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URP1001 Introduction to Urban and Regional Planning

Semester 1, 2019 Online
Short Description: Intro to Urban & Regional Plan
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
Student contribution band : Band 2
ASCED code : 040103 - Urban Design and Regional Plan
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Paula Grant


Urban and Regional Planners need an understanding of historical and emerging patterns of human settlement to be able to respond to present challenges. The nature of Urban and Regional Planning necessitates awareness not only of planning principles, but also of the drivers behind urban and regional planning, such as the economy and the quest for sustainability; and the connectivity between these drivers, development and the allocation of land uses. Planners are expected to be able to function in a multi-profession team environment, often as the facilitator in these teams, to ensure the sound incorporation of all relevant skills and knowledge in a performance based planning system.


This course covers the nature and history of the planning process and addresses the planner's role in urban and regional development. It will introduce students to the effect of development on the human, economic and natural environment and the drive to create better places through the use of best practice standards. Students will acquire not only theoretical knowledge about the role of the planner in the planning environment, but will also acquire practical skills on the use of tools and techniques in the planning field.


The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course. On completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Describe the natural, economic and societal forces that have shaped and still shape the pattern of human settlement;
  2. Identify the characteristics of performance based planning schemes;
  3. Outline the essential and desirable features of commercial, industrial and residential developments;
  4. Describe the statutory and regulatory context of land administration in Australia;
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of the essential community and engineering services required in urban developments;
  6. Outline the essential and desirable features of transport and movement networks;
  7. Collect data from appropriate sources to prepare site analysis for a proposed development;
  8. Demonstrate an ability to learn from experience by reflecting on personal and team skills, knowledge and functioning.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Introduction to planning 5.00
2. The history of planning and Indigenous perspectives 5.00
3. Land administration 5.00
4. Economics and sustainability 10.00
5. Fundamentals of urban and regional planning 10.00
6. Performance based planning systems 15.00
7. Site selection, data collection and site analysis 10.00
8. Community and engineering services 10.00
9. Residential design and open space 10.00
10. Transport and movement networks 10.00
11. Commercial and industrial development 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

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There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
Bayer, M 2011, Becoming an urban planner: a guide to careers in planning and urban design, Wiley, Hoboken, NJ.
Freestone, R 2010, Urban nation: Australia's planning heritage, CSIRO Publishing, Collingwood, Vic.
Hall, PG 2011, Urban and regional planning, 5th edn, Routledge, New York.
Thompson, S & Maginn, PJ 2012, Planning Australia, an overview of urban and regional planning, 2nd edn, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 60.00
Directed Study 52.00
Examinations 2.00
Private Study 41.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Objectives Assessed Notes
Assignment 1 150 15 02 Apr 2019 1,3,4,8
Assignment 2 250 25 14 May 2019 1,2,3,4,5,8
EXAMINATION 600 60 End S1 (see Examination notes below)

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Notes
CMA Exam (Part A) 100 10 (see exam note 1)
Exam (Part B) 500 50

Exam Notes
  1. This will be a closed exam. The total working time for the examination is 2 hours. The examination date will be available via UConnect when the official examination timetable has been released.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks or a grade of at least C-. Students do not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to be awarded a passing grade in this course. Refer to Statement 4 below for the requirements to receive a passing grade in this course.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course (i.e. the Primary Hurdle), and have satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), i.e. the end of semester examination by achieving at least 40% of the weighted marks available for that assessment item.

    Supplementary assessment may be offered where a student has undertaken all of the required summative assessment items and has passed the Primary Hurdle but failed to satisfy the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), or has satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised) but failed to achieve a passing Final Grade by 5% or less of the total weighted Marks.

    To be awarded a passing grade for a supplementary assessment item (if applicable), a student must achieve at least 50% of the available marks for the supplementary assessment item as per the Assessment Procedure (point 4.4.2).

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the weighted aggregate of the marks (or grades) obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course

  6. Examination information:
    In a Closed Examination, candidates are allowed to bring only writing and drawing instruments into the examination.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the next examination period.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the Examiner.

  2. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be despatched to USQ within 24 hours if required by the Examiner.

  3. In accordance with University Policy, the Examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.

  4. If electronic submission of assessments is specified for the course, students will be notified of this in the course Introductory Book and on the USQ Study Desk. All required electronic submission must be made through the Assignment Drop Box located on the USQ Study Desk for the course, unless directed otherwise by the examiner of the course. The due date for an electronically submitted assessment is the date by which a student must electronically submit the assignment. The assignment files must be submitted by 11.55pm on the due date using USQ time (as displayed on the clock on the course home page; that is, Australian Eastern Standard Time).

  5. If the method of assessment submission is by written, typed or printed paper-based media students should (i) submit to the Faculty Office for students enrolled in the course in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail to the USQ for students enrolled in the course in the external mode. The due date for the assessment is the date by which a student must (i) submit the assessment for students enrolled in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail the assessment for students enrolled in the external mode.

  6. The Faculty will NOT normally accept submission of assessments by facsimile or email.

  7. Students who do not have regular access to postal services for the submission of paper-based assessments, or regular access to Internet services for electronic submission, or are otherwise disadvantaged by these regulations may be given special consideration. They should contact the examiner of the course to negotiate such special arrangements prior to the submission date.

  8. Students who have undertaken all of the required assessments in a course but who have failed to meet some of the specified objectives of a course within the normally prescribed time may be awarded one of the temporary grades: IM (Incomplete - Make up), IS (Incomplete - Supplementary Examination) or ISM (Incomplete -Supplementary Examination and Make up). A temporary grade will only be awarded when, in the opinion of the examiner, a student will be able to achieve the remaining objectives of the course after a period of non directed personal study.

  9. Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or to sit for an examination at the scheduled time may apply to defer an assessment in a course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. One of the following temporary grades may be awarded IDS (Incomplete - Deferred Examination; IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up); IDB (Incomplete - Both Deferred Examination and Deferred Make-up).

  10. APA 6th edition is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use APA 6th edition style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA 6th edition style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide.