Course Title: Strategic Plan Preparation

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Strategic Plan Preparation

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 1 2007,
Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr Georgia Garrard

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9986

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 8, Level 11

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

No formal pre-requisites but it is strongly recommended that students have first undertaken a course in Statutory Planning Law or have some prior knowledge of statutory planning in Victoria.

Course Description

This course aims to develop skills in preparing strategic plans over a range of different areas. It will emphasise the development of a plan through meaningful community and stakeholder consultation and ensuring the appropriate means for its implementation through the statutory planning system. This course will be taught in an intensive mode and will draw upon the expertise of leading practitioners and focus on examples in a local context, including Melbourne’s greenfields and infill development areas.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


Course Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Apply knowledge and skills in strategic plan preparation, evaluation and implementation across a variety of fields.
  2. Analyse sites, implement plans and apply strategic thinking to decision-making situations.

Overview of Learning Activities

Key concepts in this course will be developed through lectures and tutorials/online discussions/practicals, all of which will be supported by online learning tools. The lectures will build your knowledge in the area while the tutorials/online discussions will enable you to participate in interactive discussions about these topics. The tutorials/online discussions are supported by readings that you are expected to critically engage with. In addition to the readings, you are encouraged to draw upon your own experiences within the topics under consideration. The practical sessions will include experience in the manipulation and interpretation of data, including through the use of GIS (Geographical Information Systems).  

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems and RMIT library resources.

You will be expected to utilise library and electronic resources (as well as any other appropriate resources) to engage in the reading of academic literature. RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. Recommended learning resources for each topic will mostly include journal articles and web resources but 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 course 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. Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

Assessment Tasks:

  1. Critical Analysis of Strategic Approaches to Planning and Environment Task (20%) (Linked to CLO 1 and 2)
  2. Strategic Plan Preparation Task (40%) (Linked to CLO 1 and 2)
  3. Strategic Plan Research Task (40%) (Linked to CLO 1 and 2)

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.