Graduate Diploma in Urban and Regional Planning

Why study the Graduate Diploma in Urban and Regional Planning at UNE?

The Graduate Diploma in Urban and Regional Planning offers a thorough grounding in urban and regional planning both to graduates wishing to enter the profession and to practising professionals wishing to upgrade their knowledge.

The course is fully accredited with the Planning Institute of Australia and graduates are eligible for membership of the Institute's Urban and Regional Planning Chapter. Graduates who have successfully completed the award at an appropriate standard are eligible for advanced standing entry to the Master of Urban and Regional Planning.

Career Opportunities

Examples include positions in local and state government, private consulting firms, development companies, state and federal government departments involved with urban affairs, environmental management, transport, community development, heritage conservation, regional prosperity and related fields.

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Degree Snapshot

DURATION

1.5 Years Full-time
Up to 6 years Part-time

FEES

CSP (quotas apply)
Full Fee
International

2017 STUDY OPTIONS
Armidale

Trimester 1, Off Campus
Trimester 1, On Campus
Trimester 2, Off Campus
Trimester 2, On Campus
Trimester 3, Off Campus

Official Abbreviation GradDipUrbRegPlan
Course Type Postgraduate
CRICOS Code 000437D
Commencing
Responsible Campus Admission Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Off Campus
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Armidale Trimester 2 Off Campus
Armidale Trimester 2 On Campus
Armidale Trimester 3 Off Campus
Course Duration
  • 1.5 Years Full-time
  • Up to 6 years Part-time
Fees CSP (quotas apply) / Full Fee / International
Total Credit Points 72
How to Apply

All domestic students apply direct to UNE.

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International students apply direct to UNE through UNE International

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Intensive Schools

Mandatory intensive schools may be a requirement of some of the units in this course. See Unit Catalogue for specific requirements.

Entry Requirements

A candidate shall hold an AQF Level 7 Bachelor degree in any discipline.

This course is not open to graduates of the UNE Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning.

Advanced Standing

The maximum advanced standing shall be for units counting 24 credit points which are deemed to be equivalent to units offered by the University and approved for the course.

Academic Colours

Mace (BCC 73)

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Admission to Candidature

A candidate shall hold an AQF Level 7 Bachelor degree in any discipline.

This course is not open to graduates of the UNE Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning.

Advanced Standing

The maximum advanced standing shall be for units counting 24 credit points which are deemed to be equivalent to units offered by the University and approved for the course.

Period of Candidature

The period of candidature shall be:
(a) 1.5 year as a full-time candidate;
(b) up to six years as a part-time candidate.

In exceptional circumstances and on the recommendation of the school, the period of candidature may be extended.

Course Requirements

To qualify for the award a candidate must pass units to the value of 72 credit points including 30 credit points at 400 level and not more than 18 credit points at 500 level.

Program of Study

Candidates shall complete an approved program of study as outlined in the Course Schedule comprising:

Course Structure Credit Points
Core Units 54 cps
Listed Units 18 cps
Total 72 cps

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Award of Degree

Candidates who meet the course requirements shall be awarded the Graduate Diploma in Urban and Regional Planning.

Grades of Pass

Students may be awarded the Graduate Diploma in Urban and Regional Planning at the levels of Pass, Pass with Merit or Pass with Exceptional Merit. Levels are calculated on the basis of the average mark a student achieves in units completed as part of the Graduate Diploma in Urban and Regional Planning. Pass corresponds to an average mark in the Pass or Credit range; Pass with Merit corresponds to an average mark in the Distinction range; and Pass with Exceptional Merit corresponds to an average mark in the High Distinction range. To qualify for the degree with these levels students must have completed the unit GEPL455.

Examination of Dissertation

For students undertaking the unit GEPL455:
(a) the dissertation will be assessed by at least two examiners;
(b) the examiners may be internal or external to The University of New England at the discretion of the course coordinator;
(c) the final level of award will be determined on the basis of marks awarded for both dissertation and course work;
(d) a dissertation will not be examined by a candidate's supervisor, but the supervisor should be consulted in the determination of the final result.

