Course Title: Professional Practice and Ethics in Planning

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Professional Practice and Ethics in Planning

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

Please note that this course may have compulsory in-person attendance requirements for some teaching activities. 

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2022


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 1 2012

Course Coordinator: Dr. Iris Levin

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2230

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 8, level 11, Room 28-2

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You should undertake ARCH1275 Planning Work Placement at the same time as this course as it contains areas of knowledge and skills which are implemented together in practice. 

You should have successfully completed all core courses required in years one to three of the Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning or their equivalent before enrolling in both ARCH 1275 Planning Work Placement and ARCH 1276 Professional Practice and Ethics in Planning.

Alternatively, in exceptional circumstances, you may be able to demonstrate the required skills and knowledge before you start this course. Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible. 

Course Description

This course will build upon your work placement experiences through site visits, role plays, class discussions, guest lectures and small group presentations. You will apply your workplace experience and test your professional capabilities with a specific focus on the ethical framework associated with planning practice. 

You will engage with planning professionals and your peers to consider the wider picture of contemporary planning practice in Victoria. 

This course includes a work-integrated-learning experience in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real or simulated workplace context and where feedback from industry is integral to your experience. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes 

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

  • Communicate ideas using diverse formats and strategies to academic and professional audiences within and external to the discipline of urban and regional planning;
  • Work with others in a range of roles and contexts, demonstrating cultural and social sensitivity, environmental stewardship and ethical and reflective practice;
  • Critically reflect on the interconnectedness of environmental, social, economic systems both locally and internationally and apply in your professional practice or further study;
  • Initiate positive contributions to the wider community through professional planning practice, establishing empathy, equity and shared understanding across diverse interest groups. 

Course Learning Outcomes 

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

  1. Critically reflect on planning practice contexts, demonstrating your knowledge of the Victorian planning system and industry environment;
  2. Analyse and debate selected practice-related topics with senior professionals and your peers;
  3. Apply theoretical knowledge of planning and ethics to progressive planning practice;
  4. Interrogate professional codes of conduct for planners and reflect on their implications for your practice. 

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in learning that involves a range of  activities such as lectures, tutorials, group discussion, 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 books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning. 

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 []. 

 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 learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. 

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks. 

Assessment Tasks

Assessment 1: Reflective Assessment Task, 40% 

  • Linked Course Learning Outcomes: 1, 3, 4 

Assessment 2: Planning Case Study, 40% 

  • Linked Course Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3 

Assessment 3: Planning Analysis Task, 20% 

  • Linked Course Learning Outcomes:1, 2, 3, 4 

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.