Master of Planning (Professional)

Course summary for local students

Year2017 course information
Award granted Master of Planning (Professional)
CampusOffered at Waterfront (Geelong)
Cloud CampusYes
Length2 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2), November (Trimester 3)

Tuition fee rateAvailable fee rates for 2017 can be found at www.deakin.edu.au/fees
Faculty contacts
LevelHigher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
CRICOS course code073436A
Deakin course code S764

Note: The Healthy Cities specialism can only be completed in campus mode at Burwood (Melbourne). Cloud (online) students may be required to attend short campus mode intensive study periods at Waterfront (Geelong). The Healthy Cities specialism is not available to international students.

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Master of Planning (Professional) is designed to meet the challenges of an ever-changing metropolitan, regional and rural environment and produces professionally qualified graduates who are analytical, informed and committed to improving the quality of the urban environment.

Students have the opportunity to specialise in Urban Design, Landscape Environmental Management, Healthy Cities or Cultural Heritage. These specialisations are central to facilitating strategic change on complex planning issues locally, regionally and globally.

As a graduate, you’ll understand the broad range of disciplines that need to work together to achieve innovative and effective planning outcomes. You’ll be equipped to collaborate on projects that deliver integrated solutions for both the public and private sectors.

The Master of Planning (Professional) is ideal if you have a related undergraduate degree or significant professional experience in this field and are looking to up-skill, enhance or broaden your professional qualifications. It is also suitable if you are seeking a career change and have successfully completed an undergraduate degree from another discipline.

This course, professionally accredited by the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA), has been designed in direct consultation with PIA, potential employers, industry, government and professional representatives to ensure it provides graduates with the knowledge, skills and competencies sought by employers.

Units in the course may include assessment hurdle requirements.

Professional recognition

The Master of Planning (Professional) has professional accreditation from the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA).

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 www.deakin.edu.au/fees.

Career opportunities

There is a critical shortage of skilled, qualified and experienced practitioners, especially in rural and regional areas, who are able to plan, design, and manage sustainable social and urban change. Due to the immense change in the planning and design industry, government and professional bodies are increasingly calling for graduate programs which address this complex array of changes in an integrated way.

The Master of Planning (Professional) can provide you with the skills that will enable you to work across diverse sectors of the planning industry, with the potential to find employment in all aspects of the built environment within the public and private sectors.

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 an integrated specialised and scholarly knowledge of ever-changing urban, regional and rural environments to produce plans that guide the development and improvement of liveable sustainable environments and communities.
  • Apply broad and advanced discipline-specific planning knowledge and capabilities with adaptability and fluency in designing, developing and improving sustainable environments and communities.
  • Synthesise knowledge of planning history, theory and practice to research, design, develop and manage planning projects demonstrating initiative and judgement through professional practice and scholarship.
  • Develop in-depth understanding of specialist knowledge, contemporary planning practice and current research directions within the planning discipline.
  • Use evidence and objectivity in the assessment, evaluation and formulation of well-founded designs and plans to address the immediate and future needs of urban, regional and rural sustainable environments and communities.
  • Envisage 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.
  • Consistently demonstrate the capacity to analyse, synthesise and prepare evidence, and its articulation, that underpin the formulation of design and planning practice and scholarship.
  • Prepare a thesis that demonstrates the ability to synthesise knowledge gained throughout the course in the context of the planning profession.

2. Communication: using oral, written and interpersonal communication to inform, motivate and effect change.

  • Communicate clearly, professionally and responsibly with specialist and non-specialist 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 logical actions with formulation and cohesion appropriate to the situation.

 

  • Effectively communicate information, designs, and plans using a breath of media, technology, language and genre to stimulate, inform and effect change.
  • Judge processes and methodology, and demonstrate the capacity to execute in engagement processes that analyses different points of view, including listening documenting and reflecting on community and stakeholder views.
  • Prepare a logical argument in a thesis to demonstrate the ability to articulate knowledge, arguments and different viewpoints in the context of the planning profession.

3. Digital literacy: using technologies to find, use and disseminate information.

  • Apply knowledge of relevant technical tools and methodologies to locate, collect, analyse, interpret and synthesise complex information in planning practice.
  • Apply digital technologies, including geographic information systems to evaluate and assess modelling and scenario building.
  • Embrace appropriate technologies and demonstrate it use and application to locate, evaluate, analyse information in planning practice.
  • Interpret and integrate environmental, social and cultural knowledge in order to test and model scenarios and designs.
  • Disseminate broad and diverse professional knowledge through a logical exposition of ideas in a thesis using a range of different media in the context of the planning profession.

