Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


This course introduces students to the principles of urban and regional planning and planning legislation. Students complete a practical exercise and review of planning legislation.



  • Semester 2 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Analyse and document the social, economic and environmental issues affecting urban and regional planning at various spatial levels.

2. Identify and assess typical natural and cultural constraints affecting land development.

3. Apply design concepts and processes for planning of urban neighbourhoods and precincts.

4. Describe basic legal concepts and processes affecting plan making and development assessment.

5. Research planning literature and apply knowledge gained to practical town planning problems.


•    Principles of Town Planning

•    Practical exercise

•    Review of Planning Legislation. 


This course has similarities to SURV4730. If you have completed SURV4730 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

Content covered in LEGL2009 (or similar course from another institution covering the Australian legal system), and SURV3930 (or equivalent from another institution covering land management and land development, or suitable industry exposure to the land development process).

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Assignment

Report: Reports

Formal Examination: Formal Examination

Report: Research Investigation

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 4 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

NOTE: The above distribution of contact hours may alter on a weekly basis and will be confirmed in the course outline handed to students in Week 1.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.