Graduate Diploma of Planning

Course summary for current students

Year2018 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 specialisation 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
Course Learning Outcomes
Discipline- specific knowledge and capabilities 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.
Communication 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.
Digital literacy 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.
Critical thinking 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.
Problem solving 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.
Self-management 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.
Teamwork Produce plans with multi-disciplinary and diverse groups, including lay people, while representing and maintaining professional opinions and standards.

 Approved by Faculty Board 27 July 2017

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

STP050Academic Integrity (0 credit points)

SRD761Designing Urban Environments

SRP782Smart Cities and Infrastructure

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

Other course information

Course duration - additional information

Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.