ENVPL511-22X (NET)

Environmental and Resource Planning in Aotearoa New Zealand

30 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 provides an intensive introduction to urban and resource planning in Aotearoa New Zealand. The course has a focus on both the built and natural environments, and introduces the theory and practice of planning, providing an overview of the nature and purpose of planning in this country.

The paper will familiarise students with systems and methods of resource management, with a focus on New Zealand frameworks. It also provides an understanding of the range of different types of planning commonly undertaken for settlements in this nation, such as spatial planning and transport planning.

The course is designed to assist students headed for vocations in the area of urban planning, and environmental management and protection, to become well versed in relevant systems and practical applications. Planners, scientists, engineers, iwi managers, policy analysts, architects, surveyors, lawyers, community educators and NGO staff use this form of knowledge. We will lay the foundations so that you can too, as well as building pathways to further learning.

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Paper Structure

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This paper is taught online, with content delivered through a combination of online tuition, workshops and directed exercises and discussion. The majority of the content of this course is taught within a two-week intensive block between 14 Feb 2022 to 25 Feb 2022.

Please note that some classes and workshops require students to be online at specified times, although there is some flexibility regarding when certain other online classes may be completed.

Following the two-week block period, provision is made for supervised completion of course assignments within the total 12-week period scheduled for this course.

Certain specified components in the schedule below are compulsory as indicated.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of key features of environmental law, planning and resource management frameworks in Aoteraoa New Zealand, and critique how these operate in practice
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  • Demonstrate the technical and creative capacity to analyse, discuss and explain concepts and processes involved in producing a vision and concept plan for a high quality public space in accordance with established best practice urban design principles
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  • Demonstrate understanding of and critique key elements and processes of land subdivision and development; and of the types of integrated planning involved in creating more liveable, inclusive & sustainable settlements in Aotearoa New Zealand
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  • Demonstrate key skills in interpreting a regional or district plan, including zoning, overlays, categories of activity, and performance and development standards; and use these provisions to assess proposals for their degree of compliance with the plans
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Assessment is designed to promote the achievement of the specified learning outcomes for this paper and to meet the intent of the Environmental Planning graduate profile. Classes, workshops and readings also contribute to these ends.

The paper will be assessed as set out in the assessment schedule.

For each assignment a separate assignment document will be provided to students.

Workshops #1-6 (as shown in the Schedule):

There are 6 Workshops in total, and these are held in the afternoons of the two-week block on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday afternoon during the block teaching period as shown in the schedule. Each of the 6 workshops is worth 5 marks, and is expected to take students up to 2.5 hours to complete. The workshops are practical in focus and are designed to support students' in-class learning. Please submit the workshop exercises online through Moodle either on the day, or within 3 days of the workshop for marking.

Assignment 1: Public space analysis and vision (Due date: Friday, 25th March)

Assignment 1 asks you to critically analyse a significant public space in the town/city you are living in (e.g. Garden Place if you are living in Hamilton is a good choice) in relation to sound urban design principles; and to then develop your own vision for this public space in light of your analysis and these principles.

Your assignment must be presented using a report format and include a concept plan. The concept plan may be produced electronically or by hand. If appropriate in light of the Covid-19 situation, and taking all reasonable safety precautions, you will be asked to undertake a site visit to your selected location as part of your analysis.

The assessment is worth 30% of your final grade and the word limit is 2700 words. The assessment also includes a presentation, which may be done via zoom or recorded and uploaded to Moodle. Further details regarding the assessment will be provided in class and posted on Moodle. The assignment is submitted electronically to Moodle, as all assessment will be subject to electronic scrutiny for plagiarism.

Assignment 2: Environmental law critique (Due Date: Friday, 22nd April)

Assignment 2 is an environmental law critique, and is worth 25% of students' final grade for this course. The word limit is 3000 words. A word limit is put in place to encourage students to concisely order their thoughts and to ensure a fair relative weighting with other assessment components. In addition, employers in the resource management sector have told us that the ability to analyse and explain complex concepts succinctly and clearly are skills they value. Further details regarding the assessment will be provided in class and posted on Moodle.

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

Online Test: 6 May 2022

This course includes an online test designed to support your learning. The test covers material taught in all the classes and contained in the readings. The test will be run via Moodle will have a set time period. The test portal will be open for 24 hours from 12.01am, 6 May until 11.59pm, 6 May and students will be able to complete the test at any time during this period. The test has been scheduled after the intensive teaching period of the block course in order to provide ample time for students to work through and absorb course concepts, materials and content; to ask questions if they wish; and to study and prepare for the test.

Kate will provide information regarding what to expect, examples of the type of questions which may be asked, etc.

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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. Workshop exercises and attendance
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Assignment 1: Public space analysis & presentation(Due: 25 March,7pm)
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
  • Presentation: In Class
3. Assignment 2: Environmental law critique (Due: 22 April, 7pm)
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Test (6 May)
  • 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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A list of required and recommended readings is available electronically through the electronic Waikato Reading Lists (https://waikato.rl.talis.com) and via the course moodle site.
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Online Support

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This paper is supported through the online platform Moodle http://elearn.waikato.ac.nz/, and important information about the paper is provided via Moodle. Lecture notes are posted online on Moodle. You can take an online introduction to Moodle classes at this site. Your grades will also be accessible through Moodle once work has been assessed.

Voice recordings (Panopto) of classes will be available on Moodle and notes will be available online on Moodle.

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As a block course with the majority of teaching undertaken in the two weeks from 14th February 2022 to 25th February 2022, contact hours in each of the two weeks is 22.5 hours, making a total of 45 hours. In addition, 3 optional online tutorials will be available prior to the deadline for submitting the assignments and the test to assist with preparation, and to provide an opportunity for asking questions. In total, therefore, the course comprises 48 contact hours. Students are expected to attend classes and workshops, and to complete all the required readings and assessments.

As this is a 30 point paper, the total hours of work for this course is about 300 hours, spread over the entirety of course. This includes classes and tutorials, and completing assessed work and readings.

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