Course and Subject Handbook 2014 Course Information Postgraduate Courses Graduate Certificate of Planning and Indigenous Communities

Graduate Certificate of Planning and Indigenous Communities

Course Code





Science and Engineering

Award Requirements

Course Structure



Advanced Standing

Award Details

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Completion of an AQF level 7 bachelor degree at this or another university.

Other qualifications recognised by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Science and Engineering as equivalent to the above.

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 (IELTS). The IELTS score required for admission to this course can be found in Schedule I of the JCU Admissions policy.

Additional selection requirements


Post admission requirements

For flexible delivery option, computer and internet access is required.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

12 credit points as per course structure

Additional course rules


Additional completion requirements


Course learning outcomes

The graduates of James Cook University are prepared and equipped to create a brighter future for life in the tropics world-wide.

JCU graduates are committed to lifelong learning, intellectual development, and to the display of exemplary personal, professional and ethical standards. They have a sense of their place in the tropics and are charged with professional, community, and environmental responsibility. JCU graduates appreciate the need to embrace and be acquainted with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples of Australia. They are committed to reconciliation, diversity and sustainability. They exhibit a willingness to lead and to contribute to the intellectual, environmental, cultural, economic and social challenges of regional, national, and international communities of the tropics.

On successful completion of the Graduate Certificate of Planning and Indigenous Communities, graduates will be able to:

  • Integrate and apply specialised theoretical and technical knowledge in urban and regional planning, particularly in regard to indigenous communities in rural and remote locations

  • Retrieve, analyse, synthesise and evaluate knowledge from a range of sources

  • Plan and conduct reliable, evidence-based studies and designs by selecting and applying methods, techniques and tools, as appropriate to planning within the tropics

  • Organise, analyse and interpret complex planning data using qualitative and quantitative analytical skills

  • Communicate complex planning ideas, arguments and conclusions clearly and coherently to a variety of audiences through advanced written and oral English language skills and a variety of media

  • Identify, analyse and generate solutions to unpredictable or complex problems, especially related to tropical, rural, remote or Indigenous contexts, by applying planning knowledge and skills with initiative and high level judgement

  • Explain and apply regulatory requirements, ethical principles and, where appropriate, cultural frameworks, to work effectively, responsibly and safely in diverse contexts

  • Reflect on current skills, knowledge and attitudes to manage their professional learning needs and performance, autonomously and in collaboration with others.

Course Structure

Core Subjects:

EV5252:03 Indigenous Environmental Management

EV5010:03 Planning for Sustainable Communities in a Changing Environment

EV5610:03 Native Title and Land Use Planning

AY5026:03 The Practice of Cultural Heritage Management





Flexible delivery is available for both Townsville and Cairns students, but the intensives will be run from Cairns.




Expected time to complete

1 year part time

Maximum time to complete

4 years

Maximum leave of absence

2 years


Course progression requisites


Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)


Special assessment requirements


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 and associated procedures.

Maximum allowed

6 credit points


Advanced standing will be granted only for subjects completed in the 2 years prior to the commencement of this course.


Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 3 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the candidate has not completed this course.

Other restrictions


Award Details

This is a joint degree


Inclusion of majors on testamur

Not applicable - this course does not have majors

Exit with lesser award

Not applicable

Course articulation

Not applicable

Special Awards

Not applicable