Graduate Certificate in Urban and Regional Planning

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 title
Graduate Certificate in Urban and Regional Planning
Award abbreviation
GradCertURPln
Course code
12290
Course type
postgraduate certificate
Status
current / 2021
Administered by
Social Sciences

Course details

Intake periods
Beginning of year and mid-year
Attendance type
full- or part-time
Credit points required
24
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration
0.5 years
Time limit
4 years
Delivery mode
internal
Locations offered
UWA (Perth)
Domestic fee type
Commonwealth supported and/or HECS-HELP
Available to international students
No
Course Coordinator(s)
Dr Julian Clifton
Fees
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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

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2021

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

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2022 or 2023.

All students must complete 24 points including GEOG4003 Fundamentals of Planning and at least 1 units from the core group.

Students can complete additional units from the core group to make up 24 points or, alternatively, students can select a regional economics unit and/or an urban planning unit from the option groups to make up 24 points.

Take the following unit (6 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1, S2GEOG4003Fundamentals of Planning
Video presentations - up to 20 x 20 minutes Virtual fieldwork - 3 days

Take at least 1 and up to 3 units from this group (6-18 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S2PLNG4401Planning Theory and Practice (12 points)
Incompatibility:
EART4411 Planning Theory and Practice
7 hours per week—unit taught all day and comprises a mix of lectures, tutorials, workshops and/or field trips. The total workload for the unit is 300 hours.
N/APLNG4402Planning Law
Incompatibility:
EART4413 Principles of Land Development and Control
4 hours per week. The total workload for the unit is 150 hours.
S1PLNG4404Statutory Planning
4 hours per week. The total workload for the unit is 150 hours.
S1, S2PLNG5403Planning and Governance
Incompatibility:
EART4412 Planning and Governance
Workshops: 4 hours per week including independent industry learning engagement related to planning and governance. The total workload for the unit is 150 hours.

Students may select 1 unit from this group (6 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1PLNG5405Principles of Urban and Regional Economics
20 hours over 10 weeks split between lectures and seminars
S2PLNG5411Urban and Regional Analysis
Incompatibility:
PLNG4411 Urban and Regional Analysis
40 (teaching blocks: 12 x 2 hours 45 minutes; field trip: 1 x 7 hours)
S1PLNG5512Regional Planning
Three face-to-face (2-hour) lectures before, and one (2-hour) lecture after the four-day field trip to be held in February. (Charges: cost of food and accommodation is borne by the student). The total workload for the unit is 150 hours.

Students may select 1 unit from this group (6 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1URBD5803Sustainability and Cities
36 hours
S2URBD5805Contemporary Urbanism
36 (lectures/seminars: 12 x 3 hours per week)
S1URBD5807The Forces that Shape Cities
Incompatibility:
URBD8807 Evolution of the City
36 (seminars: 12 x 3 hours per week)

See also the rules for the course and the Student 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 and Communication and Research Skills modules

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.(1) To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—

(a) a Bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA; and

(b) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 50 per cent; or

(2) Significant work experience including at least 5 years with a material level of responsibility.

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. The following courses form part of an articulated sequence:

  • 12290 Graduate Certificate in Urban and Regional Planning (24 points)
  • 72560 Master of Urban and Regional Planning (96 points)
Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 24 points.

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

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 Communication and Research Skills module (the CARS 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. Students who fail to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 are assigned a progress status of 'Excluded' by the Faculty unless the Faculty determines 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. This rule is not applicable to this course.

Deferrals

13. Applicants awarded admission to the course are entitled to a deferral of up to 12 months, as per the University Policy on: Admissions (Coursework).