CQUniversity Unit Profile
GEOG13013 Sustainable Regions and Cities
Sustainable Regions and Cities
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General Information

Overview

This unit will explore the immense economic, social and environmental transformation of regional Australia. It is roughly organized into three parts. During Part I, we will examine what rural and regional Australia is defined by policies and scholarships. We will also examine how sustainability is defined and measured in relation to regional development. Part II we’ll use multi-disciplinary perspectives to examine the key drivers and processes of rural and regional development in Australia (globalization, economic restructuring, demographic transition, and environmental change including natural disasters etc.). This involves not only an understanding of the wider changes, but also an appreciation of how these changes are experienced differently by places and people in terms of sustainability. Finally, during Part III we will examine sustainable development at three scales: region, regional city and community through case studies. We will pay particular attentions to sustainable planning and look at different ways regions, cities and communities achieve sustainability. The unit will conclude by considering what is necessary to meet the ongoing challenges to create regions and cities that are socially, economically and environmentally sustainable.

Details

Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 3
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 8
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

There are no requisites for this unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 2 - 2021

Online

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Written Assessment
Weighting: 50%
2. Written Assessment
Weighting: 50%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Feedback from unit evaluation & Self-reflection

Feedback

Assessment task descriptions

Recommendation

The assessment tasks will be divided into weekly activities and milestones.

Feedback from Feedback from unit evaluation.

Feedback

One student asks more information for help learning.

Recommendation

New information and learning activities will be provided in accordance with CQURenew Curriculum Refresh. These will include a weekly study plan, lecture note, learning activities and identified milestones.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Articulate the geography of scales and apply these to sustainable regions and cities
  2. Identify, analyze and evaluate key trends of change, challenges and opportunities of sustainability in regional Australia
  3. Deploy, under guidance, established frameworks and techniques of sustainability to urban and regional development in Australia
  4. Communicate geographical issues, ideas and arguments using appropriate written, cartographic and graphic forms.

N/A

Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment - 50%
2 - Written Assessment - 50%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Written Assessment - 50%
2 - Written Assessment - 50%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

There are no required textbooks.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Micorsoft Office
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: Harvard (author-date)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Jiaping Wu Unit Coordinator
j.wu@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 12 Jul 2021

Module/Topic

What Is Sustainability?

Chapter

Weekly study materials will be made available in the unit's moodle site.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 2 Begin Date: 19 Jul 2021

Module/Topic

Place Matters: Define Cities and Regions

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3 Begin Date: 26 Jul 2021

Module/Topic

Sustainability: Frameworks, Principles and Tools

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 4 Begin Date: 02 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Assessing and Measuring Sustainability

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 5 Begin Date: 09 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Australia's Regional Settlement System

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Vacation Week Begin Date: 16 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Vacation week

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 23 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

How Do Regions Develop and Change?

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 7 Begin Date: 30 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

A Changing Regional Environment: Natural Disasters

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 8 Begin Date: 06 Sep 2021

Module/Topic

Whose Regions? Population, Health and Liveability of Regions

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Written Assessment—Sustainable Report Due: Week 8 Friday (10 Sep 2021) 11:45 am AEST
Week 9 Begin Date: 13 Sep 2021

Module/Topic

Planning As A Sustainability Instrument: Sustainable Planning in Queensland

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 10 Begin Date: 20 Sep 2021

Module/Topic

Sustainability by Planning: A Case Study

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 11 Begin Date: 27 Sep 2021

Module/Topic

Sustainability by Urban Design: A Case Study

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 12 Begin Date: 04 Oct 2021

Module/Topic

Toward Urban and Regional Sustainability

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic


Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 11 Oct 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Exam Week Begin Date: 18 Oct 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Written Assessment— Term Paper Due: Exam Week Friday (22 Oct 2021) 11:45 am AEST
Assessment Tasks

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Written Assessment—Sustainable Report

Task Description

Students require to identify a region or a regional city (or a regional community, an industry, an organisation) in Australia and write a report to investigates sustainability challenges faced by the chosen 'topic'. Please note that you will study the same 'topic' area for the assessment 2.

The report should be no less than 2,500 words in length (This word count is considered from the first word of the introduction to the last word of the conclusion. It excludes the cover page, abstract, contents page, reference page and appendices. It includes in-text references and direct quotations).

Detailed instructions for completing the report are available on the unit's moodle site.


