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Sustainable Communities


Planners need to have a sound understanding of community and social planning to create sustainable and inclusive communities. Community and social planning is the process that seeks to understand the needs of communities and develop strategies for meeting those needs. Active engagement in the community is an important part of building sustainable communities. This subject is intended to provide students with a deeper appreciation of theoretical frameworks as well as tools for community and social planning in order to build sustainable communities.

  • Academic unit: Faculty of Society & Design
    Subject code: SSUD71-206
    Subject title: SSUD71-206: Sustainable Communities
    Subject level: Postgraduate
    Semester/Year: September 2017
    Credit points: 10.000
  • Timetable:
    Delivery mode: Intensive
    Workload items:
    • Seminar: x2 () - Seminar 1
    • Seminar: x2 () - Seminar 2
    • Seminar: x2 () - Seminar 3
    • Personal Study Hours: x12 () - Recommended Study Hours
    Attendance and learning activities: Attend all sessions (Lectures and Tutorials). Most sessions build on the work on the previous one. It is difficult to recover if you miss a session. Attendance in classes will be monitored, and could impact the final mark in this subject.
  • Prescribed resources:


    • Sarkissian, Wendy, Nancy Hofer, Yollana Shore, Steph Vajda and Cathy Wilkinson (2009). Kitchen Table Sustainability. n/a, Earthscan
    • Watts, Nick (2014). Community Planning Handbook. n/a, London:Earthscan
    • Barton, Hugh (2000). Sustainable Communities: The Potential for Eco-Neighbourhoods. n/a, UK: Routledge
    After enrolment, students can check the Books and Tools area in iLearn for the full Resource List.
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Academic unit: Faculty of Society & Design
Subject code: SSUD71-206
Subject title: SSUD71-206: Sustainable Communities
Subject level: Postgraduate
Semester/Year: September 2017
Credit points: 10.000

Enrolment requirements



Assumed knowledge:

Assumed knowledge is the minimum level of knowledge of a subject area that students are assumed to have acquired through previous study. It is the responsibility of students to ensure they meet the assumed knowledge expectations of the subject. Students who do not possess this prior knowledge are strongly recommended against enrolling and do so at their own risk. No concessions will be made for students’ lack of prior knowledge.


Assurance of learning

Assurance of Learning means that universities take responsibility for creating, monitoring and updating curriculum, teaching and assessment so that students graduate with the knowledge, skills and attributes they need for employability and/or further study.

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 and apply theoretical concepts, principles and frameworks of community and social planning for building sustainable communities;
  2. Understand and apply a range of tools for sustainability and community planning;
  3. Examine the characteristics and needs of range of stakeholders in community planning in the specific context of the place where they are located;
  4. Identify planning issues for diverse communities and develop strategies to address their issues;
  • Type Task % Timing Outcomes assessed
    Essay Assignment 1 - Planning appraisal (inc seminar presentation) 30.00% Week 7 1,3
    Take-home Test Mid term exam 40.00% Week 9 1,2
    Essay Assignment 2 - Planning proposal (written paper) 30.00% Week 12 1,2,3,4
  • 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.

Type Task % Timing Outcomes assessed
Essay Assignment 1 - Planning appraisal (inc seminar presentation) 30.00% Week 7 1,3
Take-home Test Mid term exam 40.00% Week 9 1,2
Essay Assignment 2 - Planning proposal (written paper) 30.00% Week 12 1,2,3,4

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

Subject curriculum

Approved on: Feb 3, 4467.