Course Title: International Urban and Environmental Management Project

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: International Urban and Environmental Management Project

Credit Points: 24


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2018

Course Coordinator: Dr Ian McShane

Course Coordinator Phone: 99258236

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Availability: By request

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed HUSO2079 Research Strategies - Social Sciences.

Course Description

In this capstone course you will be given the opportunity to synthesise all the things you have learnt in this program through a project-based piece of individual research. Students will be expected to demonstrate that they have mastered the appropriate theories and skills of their chosen area of career development – urban or regional planning, environmental policy-making, environment management or environmental planning – through a project. Throughout the course, you will reflect on your knowledge and technical skills, in order to develop your insights as a future professional in a chosen field.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  • Design, conduct and present the research findings of an independent piece of project work
  • Review and critically analyse project work performed in your selected field of professional interest of relevance to environmental management and urban planning.
  • Communicate knowledge and ideas at a professional level to a range of stakeholders
  • Demonstrate the use of appropriate analytical and practical approaches to solving urban and environmental problems.

You will achieve the following:

  • 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
  • Use a wide range of research tools, methods and strategies to generate new knowledge and inform decision-making in urban planning and environmental management
  • Communicate using technical research skills to justify and interpret theoretical findings, and professional decisions to diverse audiences including policymakers and practitioners as well as non-professional audiences
  • 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
  • Effectively argue and advocate for a preferred set of policy outcomes to help address urban planning and environmental management challenges. 

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be engaged in learning that involves a range of activities including attending workshops, class discussions, some 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.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program capabilities. Assessment will include a final project report and presentation. Your project or thesis will be chosen with regard to your specific areas of interest and aspiring professional direction. 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: