GEPL320 Principles of Development Control

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Updated: 11 October 2019
Credit Points 6
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Intensive School(s)

Intensive schools are for students enrolled in Online Mode only, unless specified in the notes.

Start Finish Attendance Notes
17 February 2020 19 February 2020 Non-Mandatory None
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.
Pre-requisites 12cp or candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions GEPL220 or GEPL420 or GEPL520
Notes None
Combined Units GEPL420 - Principles of Development Control
GEPL520 - Principles of Development Control
Coordinator(s) Paul McFarland (
Unit Description

Intended for planning students, this unit provides a grounding in one of the core areas of planning activity - development control. The unit covers the institutional context within which development control operates; the major reform influences on development control, and seeks to develop practical skills in the preparation of development control instruments, applications and assessment. A non-mandatory intensive school is held at the commencement of the unit.

Prescribed Material


Note: Students are expected to purchase prescribed material. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.

AMCORD: A National Resource Document for Residential Subdivision. Vol. 2

Commonwealth of Australia, UNE Reprint

Note: Electronic copy available free on the Moodle website.

Text refers to: Trimester 1, On Campus and Online

AMCORD: A National Resource Document for Residential Subdivison. Vol. 1

Commonwealth of Australia, UNE Reprint

Note: Electronic copy available free on the Moodle website.

Text refers to: Trimester 1, On Campus and Online

Recommended Material


Note: Recommended material may be held in the University Library - purchase is optional

Users Guide to Designing and Implementing Performance

Jensen, P., UNE Reprint

Note: Available to students electronically free on the Moodle Website.

Text refers to: Trimester 1, On Campus and Online

Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Compulsory Assignment 1 40% 2000
Assessment Notes

Intensive School assessment task or alternative equivalent task

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-3

Compulsory Assignment 2 50% 3000
Assessment Notes

Subdivision design and reports

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-4

Compulsory Online Assessment 10% 250
Assessment Notes

Discussion Board and tutorial participation and engagement

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1 and 2

Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate coherent theoretical knowledge of the operating environment of the development control task including its political, institutional and policy environment at local government level;
  2. analyse the latest developments and theoretical underpinnings of development assessment and development control, with the ability to communicate this effectively to others;
  3. undertake evaluation and assessment of applications; and
  4. demonstrate independent practical skills and judgement in the preparation of applications and development control instruments.