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EV1009 - Introduction to Planning

Credit points: 3
Year: 2014
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: Sch of Earth & Environmental Sciences (pre 2015)

This subject is an introduction to planning that provides students with an understanding of the theories and principles of planning thought and practice. It examines the origin, evolution and strengths and weaknesses of the planning system in Australia. The theories that underlie Western urban and regional planning will be debated and explored in relation to the major changes in the planning profession, to the changing roles of the planner, and to desirable outcomes in sustainable planning. The subject examines the planning and management of public and private land, describes the planning governance system in Queensland including the realtionship between the legislative framework, planning instruments and the affected community, and contrasts prescriptive and performance based approaches to planning. Topics will include the land development process, an introduction to regulations that govern land use planning, and operation of the current planning and development system including evaluation of planning documentation.

Learning Outcomes

  • an understanding of the evolution of planning in Australia;
  • familiarity with the basic planning literature, especially planning journals;
  • improved practical communication skills;
  • an understanding of the fundamental concepts in planning;
  • an understanding of the strategic planning and the roles of different levels of government.


Townsville, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 27-Mar-2014
Coord/Lect: Assoc. Professor David King.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 36 hours practicals
Assessment: end of semester exam (40%); essay (20%); practicals (40%).

Cairns, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 27-Mar-2014
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Lisa Law
Lecturers: Assoc. Professor Lisa Law, Dr Sharon Harwood.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 36 hours practicals
Assessment: end of semester exam (40%); practicals (40%); essay (20%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.