Course Title: Planning Thesis 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Planning Thesis 1

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


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

Course Coordinator: Joe Hurley

Course Coordinator Phone: Ph: 9925 9016

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You should have satisfactorily completed HUSO1222 Research Strategies before you complete this course, or undertake it at the same time as this course. It is a required pre-requisite or co-requisite course.

It is expected that students enrolling in the thesis stream will have a good overall grade point average (GPA) - a distinction average or better (70%+)

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 requires you to conduct independent research related to urban and regional planning under supervision. You will begin writing a thesis which you will complete in Planning Thesis 2. In this course you be will be expected to develop a research question, complete a literature review and write a project methodology.

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:

• Plan and design an independent research project

• Write a scholarly literature review

• Apply appropriate research approaches and methods

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.

• Discern the value of information and knowledge from a wide variety of sources and experiences and reflect on and evaluate their application in planning practice and research.

• 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.

• Communicate ideas using diverse formats and strategies to academic and professional audiences within and external to the discipline of urban and regional planning

• Critically reflect on the interconnectedness of environmental, social, economic systems both locally and internationally and apply in your professional practice or further study.

Overview of Learning Activities

In this course you will work independently on a research topic under the supervision of an appropriate academic staff member. You will be required to present your work orally and in writing to obtain feedback throughout the course.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. This course is based on independent research under the supervision of an appropriate academic staff member.

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. You will be required to submit the first three chapters of your thesis – introduction, literature review and methodology. These will be assessed by your supervisor and graded on a pass/fail basis. The completed thesis, including revised versions of these chapters, will be assessed in Planning Thesis 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 coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

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