Review of Queensland Planning Controls (Legislation and Policy)

ASSESSMENT 1 – Research Paper
REQUIREMENTS
The assignment:

  • is an individual project.
  • will contribute 50% to your overall course grade.
  • should be a written as a Literature Review, Research Paper, or Essay
  • should be 3,000 words in length (10%+ or – rule applies to word limit)
  • should use text that is single line spaced and 12 font in size (APA writing style is preferred)

PURPOSE
This assignment aims to enhance student’s research and referencing skills whilst gaining an understanding of contemporary theory in relation to the planning and development profession.
TOPIC
Students are to write a paper relating to one of the following planning and development related topics.
Topic Options

  • Review of Queensland Planning Controls (Legislation and Policy)
    • Sustainable development outcomes encouraged through the Gold Coast Planning Scheme
    • Queensland planning legislation review in achieving sustainable development practices.
    • Review of planning legislation in a city of your choice regarding its ability to address sustainable development.
  • (or) Topic of your choice – must be urban planning related and approved by the lecturer via email.

REPORT STRUCTURE
You should frame the report as a research paper and must:

  • Formulate a specific focus in which to relate your topic to (ie How does planning as a profession relate to the development industry?)
  • Provide a detailed review of the topic through the use of a variety of reputable and academic sources (ie references) such as journal articles, text books, professional publications, newspaper articles, etc. The use of non-academic or reputable websites such as Wikipedia, etc, are not to be utilised as a reference source. The use of internet-based research material is to be drawn upon from peer review published works or hard copy material from a relevant source such as the library.
  • Clearly define the scope of the assessment (eg what you will and will not cover in the report)
  • Justify your findings through the inclusion of analytical discussion.
  • Provide a clear structure and layout for the paper. For example:
    • Introduction
    • Aim/Purpose
    • Methodology
    • Content, Findings & Analytical Discussion
    • Conclusion
    • References

Note: You are not restricted to the above suggested structure. Other suitable headings are also encouraged to be included in the paper.
ASSESSMENT CRITERIA

Assessment Criteria Score
  • Very well analysed critical answer, very well-structured with good use of text, maps, photos, and graphics. Relevant findings/messages very clearly and logically well discussed.
  • Excellent understanding of the question with clear overview of how state/regional/city planning controls influence sustainable development.
  • Excellent depth of content and critical analysis of state/region/local planning instruments like Planning Act 2016, Planning regulation 2017 and other planning instruments in delivering sustainable development.
  • Extremely professional report and presentation documents with a clear structure, demonstrate own critical analysis and excellent use of supporting graphics.
  • Professional standard of academic writing with properly acknowledged sources of information, including consistent use of accepted referencing style.
  • Met assignment specification/requirements
85-100
HD
  • Well analysed critical, well-structured answer with good use of text, maps, photos, and graphics. Relevant findings/messages clearly and logically discussed.
  • Very good understanding of the question with clear overview of how state/regional/city planning controls influence sustainable development.
  • Very good depth of content and critical analysis of state/region/local planning instruments like Planning Act 2016, Planning regulation 2017 and other planning instruments in delivering sustainable development.
  • Highly professional report and presentation documents provided with a clear structure demonstrate own critical analysis and very good use of supporting graphics.
  • High standard of academic writing with properly acknowledged sources of information, including consistent use of accepted referencing style.
  • Met assignment specification/requirements.
75-84
D
  • Generally, well analysed and well-structured material with good use of text, maps, photos, and graphics. Relevant findings/messages clearly and sufficiently discussed.
  • Good understanding of the question with clear overview of how state/regional/city planning controls influence sustainable development.
  • Good depth of content and reasonable analysis of state/region/local planning instruments like Planning Act 2016, Planning regulation 2017 and other planning instruments in delivering sustainable development.
  • Good professional report and presentation documents provided with a clear structure demonstrate own critical analysis and good use of supporting graphics.
  • Good standard of academic writing with properly acknowledged sources of information, including consistent use of accepted referencing style.
  • Met assignment specification/requirements.
65-74
CR
  • Report needs to be analysed and structured better with use of text, maps, photos, and graphics. Relevant findings/messages need clear and logical discussion.
  • Sound understanding of the question with clear overview of how state/regional/city planning controls influence sustainable development.
  • Sound depth of content and fair analysis of state/region/local planning instruments like Planning Act 2016, Planning regulation 2017 and other planning instruments in delivering sustainable development.
  • Report needs to be or a higher standard with a clearer structure and better use of supporting graphics.
  • Limited standard of academic writing and sources of information needs to be consistently and properly referenced.
  • Met assignment specification/requirements.
50-64
P
  • Report material is weak; covers some points but needs to be analysed and structured better with use of text, maps, photos, and graphics
  • Limited understanding of question with clear overview of how state/regional/city planning controls influence sustainable development.
  • Limited depth of content and poor analysis of state/region/local planning instruments like Planning Act 2016, Planning regulation 2017 and other planning instruments in delivering sustainable development.
  • Research paper needs to be or a higher standard with a clearer structure and better use of supporting graphics.
  • Poor standard of academic writing and sources of information needs to be consistently and properly referenced.
  • Did not meet assignment specification/requirements.
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