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Course aim

To prepare students to undertake a major project, including the production of a research project proposal or an urban design brief or analysis.

Course content

Definition of a research area and literature search. An introduction to a range of research approaches, methods of data and information management, communication methods. Ethics in research. Project scheduling. Report writing techniques.

Note: If a student is undertaking either the ‘social and community planning’ or ‘environmental planning’ major, then the project topic must be of relevance to the major and approved by the Program Director.

Teaching method

Internal, City West
Lecture1 hour x 13 weeks
Tutorial2 hours x 13 weeks

Note: These components may or may not be scheduled in every study period. Please refer to the timetable for further details.


Internal, City West
Statement of topic and key souces of data500 words10%N/A
Literature review2000 words40%N/A
Research proposal and work in progress on proposal presentation2000 words50%N/A


EFTSL*: 0.1250
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* Equivalent Full Time Study Load. Please note all EFTSL values are published and calculated at ten decimal places. Values are displayed to three decimal places for ease of interpretation

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