Course Title: Strategic Urban Planning

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Strategic Urban Planning

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019

Course Coordinator: Anthony Kent

Course Coordinator Phone: +(61 3) 9925 9213

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 8.11.28

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course will examine the principles, processes, issues and practices underlying strategic land use planning.  Strategic planning at different scales (regional, metropolitan, local) will be examined drawing in particular on the Melbourne and Victorian context. Key debates and lessons from planning in other national and international contexts will also be explored. In understanding strategic planning as a process, this course examines the role of strategic planners working with different governance and political frameworks and how this influences and shapes decision-making processes. The main elements of strategic plans and plan making are examined in the context of integrated land use – transport planning, social, economic and environmental concerns.  

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Through the course students should acquire the following course learning outcomes:

  • become familiar with important contemporary strategic planning issues and principles in Victoria, Australia and other countries;
  • appreciate ideas and debates that inform strategic planning processes at different scales;
  • be introduced to the work of strategic planners and develop solutions to particular planning problems in different contexts;
  • appreciate the importance of strategic planning as a background to studies in statutory planning; and
  • develop research, writing and presentation skills through different tasks and outputs including group based and independent research.

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

  • Demonstrate creativity, critical thinking and innovation when identifying and solving urban and regional problems in diverse contexts and assessing implications of decisions and actions;
  • Discern the value of information and knowledge from a wide variety of sources and experiences and reflect on and evaluate their application in planning practice and research;
  • 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 be actively engaged in learning that involves a range of face to face and some online activities such as lectures, tutorials, field trips, group activities and individual research.

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 journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning. You may also be required to purchase a prescribed text for this course.

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

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. Assessment may include fieldwork reports, assignment, presentations, research essays or exams.

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.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: