Graduate Diploma of Planning

Course summary for current students

Year2017 course information
Award granted Graduate Diploma of Planning

This course is an exit option only

Duration1 year full-time or part-time equivalent
Deakin course codeS663
Approval statusThis course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognitionThe award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Graduate Diploma of Planning can only be completed as an exit option from the Master of Planning (Professional). The course is made up of 8 credit points of study that will help you to consolidate your understanding of planning from a variety of cross-discipline perspectives.

As a graduate of the course you will be able to contribute to a variety of areas across a range of planning issues and be broadly equipped to collaborate on projects within the public and private sectors.

The Healthy Cities specialism can only be completed in campus mode at Burwood (Melbourne).

Units in the course may include assessment hurdle requirements.

Fees and charges

Fees and charges vary depending on your course, your fee category and the year you started. To find out about the fees and charges that apply to you, visit the Current students fees website.

Course Learning Outcomes

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes (DGLOs)

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) Minimum Standards
1. Discipline- specific knowledge and capabilities: appropriate to the level of study related to a discipline or profession
  • Apply specialised knowledge of ever-changing urban, regional and rural environments to produce plans that guide the development and improvement of livable sustainable environments and communities.
  • Apply coherent planning knowledge and capabilities with adaptability and fluency in professional practice for designing, developing and improving sustainable environments and communities.
  • Use evidence and objectivity in the assessment, evaluation and formulation of designs and plans to address the immediate and future needs of urban, regional and rural sustainable environments and communities.
  • Predict the future needs of sustainable environments and communities and prepare strategic and statutory plans and designs to guide the creation, mediation and management of places and spaces.
  • Demonstrate a capacity to analyse, synthesize and prepare evidence, and its articulation, that underpin the formulation of design and planning practice.
2. Communication: using oral, written and interpersonal communication to inform, motivate and effect change
  • Communicate responsibly with audiences in a variety of contexts using oral, written, digital, graphic and interpersonal communication modes to ideate, inform, motivate public and private planning decisions and to effect change.
  • Engage stakeholders in ideas and concepts; mediate, negotiate and collaboratively resolve issues and planning conflicts; and propose actions appropriate to the situation.
  • Communicate information, designs, and plans using a breadth of media, technology, language and genre to stimulate, inform and effect change.
  • Judge processes and methodology, and demonstrate the capacity to execute processes that analyses different points of views arising from listening documenting and reflecting on community and stakeholder views.
3. Digital literacy:using technologies to find, use and disseminate information.
  • Use knowledge of relevant tools and methodologies including geographic information systems to locate, collect, analyse, interpret, assess modelling and scenario building and synthesise information for planning practice.
  • Use appropriate technologies to locate, evaluate, analyse information in planning practice from environmental, social and cultural perspectives in order to test and model scenarios and designs.
4. Critical thinking: evaluating information using critical and analytical thinking and judgment.
  • Laterally think and review problems, scenarios, designs and plans to address planning problems.
  • Ideate to inform the creation of solutions to authentic real-world problems.
  • Evaluate information using design ideation and thinking to discriminate between ideals, values and assumptions and use thinking to re-form and re- imagine scenarios and options by evaluating ideas and formulate plans, designs and strategies.
  • Make connections between systems and elements using analysis and thinking to project designs and plans of various types, selecting the techniques, approaches and tools appropriate to the task and situation.
5. Problem solving: creating solutions to authentic (real world and ill- defined) problems.
  • Apply planning knowledge to identify environmental, cultural and social problems, devise ways to investigate and resolve opportunities and constraints, drawing on research-based evidence, and producing solutions as the basis for appropriate action.
  • Generate designs, solutions and strategies by taking in account environmental, cultural and social variables, in outcomes relevant and appropriate for the planning discipline.
  • Demonstrate ethical judgements that involve creativity and innovative solutions for projects of different scale and complexity by taking in account environmental, cultural and social variables, in outcomes appropriate for the planning discipline.
6. Self-management: working and learning independently, and taking responsibility for personal actions.
  • Represent opinions and standards by working individually and collaboratively to produce designs and plans in an ethical and timely manner.
  • Apply knowledge and skills in an independent way to solve contemporary planning problems and thereby demonstrate autonomous and judgements.
  • Individually exhibit a medium level of professionalism, consistently applying professional planning protocols with peers, colleagues and relevant stakeholders.
  • Demonstrate self-management through ethical conduct, and the identification and planning of future needs.
7. Teamwork: working and learning with others from different disciplines and backgrounds.
  • Produce plans with multi-disciplinary and diverse groups, including lay people, while representing and maintaining professional opinions and standards.
  • Work effectively and collaboratively, demonstrating a level of responsibility and accountability in different roles in planning and multidisciplinary teams.
  • Demonstrate individual capacity to co-operatively realise plans, designs, and projects through team and stakeholder engagements in a timely manner and form.
8. Global citizenship: engaging ethically and productively in the professional context and with diverse communities and cultures in a global context. Not applicable. Not applicable.

 Approved by Faculty Board 14 July 2016

Course rules

To qualify for the award of Graduate Diploma of Planning, you must successfully complete 8 credit points from the units listed below:

  • 4 core units
  • 4 course-grouped elective units

Course structure


Trimester 1

SRD761Designing Urban Environments

SRP782Urban Dynamics and Change

plus 2 elective units chosen from S764 Master of Planning (Professional) course-grouped units


Trimester 2

SRA744Urban Patterns and Precedents

SRP781Planning Processes and Practice

plus 2 elective units chosen from S764 Master of Planning (Professional) course-grouped units