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PLAN438 Planning Practice

Full Year, 20 points

Lectures: Monday: 10am – 11.50am

Course Coordinator: Planning Coordinator


This paper is designed to introduce students to the practice of planning as it is carried out in New Zealand, with particular emphasis on the statutory planning framework imposed by the Resource Management Act 1991. The overall aim of the teaching syllabus is to educate students on planning as a profession in local and national contexts via experiential learning opportunities.

This paper seeks to provide students' with an understanding of key planning institutions and processes in New Zealand under the Resource Management Act 1991. It introduces the range of professional skills required in different workplaces where planners are employed and provides opportunities for students to apply theory to practice, and vice-versa. The experiential learning focus of this paper encourages students to take an active role in their learning experiences and to engage in reflective dialogue as a result of these experiences.

The paper mainly comprises lecture sessions and various experiential learning activities that are utilised throughout the course, including guest speakers, field-trips, role plays, Council meetings, and a mock hearing.

The paper is 100% internally assessed. Internal assessment consists of four assignments over the year, including participating in a mock-hearing held at the Dunedin City Council Hearing Chambers.

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Details

Planning administration and practice.

This paper is designed to introduce students to the practice of planning as it is carried out in New Zealand, with particular emphasis on the statutory planning framework imposed by the Resource Management Act 1991. The overall aim of the teaching syllabus is to educate students on planning as a profession in local and national contexts via experiential learning opportunities.

Paper title Planning Practice
Paper code PLAN438
Subject Planning Studies
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Full Year
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,307.76
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $5,517.77

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Notes
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Paper Structure

PLAN 438 mainly comprises lecture sessions and various experiential learning activities, which are utilised throughout the paper, including guest speakers, fieldtrips, role plays, Council meetings and a mock hearing.

PLAN 438 is 100% internally assessed.

(Internal assessment consists of four assignments over the year, including participating in a mock hearing held at the Dunedin City Council Hearing Chambers).

Teaching Arrangements

One 1-hour-and-50-minute lecture per week

Textbooks
Recommended readings will be set for each lecture and will be available on Blackboard or in hard copy.

Students must have their own copy of the Resource Management Act 1991.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will
  • Be familiar with planning frameworks for resource management, local government, iwi, conservation, transportation and heritage
  • Understand the origins, philosophy, purpose and principles of the RMA (1991)
  • Understand the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi, 'translation' into the resource management framework and the practical application of these principles in planning practice
  • Appreciate the political dynamics of planning and the role of the media in framing environmental and resource management issues
  • Recognise the role of the New Zealand Planning Institute (NZPI) and issues relating to professional ethics and the NZPI Code of Conduct
  • Be familiar with the public policy cycle and generic policy development processes under the RMA (1991) (Schedule 1)
  • Understand the resource management aspirations of MÄori and the role of iwi planning documents within policy development processes
  • Demonstrate the ability to interpret, analyse, and apply the contents of plans and policy statements to real-world and real-time planning issues
  • Be able to utilise 'plain English' principles when writing planning reports as part of course assessments
  • Have the ability to apply evaluative skills and arrive at recommendations on complex policy issues
  • Appreciate issues around the use of subjective/objective knowledge, working with certainty and doubt, working with others' expert knowledge, MÄtauranga MÄori knowledge systems, and the policy/science interface
  • Be familiar with key planning requirements, assessments, processes under the RMA(1991) (s88, Schedule 4)
  • Demonstrate skills in site analysis, interpreting and scouring land information, community and environmental data, interpreting plans submitted with development proposals, and the use of scale rules
  • Have skills in the analysis of issues and proposals and an ability to arrive at an evaluative opinion based on robust analysis
  • Demonstrate written and verbal skills and the ability to adapt to different audiences
  • Be familiar with decision-making structures and processes at the local, regional and national level
  • Recognise the ethical and expert role of planners as distinct from advocates
Contact
mplan@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff

Planning Coordinator: To be confirmed

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Timetable

Full Year

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Monday 10:00-11:50 9-16, 18-22, 28-34, 36-42