Course Title: Urban Planning Research

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Urban Planning Research

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


330H Social Science & Planning


Sem 2 2006


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 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020

Course Coordinator: Joe Hurley

Course Coordinator Phone: +(61 3) 9925 9016

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You should have satisfactorily completed the prerequisite course HUSO2166 Foundations of Social Research before you commence this course.

Note it is a condition of enrolment at RMIT that you accept responsibility for ensuring that you have completed the prerequisite/s and agree to concurrently enrol in co-requisite courses before enrolling in a course.

For your information the RMIT Course Requisites policy can be found at:;ID=twx09y07zi1c

Course Description

This course is designed to develop in-depth understanding of applied social research skills particular to the discipline of urban planning. You will develop the research skills needed to implement a range of common methods of data collection and analysis in a urban and regional planning. Emphasis is placed upon practical challenges you may encounter as a planning professional working with complex social issues and with diverse groups in a research context.

You will develop a critical awareness of the ways in which social data is produced and used, and insight into the sorts of decisions and compromises that are made at each stage of the research process. You will be able to design and plan your own a research project relevant future studies and professional work in urban and regional planning.

Please note that if you take this course for a bachelor honours program, your overall mark in this course will be one of the course marks that will be used to calculate the weighted average mark (WAM) that will determine your award level. (This applies to students who commence enrolment in a bachelor honours program from 1 January 2016 onwards. See the WAM information web page for more information.)

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Course Learning Outcomes

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

• Describe, evaluate and implement key theoretical and practical approaches to urban and regional planning research

• Review, analyse and synthesise existing research literature to inform scholarship and professional practice

• Critically analyse and interpret a range of social data and reflect on the ways in which it has been produced and used

• Design, plan and implement planning research projects

• Analyse the ways in which social research informs professional practice and public policy in urban and regional planning

Program Learning Outcomes

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;

• Apply a range of social science research methods to conduct research and undertake policy development that consider theoretical, historical, local and international contexts for decision making.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in learning that involves a range of face-to-face and online activities such as lectures, tutorials, group and class 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 [].

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 will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of your learning. You will be able to develop your work in relation to your own specific areas of interest in your professional practice. Your work will be assessed in several different stages, allowing you to receive and take into account feedback before moving on to more complex assessment tasks. The course work will involve components associated with class preparation and participation, verbal presentation, independent research, and written reports. 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.

• A student charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.

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