Unit Set Information

Planning Major

Effective from 01-JAN-2017 : Code MAAAHM

This major is recommended for students wishing to focus their studies towards a career in the expanding planning or urban/regional development sectors of the economy. Urban and regional planning employers increasingly require graduates to also have a thorough grounding in business knowledge, environmental management and practical skills. This major equips students with the knowledge, the practical experience and transferable employability skills, including leadership, teamwork, critical thinking, communication and problem-solving, required to function as business professionals and industry participants in contemporary urban and regional planning organisations. Course Exclusion: This major cannot be studied under the Bachelor of Planning or Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning courses.


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This Major can be studied in the following courses:

Mode of Delivery

On Campus at Joondalup

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.

Learning Outcomes

Related Careers

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

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.

Major Structure

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

Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005)

For the purposes of considering a request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005), inherent requirements for this subject are articulated in the Unit Description, Learning Outcomes and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the support for students with disabilities or medical conditions can be found at the Student Equity, Diversity and Disability Service website.