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132.313 Advanced Planning Techniques (15 credits)

Forecasting and scenario methods for projecting alternative futures as well as economic and demographic variables. Skills in State of the Environment reporting and monitoring. Spatial analysis techniques. Data collection, analysis and presentation. Computer laboratory exercises and a major case study dealing with the application of a technique to a selected planning problem.

Details Details

  • Year: 2017
  • Mode: Internal
  • Semester: Semester Two full semester
  • Location: Manawatu Campus
  • Coordinator: Ms Emma Fergusson
  • Subject: Resource & Environmental Plan
  • College: College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Online component Details

  • Online component: Partially Taught Online - As part of the course is taught online, Broadband access is required. In addition to accessing the Course Guide, students will be required to access core and supplementary digital study resources, contribute to discussion fora and complete online activities and assessment tasks. Core study resources that can be published in print will be supplied to the students who request them. Learn more about Stream, our online learning environment.

Requirements Requirements help

  • Prerequisite(s): At least 45 credits from 200 level.

Special notes

  • Attendance at a compulsory weekly two-hour computer lab is required.


  • Start Date: Monday 17 July, 2017
  • End date: Wednesday 15 November, 2017

Withdrawal dates Requirements help

The last day to withdraw from this course:

  • Without financial penalty: Monday 31 July, 2017
  • Without academic penalty: Monday 16 October, 2017

Learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this course should be able to:

  1. Competence using various evaluation techniques including multi-criteria decision analysis and cost-benefit analysis.
  2. By way of their individual case study, a demonstrated competency to analyse a planning issue by using a selected evaluation or assessment technique.
  3. Confidence in applying critical thinking to planning issues.
  4. Conceptual understanding of the systems thinking paradigm.
  5. Practical skills in applying systems thinking tools to planning situations.
  6. Creativity in using planning analysis techniques to understand complex problems.
  7. Competency in effectively communicating analysis results.

Please note: Learning Outcomes are subject to change until the beginning of the semester in which the course is delivered.


During this course, the following assessments will contribute to your final mark.

Assessment Weighting Note
1 Essay 20.0%
2 Case Study 10.0%
3 Group Perform/Presentation 15.0%
4 Test 15.0%
5 Report, Project 40.0%

Please note: Assessment weightings are subject to change until the beginning of the semester in which the course is delivered.

* Specific dates for assessments will be finalised in information provided on Stream at the start of the Course.


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