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 at different scales and complexities.
  • Ideate to inform the creation of solutions to authentic real-world problems by comprehending systems and threads
  • Subsequently implement plans in the particular circumstances of a place using the lens and knowledge of existing and past planning theory and practice.

 

  • Evaluate information using design ideation, critical, analytical thinking to discriminate between ideals, values and assumptions and use lateral 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 critical analysis and strategic thinking to project designs and plans of various types, selecting the techniques, approaches and tools appropriate to the task and situation.
  • Judge information and knowledge to advance planning profession by assessing, testing and reflecting, and assemble evidence behind arguments, based on sound evaluation, synthesis and reflection to demonstrate strategic competency in its use and application.

5. Problem solving: creating solutions to authentic
(real world and
ill-defined) problems.

  • Apply and develop 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.
  • Make appropriate choices in ethically ambiguous situations based on knowledge of social, economic, environmental, and cultural aspects of planning.
  • Generate designs, solutions and strategies by taking in account environmental, cultural and social variables, in outcomes professionally relevant and appropriate for the planning discipline.
  • Demonstrate ethical and discipline-relevant 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 professionally relevant and appropriate for the planning discipline.
  • Individually plan, conduct and execute a scholarly thesis that demonstrates intellectual independence, quality and creative professional practice skills and knowledge relevant and appropriate for the planning discipline.

6. Self-management: working and learning independently, and taking responsibility for personal actions.

  • Represent and maintain professional standards and 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 expert judgements.
  • Individually exhibit a high level of professionalism, consistently applying professional planning protocols with peers, colleagues and relevant stakeholders.
  • Demonstrate timely self-management through professional and ethical conduct, and the identification and planning of future needs.
  • Demonstrate individual capacity to review, analyse and project scenarios, plans, designs in a timely and scholarly manner and form.

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.
  • Critically reflect on stakeholders needs and develop processes in order to work efficiently in teams to formulate integrated planning options.
  • Implement designs and plans with a commitment to shared goals by engaging in team processes and applying knowledge of advanced interpersonal skills and time management.
  • Work effectively and collaboratively, demonstrating an advanced 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 and professional manner and form.

 

8. Global citizenship: engaging ethically and productively in the professional context and with diverse communities and cultures in a global context.

  • Engage with global trends and challenges confronting cities, settlements and regions and operate in a manner that recognises cultural diversity, the need for equity in outcomes and the knowledge of and implementation of high ethical professional standards.
  • Interpret and document relevant governance frameworks in the development, implementation and administration of designs, strategic and statutory plans, policies and regulations.

 

  • Demonstrate ethnicity and fluency to read, interpret, work and realise meaningful scenarios, plans and designs in different contexts, for a diversity of populations and stakeholders.
  • Demonstrate through a thesis the ability to execute a project that is respectful and responsive to ethical, environmental, social, and cultural variables at different levels of scale, complexity, and geography in the context of the planning discipline.

 

Approved by Faculty Board 14 July 2016

Course rules

To complete the Master of Planning (Professional), students must attain 16 credit points.  Most students choose to study 4 units per trimester, and usually undertake two trimesters each year.

The 16 credit points include 10 core units equalling 11 credit points (these are compulsory), 1 four-credit point specialism and 1 elective unit (you can choose which one to study). 

Specialisations

Refer to the details of each specialisation for availability.

Course structure

Core

Trimester 1

SRD761Designing Urban Environments

SRP782Urban Dynamics and Change

SRR782Research Methodology


Trimester 2

HSH724Glocal Action for Healthy Cities and Communities

SRA744Urban Patterns and Precedents

SRM781Managing Change and Innovation

SRP781Planning Processes and Practice

SRR717Thesis (Planning) (2 cps)


Trimester 3

SRP733Planning Theory, History and Current Issues

SRD762Interdisciplinary Planning and Design

 

Electives

Select from a range of elective units offered across many courses. In some cases you may even be able to choose elective units from a completely different discipline area (subject to meeting unit requirements).


Income support

Domestic students enrolled in certain postgraduate coursework programs may be eligible for student income support through Youth Allowance and Austudy.

Further information can be found at Deakin University's Fees website.

Entry requirements - general

Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate 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

  • Bachelor degree in any discipline

or

  • 5 years relevant work experience in a planning or equivalent role.

Closing dates

Applications must be made directly to the university through the Applicant Portal referring to closing dates for applications as dates for particular courses may vary.

Your faculty may require further information from you when submitting your application. Please refer to the faculty information website for further details.

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

Check our Trimester 3 site to see if this course is having a Trimester 3 intake.

Applications for Trimester 3 are 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

Graduate Certificate of Planning (S563)
Graduate Diploma of Planning (S663)