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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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It's how we discovered that the quality of teaching here is the best in Western Australia. Being rated 5 stars by our graduates for 11 years in a row confirms that.

It's also how we learned from QILT that we’re Australia’s top ranked public university for student satisfaction.

And it's how we know that we're one of the best young universities in the world under 50 years old.

So the real question is, why not choose ECU?

Major details

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

This Major can be studied in the following courses

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