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SSUD71-300: Planning and Assessment Processes January 2022 [Standard]

General information

This subject provides an introduction to planning principles, processes and practices in Australia. It will review strategic and statutory planning processes with particular focus on key planning legislation, plan making and development assessment. The subject will examine planning at different scales from global to local area planning. The subject will provide an overview of strategic land use planning, including smart cities and sustainable development, as well as governance mechanisms for the integration of land use and infrastructure. Students will learn to navigate a planning scheme to assist them in their chosen profession/s. Through practical exercises, students will also develop skills in putting together planning applications as well as understanding development assessment processes.


Academic unit:Faculty of Society & Design
Subject code:SSUD71-300
Subject title:Planning and Assessment Processes
Subject level:Postgraduate
Semester/Year:January 2022
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

Delivery mode:


Workload items:
  • Seminar: x12 (Total hours: 36) - Weekly seminars
  • Personal Study Hours: x12 (Total hours: 84) - Recommended study hours
Attendance and learning activities: As successful completion of this subject is heavily dependent on participation during all scheduled sessions, attendance will be monitored. Most sessions build on the content of the previous one. It is difficult for a student to recover if a session is missed. It is the responsibility of the student to catch up on any content missed and to complete set work outside class. It is also necessary for students to engage proactively and contribute positively in discussions, analyses and case studies. The assessments are an important part of developing the knowledge and understanding required to fulfil the minimum requirements of this subject. In addition to class contact hours, students should plan to spend a minimum of 84 hours undertaking preparation/out of class work/personal study for this subject. This is intended as a general guide only for workload planning. More time may be required depending on the student's comprehension of the content delivered in class and aptitude for the subject. Please note that subsequent subjects assume the student has a full understanding of this subject - this content will not be repeated.


Prescribed resources:
  • Philippa England (2019). Planning in Queensland. 1st, Alexandria, NSW: The Federation Press , 229.
  • Susan Thompson and Paul Magin (2012). Planning Australia. Second, Cambridge University Press
  • Jan Gehl (2010). Cities for people. Washington: Island Press
  • Council of Mayors (SEQ) & State of Queensland (2011). Next generation planning: a handbook for planners, designers and developers in south east Queensland. 1st, Brisbane:
  • Planning Institute of Australia (2016). Through the lens: megatrends shaping our future.
  • Planning Act 2016. [Website]
  • Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning (2017). Our planning system– the legislation and the framework. [Website]
  • Queensland Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning (2017). State Planning Policy. [Website]
  • Department of State Development, Manufacruring, Infrastructure and Planning South East Queensland Regional Plan 2017. [website]
  • City of Gold Coast Development guidelines & tools. [Website]
  • Brisbane City Council Brisbane City Plan 2014 (as amended). [Website]
  • Planning Institute of Australia. [Website] . Available at:
  • Australian Bureau of Statistics. [Website] . Available at:
  • Australian Government Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional development and Cities (2018). Smart Cities Plan. [Website]
  • NSW Government Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979. [Website]
  • Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (Victoria) (1987). Planning and Environment Act 1987 (Victoria). [Website]
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Assurance of learning

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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. Understand the key principles and processes of city planning;
  2. Gain insights on the strategic and statutory planning processes for cities and regions;
  3. Gain an understanding of planning systems and planning legislation, using the Queensland system as an example;
  4. Explore site based planning processes to inform possible development outcomes;
  5. Gain a sound understanding of development assessment processes;


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
Written Report Paper on a planning topic 50% Week 7 1, 2.
Paper-based Examination (Limited Open) Take home exam 50% Final Examination Period 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
  • * 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 student who has not established a basis for an extension in compliance with University and Faculty policy either by 1) not applying before the assessment due date or 2) by having an application rejected due to failure to show a justifiable cause for an extension, will receive a penalty on assessment submitted after its due date. The penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment for every day late, with the first day counted after the required submission time has passed. No assessment will be accepted for consideration seven calendar days after the due date. Where a student has been granted an extension, the late penalty starts from the new due date and time set out in the extension.

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

Students are expected to demonstrate competency in citing and Harvard/APA referencing and should take advantage of tutorial seminars. As part of the requirements for ISDA's quality accreditations, the Institute has commenced 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.

Subject curriculum

Introduction to subject; an overview of planning principles and processes, strategic and statutory planning, planning from international to local scale; links between planning and development industry


Cities and urban environment; Megatrends, demographic, economic and technological challenges: Sustainable development of cities including smart cities

1, 2.

Land use planning models, principles and processes; Infrastructure planning

1, 2.

Overview of state planning system and planning legislation with focus on Queensland Planning Act 2016, State Planning Policies and Regional Planning; Introduction to other relevant federal and state legislation such as EPBC Act 1999, Native Title Act 1993, Economic Development Act 2012

2, 3.

Strategic and statutory planning in local councils; local government planning scheme, Gold Coast City Plan 2016 review, planning scheme navigation

2, 3.

Neighbourhood and local planning; Understanding the role of urban design and placemaking in local planning; Site-based planning process (site survey and land use potential analysis, demographic and stakeholder analysis, planning controls);

1, 4.

How to put together a development application: site visit, town planning report, specialist reports, plans, council forms, fees; links with the planning scheme, PD online; Submission of the written report assignment (research paper)

4, 5.

Understanding development assessment processes in the council and state government, with practical application to a local government planning scheme.

3, 4, 5.

Nature of planning disputes, role of courts in planning appeals;

3, 5.

Urban governance in Australia, Case study of Brisbane city;

1, 2.

Planning systems in other Australian jurisdictions; Overview of alternative planning systems using China and India as examples


Review for the exam

1, 3, 5.
Approved on: Nov 5, 2021. Edition: 4.5
Last updated: Feb 18, 2022.