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PLAN9064: Land Use and Infrastructure Planning

Semester 2, 2020 [Normal day] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

This unit is concerned with planning, land use and infrastructure within the built environments. It emphasises conceptual knowledge with examples and case studies to demonstrate the application of concepts in practice. Students are encouraged to think independently, creatively and critically in developing understanding and practical knowledge about environmental planning at the metropolitan and local level. This unit is in two modules, each of which is assessed. 1. Land use, infrastructure planning and urban development: different forms of infrastructure and the role of infrastructure in creating good environments and urban development; transport and the space economy; accessibility, the emergence of transport technologies and their influence on urban form; the impacts of car travel on densities, dispersion, congestion, etc.; orthodox transport planning; transport systems management; mobility and accessibility; networks, centres, and development corridors; transit-oriented development and implications on urban form and structure. The Sydney Metropolitan Strategy and concepts and ideas associated with the current work of the Greater Sydney Commission are used as a main focus for this module. 2. Land use planning, development control and plan making: within the context of more effective land use planning, this module examines the process of assessing a local area (such as structure, form and understanding character), developing local vision and neighbourhood strategies and structure plan, translating the strategy and structure plan into basic land use and planning controls (such as building height, floor space ratio, heritage, and other local area provisions) and producing a basic plan for development control purposes. A case study is used for group work so as to understand how the plan making process evolves and is constructed for both the private and public realms. In 2015 and 2016, this involved working with an inner city local government on priority urban renewal issues. Questioning the assumptions and values that underpin planning controls and guidelines is a key skill emphasised in the unit via the group work.

Unit details and rules

Academic unit Urban and Regional Planning and Policy
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Nancy Marshall,
Lecturer(s) Nancy Marshall,
Tutor(s) Laura Goh,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment Planning Trend (Meets a Plan) Report Part 2
Part 2 of 2 of a major Planning Report on Land Use and Infrastructure.
Due date: 18 Nov 2021 at 17:00
Template provided.
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Assignment Planning Trend Report Part 1
Part 1 of 2 of a major Planning Report on Land Use and Infrastructure.
30% Week 04
Due date: 02 Sep 2021 at 17:00
1500 word report in a template provided
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO5
Assignment Mapping Challenge
Mapping and graphically documenting an area
20% Week 07
Due date: 23 Sep 2021 at 17:00
Graphic Map
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO3 LO5
Assignment group assignment Infrastructure Mini Conference
Present: Written case studies + Designed presentation board + References
30% Week 11
Due date: 03 Nov 2021 at 17:00

Closing date: 04 Nov 2021
2 Case Studies + Presentation Board
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
group assignment = group assignment ?

Assessment summary

Planning Trend Report Part 1 – theory 30%

Planning Trend Report Part 2 – practice 20%

Mapping Challenge of land use and key infrastructure – 20%

Infrastructure Briefing Report – 30%

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100



75 - 84



65 - 74



50 - 64



0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

For more information see guide to grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

This unit has an exception to the standard University policy or supplementary information has been provided by the unit coordinator. This information is displayed below:

ADP School and University late policies apply unless Special Considerations are requested.

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Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

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WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Introduction + Global Drivers of Change Lecture and tutorial (2 hr) LO1
Week 02 Current Planning Trends + Assessment Briefs Lecture and tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO5
Week 03 Connection to Country + Plan analysis Lecture and tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO5
Week 04 Plans and Maps + Mapping Techniques Lecture and tutorial (2 hr) LO2 LO3
Week 05 Plan Hierarchy + Mapping Techniques Lecture and tutorial (2 hr) LO2 LO3
Week 06 Land Use and Urban Form + Graphics Lecture and tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 07 Land Use and Infrastructure - Greater Sydney Commission Lecture and tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4
Week 08 Land Use and Infrastructure: Regional NSW Lecture and tutorial (2 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 09 Infrastructure: Transportation + Graphics Lecture and tutorial (2 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 10 Infrastructure: Green and Blue + group work Lecture and tutorial (2 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 11 Infrastructure: Micro Street Furniture + group work Lecture and tutorial (2 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 12 Mini-Conference Day 1 online Seminar (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 13 Mini-Conference Day 2 online Seminar (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5

Attendance and class requirements

This is an online course.  Class participation is critical to the success of engagement.  ADP School policies will be applied for attendance matters.

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Required readings

Suggested readings, plans, maps, policies and visual sources will be posted in Canvas.  

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Understand and demonstrate how current and past planning trends influence land use and infrastructure planning
  • LO2. Read, interpret and analyse regional and local plans including their land use maps and built form designs
  • LO3. Demonstrate basic mapping and graphic skills in order to understand the role of effective design in planning practice
  • LO4. Classify and critique different scales of urban and regional infrastructure and their impacts on the local context
  • LO5. Develop and apply research, inquiry and information literacy skills (written and visual communication skills)

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities

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