UWA Handbook 2017

Course details

Master of Urban and Regional Planning (coursework or coursework and dissertation)

Urban and regional planners are responsible for ensuring that cities, towns and regions have vibrant economies and communities, provide for a high quality of life, and are environmentally sustainable. To achieve this, planners need a good understanding of the way in which societies, economies and environments operate and interact. This course develops students' knowledge of concepts and methods, in urban and regional planning and their ability to apply research skills to planning issues.

Course overview

Course overview

Course titleMaster of Urban and Regional Planning (coursework or coursework and dissertation)
Award abbreviationMURPln
Course code72560
Course typemaster's degree by coursework or by coursework and dissertation
Statuscurrent / 2017
Administered byFaculty of Science
CRICOS code074960F
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Intake periodsBeginning of year and mid-year
Attendance typefull- or part-time (Student visa holders should read Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 for more information.)
ArticulationThe Master of Urban and Regional Planning has the following exit awards: 72260 Graduate Certificate in Urban and Regional Planning (24 points), 72360 Graduate Diploma in Urban and Regional Planning (48 points)
Credit points required96
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration1.5 years full-time (or equivalent part-time) comprising 72 points of taught units and 24 points of admission credit, as recognised and granted by the Faculty
Maximum course duration2 years full-time (or equivalent part-time) comprising up to 96 points of taught study (see Rule 5 for further information)
Time limit4 years
Delivery modeinternal
Locations offeredUWA (Perth)
Domestic fee typeCommonwealth supported and/or HECS-HELP
Course Coordinator(s)Dr Paul Maginn
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6488 2711
paul.maginn@uwa.edu.au

Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.

Course structure

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; NS = non-standard teaching period

All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.

Please see the Master of Urban and Regional Planning study plan from the Faculty of Science for further information on the course structure.

Students may be required to take conversion units, up to a value of 24 points, based on an assessment of prior learning by the Faculty.

Take all units (48 points):

NS, S2ENVT4411Geographic Information Systems Applications
S1PLNG4401Planning Theory and Practice
NSPLNG4402Planning Law
NSPLNG4404Statutory Planning
NSPLNG5403Planning and Governance
NSPLNG5411Urban and Regional Analysis
NSPLNG5510Advanced Studies in Geography and Planning
NSPLNG5512Regional Planning

For students in course by coursework and dissertation only, take all units (24 points):

S1, S2GEOG5011Master's Research Project in Geography, Environment and Planning Part 1
S1, S2GEOG5012Master's Research Project in Geography, Environment and Planning Part 2
S1, S2GEOG5013Master's Research Project in Geography, Environment and Planning Part 3
S1, S2GEOG5014Master's Research Project in Geography, Environment and Planning Part 4

Students in course by coursework only, take units to the value of 24 points from Group A and/or Group B, of which 12 points must be at Level 5:

Group A (Environmental and Development Planning)

NSENVT4404Environmental Planning and Management
NSENVT5502Marine and Coastal Planning and Management
NSGEOG4001Population, Migration and Development
NSGEOG5003Mining and Regional Development
NSGEOG5004Place-based Development
S1, S2PLNG5410Geography and Planning Practicum
NSPLNG5511Climate Change Policy and Planning

Group B (Urban and Regional Analytics)

NSENVT4409Remote Sensing of the Environment
NSENVT5504GIS and the Built Environment
NSENVT5508Advanced Spatial Analytics
NSENVT5511Advanced Geographic Information Systems for Environmental Management
S1, S2PLNG5410Geography and Planning Practicum

See also the rules for the course and the Student Rules.

Rules

Rules

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The Student Rules apply to students in this course.

(2) The policy, policy statements and guidance documents and student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials module

2.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module).

(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module is not required to repeat the module.

English Language competency requirements

3. To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework.

Admission requirements

4. To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—a relevant bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA.

Admission ranking and selection

5. Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on the relevant requirements.

Articulations and exit awards

6.(1) This course has the following exit awards:

  • 72260 Graduate Certificate in Urban and Regional Planning (24 points)
  • 72360 Graduate Diploma in Urban and Regional Planning (48 points)

(2) A student who withdraws from the Master of Urban and Regional Planning course before completing it, but after completing 24 points at Level 4 or Level 5, which includes the course core units, may apply to the Faculty to be awarded the Graduate Certificate in Urban and Regional Planning.

(3) A student who withdraws from the Master of Urban and Regional Planning course before completing it, but after completing 48 points at Level 4 or Level 5, which includes the course core units, may apply to the Faculty to be awarded the Graduate Diploma in Urban and Regional Planning.

Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 96 points (maximum value) which include conversion units to a value of 24 points.

(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.

(3) Students who have completed a bachelor's degree with a major in Urban and Regional Planning or Geography, or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty are granted credit for conversion units up to a value of 24 points.

Satisfactory progress

8. A student who does not pass units to a value of at least half the total points value of units for which they are enrolled, or who fails the same unit twice, will not have made satisfactory progress.

9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in Rule 8.

Progress status

10. A student who fails to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 is assigned a progress status of 'Excluded' unless the Faculty decides otherwise in light of exceptional circumstances.

11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 9 is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation', unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to meet other satisfactory progress requirements in Rule 8.

Award with distinction

12. To be awarded the degree with distinction a student must achieve a course weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 80 per cent in—

(a) all units above Level 3 attempted as part of the course that are awarded a final percentage mark;

(b) all relevant units above Level 3 undertaken in articulating courses of this University that are awarded a final percentage mark;

and

(c) all units above Level 3 completed at this University that are credited to the master's degree course.

Additional rules

Research project

13. Students who request approval to undertake a research project as an optional unit in this course must—

(i) have a weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of Level 3 units in their UWA undergraduate major. These units must be relevant to the Masters Specialisation; or

(ii) have a weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of Level 3, 4 and 5 units completed within the course; or

(iii) equivalent as recognised by the Faculty; and a supervisor, approved by the Faculty, must have confirmed their willingness and availability to supervise the research project.