Planning the Productive City (Masters)

Subject 705-625 (2008)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2008.Search for this in the current handbook

Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 2, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hours of lectures and seminars. Estimated total time commitment: 120 hours.
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: Admission to the Master of Urban Planning or permission of the coordinator.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Professor Kevin O'Connor
Subject Overview:

This subject explores ways that the economic production of goods and services shapes the vitality, structure and planning agenda of cities. It uses an economic sectoral perspective to demonstrate how sectors like manufacturing, transport, services and creative activities have locational impacts in certain cities and within selected parts of cities. Complex planning issues, requiring judgements about the competing demands of economic development and social needs, are associated with the growth and decline of sectors in their particular urban contexts. Special attention will be paid to innovation in city development, and to the planning of infrastructure in airports, seaports and telecommunications.

NB: Lectures are shared with the subject 705-325 Planning the Productive City but tutorials and assessment are at an advanced level.
Assessment: Tutorial papers totalling 1000 words (20%) and a research essay of 4000 words (80%).
Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts: Readings compiled by the coordinator.
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills: On completion of the subject students will have learned how to address complex planning issues in particular urban economic contexts.

Students will develop the following generic skills:

  • Understanding the foundation and development of economic activities in cities
  • The ability to analyse the location of economic activities
  • The ability to develop planning responses to changes in urban economic activity

Related Course(s): Master of Urban Planning

Download PDF version.