Course Title: Advanced Statutory Planning

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Advanced Statutory Planning

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018

Course Coordinator: Dr Stephen Rowley

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3444

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 8.7.26

Course Coordinator Availability: Email for appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Pre-requisite: ARCH 1059 Statutory Planning and Environmental Regulation

Course Description

 The purpose of this course is to develop an advanced understanding of land use planning systems building upon ARCH1059 Statutory Planning and Environmental Regulation. The course focuses on the Victorian planning system, while also considering comparisons with other jurisdictions.  You will develop a deeper understanding of planning systems and the role of urban planners, including the tasks and skills required in planning practice. You will critically examine the design of planning systems, considering how well they work and how they might be improved.

 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

 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.
  • Work with others in a range of roles and contexts, demonstrating cultural and social sensitivity, environmental stewardship and ethical and reflective practice.
  • Critically reflect on the interconnectedness of environmental, social, economic systems both locally and internationally and apply in your professional practice or further study.

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

  • apply the principal planning and environmental regulatory systems in Victoria to practical situations
  • outline and conduct processes for managing the planning system, including amending planning schemes and undertaking planning advocacy
  • analyse the impact of planning systems and how they influence a range of social, economic and environmental outcomes
  • evaluate the limitations of planning systems and regulation and argue for possible alternatives

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be engaged in learning that involves a range of activities both face to face and online such as lectures, tutorials, computer labs, 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 Emma Rose

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 may include reports, essays, presentations or exams. 

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.    

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