Planning Report (PLAN9018)


The planning report is a substantial piece of research conducted over one semester. It takes the form of report (between 10,000 and 12,000 words) on an approved urban and regional planning subject of your choice and/or maybe based on a priority thematic topic agreed with a local Council in the Sydney metropolitan area. You will be required to participate in a small number of relevant studios / meetings in developing and presenting this work. For example, in 2013, planning report topics evolved out of forum with officers from Liverpool City Council, for example, and were subsequently presented to Council officers at the end of semester. The objective of the planning report is therefore to advance your knowledge and analytical skills in a particular relevant and topical area and so develop a "professional edge" in a real world planning situation. The expected learning outcomes of the report include the ability to: think critically about a planning problem and develop an appropriate research methodology or analytical approach to address it; identify and access appropriate sources of information, research and literature relevant to urban and regional planning issues; undertake primary and secondary research relevant to problems in planning practice; present your findings in a way that demonstrates academic and professional competence. A planning report generally includes: a literature review to delineate a planning problem, concern or gap in knowledge; a statement of research aims or objectives, as well as research questions; an explanation of research methods; presentation and analysis of data; discussion of conclusions. Permission to continue the Planning Report is subject to a satisfactory research proposal which must be approved by your supervisor by week 3 of semester. Supervisors from the URP program are allocated at the end of week 1 of semester and students work with their supervisors on an agreed timetable throughout semester. Planning reports are due at the end of the first week of exams for the semester in which you are enrolled.

Our courses that offer this unit of study

Further unit of study information


Independent Study + Seminars


Final presentation and poster (10%); Report of between 10,000 and 12,000 words (90%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules


48 credit points of units


ARCH9031 or ARCH9060 or ARCH9045 or ARCH9046 or PLAN9010 or PLAN9011

Additional Information

This unit is for Master of Urban and Regional Planning students only.

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.