Shopping and Retail Planning

Subject ABPL30022 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2011.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 48 hours: 1x2 hours of lectures; 1 x 1 hour of lecture; 1x2 hours of tutorials.
Total Time Commitment: Not available

None specified

Corequisites: None specified
Recommended Background Knowledge: None specified
Non Allowed Subjects: None specified
Core Participation Requirements:

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Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)

Subject Overview:

This subject is about planning a system for the distribution of goods and services within urban areas. The shopping and retailing system is analysed from both the demand side (shopping) and the supply side (retailing). Analyses are made of the interplay between private sector developers and public sector planners for the provision of shopping and retailing opportunities in urban centres. It covers the theory, practice and techniques for the planning of shopping facilities. Comparisons are made between the Australian, UK and North American contexts. Appropriate survey and analytical techniques are introduced including retail distribution, market analysis, forecasting demand for goods and services using the Australian Bureau of Statistics household expenditure survey, psychographic market segmentation and translation of consumer demand into floor space needs and provision. Consumer trends and government policies are analysed. Topics include the microeconomic order in shopping districts and centres, the development of corporate shopping centres and the revitalization of traditional shopping streets.


On completion of the subject students should be able to:

  • Define the probable trade area of a shopping destination;
  • Determine the likely demand for goods and services of a trade area;
  • Analyse the potential retail expenditure of a defined population;
  • Assess the business mix and the amount of retail floorspace (by retail segment) able to be sustained in a shopping destination;
  • Devise public policies and programs to achieve an appropriate amount and spatial structure of shopping destinations across an urban area;
  • Analyse and plan the internal structure of individual shopping destinations.
  • A maximum of two tutorial papers and a planning project equivalent to not more than 3000 words in total (60%);
  • A two-hour examination (40%).
Prescribed Texts: None specified
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

On completion of the subject students should have developed skills in:

  • research;
  • critical analysis and writing;
  • some experience with group work.
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