the planning industry to inform your future practice.

Program Learning Outcomes

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

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

• Work with others in a range of roles and contexts, demonstrating cultural and social sensitivity, environmental stewardship and ethical and reflective practice;

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

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

Overview of Learning Activities

You will work for a minimum of 30 days, usually in a paid capacity, as a planner in the public, private or not-for profit sectors.  While you are expected to complete specific work tasks set by the workplace supervisor, the placement will also provide you with a guided professional learning environment. You and your workplace supervisor will negotiate a set of tasks that will enable you to develop and practice your planning skills. The Course Coordinator will liaise with your work placement supervisor, usually via telephone and/or email. Site visits may be conducted if these are requested, where geographically feasible.


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 [].

The Library provides guides on academic referencing: and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian.

Overview of Assessment


This course is marked on a pass / fail basis based on successful completion of placement with an agency.

This requires submission of written confirmation from the workplace supervisor that the placement has been successfully completed.