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SSUD71-205: Planning the City Region January 2020 [Intensive - Weeks 2 and 7]

General information

‘City regions’ have become the dominant form of urban development worldwide, as polycentric cities replace outdated 20th century notions of a high-rise CBD surrounded by sprawling suburbs.  This subject is an advanced Urban Design and Planning studio, supported by seminars presented by staff, students, visiting lecturers and distinguished practitioners.  The studio uses urban South East Queensland as the focus of a practical examination and intervention into metropolitan regional planning, in the light of global growth in coastal city regions and comparative planning frameworks that optimise long-term urban design outcomes.  The subject gains an interdisciplinary perspective through a partial overlap with the equivalent Architecture studio.


Academic unit:Faculty of Society & Design
Subject code:SSUD71-205
Subject title:Planning the City Region
Subject level:Postgraduate
Semester/Year:January 2020
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

Delivery mode:


Workload items:
  • Seminar: x2 (Total hours: 12) - Seminar 1
  • Seminar: x2 (Total hours: 12) - Seminar 2
  • Seminar: x2 (Total hours: 12) - Seminar 3
  • Personal Study Hours: x12 (Total hours: 84) - Recommended Study
Attendance and learning activities: Attend all sessions (Studio seminars, field trip and workshops). Most sessions build on the work on the previous one. It is difficult to recover if you miss a session because each Intensive session comprises 50% of subject contact time. Attendance will be monitored, and could impact the final mark in this subject. Class contact time is in two intensive blocks, each running on a Thursday-Friday-Saturday from 9am to 4pm each day. Where possible, a field trip will be incorporated into the second Intensive teaching block. This may include an overnight stay away from the Gold Coast (with transport and accommodation paid for by the University). If relevant, details will be confirmed in the first teaching block and via your student email address and iLearn announcements page.


Prescribed resources:
  • Queensland Government (2009). South East Queensland Infrastructure Plan and Program (SEQIPP). [Strategic Plan (NB: not current)]
  • Queensland Government (2017). Shaping SEQ: SEQ Regional Plan 2017. [Regional Plan] Qld Govt (also see earlier versions of SEQRP available online).
After enrolment, students can check the Books and Tools area in iLearn for the full Resource List.
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At Bond University, we carefully develop subject and program outcomes to ensure that student learning in each subject contributes to the whole student experience. Students are encouraged to carefully read and consider subject and program outcomes as combined elements.

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

Program Learning Outcomes provide a broad and measurable set of standards that incorporate a range of knowledge and skills that will be achieved on completion of the program. If you are undertaking this subject as part of a degree program, you should refer to the relevant degree program outcomes and graduate attributes as they relate to this subject.

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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Define regional planning issues and processes in the context of the global phenomenon of expanding city regions and global sustainability concerns;
  2. Explain how regional urban structure affects urban design outcomes, particularly in relation to urban centres, major urban-regional facilities and transport infrastructure;
  3. Analyse regional urban planning issues in a variety of administrative contexts (including cross-border settings where relevant);
  4. Identify a range of approaches and techniques for regional planning;
  5. Demonstrate effective teamwork and an understanding of the role of interdisciplinary contributions to urban design and planning work;
  6. Implement written, spoken and graphic skills in communicating about urban design and planning.


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
Analysis Assignment 1: Review an allocated city region plan (regional or metropolitan plan) in relation to the semester theme for this subject 40% Week 4 1, 2, 3, 4, 6.
Project Report § Assignment 2: Recommendations for a regional plan (project report document regarding the interdisciplinary project) 60% Week 13 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.
  • § Indicates group/teamwork-based assessment
  • * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
  • C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.

Assessment criteria

High Distinction 85-100 Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.
Distinction 75-84 Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.
Credit 65-74 Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.
Pass 50-64 Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.
Fail 0-49 Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.

Quality assurance

For the purposes of quality assurance, Bond University conducts an evaluation process to measure and document student assessment as evidence of the extent to which program and subject learning outcomes are achieved. Some examples of student work will be retained for potential research and quality auditing purposes only. Any student work used will be treated confidentially and no student grades will be affected.

Study information

Submission procedures

Students must check the [email protected] subject site for detailed assessment information and submission procedures.

Policy on late submission and extensions

A late penalty will be applied to all overdue assessment tasks unless an extension is granted by the subject coordinator. The standard penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment per day late with no assessment to be accepted seven days after the due date. Where a student is granted an extension, the penalty of 10% per day late starts from the new due date.

Policy on plagiarism

University’s Academic Integrity Policy defines plagiarism as the act of misrepresenting as one’s own original work: another’s ideas, interpretations, words, or creative works; and/or one’s own previous ideas, interpretations, words, or creative work without acknowledging that it was used previously (i.e., self-plagiarism). The University considers the act of plagiarising to be a breach of the Student Conduct Code and, therefore, subject to the Discipline Regulations which provide for a range of penalties including the reduction of marks or grades, fines and suspension from the University.

Bond University utilises Originality Reporting software to inform academic integrity.

Feedback on assessment

Feedback on assessment will be provided to students within two weeks of the assessment submission due date, as per the Assessment Policy.

Accessibility and Inclusion Support

If you have a disability, illness, injury or health condition that impacts your capacity to complete studies, exams or assessment tasks, it is important you let us know your special requirements, early in the semester. Students will need to make an application for support and submit it with recent, comprehensive documentation at an appointment with a Disability Officer. Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Office at the earliest possible time, to meet staff and learn about the services available to meet your specific needs. Please note that late notification or failure to disclose your disability can be to your disadvantage as the University cannot guarantee support under such circumstances.

Additional subject information

This subject normally includes a one-day field trip, on which students may incur minor incidental costs (eg local public transport fares; lunch) or a minor extension to the 9am-4pm time allocation. Students will be consulted in advance.

Subject curriculum

Prepare for first intensive by undertaking allocated reading and preparing student seminar. Students will be advised by iLearn announcement regarding specific project focus of this studio and timing of FIELD TRIP in either First or Second Intensive.

Overview of this subject, assessment requirements and intended outcomes. The joint MArch-MCityPlan collaborative studio focus. Global City Regions, Urban Sustainability at the city-region scale; Place Making & Identity. A brief history of metropolitan-regional planning in the 20th century; city regions & the fading of borders.

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Complete and submit Individual assignment paper (due end of Week 4). Feed this knowledge into ongoing collaborative group project with MArch students.

Develop group assignment; informal & formal group seminars on work in progress; additional briefings &/or critique by 'clients'; resilient city regions for the future; lectures on other dimensions of metro-regional planning (particularly the Urban Design implications); comparative city region planning in different jurisdictions.

Complete group project in interdisciplinary groups for submission at start of Week 13

MCityPlan students are encouraged to attend and participate in discussion (non-compulsory but strongly encouraged)

Approved on: Nov 8, 2019. Edition: 4.1