ENVPL304-19A (HAM)

Professional Planning Skills

15 Points

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

Staff

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Convenor(s)

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: frances.douch@waikato.ac.nz

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: jillene.bydder@waikato.ac.nz

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Paper Description

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Nga mihi nui. Nau mai, haere mai. Greetings and welcome everyone to ENVPL304 Professional Planning Skills. This course introduces and develops a range of skills required by planners in professional planning practice.

This paper is taught by Kate Mackness.

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Paper Structure

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This paper has three class contact hours weekly. This is a hands-on, practical course, and students are expected to attend class, as attendance will assist you in developing the practical skills necessary to complete your assignments and these skills will be useful to you in planning practice. Attendance at the two-hour Monday morning workshops will be recorded, and marks allocated as indicated in the assessment schedule.

The remainder of the course time is allocated to self-directed study, including completion of the required readings and assignments. Lecture notes, a reading list and additional material will be posted on Moodle as required. There are no tutorials for this course.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Demonstrate written, verbal and graphic communication skills appropriate to professional planning practice;
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  • Take part in practical negotiation exercises, and analyse these exercises in relation to a principled negotiation framework and professional planning practice;
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  • Assess a development proposal against an RMA plan;
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  • Demonstrate insight into ethical issues in the context of professional planning practice;
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  • Develop an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the multiple professions and agencies involved in environmental planning; and of the roles and responsibilities of planners in this context;
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  • Interpret, analyse and summarise information contained in specialist technical reports;
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  • Develop and demonstrate a range of practical skills and competencies commonly applied in professional planning practice, including:

    - site selection skills;

    - site & location analysis;

    - using a scale rule;

    - technical plan interpretation;

    - developing a simple, to-scale site plan for a development proposal;

    - familiarity with project management processes;

    - experience of professional meeting procedures;

    - how to prepare professional business documents, such as offers of service and project briefs

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Assessment

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Assessment is designed to assist in achieving the specified learning outcomes and meet the intent of the Environmental Planning graduate profile. Class time, practical and applied exercises and activities, class discussion, readings and assessments also contribute to these ends.

Full instructions and information regarding assessments will be made available on Moodle.

Please note: This is a hands-on, practical course, and students are expected to attend class. The two-hour Monday workshop classes in particular will assist you in developing the practical skills necessary to complete your assignments and you will use these skills in planning practice. Attendance at these Monday morning workshops will be recorded, and marks allocated as indicated in the schedule below.

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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. Assessment 1: In-class practical exercises (Monday morning workshops)
20
2. Assignment 2: Negotiation exercises
11 Apr 2019
4:30 PM
25
3. Assignment 3: Assessment of proposal against RMA plan
9 May 2019
4:30 PM
30
4. Assessment 4: 2-minute presentation
20 May 2019
9:00 AM
5
5. Assignment 5: Technical reports
27 May 2019
4:30 PM
20
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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As this is a skills-focused and hands-on course, the emphasis is less on reading and more on "doing" for this course. However, there is some reading involved, as detailed on the (relatively short) course reading list required for this course. Usually, you can just "turn up" to class - however, if you need to do any preparation before a workshop, I'll give you plenty of advance notice of this, and will then expect you to have completed the necessary preparation beforehand.
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Online Support

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Class notes, a reading list and additional material will be posted on Moodle as required. As noted previously, the format of this course is largely practical and hands-on applied exercises and activities.

Discussion and news forums will be available.

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Workload

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This paper has three contact hours weekly. Students are expected to attend all sessions, and to inform Kate by email if you can't attend. The total hours of work for this course should be 150 hours, or about 11 hours a week over the semester (including the mid-semester break). This includes attending classes, completing assessed work, reading and private study.
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Linkages to Other Papers

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There are no pre-requisites for this paper.
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Prerequisite(s)

Corequisite(s)

Equivalent(s)

Restriction(s)

Restricted papers: ENVP308, ENVP405

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