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URP1001 Introduction to Urban and Regional Planning

Units : 1
School or Department : School of Surveying & Built Environment
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules
Version produced : 30 September 2023


Urban and Regional Planners need an understanding of historical and emerging patterns of human settlement to be able to respond to present challenges. The nature of Urban and Regional Planning necessitates awareness not only of planning principles, but also of the drivers behind urban and regional planning, such as the economy and the quest for sustainability; and the connectivity between these drivers, development and the allocation of land uses. Planners are expected to be able to function in a multi-profession team environment, often as the facilitator in these teams, to ensure the sound incorporation of all relevant skills and knowledge in a performance based planning system.

This course covers the nature and history of the planning process and addresses the planner's role in urban and regional development. It will introduce students to the effect of development on the human, economic and natural environment and the drive to create better places through the use of best practice standards. Students will acquire not only theoretical knowledge about the role of the planner in the planning environment, but will also acquire practical skills on the use of tools and techniques in the planning field.

Course offers

Study period Mode Campus
Semester 1, 2023 On-campus Springfield
Semester 1, 2023 On-campus Toowoomba
Semester 1, 2023 Online
Date printed 30 September 2023