ENVPL200-19B (HAM)

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 explores concepts fundamental to the practice of environmental planning in Aotearoa New Zealand. The paper explores the development and implementation of planning policy, urban and regional planning, and the history of environmental planning in Aotearoa New Zealand. The paper has a focus on the built and natural environments of New Zealand, and uses both planning theory and planning practice as lenses through which to explore concepts, policy and planning processes in connection with selected planning issues, such as urban development. This paper contains core academic and technical content, and develops competencies 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, as some classes are interactive and hands-on practical exercises, which do not lend themselves easily to Panopto recording.

Tutorial Workshops

The three tutorials in this course are in a workshop format. Each workshop is up to two hours in length, and workshops are held in Week 3 (22nd or 23rd July); Week 4 (29th or 30th July); and Week 8 (9th or 10th September). The tutorial workshops are designed to consolidate students' learning and provide hands-on instructional and skills-based content. Students should attend all three of the tutorial workshops, as these comprise part of the course assessment.

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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 policy-making process, and how stages of this process can be applied to different types and scales of planning;
    3. Demonstrate an understanding of politics in relation to planning, and the role of local government elected members in New Zealand;
    4. Demonstrate an understanding of New Zealand's environmental and planning history;
    5. Analyse development options for a site in relation to the relevant district plan and recommend an appropriate planning option;
    6. Demonstrate skills in research, analysis and critical thinking in a written report relating to policy implementation.
    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, workshops and time spent on individual study such as the reading list also contribute to these ends.

Assessment One (Workshops): Workshops provide hands-on instructional and skill-based learning, help consolidate students' learning from lecture classes, and build the understanding required for assignments. Three tutorial workshops, where student attendance and completion of workshop exercises is required, are each worth 2% and are held in Week 3 (22nd or 23rd July); Week 4 (29th or 30th July); and Week 8 (9th or 10th September). Friday in-class Workshops, each worth 1 mark for attendance and completion of the workshop exercises, are held during Friday class time on Weeks 1, 2, 3, and 4 as shown in the schedule below. Attendance at workshops, including completion of workshop exercises, is worth a total of 10%.

Test: The in-class test is worth 10% of the final grade for this course, and is held in lecture time as shown in the schedule. Questions relate to 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. I recommend you bring at least 2 pens. Further detail will be provided in class, including example-type test questions.

Assignments Two and Three: Full instructions for Assignments Two and Three will be made available on Moodle.

Exam: The exam is worth 40%, and the date will be advised. The final examination for this paper tests students' understanding of all lecture, workshop, and reading material. 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. Assessment 1: In-class Workshops (as specified in paper outline)
2. Assignment 2
9 Aug 2019
4:30 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
  • Hand-In: Faculty Information Centre (J Block)
3. Test
5 Sep 2019
4:00 PM
  • Hand-in: In Lecture
4. Assignment 3
10 Oct 2019
4:30 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
  • Hand-In: Faculty Information Centre (J Block)
5. 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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An electronic reading list is available for this course. Required and recommended readings are specified on this list.
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Online Support

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This paper is supported via Moodle. Some lectures will be recorded and made available via Panopto recordings; however, some classes are practical exercises or workshops and do not lend themselves well to Panopto recording due to their interactive nature. Powerpoint slide notes will be made available online, and where classes are practical exercises or workshops, the exercise/workshop notes will be made available online. Guest lectures may or may not be recorded depending on the willingness of the guest speaker.
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You should count on spending a minimum of 150 hours on the paper, including approximately 34 hours of lectures and 6 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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