Unit description

Applies students undergraduate and work related experience to both theoretical and practical aspects of land use and environmental planning. The unit centres developing higher order skills in the identification and application of key planning concepts, issues and processes, primarily in relation to statutory and strategic planning at the local and regional levels. In addition, coastal management, climate change, sustainability and community involvement are examined in relation to environmental planning.

Unit content

Topic 1: Nature and history of planning
Topic 2: NSW planning system and law
Topic 3: Environmental planning instruments and development control plans
Topic 4: Statutory planning/ development assessment
Topic 5: NSW Land and Environment Court
Topic 6: Strategic and regional planning
Topic 7: Environmental impact assessment
Topic 8: Community engagement
Topic 9: Coastal planning
Topic 10: Metropolitan and rural planning
Topic 11: Ethics and sustainability
Topic 12: Topical planning

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Teaching and assessment


Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the study session.

Fee information


Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2015 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

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