Assessment Due Date

Week 8 Friday (10 Sep 2021) 11:45 am AEST

Online submission


Return Date to Students

Week 10 Friday (24 Sep 2021)

Assessments will be marked and returned in two weeks after the due date.


Weighting
50%

Assessment Criteria

This report will be assessed based on the overall quality of the research and the effectiveness of the written communication. These include

  • the demonstrated understanding of sustainability challenges faced by the study 'topic'.
  • the quality (breath and depth) of the research that has gone through the topic.
  • the demonstrated written communication skills.
  • the demonstrated knowledge and skills to present a research report.

An assessment rubric is provided in the unit's moodle site.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Articulate the geography of scales and apply these to sustainable regions and cities
  • Identify, analyze and evaluate key trends of change, challenges and opportunities of sustainability in regional Australia
  • Deploy, under guidance, established frameworks and techniques of sustainability to urban and regional development in Australia
  • Communicate geographical issues, ideas and arguments using appropriate written, cartographic and graphic forms.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy

2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Written Assessment— Term Paper

Task Description

There are 3 main objectives of this assessment, which help students to:

1) apply sustainability knowledge and skills to the issues of urban and regional development;

2) discuss solutions to and debate about issues of urban and regional sustainability; and

3) effectively communicate sustainable ideas.

Students will follow the findings of their sustainable reports and: a) investigate an EXISTED PLAN of the study 'topic' that they have reported for assessment 1; and b) write a paper to evaluate that plan. This includes how the sustainability challenges identified in the first assessment were dealt with and how that plan would support sustainable development of the study 'topic'.

The paper should be no less than 3,000 words in length (The word count is considered from the first word of the introduction to the last word of the conclusion. It excludes the cover page, abstract, contents page, reference page and appendices. It includes in-text references and direct quotations).

More detailed instructions are provided on the unit's moodle site.


Assessment Due Date

Exam Week Friday (22 Oct 2021) 11:45 am AEST


Return Date to Students

Exam Week Friday (22 Oct 2021)

The papers will be marked and returned within two weeks after the due date or as soon as practicable.


Weighting
50%

Assessment Criteria

Your paper will be assessed based on the overall quality of the research, and effectiveness of the written communication. These include

  • The understanding of the nature of a sustainability plan
  • The quality of research and evaluation of the chosen plan
  • The application of sustainable tools and frameworks to the evaluation
  • The organisation and presentation of the paper, including the quality of written expression

An assessment rubric is provided in the unit's moodle.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Articulate the geography of scales and apply these to sustainable regions and cities
  • Identify, analyze and evaluate key trends of change, challenges and opportunities of sustainability in regional Australia
  • Deploy, under guidance, established frameworks and techniques of sustainability to urban and regional development in Australia
  • Communicate geographical issues, ideas and arguments using appropriate written, cartographic and graphic forms.


Graduate Attributes
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Ethical practice

Academic Integrity Statement

As a CQUniversity student you are expected to act honestly in all aspects of your academic work.

Any assessable work undertaken or submitted for review or assessment must be your own work. Assessable work is any type of work you do to meet the assessment requirements in the unit, including draft work submitted for review and feedback and final work to be assessed.

When you use the ideas, words or data of others in your assessment, you must thoroughly and clearly acknowledge the source of this information by using the correct referencing style for your unit. Using others’ work without proper acknowledgement may be considered a form of intellectual dishonesty.

Participating honestly, respectfully, responsibly, and fairly in your university study ensures the CQUniversity qualification you earn will be valued as a true indication of your individual academic achievement and will continue to receive the respect and recognition it deserves.

As a student, you are responsible for reading and following CQUniversity’s policies, including the Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure. This policy sets out CQUniversity’s expectations of you to act with integrity, examples of academic integrity breaches to avoid, the processes used to address alleged breaches of academic integrity, and potential penalties.

What is a breach of academic integrity?

A breach of academic integrity includes but is not limited to plagiarism, self-plagiarism, collusion, cheating, contract cheating, and academic misconduct. The Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure defines what these terms mean and gives examples.

Why is academic integrity important?

A breach of academic integrity may result in one or more penalties, including suspension or even expulsion from the University. It can also have negative implications for student visas and future enrolment at CQUniversity or elsewhere. Students who engage in contract cheating also risk being blackmailed by contract cheating services.

Where can I get assistance?

For academic advice and guidance, the Academic Learning Centre (ALC) can support you in becoming confident in completing assessments with integrity and of high standard.

What can you do to act with integrity?