Course Title: Professional Practice and Ethics in Planning

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Professional Practice and Ethics in Planning

Credit Points: 12


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

ARCH1276

City Campus

Undergraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2017

ARCH1276

City Campus

Undergraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Workplace

Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2016

Course Coordinator: Stephen Rowley

Course Coordinator Phone: +(61 3) 9925 3444

Course Coordinator Email: stephen.rowley@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 8.7.37

Course Coordinator Availability: Mon-Wed (By appointment)


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You should undertake ARCH1275 Planning Work Placement 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: http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=twx09y07zi1c


Course Description

This course will build upon your work placement experiences through site visits, role plays, class discussions, guest lectures and small group presentations. You will workshop a series of current planning disputes, applying your workplace experience and testing your professional capabilities with a specific focus on the ethical framework associated with planning practice.

You will engage with planning professionals and your peers to consider the wider picture of contemporary planning practice in Victoria.

This course includes a work-integrated-learning experience in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real or simulated workplace context and where feedback from industry is integral to your experience.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Course Learning Outcomes

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

• Critically review planning applications, demonstrating your knowledge of the Victorian statutory planning system;

• Argue contested planning applications in a tribunal setting;

• Analyse and debate selected practice-related topics with senior professionals and your peers;

• Apply theoretical knowledge of planning and ethics to progressive planning practice;

• Review professional codes of conduct for planners and reflect on their implications for your 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

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 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. Assessments tasks may include, but are not limited to, reports, presentations, site planning exercises and simulated tribunals.

Assessment will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of your learning. You will be able to develop your work in relation to your area of interest in your professional practice.

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.

• A student charter http://www.rmit.edu.au/about/studentcharter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.

• 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