Course Title: Planning Work Placement

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Planning Work Placement

Credit Points: 12

Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

ARCH1275

City Campus

Undergraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019

ARCH1275

City Campus

Undergraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Workplace

Sem 1 2012

Flexible Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

ARCH1275

City Campus

Undergraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

UGRDFlex17 (WRK)

ARCH1275

City Campus

Undergraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

UGRDFlex18 (WFF)

ARCH1275

City Campus

Undergraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

UGRDFx2020 (All)

Course Coordinator: Assoc Professor Joe Hurley

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9016

Course Coordinator Email: joe.hurley@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: Building 8, Level 11

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, or in the semester immediately following, as it contains areas of knowledge and skills which are implemented together in practice. 

You should have successfully completed all core courses required in years one to three of the Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning or their equivalent before enrolling in both ARCH 1275 Planning Work Placement and ARCH 1276 Professional Practice and Ethics in Planning.

Alternatively, in exceptional circumstances, you may be able to demonstrate the required skills and knowledge before you start this course. Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible. 


Course Description

The course is a professional placement that enables you to experience work-integrated-learning in which your knowledge and skills are applied and assessed in a real or simulated 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. Workplace opportunities include local or state government level (e.g. statutory or strategic), with a private planning consultancy, in the not-for-profit sector including research or in a simulated work environment. 


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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. 


Course Learning Outcomes 

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

  1. Apply theoretical and practical skills relevant to working in the professional planning or related environment, including team work; 
  2. Communicate in a professional manner with a range of stakeholders including colleagues and clients; 
  3.  Reflect on contemporary practice and trends in the planning and related industry to inform your future practice. 
   


Overview of Learning Activities

You will work for a minimum of 30 days, potentially in a paid capacity, in a planning or related role, in the public, private or not-for profit sectors or in a simulated work environment. 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. 

 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

IMPORTANT 

This course is marked on a pass / fail basis based on successful completion of placement with an organisation involving an urban and regional planning or related role. You will be assessed  on how well you meet the Course Learning Outcomes and on your development against the Program Learning Outcomes. 

This requires an approved workplace agreement to be fully completed prior to commencement of any placement and the submission of written confirmation from the workplace supervisor that the placement has been completed. 

Assessment Tasks

Hurdle tasks (essential for progress and feedback, but not marked) include:

1. Employment Application Task (Linked to CLO 1 and 2) 

2. Work Integrated Learning Agreement Completion Task (Linked to CLO 1 and 2)

The final activity is marked as pass/fail based on completion of the agreed placement and appropriate reporting from both student and supervisor:

3. Work Placement Activity and Reporting (Linked to CLO 1,2,3)

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.