Group study of a local or regional planning issue; data collection, analysis and report writing.
PLAN 435 is based on specific case studies of planning issues in urban and/or rural settings and is undertaken by both first- and second-year students. Student groups act as honorary consultants to the client, typically a local authority within New Zealand. Each student group works on a local planning problem or concern identified by the client agency to analyse the issues involved, identify options for addressing these and formulate recommendations for implementation.
About this paper
|Planning Case Study I
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- Teaching staff
Course Coordinator: Professor Michelle Thompson-Fawcett
- Paper Structure
The paper mainly comprises lecture sessions, group study sessions, a week-long fieldtrip and a formal presentation to the client at the end of the research process.
All class members are assigned to one of a number of small groups and will operate as a member of that group for the duration of the paper until the submission of the final report. This exercise will involve meeting as a study group on a regular basis (once or twice a week) for the project duration. In addition to study group sessions, regular lectures are held to support the different components of the research process.
The paper is 100% internally assessed, consisting of a group report (90%) and a formal group presentation (10%).
- Teaching Arrangements
1 x 1 hour session per week in scheduled weeks run over both semester one and semester two.
- Resources are provided to students as and when required as the paper progresses.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Teamwork.
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- Learning Outcomes
- By the end of the paper, all students in PLAN 435 must demonstrate acquisition of the following:
- Ability to develop a coherent research project in conjunction with an external agency
- Appreciation of the significance of biophysical and socioeconomic interrelationships within environmental systems as a cause of environmental problems and as a consideration in developing planning policies
- Appreciation of the different political, administrative and statutory contexts within which planning takes place
- Communication and networking skills and the ability to work as part of a team
- Independent research and practical planning skills and an ability to carry out a successful research project
- Ability to analyse planning issues and to formulate policy recommendations to address these