Appeals

Candidates are referred to the Academic Assessment Appeals Policy and the Academic Assessment Appeals Procedures.

Course Progression

Candidates are referred to the Course Progression Rule and the Course Progression Procedures.

Improper Conduct

Candidates are referred to the Student Coursework Academic Misconduct Rule and the Student Coursework Academic Misconduct Procedures.

Course Aims

The Graduate Diploma of Urban and Regional Planning enables graduates to contribute towards making the world more liveable and sustainable through developing understanding and skills in all major and core areas relating to place-making and land use planning.

Learning Outcomes Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate an advanced, systematic and coherent body of knowledge in urban and regional planning, including deep understanding of the discipline's underlying principles and concepts;
  2. demonstrate highly developed cognitive, critical and technical skills to analyse and evaluate complex land-use and built-environment problems in a range of social, economic and environmental contexts;
  3. demonstrate knowledge and skills to exercise the high level judgement and responsibility required of a highly skilled professional planner in the governance of diverse urban and regional contexts; and
  4. demonstrate initiative in planning and evaluating approaches to complex planning problems, capacity to work in leadership roles, and ability to communicate complex and theoretical information to a variety of audiences.
Graduate Attributes
Knowledge of a Discipline

Graduates will demonstrate coherent knowledge of place-making and land use planning and have a firm understanding of the key principles, practices and boundaries of the discipline. This knowledge will be taught in lectures, unit materials and online activities supported by a range of learning materials, practised in interactive media (such as tutorials and online) and will be assessed in tasks throughout the course.

Communication Skills

Graduates will have skills that enable them to investigate, synthesise and communicate the ideas and information acquired from their study. These communication skills will be taught and practised in lectures, tutorials and online activities supported by a range of learning materials, and assessed in all assessment tasks throughout the course. These skills will include oral, graphical, online and written communication appropriate for a range of different audiences and involve a variety of media.

Global Perspectives

Graduates will be exposed to land management and planning issues in both a local and global setting. Information from diverse perspectives allows the integration of knowledge, strategies and problem solving from a variety of sources, and global perspectives will be offered in lectures, tutorials and unit material; and assessed throughout the course.

Information Literacy

Graduates will demonstrate the ability to locate, evaluate and apply information from a variety of sources, including the researching and interpretation of primary data, in an appropriate manner, will be taught in lectures, unit materials and online activities supported by a range of learning materials, practised in interactive media (tutorials and online) and assessed in all assessment tasks throughout the course.

Life-Long Learning

Graduates will integrate their skills and knowledge throughout the course, fostering independence, intellectual capacity, curiosity, creativity and critical thinking. These skills, along with further development of professional responsibility, will be taught in lectures, unit materials and online activities supported by a range of learning materials, practised in interactive media (tutorials and online) and assessed in all assessment tasks throughout the course.

Problem Solving

Graduates will use autonomy and judgement in the application of critical thinking and problem solving. This includes the analysis of problems, and formulating and evaluating solutions to diverse and often complex issues. These skills will be taught in lectures, unit materials and online activities supported by a range of learning materials, practised in interactive media (tutorials and online) and assessed in all assessment tasks throughout the course.

Social Responsibility

Graduates will demonstrate knowledge and appreciation of socially responsible planning practices, particularly in the area of sustainable development. This will be promoted in lectures, unit materials and online activities supported by a range of learning materials, practised in interactive media (tutorials and online) and assessed in all assessment tasks.

Team Work

Graduates will practise professional and ethical behaviour, and respect for others through collaboration. Group participation skills will be developed, including leading and contributing effectively, and be fostered on-campus and online, practised in interactive media (tutorials and online) and assessed throughout the course.

How to Apply

Domestic Students

All domestic students apply direct to UNE.

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International Students

International students apply direct to UNE through UNE International

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