Course Title: Planning Thesis 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Planning Thesis 2

Credit Points: 24


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019

Course Coordinator: Marco Amati

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9887

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: B8.L11

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You should have satisfactorily completed the prerequisite courses HUSO1222 Research Strategies and ARCH1403 Planning Thesis 1 before you commence this course.

Course Description

This course requires you to conduct independent research related to urban and regional planning under supervision. In this course you will complete the thesis that you began in ARCH1403 Planning Thesis 1.

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

• Present a research project, explaining how the findings contribute to scholarship and/or professional practice in urban and regional planning

Program Learning Outcomes

In this course you will be assessed on your development of 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. Assessment is based on preparation of the thesis. The thesis will be prepared in stages for review by your supervisor. The thesis is assessed by two examiners neither of whom is your supervisor.

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: