Diploma in Town Planning

Why study the Diploma in Town Planning at UNE?

The Diploma of Town Planning has been designed to provide an opportunity for university study for people who may never have considered nor undertaken university study before. It also provides a pathway to further university study.

The Diploma is an introductory course suited to:

* people who are looking at widening their employment prospects;

* people seeking a career change and who are interested in entering a career in planning;

* local government employees who wish to develop their skills and career prospects;

* TAFE students who have completed a CERT IV (in any area);

* people currently working in the planning system in a clerical/administrative capacity; and

* unqualified planning assistants.

The program consists of eight units. It includes four compulsory first-year units, followed by four elective units. The Diploma will normally take people two years to complete, at a rate of two units per trimester. However the programme is flexible and people may complete at different rates.

The course is delivered online and can be undertaken from any location. There is no compulsory on-campus attendance, although some of the units in the program have non-mandatory intensive schools which provide an opportunity for face-to-face instruction and interaction with other students. The online learning environment and support provided for the course also provides many opportunities for interaction with lecturers and students.

Completion of the Diploma does not in itself lead to membership of the Planning Institute of Australia - although for anyone who would like to go on to further study, units passed toward the Diploma can be credited towards the Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning at UNE. The UNE Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning is fully accredited with the Planning Institute of Australia.

Career Opportunities

Examples of career opportunities 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

Up to 4 years Part-time

FEES

CSP
International

2015 STUDY OPTIONS
Armidale

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

Official Abbreviation DipTownPlan
Course Type Undergraduate
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
Course Duration
  • Up to 4 years Part-time
Fees CSP / International
Total Credit Points 48
How to Apply

All domestic students apply direct to UNE.

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International students apply direct to UNE through International Marketing and Pathways. This course is only available off-campus (distance education).

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Intensive Schools

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

Entry Requirements

A candidate shall be qualified for admission (see Admission Rule Undergraduate Policy), this includes the completion of any Certificate IV from TAFE.

Advanced Standing

Candidates are referred to the University Policy on Advanced Standing.

Scholarships

The University offers a number of Faculty/College and country scholarships available to Australian citizens and permanent residents.

Academic Colours

Mace (BCC 73)

Further Information

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These course rules & plans are ONLY to be used if you commenced, transferred or changed versions in the Diploma in Town Planning in 2015.

Admission to Candidature

A candidate shall be qualified for admission (see Admission Rule Undergraduate Policy), this includes the completion of any Certificate IV from TAFE.

Advanced Standing

Candidates are referred to the University Policy on Advanced Standing.

Period of Candidature

The period of candidature shall be up to four years as a part-time candidate.

Course Requirements

To qualify for the award a candidate must pass units to the value of 48 credit points.

Program of Study

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

Course Structure Credit Points
Core Units 24 cps
Listed Units 24 cps
Total 48 cps

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Award of Degree

Candidates who meet the course requirements shall be awarded the Diploma in Town Planning.

Appeals

Candidates are referred to the University Policy on Student Appeals.

Improper Conduct

Candidates are referred to the Student Coursework Plagiarism and Academic Misconduct Rules.

Course Aims

The Diploma of Town Planning seeks to provide a formal qualification at tertiary level in the area of urban and regional planning and is designed to broaden knowledge and provides a pathway for further university study.

Learning Outcomes Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate a technical and theoretical body of knowledge in urban and regional planning, including deep understanding in some areas of the discipline;
  2. demonstrate cognitive and technical skills to analyse and evaluate approaches to land-use and built-environment problems in a range of changing social, economic and environmental contexts;
  3. demonstrate knowledge and skills to identify, synthesise and act on the diverse sources of information used by professional planners in the governance of different urban and regional contexts; and
  4. demonstrate initiative and judgement in addressing particular planning problems, capacity to work independently and collaboratively, and ability to communicate specialised information via written, oral and graphical forms.
Graduate Attributes
Knowledge of a Discipline

Graduates will demonstrate knowledge of place-making and land use planning and have an 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 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 and evaluate information from diverse sources, which includes research information and interpretation with an aim to formulate arguments and offer solutions to diverse problems. This 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 unit, 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 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.

For more information, click here

International Students

International students apply direct to UNE through International Marketing and Pathways. This course is only available off-campus (distance education).

For more information, click here

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