Course Title: Urban Planning and Environment Project

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Urban Planning and Environment Project

Credit Points: 24.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 2 2017


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 2 2021

Course Coordinator: Assoc Prof Ian McShane

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 8236

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 8, Level 11

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Enforced Pre-Requisite Courses
Successful completion of ARCH1408 Urban Economics and Spatial Development AND ARCH1261 Strategic Planning issues

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 go to RMIT Course Requisites webpage. 

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. You will be expected to demonstrate that you have mastered the appropriate theories and skills of your 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

Program Learning Outcomes 

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

  • 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 policy makers 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. 

Course Learning Outcomes 

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

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

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in learning that involves a range of activities including lectures, workshops, guest presentations, group discussion, and group 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. 

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’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks. 

Assessment Tasks

  1. Research Design Task (30%) (Linked to CLO 1 and 2) 
  2. Research Communication Task (10%) (Linked to CLO 3 and 4) 
  3. Research Reporting Task (60%) (Linked to CLO 1, 2, 3 and 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.