ENVPL200-18B (HAM)

Environmental Planning

15 Points

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Division of Arts, Social Sciences and Law
School of Social Sciences
Environmental Planning


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Paper Description

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ENVPL200 Environmental Planning provides students with an introduction to fundamental concepts of planning and policy relevant to the practice of environmental planning in New Zealand. The paper explores general planning principles and processes of planning, and the development and implementation of planning policy. The paper also explores the context of urban and regional planning, and the recent history of environmental planning, in New Zealand. It contains core academic and technical content, and develops competencies which are foundational to the discipline of environmental planning.
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Paper Structure

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The paper is delivered through 2 lectures (3 hours in total) each week. Students should attend all scheduled lectures, as from experience we have found that students who attend class regularly perform more strongly than students who do not. Classes are supported by Powerpoint notes provided online on Moodle, and most, but not all, classes will be available on Panopto.


There are also four tutorials scheduled at points throughout the course to help consolidate students' learning and provide additional hands-on instructional content.

The final examination for this paper tests students' understanding of all lecture, tutorial, and reading material.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Outcomes
    1. Demonstrate an understanding of fundamental concepts of planning;
    2. Demonstrate understanding of models of the planning process, and how stages of this process can be applied to different types and scales of planning;
    3. Demonstrate an understanding of planning in urban, suburban and wider regional contexts;
    4. Demonstrate an understanding of the structure, functions and politics of local government;
    5. Analyse a number of development options for a site in terms of the relevant district plan, recommend an appropriate planning option, and identify a range of other key aspects relevant to the development
    Linked to the following assessments:
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Assessment is designed to promote the achievement of the learning outcomes for this paper and to meet the intent of the Environmental Planning graduate profile. Class discussion, lecture time, tutorials and time spent on individual study such as the reading list also contribute to these ends.


The in-class test is worth 20% of the final grade for this course, is 50 minutes long and is held in lecture time as shown in the schedule. Questions are short answer, and are designed to cover material taught in lectures, contained in the readings, and covered in tutorials and assignments. The test is not open book, and you may not bring any reference material into the lecture room for use during the test. There will be space available on the test paper to complete the test and we do not expect answers longer than the space provided. You may, however, bring additional paper and we recommend you bring at least 2 pens.

Assignments One and Two:

Full instructions for Assignments One and Two will be available on Moodle.


The exam is worth 40%, and the date will be advised. The exam will consist of a mix of short and long answer questions. Exam long answers will be assessed according to how well:

- Answers focus on the question asked

- Answers are thoughtful, involve sound reasoning, and include relevant supporting evidence

- Relevant examples are provided that demonstrate understanding of the question and relevant planning concepts

- Answers have a clear and logical structure

- Concepts are explained clearly, correctly and perhaps creatively

- Answers are written legibly, with correct spelling, grammar and punctuation

- Linkages are made between concepts covered throughout the course

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 60:40. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 40% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 60:40 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 40% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Assignment 1
2 Aug 2018
4:30 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
  • Hand-In: Faculty Information Centre (J Block)
2. Test
14 Sep 2018
2:00 PM
  • Hand-in: In Lecture
3. Assignment 2
5 Oct 2018
4:30 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
  • Hand-In: Faculty Information Centre (J Block)
4. Exam
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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For all readings an electronic course readings list will be available.
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Online Support

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This paper is supported via Moodle. Lectures will generally be available via Panopto recordings and Powerpoint slides notes will be made available online. Guest lectures are not usually recorded and neither are workshops/case studies due to their interactive nature.
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You should count on spending a minimum of 150 hours on the paper, including approximately 36 hours of lectures and 4 hours of tutorials. Your work load should amount to an average of 10 hours per week (including the mid-semester break and study week).
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Linkages to Other Papers

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This paper updates and replaces the second half module of a paper offered prior to 2018 as Principles of Environmental Planning.
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Restricted papers: ENVP206

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