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URP3200 Regional planning

Semester 2, 2019 External
Short Description: Regional planning
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
Version produced : 21 May 2019


Examiner: Paula Grant


Pre-requisite: URP1001


Regional planning is an important tool to ensure sustainable development and land use planning of geographically larger areas, be those areas metropolitan or regional in nature. A focus will be provided in this course on non-metropolitan regions, which regional Australia is commonly understood to be, especially from a regional development policy perspective. Regional planning and development policy has a poor track record in Australia, with regional planning ranging, over time, from statutory growth development plans to ad hoc land use conflict management plans. This course introduces regional planning at an important stage in the planning major to ensure that students will comprehend the importance of the larger geographical scale, the need for greater strategic planning efforts in non-metropolitan areas the importance of integrating regional planning with national regional development policy, and the links and relationships between regional planning instruments and other planning instruments.


This course investigates the importance and nature of regional planning using a problem based approach to the course, which consists of a series of studio based lectures and a residential school. The focus is on regional planning for a non-metropolitan area. It provides students with an understanding of the different processes that not only impact but also underpin regional planning, and presents the role that political direction and state government planning instruments play in regional planning. The course also covers the use of regional planning in preservation, regional infrastructure provision and networks, and employment and demographic trends and opportunities.

This course contains a mandatory residential school for external and on-campus students.


On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. Investigate the nature of regional planning and the need for regional planning, support and communicate the differing factors that underpin and/or influence regional planning;
  2. Compare the different elements included in different regional planning instruments and assess how those are influenced by political directions;
  3. Determine how demographic trends are addressed in a regional plan, using an example of a regional plan, and analyse how those trends are linked to employment;
  4. Examine how economic theories and factors are included in regional planning and relate how those factors are impacted by global economies;
  5. Map the regional infrastructure networks in a regional plan area and evaluate how such networks hamper or enhance the growth of a region;
  6. Source and analyse data to formulate a regional policy.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Introduction to regional planning and the fundamentals of regional planning 15.00
2. Regional planning, political directions, and regional planning structures/agencies 10.00
3. Regional planning instruments 10.00
4. Regional planning, demographics and employment 15.00
5. Regional planning, growth management and regional economies 15.00
6. Regional planning and the role of infrastructure 10.00
7. Regional planning and preservation 10.00
8. Data collection and analysis for regional planning 15.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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No texts are prescribed 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.
Glasson, J 2007, Regional planning, Routledge, London.
Hogan, A & Young, M (eds) 2014, Rural and regional futures, Routledge, London.
Polése, M 2010, The Wealth and Poverty of Regions – Why cities matter, Chicago University Press, Chicago.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 71.00
Directed Study 52.00
Residential Schools 32.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Objectives Assessed Notes
Assignment 1 300 30 20 Aug 2019 1,2,3,4,5,6
Assignment 2 390 39 03 Oct 2019 1,2,3,4,5,6 (see note 1)
Res School/Lab Attend & Partic 1 1 03 Oct 2019 3,6 (see note 2)
Assignment 3 300 30 22 Oct 2019 1,2,3,4,5,6

  1. Assignment 2 will be completed as a group assignment during residential school in the mid-semester break of Semester 2, and will be due on the last day of the residential school period. Tasks will be given as preparation for the residential school activity and will be assessable.
  2. The dates and location of the mandatory residential school are available from the Residential School Timetable (

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Both external and on-campus students must attend the mandatory residential school to complete Assessment 2. It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities scheduled for them, and 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 the Residential School students must attend, participate and achieve a mark of 1 out of 1 for the assessment item. To complete each of the other assessment items satisfactorily, students must obtain at least 50% of the marks available for each assessment item.

  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 achieve a mark of 1 out of 1 for the residential school assessment item and achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

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

  6. Examination information:
    NO EXAM: There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    NO EXAM: There is no examination in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  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. Students must familiarise themselves with the USQ Assessment Procedures (

  2. 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.

  3. As part of the mandatory residential school, students may be expected to undertake a combination of lectures, tutorials, laboratories, practical classes and assessment as advised by the course examiner.

Evaluation and benchmarking

In meeting the University’s aims to establish quality learning and teaching for all programs, this course monitors and ensures quality assurance and improvements in at least two ways. This course:
1. conforms to the USQ Policy on Evaluation of Teaching, Courses and Programs to ensure ongoing monitoring and systematic improvement.
2. forms part of the Bachelor of Spatial Science (Honours) and Bachelor of Spatial Science Technology and is benchmarked against the [choose one or all of the following]
o internal USQ accreditation/reaccreditation processes which include (i) stringent standards in the independent accreditation of its academic programs, (ii) close integration between business and academic planning, and (iii) regular and rigorous review.

Other requirements

  1. Computer, e-mail and Internet access:
    Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at .

  2. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in this course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect the same grades as those students who do possess them.