Course summary

The Bachelor of Regional and Urban Planning (Honours) equips students with the legal, environmental, social, design and engineering skills required to work as planners throughout Australia. Graduates will be skilled to perform the duties of a planner in a professional and ethical manner, to design, allocate and manage land use in urban and rural environments, as well as implement suitable governance, interpret planning law and implement and administer plans.

The course incorporates cross disciplinary studies to equip graduates with an understanding of the social, environmental, economic and legal background required to practice as a statutory planner and gain admission into the Planning Institute of Australia.  The course provides integrated learning experiences in other disciplines including environmental science and management, law, engineering and social science, to prepare graduates for employment in a wide range of urban and regional planning positions in both private firms and government organisations.

In the final year, students undertake a planning research project (thesis), which enables them to explore critical planning issues and gives them the opportunity to contribute to new knowledge in their chosen topic. The practical application of planning skills suitable for the workforce will also come together in the final year of study through the capstone project.

Graduate AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

Demonstrate skills of critical analysis and application of regional and urban planning principles.

Make decisions and exercise informed judgements in relation to land use planning.

Creativity

Respond creatively to intellectual, professional, economic, environmental and social challenges.

Demonstrate imagination, initiative and enterprise in problem-solving.

Ethical practice

Evaluate issues with reference to sound ethical frameworks and sustainability.

Demonstrate well developed judgement and action on principles of public interest and professional standards.

Knowledge of a discipline

Demonstrate in-depth knowledge in strategic and statutory planning.

Demonstrate broad and coherent knowledge of regional and urban planning.

Apply disciplinary knowledge and skills in professional and community settings.

Lifelong learning

Critically reflect on outcomes and practice.

Demonstrate cognitive and technical skills in self managed learning.

Communication and social skills

Communicate clearly and coherently knowledge and ideas in land use planning.

Communicate and collaborate effectively with stakeholder groups including government, community and professional individuals and multidisciplinary teams.

Cultural competence

Demonstrate awareness and respect for cultural diversity.

Facilitate shared understanding between diverse groups in relation to land use planning.

At the end of the third year of study students undertake an 8 week (40 day equivalent) internship (work placement) in the planning field. The internship seeks to introduce students to the requirements of the working environment and to refine and practise workplace skills in a structured setting with the support of the University. Students gain exposure to the practical application of their knowledge and skills in readiness to enter the workforce.

The internship also provides students a structured framework to develop their generic workplace skills such as preparing a CV, addressing selection criteria and resolving conflict.

Southern Cross University is undertaking staged accreditation for the degree from the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) and has received interim accreditation until December 2019. Graduates are eligible to apply for membership of PIA. Accreditation also enables the degree to be recognised worldwide.


Course overview

Course code

3507300

Course abbreviation

BRegUrbPlan(Hons)

Credit points

384

Equivalent units

32

Domestic duration

4 years full-time; 8 years part-time

International duration

4 years full-time

Availability details

Domestic

Location Session UAC code QTAC code
Lismore 1 N/A N/A

Domestic fees

Commonwealth supported


International

Location Session Annual Fees CRICOS
Lismore 1 $23,520 ($2,940 per unit) 085907J

Course requirements

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

To be eligible for the award of Bachelor of Regional and Urban Planning (Honours), a candidate shall successfully complete thirty-two (32) units (384 credit points) comprising:

  1. All units listed in Part A of the Schedule of units attached to these Rules; and
  2. Four (4) units from Part B of the Schedule of Units attached to these Rules.

Class of Honours

A candidate may on the recommendation of the School Board be awarded Honours in one of the following grades:

  • First Class Honours (GPA of 5 overall and GPA of 7 for the following project units - Planning Thesis I, Planning Thesis II and Capstone Project; GPA of 6 for the following capstone units - Development Assessment Studio and Strategic Planning Studio). 
  • Second Class Honours – Division I (GPA of 5 overall and GPA of 6 for the following project units - Planning Thesis I, Planning Thesis II and Capstone Project; GPA of 5.5 for the following capstone units - Development Assessment Studio and Strategic Planning Studio). 
  • Second Class Honours – Division II (GPA of 5 overall and GPA of 5 for the following project units - Planning Thesis I, Planning Thesis II and Capstone Project; GPA of 5 for the following capstone units - Development Assessment Studio and Strategic Planning Studio). 

Schedule of units

Title Level of learning Note
Part A
PLN10001 - Rural and Regional Planning Introductory
PLN10002 - Sustainability and Professional Ethics for Planners Introductory
ENG10758 - Humanitarian Engineering Project Introductory
PLN20001 - Land and Development Economics
LAW10157 - Australian Legal System Introductory
SUR00201 - Environmental Mapping Introductory
PLN20002 - Settlements and Urban Design
LAW00119 - Local Government and Planning Law Intermediate
GLY00223 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems Intermediate
PLN20003 - Development Assessment Studio
LAW00118 - Environmental Law Intermediate
SOY00159 - Project Management Advanced
BIO00244 - Protected Area Management Advanced
ENG30011 - Regional and Urban Transport Planning Introductory
ENV00224 - Internship Study Advanced Note 1 Note 1
PLN20004 - Strategic Planning Studio
ENV10656 - Extension and Professional Practice in Natural Resource Management Advanced
PLN83001 - Planning Thesis I
PLN20005 - Community Engagement
PLN83002 - Planning Thesis II
PLN83003 - Capstone Project
ENV00207 - Environmental Planning Intermediate
LAW00051 - Legal Research and Writing Introductory
BIO10187 - Global Environmental Issues Introductory
SOC00118 - Introduction to Sociology Introductory
SOC10296 - Understanding Community Introductory

Course progressions

Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment

Title Level of learning Note
Year 1, Session 1
ENV00207 - Environmental Planning Intermediate Note 2 Note 2
LAW00051 - Legal Research and Writing Introductory
SOC00118 - Introduction to Sociology Introductory
BIO10187 - Global Environmental Issues Introductory
Year 1, Session 2
PLN10001 - Rural and Regional Planning Introductory
PLN10002 - Sustainability and Professional Ethics for Planners Introductory
ENG10758 - Humanitarian Engineering Project Introductory
POL00010 - Local Government Intermediate
Year 2, Session 1
PLN20001 - Land and Development Economics Intermediate
LAW10157 - Australian Legal System Introductory
SUR00201 - Environmental Mapping Introductory
1 unit from: Part B (electives)
Year 2, Session 2
PLN20002 - Settlements and Urban Design Intermediate
LAW00119 - Local Government and Planning Law Intermediate
GLY00223 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems Intermediate
1 unit from: Part B (electives)
Year 3, Session 1
PLN20003 - Development Assessment Studio Intermediate
LAW00118 - Environmental Law Intermediate
SOY00159 - Project Management Advanced
1 unit from: Part B (electives)
Year 3, Session 2
BIO00244 - Protected Area Management Advanced
ENG30011 - Regional and Urban Transport Planning Introductory
ENV00224 - Internship Study Advanced Note 1 Note 1
Year 4, Session 1
PLN20004 - Strategic Planning Studio Intermediate
PLN83001 - Planning Thesis I Advanced
PLN20005 - Community Engagement Intermediate
1 unit from: Part B (electives)
Year 4, Session 2
PLN83002 - Planning Thesis II Advanced
PLN83003 - Capstone Project Advanced Note 1 Note 1
ENV10656 - Extension and Professional Practice in Natural Resource Management Advanced

Notes

Note 1: Double-weighted unit
Note 2: External unit has a compulsory residential workshop