OnlineSession 2N/A

Unit description

Explores natural resource management and rural and regional planning issues within both statutory and strategic planning contexts. Key environmental, social and economic issues for rural and regional planners are examined in depth along with the associated planning policy context.  In particular, the unit examines the balancing of issues as a fundamental skill in making planning decisions. The unit also involves critical thinking about the formulation and application of regional planning policy with respect to both the planning profession and the community.

Unit content

Topic 1: Merit-based Planning and the Public Interest
Topic 2: Natural Resource Management in Rural and Regional Australia
Topic 3: Regional Planning Policy
Topic 4: Local Planning Policy in Rural and Regional Australia
Topic 5: Natural Environment and Biodiversity (Terrestrial and Aquatic)
Topic 6: Aboriginal Cultural Heritage
Topic 7: Agriculture and Rural Land Use
Topic 8: Regional Communities (Social and Economic Character)
Topic 9: Natural Hazards (Floodplains, Coastlines and Soils)

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

Prescribed texts

Session 2

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour (12 Weeks)
Residential session 3 Days (Once)
Case study30%
Discussion board30%

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Fee information


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