Credit points: 30

Subject outline

This subject provides students with an opportunity to undertake a significant piece of individual planning practice related research and strategy development work with guidance from academic staff. The subject is typically offered in the final semester of the four-year planning degree and requires students to reflect on practice and ethics issues in planning through the development and completion of a project that will include research in the areas of planning, community development and policy assessment. Projects may include original research, strategy development and policy review, as approved by the subject co-ordinator. The subject will involve participation in seminars as well as independent research activities.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points30

Subject Co-ordinatorKiran Shinde

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesThe introductory lectures will focus on development of a research proposal, information gathering, report preparation and presentationExamination of ethical standards and professional codes of conduct relevant to a range of professions with a focus on planning. Examination of case studies involving the application of ethical appoaches.

Capstone subjectYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

COMMUNICATION - Communicating and Influencing
COMMUNICATION - Cultural Intelligence and Global Perspective
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Creativity and Innovation
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Research and Evidence-Based Inquiry
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Adaptability and Self-Management
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Ethical and Social Responsibility
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Leadership and Teamwork

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Demonstrated capacity to undertake a major structured research project on an original topic under supervision and present material to peers and outside independent assessors
02. Developed capacity to consider contextual issues in exploring ethics and ethical approaches and implications to strategy, design for cities and regions

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2021, Semester 2, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorKiran Shinde

Class requirements

Lecture/WorkshopWeek: 30 - 42
Nine 3.00 hours lecture/workshop per study period on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via blended.

Supervisor ConsultationWeek: 30 - 42
Six 1.00 hour supervisor consultation every two weeks on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via blended.
Students will be assigned a supervisor at the beginning of semester and must make arrangements to discuss their research with their supervisor on a fortnightly basis.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Attendance and contribution at sessions, supervisor meetings and progress presentations Attendance is compulsory for supervisor meetings and progress presentations.

N/AOtherIndividualNo10 SILO1

Individual research project 6500 words Uploaded on LMS

N/AOtherIndividualNo65 SILO1, SILO2

Project Proposal 1500 words A satisfactory proposal must be submitted on LMS to supervisor prior to commencing research

N/AOtherIndividualNo25 SILO2