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Planning Major


Students graduate with the skills to pursue a career in planning or urban and regional development. This major gives students a thorough grounding in business knowledge, urban planning, urban design, and practical skills sought by employers.

This major equips students with key skills including leadership, teamwork, critical thinking, and communication skills and problem-solving, required to function as business professionals and industry participants in contemporary urban and regional planning organisations. The focus on practical experience and employability skills ensures our students graduate job and industry ready.





Mount Lawley

South West (Bunbury)


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Learning Outcomes

  1. Collaborate in team settings to produce measurable outcomes and evaluate team processes in a business environment.
  2. Communicate and convey planning knowledge, advice and ideas clearly in both written and oral formats, using relevant levels of technology and transliteracy proficiency.
  3. Demonstrate in depth, broad and coherent knowledge of the theories, underlying principles, concepts and techniques in planning as a basis for independent lifelong learning.
  4. Demonstrate initiative and judgement to identify, plan, make decisions and solve planning problems.
  5. Exercise critical thinking and judgement to recommend appropriate solutions to solve unpredictable and sometimes complex planning problems and issues using social, ethical, legal, economic, regulatory and global perspectives.
  6. Obtain, analyse and interpret planning information applying an international perspective to create, manage or adapt innovative ideas, concepts and/or techniques.
  7. Reflect on and evaluate personal practices and performance feedback to identify opportunities for learning in the context of employment and life.
  8. Review, analyse and synthesise the theories, principles and processes of strategic, urban and regional planning, including foundations, contemporary designs and projects, whilst working within legal, ethical, environmental, economical and sustainable frameworks.

Practicum Option

Students have the opportunity to shadow a professional planner in a private practice or government planning department within The Practice of Planning unit.

Attendance requirements

Students are required to attend a private practice or government department for three days.

Professional practice rules

Students are provided with information on required behaviour while in the workplace.



Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
LAW1100Legal Framework I15
PLN1600Foundations of Planning15
PLN2600Contemporary Planning15
PLN2601Principles of Urban Design15
PLN2608Statutory Planning15
PLN3600Strategic Urban and Regional Planning15
PLN3630Environmental Planning15
Plus 1 unit from:
ECF3602 ^Economics for Planning and Development15
LAW2601 ^Planning and Development Law I15
PLN2605 ^The Practice of Planning15
PLN3606 ^Urban Planning for Health15
PLN3607 ^Transport Planning15
PLN3609 ^Heritage Planning15
PLN3616 ^Planning Study Tour15
PLN3623 ^Urban Design Case Study15

^ Core Option

Employment Opportunities

Potential careers exist in the public sector including State and local government planning departments, and private planning firms, as well as consulting in areas such as community development, sustainable development, transport planning, heritage and urban design. In recent years, opportunities for planners with business knowledge have occurred with property developers, environmental groups, housing agencies and urban design companies.

Possible future job titles

Statutory Planner, Project Manager, Strategic Planner, Environmental Planner, Transport Planner


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