Course Title: Statutory Planning

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Statutory Planning

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 2 2022


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 1 2007,
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,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 2 2023

Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Marco Amati

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9887

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 8, Level 11

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will gain understanding of legal systems  governing land use planning and the processes for the regulation of development. The course focuses on the Victorian planning system, while also providing examples form other jurisdictions, and offers an introduction to state and national environmental laws. You will examine statutory planning in the context of planning principles and objectives and the relationship between statutory and strategic planning. You will analyse planning systems considering how well they work and how they might be improved. 

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 
  • Critically analyse, synthesize and reflect on complex theories and recent developments in urban planning and environmental management, both local and international, to extend and challenge knowledge and your scholarly and professional practice 
  • Apply a range of communication and management skills to engage effectively in interdisciplinary teams and with diverse stakeholder groups in a range of contexts, demonstrating cultural and social sensitivity, environmental stewardship and ethical and reflective practice 
  • 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.

Course Learning Outcomes 

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

    1. summarise principal planning and environmental legislation applying in Victoria and the procedures established under that legislation
    2. outline and conduct processes for creating, amending and assessing planning development schemes and proposals 
    3. analyse planning schemes and apply to decision making contexts 
    4. evaluate the limitations of planning systems and argue for possible alternatives 
    5. reflect on the ethical dimensions of professional practice, making determinations that take into account multiple viewpoints and competing imperatives. 

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 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:

  • Assignment 1: Policy and Controls Exercise – 15% (linked to CLO1, 4 and 5)
  • Assignment 2 – Planning Report – 30% (linked to CLO1, 2 and 3).
  • Assignment 3 – Critical Essay – 40% (linked to CLO4 and 5)
  • Online Quiz – 15% (linked to CLO1, 4 and 5).

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 course coordinator 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.