Courses Handbook 2006 - [Archived]

128211 v.4 Graduate Certificate in Development Planning


Course CRICOS Code: 023976J
Registered full-time Duration for International Onshore Students on student visas: 6 Months


The course provides an introduction to the planning principles, practices and techniques used by urban and regional planners. Examples and applications draw on Western Australia as well as interstate and overseas examples. It can be seen as a stand-alone qualification in its own right as well as the first step towards the Master of Urban and Regional Planning, which is a full professional qualification. It can also provide mid-career training for practising planners from developing countries. A distinguishing characteristic of the course is the use of inter disciplinary knowledge and techniques in addressing environmental, social and design issues of concern to the community. It is now widely accepted that successful human settlements must be properly planned and a range of statutory and non-statutory controls exist at all levels of government to protect the public interest in the development process. The involvement of individuals and community groups in the preparation and implementation of plans is now considered vital to successful development outcomes.

Course Entry Requirements/Prerequisites

A bachelors degree or equivalent in any discipline from a recognised institution.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Applications for recognition of prior learning are assessed on an individual basis.

Duration and Availability

This fee-paying course is one semester full-time study.

Additional Course Expenses

Students may be expected to purchase a number of textbooks, readers and other essential study materials. Students may be required to participate in site visits and/or field trips on weekdays or weekends.

Course Structure



Year 1

  SELECT 4 OPTIONS   100.0
Optional units to select from in Year 1 Hrs/Wk Credits
5158 v.9   Planning Law 512 3.0 25.0
5308 v.7   Planning Theory 511 3.0 25.0
12623 v.4   Local Planning 511 3.0 25.0
12625 v.4   Regional Planning 511 3.0 25.0
304277 v.4   Introduction to Urban Design 513 3.0 25.0
307754 v.1   Development Processes 512 3.0 25.0
307755 v.2   Integrated Plan Making 512 3.0 25.0
309669 v.1   Site Planning 512 3.0 25.0
NB Students may select an elective unit, in consultation with the course coordinator, in replacement of one optional unit


Year Location   All* Internal Partially Online Internal^ External Fully Online#
2006 Bentley Campus Semester 1 Y        
2006 Bentley Campus Semester 2 Y        

The information displayed above refers to study periods and locations where the course is available for first time entry. Students are normally only offered or admitted to a course once.

*The course itself may not be available either solely internally or externally but individual units may be offered in either or both of those modes. Prospective students should contact the Course Coordinator for further information.

^Course and associated units are offered in this mode permitting International Onshore student enrolment.

#Course and associated units are offered in this online only mode and DO NOT permit International Onshore student enrolment.

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