USQ Logo
The current and official versions of the course specifications are available on the web at https://www.usq.edu.au/course/specification/current.
Please consult the web for updates that may occur during the year.

URP2002 Local Government Planning Practice and Technology

Semester 2, 2020 On-campus Toowoomba
Short Description: Local Gov Planning Prac & Tech
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 : 19 September 2020

Staffing

Examiner: Paula Grant

Rationale

Local government is a key stakeholder in urban and regional development. Planners require an understanding of local government’s role and responsibilities in the planning process as well as the planning practices and technologies implemented by local governments.

Synopsis

This course will cover the controls and procedures used by local government in the development of their communities. The details of the development assessment process along with community engagement, communication, negotiation and ethical considerations associated with planning submissions will also be covered.

Objectives

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

  1. Describe the essential elements to a planning scheme;
  2. Explain in detail the development assessment process and the statutory time limits associated with that process;
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of the powers and responsibilities Local Government Authorities;
  4. Explain how technology can be applied to facilitate the planning process;
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of community engagement strategies;
  6. Prepare planning applications suitable for submission to a Local Government Authority;
  7. Apply knowledge of the post approval stage including negotiation and the application appeals process;
  8. Demonstrate an ability to learn from experience by reflecting on the design and communication processes used during the completion of assignments.

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. Planning and urban design at local government level 5.00
2. Technology and local government planning 10.00
3. Ethics and communication in local planning 10.00
4. Community consultations and community organisations 10.00
5. Planning schemes 10.00
6. The development assessment process and types of assessment 35.00
7. Compliance and operational works 10.00
8. Negotiations and appeals 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). (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/textbooks/?year=2020&sem=02&subject1=URP2002)

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/info/contact/)

No text is prescribed.

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.
Barrett, CD 2001, Everyday ethics for practicing planners, AICP, Washington, D.C.
Gehl, J 2010, Cities for people, Island Press, Washington, DC.
Nyerges, TL 2010, Regional and urban GIS: a decision support approach, Guilford, New York.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 80.00
Directed Study 52.00
Private Study 23.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Objectives Assessed Notes
Assignment 1 100 10 28 Jul 2020 1,8
Assignment 2 300 30 18 Aug 2020 5,6
Assignment 3 300 30 15 Sep 2020 2,3,4,8
Assignment 4 300 30 13 Oct 2020 7,8

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) 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 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 http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents.php?id=14749PL (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 in a course a student must obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks 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 weighted aggregate of the marks (or grades) obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

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

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    As there are no examinations 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 http://policy.usq.edu.au.

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. http://www.usq.edu.au/library/referencing

Date printed 19 September 2020