Courses Handbook 2006 - [Archived]

307744 v.2 Master of Urban and Regional Planning


Course CRICOS Code: 050344F
Registered full-time Duration for International Onshore Students on student visas: 1.5 Years


This course is designed for people with first degrees other than planning to develop the requisite skills and knowledge to enter the planning profession. It examines the theoretical foundations of planning, its legislative and bureaucratic frameworks and develops practical skills required by planning practitioners in government agencies and the private sector. It also teaches research skills and develops critical analytical capacities through the completion of a major piece of original planning research. Participation in projects that involve real planning issues and engagement with planning professionals both prepare graduates for professional life.

Course Entry Requirements/Prerequisites

The first degree in any discipline relevant to urban and regional planning.

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 and a half years full-time study and can be offered both full-time and part-time.

Course Organisation

This course is underpinned by principles of sustainability and is designed to prepare graduates for planning practice. The first year of the course introduces planning theory and practice and includes the study of law, theory, plan preparation and urban design. It also imparts an understanding of land development, the functions and ethics of practice in the public and private sectors and the development of integrated plans that serve the needs of government agencies and communities. Finally, students acquire critical analytical research skills in preparation for the final semester of the course which involves the preparation and presentation of a piece of original research.

Professional Recognition

This course satisifes the academic requirements for Corporate Membership of the Planning Institute of Australia.

Additional Course Expenses

Students may be expected to purchase a number of textbooks, readers and other essential study materials.

Course Structure



Year 1 Semester 1

12623 v.4   Local Planning 511 3.0 25.0
12625 v.4   Regional Planning 511 3.0 25.0
310064 v.1   Introduction to Planning 511 18.0 12.5
310065 v.1   Professional Practice 511 2.0 12.5
5308 v.7   Planning Theory 511 3.0 25.0

Year 1 Semester 2

307754 v.1   Development Processes 512 3.0 25.0
307755 v.2   Integrated Plan Making 512 3.0 25.0
307756 v.1   Planning Research Methods 512 3.0 25.0
5158 v.9   Planning Law 512 3.0 25.0

Year 2 Semester 1

310066 v.1   Planning Dissertation 611 1.0 50.0
Optional units to select from in Semester 1 (No year level specified) Hrs/Wk Credits
304277 v.4   Introduction to Urban Design 513 3.0 25.0
308323 v.1   Planning for Accessibility 601 3.0 25.0
310094 v.1   Planning for Economic Development 511 3.0 25.0
310096 v.1   Planning Evaluation Techniques 511 3.0 25.0
310097 v.1   Urban Regeneration 511 3.0 25.0
310099 v.1   Planning for Sustainability 511 3.0 25.0
310102 v.1   Planning for Housing 711 3.0 25.0
310188 v.1   International Perspectives of Planning 511 3.0 25.0
Optional units to select from in Semester 2 (No year level specified) Hrs/Wk Credits
309319 v.1   Transport Planning 712 3.0 25.0
309669 v.1   Site Planning 512 3.0 25.0
310095 v.1   Landscape Planning and Heritage 712 3.0 25.0
310100 v.1   Participatory Planning 512 3.0 25.0
N1 Students can select options (up to 50 credits) in any semester. Subject to unit availability.


Year Location   All* Internal Partially Online Internal^ External Fully Online#
2006 Bentley Campus Semester 1   Y      
2006 Bentley Campus Semester 2   Y      
2006 Bentley Campus Study Period 2 Y        
2006 Bentley Campus Study Period 7 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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