Bachelor of Planning with Honours

Course Code





Science and Engineering

Award Requirements

Course Structure



Advanced Standing

Award Details

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Candidates must satisfy the School requirements relating to the standard of academic achievement necessary to proceed to the honours degree.

Entry requirements for this course are consistent with the Pathways to Qualifications in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Guidelines for Bachelor degrees.

Additional selection requirements

By invitation of the Head of School

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Students of non English speaking backgrounds must have an adequate English language capacity assessed under the Australian International English Language Testing System.  An IELTS score of 6.0 with no component lower than 5.5 is required (Band 1 at JCU).  Students scoring below this may be offered up to six months intensive language training prior to admission to the course.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

96 credit points as per course structure

Additional course rules

A minimum of 9 credit points may be taken at level 1

A maximum of 33 credit points may be taken at level 1

A minimum of 15 credit points may be taken at level 2

A minimum of 15 credit points may be taken at level 3

A minimum of 12 credit points may be taken at levels 4 and 5

Additional completion requirements


Learning outcomes

Characteristics of learning outcomes for this course are consistent with those outlined in the Bachelor degree Guideline in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).

Course Structure

Level 1

EV1005:03  Environmental Processes and Global Change

EV1006:03  Dynamic Futures: Culture, Environment, Resources

SC1101:03  Science, Nature, Knowledge and Understanding

Level 2

EV2003:03  Introduction to Environmental Economics

EV2301:03  Urban Geography and Design

EV2360:03  Cradle to Grave: Population Economy and Environment

EV2502:03  Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

LA2902:03  Environmental Law and Policy

Level 3

EV3001:03  Environmental and Regional Planning

EV3002:03  Environmental Impact Assessment

EV3252:03  Indigenous Environmental Management

EV3601:03  Social Impact Assessment: Environmental Management

Level 5

EV5603:03  Planning Legislation and Professional Practice

EV5605:03  Professional Planning Work Experience


Select 12 credit points of specified level 1 subjects:

AN1001:03  Anthropology: Cultural Diversity in Global Perspective

BZ1001:03  Fundamentals of Biology

BZ1003:03  Introduction to Plant Science

CP1010:03  Introduction to Multimedia

CP1030:03  Introduction to Information Technology

CU1010:03  Effective Writing

HI1302:03  World History Since 1900

LA1101:03  Legal Institutions and Processes

LA1103:03  Law, Society and Change

LA1104:03  Legal Concepts

MA1020:03 Preparatory Mathematics

NM1502:03  Drawing for Digital Media

PL1001:03  The Political World: An Introduction to Political Science

SC1102:03  Modelling and Data Visualisation

SY1001:03  Australian Society: An Introduction to Sociology

VA1112:03  Effective Drawing


Select 3 credit points of specified MA and SY level 2 subjects

MA2401:03  Statistics and Data Analysis

SY2005:03  Qualitative Research

SY2012:03  Social Survey Design and Analysis


Select 9 credit points of Science level 2 subjects


EV3454:03  Natural Hazards


EV3606:03  Disasters: Vulnerability, Mitigation and Planning


Select 9 credit points of Science level 3 subjects


Select full or part-time honours


EV4901:06  Planning Honours Part 1 of 2

EV4902:12  Planning Honours Part 2 of 2


EV4910:03  Honours in Planning (Part-Time) Part 1 of 4

EV4920:03  Honours in Planning (Part-Time) Part 2 of 4

EV4930:06  Honours in Planning (Part-Time) Part 3 of 4

EV4940:06  Honours in Planning (Part-Time) Part 4 of 4









Expected time to complete

4 years full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

10 years

Maximum leave of absence

3 years


Course progression requisites

Must successfully complete 9 credit points of science subjects at level 1 before attempting any level 2 science subject

Must successfully complete 18 credit points of science subjects at level 1 and level 2 before attempting any level 3 science subject

Must successfully complete 60 credit points before attempting any level 4 subject

Must successfully complete 12 credit points of science subjects at level 3 before attempting any level 5 science subject

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)


Special assessment requirements

EV3601 and EV5603 are block mode subjects. Cairns students must travel to Townsville.

Accreditation requirements


Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade


Supplementary exam for final subject

Not applicable

Advanced Standing


Candidates may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Advanced Standing for Previous Studies and Recognised Prior Learning policy associated procedures.

Maximum allowed

63 credit points


Advanced standing will be granted only for studies completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course.


Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 20 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the candidate has not completed the course of study prescribed for the degree.

Other restrictions

A maximum of 18 credit points of advanced standing may be granted at level 3 or 4.

Award Details

Inclusion of majors on testamur

Not applicable - this course does not have majors

Exit with lesser award

Not applicable

Course articulation

Not applicable