(NEW) Bachelor of Planning (Honours)

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Year2015 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Planning (Honours)

Waterfront (Geelong)

Length4 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake


Indicative annual fee 2015$8,768* - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Faculty contacts

Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment
School of Architecture and Built Environment
Tel 03 5227 8301


CRICOS course code083993M
VTAC Codes1400410161 - Waterfront (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Deakin course code S449

There will be no intake into this course in 2015.

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Bachelor of Planning (Honours) is a distinctive course that brings together the disciplines of planning, design, urban studies and society in a single degree program. It comprises theoretical, practical and project units which enable students to explore ideas in simulated and project-based learning environments. This course also includes a fourth-year research component. Throughout this four-year program students will acquire the knowledge and specialist skills required to design and create the vibrant places and spaces in which we live, work and interact. The course balances the built and natural environment with community needs, social equity, cultural significance and economic sustainability. Graduates will have the capacity to manage development; infrastructure and services; create new, and revitalise existing public spaces; conserve places of heritage; and enhance community value as populations continue to grow.

Students who do not wish to undertake the final-year research component (Honours), may exit this course early following successful completion of 24 credit points of study with a Bachelor of Urban Studies.

Units in the course may include assessment hurdle requirements.

Professional recognition

The Bachelor of Planning (Honours) has been designed in consultation with the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) with the objective of attaining accreditation as a course recognised toward corporate membership. The course has professional accreditation from PIA.

Fees and charges

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is the standard full time load for one year of study.

Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
A Commonwealth supported place is one for which the university receives some government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute only part of the cost of their course. To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place you must be an Australian citizen, or a New Zealand citizen or holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your unit/s of study.

* The "indicative annual course fee" cited has been provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2015, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking a full-time quota of units within the specified discipline.
The actual fees charged by Deakin University will depend upon the discipline from which each individual unit is chosen, and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines. The cost of each unit offered in 2015 can be viewed from the Unit Search.
Please note that the fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.
Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on "indicative course fees" to calculate the total future cost of their course.

Career opportunities

Graduates may find employment in professional urban and regional planning, assessing development proposals and devising policies to guide future development, and work in areas as diverse as housing, public arts, energy, health, education, communications, leisure, tourism and transport.

Course rules

The course comprises a total of 32 credit points, which must include the following:

  • 24 core units (28 credit points)
  • Completion of SRA010 Safety Induction Program (0-credit-point compulsory unit)
  • 4 credit points of elective units (level 4)

To exit with the Bachelor of Design (Urban Studies), students must complete 24 credit points of study, which must include the following:

  • 20 core units (23 credit points) Completion of SRA010 Safety Induction Program (0-credit-point compulsory unit)
  • 1 elective unit (level 3 or 4)

Course structure

Level 1

Trimester 1

SRD173Planning Studio 1A

SRC163Graphic and Coded Communication 1

SRA143Art and Society

SRP171Land and Society

SRA010Safety Induction Program *

Trimester 2

SRD174Planning Studio 1B (2cp)

SRT151Construction and Structures 1

SRP151Humans and Nature: Urban Precedents and Futures

Level 2

Trimester 1

SLE239Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

SRP241Community Engagement ^

SRP242Social and Intergenerational Issues ^

SRP243Land Use Planning and Practice ^

Trimester 2

SRD274Planning Studio 2B (2cp) ^

SRP244Land Systems and Planning ^

SRP245Heritage Planning and Environments ^

Level 3

Trimester 1

SRD373Planning Studio 3A +

SRA341The City

SRP341Indigenous Planning and Environments +

SRP342Planning Practice and Ethics +

Trimester 2

SRD374Planning Studio 3B (2cp) +

AIA301Australian Urban Geography: National and International Perspectives

SLE328Oceans, Coasts and Climate Change

Trimester 3

SRD462Interdisciplinary Planning and Design Studio 4A +

Level 4

Trimester 1

SRP461Urban Ecologies and Vegetation #

SRR482Research Methods #

plus two elective units

Trimester 2

SRR417Thesis (Planning) (2cp) #

plus two elective units

^ available from 2016

+ available from 2017

# available from 2018

Entry requirements - general

Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.
In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit The Guide.

Entry requirements - specific

Applicants should have successfully completed VCE or equivalent. Refer to the VTAC Guide for the latest pre-requisite information www.vtac.edu.au

Those aged 21 or over on 1 January and who do not hold VCE or equivalent should apply under Alternative Admission. This category is open to those who do not satisfy normal entrance requirements, but can demonstrate relevant work or life experience.

Credit for prior learning - general

The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

How to apply

Applications for Campus and Cloud (online) mode study for Trimester 1 must be made through the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre (VTAC). For more information refer to VTAC (external site).

Applications for Trimester 2 and Trimester 3 must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the Apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

Alternate exits

Bachelor of Design (Urban Studies) (S349)