Course Title: Land Development

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Land Development

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

GEOM2075

City Campus

Undergraduate

145H Mathematical & Geospatial Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016

GEOM2075

City Campus

Undergraduate

171H School of Science

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2017

GEOM2076

City Campus

Postgraduate

145H Mathematical & Geospatial Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2015

GEOM2076

City Campus

Postgraduate

171H School of Science

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: David Mitchell

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2420

Course Coordinator Email: david.mitchell@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 12.11.12


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None


Course Description

This course introduces the broad concepts of the theory of land use planning, land subdivision and medium-density development. Emphasis is placed on residential subdivision design, urban design issues and practice. An introduction is provided to planning legislation and guidelines and to the creative aspects of subdivision design.

Land Development is a major area of practice for the Cadastral Surveyor consultant. It is therefore a core topic area for those students intending to become Licensed Surveyors following graduation and thus qualified to perform and certify cadastral surveys. It is also relevant to allied professions such as civil engineering, planning, valuation and property.This course introduces the broad concepts of the theory of land use planning, land subdivision and medium-density development. Emphasis is placed on residential subdivision design, urban design issues and practice. An introduction is given to planning legislation and guidelines, and to the creative aspects of subdivision design.

 

Please note that if you take this course for a bachelor honours program, your overall mark in this course will be one of the course marks that will be used to calculate the weighted average mark (WAM) that will determine your award level. (This applies to students who commence enrolment in a bachelor honours program from 1 January 2016 onwards. See the WAM information web page for more information.)

The WAM web page link:
http://www1.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=eyj5c0mo77631
 


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

On completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Compare the differences across decades in the evolution of the planning development of Melbourne. 
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the key characteristics of the planning system, including the permit process, permit conditions and the appeal process 
  3. Interpret the principles of Rescode (Clauses 56 in Planning Schemes) and analyse how to apply its principles and provisions to a subdivision design. 
  4. Design a residential subdivision which acknowledges the social and environmental impacts of development and related planning controls. 
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of the interaction of the planning process with the Subdivision Act (7) 
  6. Analyse how the developer’s perspective, and environmental and heritage controls inform the design of broadacre subdivisions.


This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for BH116 Bachelor of Applied Science (Surveying) (Honours):


1.3 Understand specialist bodies of knowledge in surveying and geospatial science.
1.4 Understand and interpret aspects of the law as it relates to Surveying.
2.1 Apply standard and advanced techniques to solve a range of measurement and data management problems.
3.1 Design and implement solutions to complex problems in survey measurement and land development.
3.2 Interpret and critically analyse results and make informed judgments on the appropriateness of solutions.
3.3 Apply critical and analytical skills in a scientific and professional manner.
4.1 Communicate effectively by means of oral, written and graphical presentations to peers and a wider audience.
5.1 Appreciate the environmental, social, legal and international aspects of actions and decisions in Surveying and the geospatial sciences.
5.3 Develop an understanding of the regulatory framework and the general professional environment graduates will encounter, including a commitment to continuing professional development and life-long learning.
 


Overview of Learning Activities

In this course you will be actively engaged in lectures, tutorials and a field trip. On the field trip you visit various housing estates and evaluate the evolution of subdivision design and develop an awareness of the latest design trends.  The field trip and lectures provide the context for a design project that allows you to apply the knowledge you gained in lectures and tutorials. This design project is the major assessment task and links theory and practice..
All lecture and tutorial material and assessment tasks, as well as audio recordings, will be available on Blackboard LMS.
The assessment tasks are also designed to foster employability skills (eg. communication skills, project management skills, ability to work in groups).

 

You will undertake the equivalent of five hours per week in lecture, tutorial and practical project experiences. In addition you can expect to spend a minimum of five hours per week in independent study.


Overview of Learning Resources

Learning resources provided by the School, relevant Victorian legislation and key government websites will be used as required and appropriate. Furthermore we like you to Recommended sources of information include:

• The Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning has many good learning resources on planning and land development http://www.delwp.vic.gov.au/planning.
• Relevant legislation including the Planning and Environment Act 1987 and the Subdivision Act 1988 at www.legislation.vic.gov.au

Other recommended reading will be provided during the lectures.


Overview of Assessment

Assessment is based on both individual and group performance. In this course you will be assessed by a combination of assignments, practical exercises and a final examination.

This course has no hurdle requirements.


Assessment Tasks

1. Early Assessment Assignment 10%: 

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 5, 6

2. Project (Part A) Field Trip Report   10%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 3, 4

3. Project (Part B) Subdivision Design   30%

This assessment task supports CLO 2, 3, 4

4. Project (Part C) Subdivision Costing   10%

This assessment supports CLOs 2, 3, 4,

5. Assignment 10%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 5,6

6. Exam  30%: 

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6