ENVPL100-21A (HAM)

Introduction to Environmental Planning

15 Points

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Division of Arts Law Psychology & Social Sciences
School of Social Sciences
Environmental Planning


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Paper Description

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This paper is an introduction to Environmental Planning. It has a focus on the built and natural environments of New Zealand. Some key questions we examine include: What are the greatest contemporary environmental concerns? How should our towns and cities grow? Which natural resources require protection and how? Students will be introduced to the theory and practice of planning in order to provide an overview of the nature and purpose of planning. Sustainable resource management approaches and debates are considered within the context of integrated environmental resource planning. In particular, the paper explores concepts, policy and planning processes in connection with selected planning issues in New Zealand, such as urban development and water quality. It is an introductory course designed to familiarise students with the many aspects of environmental planning. The paper will encourage students to reflect critically about human use of the environment, coexistence with nature, and building vibrant and resilient communities. Planners, scientists, engineers, iwi managers, policy analysts, teachers, architects, surveyors, lawyers, community builders and educators and NGO staff use this type of knowledge. We will lay the foundations so that you can too.

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Paper Structure

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The paper will be delivered through 2 lectures (3 hours total) each week.

Students should attend all scheduled lectures where possible. The final test for this paper will examine your understanding of all of the lectures.

FLEXI learning: This paper is available to distance learners in a flexible format.Teaching is delivered both online and face-to-face. On campus activities are available for students to attend in person, however distance learners can complete the paper online if they choose (including from offshore). See (*) for notes regarding distance learning and assessment.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • demonstrate fundamental skills for a career in planning;
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  • explain key contemporary and historical issues in planning;
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  • demonstrate an understanding of politics and policy-making processes;
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  • explain the interaction between society and economics, notions of sustainability and the impact of humans on environments and each other;
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  • show familiarity with practical planning at different spatial scales
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You will have one online quiz consisting of short answer questions, designed to cover material taught in lectures and contained in the readings.

Field trip

There will be a one day field trip on Wednesday 14 April. Set this date aside in your calendar and we will provide further details in class. The field trip survey response is due on or before the dates shown in the table below. Attendance on the trip and completion of the survey awards you 10 marks towards the final grade (out of 100).

*If you are studying from a distance, an alternative field survey will be provided for you to undertake.


You will write one essay for this paper. The word limit is 2000 words. The point of the word limit is to ensure that you concisely order your thoughts and to ensure relative weighting with other assessment components. Material in excess of the 2000 word limit will not be marked. Further details will be provided in class.

The essay must be submitted electronically to Moodle as all assessment will be subject to electronic scrutiny for plagiarism.


The online test is held at the conclusion of the course during Study Week. The date of the test will be advised at a later date. The test will consist of a mix of short and long answer questions.

Your long answers will be assessed according to how well they:

  • address the question which was asked;
  • involve sound reasoning, and relevant supporting evidence;
  • give examples that are relevant and show you understand the question;
  • have a clear and logical structure (e.g. it should progress logically from introduction, to main body, and conclusion, with the linkages between parts of the argument clearly shown);
  • use concepts correctly;
  • show legible writing, correct spelling, grammar, and punctuation.

A lecture in the last week of the course will be a revision session to prepare for the final test/exam.

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Field trip
14 Apr 2021
No set time
  • Other: Attendance on trip
2. Field trip survey / alternative site survey
23 Apr 2021
3:00 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Quiz
7 May 2021
No set time
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Essay
20 May 2021
3:00 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
5. Test
9 Jun 2021
No set time
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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  1. Course Readings List on Moodle and on course readings list via Library
  1. White, I. (2015) Environmental Planning in Context Palgrave MacMillan, London. U.K. (purchase from Bennett’s bookshop, read from library high demand or access e-version through Readings list- note that the publishers only permit 1 view at a time, so there may be queue).
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Recommended Readings

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Further recommended reading will be advised during semester
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Online Support

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Moodle: This paper is supported through Moodle http://elearn.waikato.ac.nz/. Important information about the paper will be provided to you via Moodle. Lecture notes will be posted prior to each class. They will be thorough, but not a complete substitute for attendance in class. You can take online introduction to Moodle classes at this site. Your grades will also be accessible through Moodle once work has been assessed.

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Students should attend all scheduled lectures. The final examination for this paper will test your understanding of all the lectures. You should count on spending a minimum of 150 hours on the paper, including lectures and the field trip. Your work load should amount to an average of 9-10 hours per week (including the mid-semester break and study week).

The convenor of the paper will be available to answer paper queries. If you are having difficulty with completing your assignments on time, attending lectures or understanding lectures, please make sure you contact the convenor. It is always better to come early before you develop a bigger problem and it's left too late in the course to fix!

Lecture notes will be available on Moodle. Please note, however, that notes will not give you a record of what was said in class, and you are likely to learn more if you attend the lecture

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Linkages to Other Papers

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Restricted papers: ENVP106

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