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SSUD71-300: Planning and Assessment Processes January 2020 [Intensive]

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 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 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 Hours
Attendance and learning activities: Students are expected to attend all scheduled lectures.


Prescribed resources:
  • Philippa England (2019). Planning in Queensland. 1st, Alexandria, NSW: The Federation Press , 229.
  • 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:
  • Australian Government Department of Infrastructure and Transport (2011). Our cities, our future—a national urban policy for a productive, sustainable and liveable future. Canberra: Commonwealth of Australia
  • Ding Lu (2012). The Great Urbanisaton of China. 1st, Singapore: World Scientific Publikshing Co. 13
  • David Adams,Steven Tiesdell (2019). Shaping Places: Urban Planning Design and Development. 1st, Taylor & Francis Ltd , 368.
  • 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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Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

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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 § Group assignment with presentation 40% Week 10 3, 4, 5.
Paper-based Examination (Limited Open) Take home exam 60% Final Examination Period 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
  • § 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.

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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.

Disability 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, planning principles and processes, overview of urban planning governance from national to local scale; overview of sustainable development of cities including megatrends, demographic, economic and technological challenges, transformation to smart cities; class tutorial on experience of living in cities

1, 2.

Land use models, garden cities to next generation planning; introduction to planning schemes (including strategic and statutory planning); and group tutorial presentations

1, 2, 3.

Overview of planning system and planning legislation with focus on Queensland Planning Act 2016 and other relevant legislation; making local government planning schemes; planning assessment processes and planning terminology; site based planning process (site survey and land use potential analysis, demographic and stakeholder analysis, planning controls); group tutorial exercise on site-based planning process.

3, 4, 5.

Neighbourhood and local planning; Understanding the role of strategic planning applied to smart cities as a future model for sustainable development; Preparing and assessing a development application, with practical application to Gold Coast planning scheme

1, 2, 4.

Nature of planning disputes, role of courts in planning appeals; Planning systems in other Australian jurisdictions; Understanding the role of urban design in local planning; student group activity for assignment 1 assessment.

1, 2, 3, 4.

Overview of alternative planning systems using Chinese planning and urbanisation as an example; Relevance of planning and assessment to property development and construction; Group presentations on site-based planning processes for Assignment 1 assessment

1, 2, 4, 5.
Approved on: Sep 10, 2019. Edition: 3.0