Course Title: Strategic Planning issues

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Strategic Planning issues

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 1 2022


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2023,
Sem 1 2024

Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Marco Amati

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9887

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 8, Level 7

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will examine some of the key strategic planning issues for cities and their surrounding environments in the context of international practice and thought. This course is designed to provide you with an understanding of strategic land use planning and its relationship to environmental concerns in cities in Victoria and internationally. You will examine issues in environmental, economic, and social contexts, and relates planning to governance and political frameworks by analysing decision making processes and the reasons for decisions.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes

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

  • Determine and apply the specialist knowledge and technical skills required to develop creative solutions to a range of complex problems that currently confront our built and natural environments 
  • Communication and technical research skills to justify and interpret theoretical findings, and professional decisions to diverse audiences including policy makers and practitioners as well as non-professional audiences 
  • Critically analyse and reflect on the interplay of economic, political, social, cultural and ecological factors in urban planning and environmental management and apply to your scholarly and professional practice 
  • Effectively argue and advocate for a preferred set of policy outcomes to help address urban planning and environmental management challenges.

Course Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Critically analyse a range of contemporary strategic planning issues for cities
  2. Critically review identified issues and reasons underpinning these trends
  3. Analyse and evaluate the debate and related arguments on these issues and the various value positions
  4. Propose and justify solutions to identified problems

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in learning that involves a range of activities including lectures, workshops, guest presentations, group discussion, and group 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 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

You will be assessed on the above learning outcomes. You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. 

Assessment Tasks: 

  1. Critical analysis of course issues and reading materials (40%) (Linked to CLO 1,2,3) 
  2. Analysis of a strategic planning and urban governance issue (30%) (Linked to CLO 2,3,4) 
  3. Planning Submission Report (20%) (Linked to CLO 2,3,4) 
  4. Engagement with course themes and concepts (10%) (Linked to CLO 1,2,3) 

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 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.