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This paper will introduce students to the theory and practice of urban planning and development in New Zealand cities and beyond. It explores the causes and effects of contemporary urban problems at the local and global scales and teaches relevant planning and economic theories. Throughout the paper, these theories are coupled with real-world data to address critical urban issues such as urban sprawl, gentrification, housing affordability, congestion, and natural hazards. This paper contains both qualitative and quantitative content, and aims to develop students’ competencies in applied analytical skills foundational to evidence-based urban planning.
The paper is delivered through 2 lectures each week. PowerPoint notes will be provided on Moodle. Although in-class attendance is essential for this paper, all lectures will be recorded and made available on Panopto.
The three tutorials in this course are in a workshop format. Each workshop is up to two hours in length, and they are held in Week 3, Week 4, and Week 8. The tutorial workshops are designed to consolidate students' learning and provide hands-on instructional and skills-based content. These workshops provide critical opportunities for interactive learning and all students are required to attend them. Although tutorials will not be marked, the contents covered in these tutorials are essential for completing the assignments.
Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:
Linked to the following assessments:
- demonstrate knowledge of the fundamental theories and concepts about urban development
- understand the roles, relationships, and tensions between the different actors in the development process
- analyze the causes and effects of contemporary development challenges
- identify and evaluate relevant planning policies
- develop proficiency in obtaining and analyzing urban data statistically and spatially
- exhibit critical interpersonal skills in a collaborative team working environment
- demonstrate effective written and verbal communication skills
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. It comprises two individual assignments, four group assignments, and a final exam. Grades will be determined based on the following allocation.
Individual Assignments (20%):
Two individual assignments will count 20% of the paper grade.
Each individual assignment will count 10%.
Group Assignment (40%):
Four group assignments will count 40% of the paper grade.
Each group assignment will count 10% = 8% group outcome + 2% anonymous in-group peer assessment
Final Exam (40%):
A final exam will count 40% of the paper grade.
The final exam
All assessments for this paper test students' understanding of lecture and reading materials as well as their ability to apply them in problem solving in a real-world context. There are mainly two types of assessment in this paper, namely, written, and teamwork.
All written assessments will be evaluated by their quality. A high-quality written assessment should be 1) thoughtful, involving sound reasoning, and substantiated by relevant evidence; 2) clearly written with a coherent and logical structure; 3) legibly written with correct spelling, grammar, and punctuation; and 4) building on critical analysis and thinking of the relevant planning theories and concepts covered throughout the paper.
Group projects that involve teamwork will be assessed based on the outcome of the project (e.g. a written report or an in-class presentation) and an anonymous peer-review of individual contribution. In short, all members of a group share the same grade for the outcome portion of the assessment, and then the final grade of each individual within the group will be determined by applying a multiplier based on the peer assessment. Hence, group members whose contribution is considered 'average' will be given the group outcome grade, whereas others having made above or below 'average' contributions will have their grade adjusted upwards or downwards.
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.
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At least one Assessment Component needs to be entered
|Component Description||Due Date||Time||Percentage of overall mark||Submission Method||Compulsory|
|1. Individual Assignments||
|2. Group Assignments||
|3. Final Exam||
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