Course Title: Integrating Health and Planning

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Integrating Health and Planning

Credit Points: 12


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

ARCH1312

City Campus

Postgraduate

365H Global Studies, Soc Sci & Plng

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2008

ARCH1312

City Campus

Postgraduate

365H Global Studies, Soc Sci & Plng

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 1 2012

ARCH1327

City Campus

Undergraduate

330H Social Science & Planning

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2006

ARCH1327

City Campus

Undergraduate

365H Global Studies, Soc Sci & Plng

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2012

Course Coordinator: Benno Engels

Course Coordinator Phone: +(61 3) 9925 3884

Course Coordinator Email:benno.engels@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 8.7.27

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None.


Course Description

In this course you will explore both policy and practice relating to health and the built environment, and investigate case-studies of urban and suburban environments.

The course will explore the links between the built environment and health – physical, mental and social – that are being increasingly recognised by governments, planners and health experts. Urban form affects public health, specifically through the ways in which the built environment encourages or discourages physical activity, and the use of more sustainable modes of transport. Appropriate planning of the built environment is required, including transport, roads, housing, commercial centres, parks and amenities, neighbourhoods and recreation facilities, with provision for facilities for active transport including walking and cycling. Key themes will include: the environment and health, a sense of community, transport and physical activity, community safety and related topics.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Upon successful completion of the course you will be able to:

  • Analyse current health issues impacting upon the Australian population;Review the scope and connectedness of urban planning and health outcomes including the links between the built environment and health status of the population, including different population groups such as older people, children, people with disabilities etc;
  • Outline broad range of processes, policy frameworks and guidelines applicable to health and urban planning;
  • Analyse examples of integrated health and urban planning policy;
  • Analyse and apply tools utilised by state and local government, the non-government sector and the private sector in an Australian context, and
  • Apply a framework for linking health and urban planning that is applicable to both health and urban planning work environments.

If undertaking this course as a postgraduate student you will be required to demonstrate higher capacity for application, analysis, synthesis and evaluation.



Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities will include discussions and/or presentations as well as group and individual work to consolidate the knowledge gained through in lecture, tutorials, readings and/or online materials and discussion. Group and individual presentations and/or discussion will assist you to gain experience in working in groups and presenting material to an audience of peers.


Overview of Learning Resources

Articles and other relevant information, including website referrals, will be available from the course Blackboard online learning resources accessible via myRMIT/Studies.


Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on the above learning outcomes.

Assessment tasks may include (but are not limited to): a critique of a public health management issue; your contribution to online or face-to-face tutorial discussions or presentations, and reports on public health advancement for urban and suburban environments.

You will also receive verbal and/or written feedback from your lecturers and/or peers on your assessment tasks.

Weighting on the assessment tasks for postgraduate students will vary with an additional or expanded or expanded assessment task.
Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document: http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=ln1kd66y87rc

An assessment charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers: http://mams.rmit.edu.au/kh6a3ly2wi2h1.pdf

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 your Program Director or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.