Bachelor of Planning

Planners help decide the design and appearance of cities and towns as well as their services, facilities and communities.

JCU has large industry networks across a broad range of planning organisations.

Campus
Townsville; Cairns
Start dates
February, July
Duration
4 years full-time
Part time available
Study mode
On campus
Prerequisites
English
OP/Rank
17/63

Career opportunities

Australia has a strong demand for planners, so your career prospects are exceptional wherever you choose to take your planning skills.

Imagine a career in which you shape the way whole cities develop. This is the work of a planner. Few other careers enable you to make such a profound impact on the public good.

Your Bachelor of Planning will help you deliver functional cities, thriving regions and healthy urban environments - right alongside better social, environmental and economic wellbeing.

Such important work requires a strong grounding — and JCU is an internationally recognised centre of planning excellence where you will get this foundation. We also hold full Planning Institute of Australia accreditation.

Course highlights

Situated in the heart of tropical northern Queensland, JCU offers a unique setting for planning studies.

On our doorstep, World Heritage listed tropics, rainforests and Great Barrier Reef meet rapidly growing cities. This provides an insight into the many planning challenges city regions are facing around the world.

You will experience first-hand the delicate balances modern planning must strike, like lifestyle with sustainability. These skills are applicable to diverse international planning environments. So your degree is portable enough to take you anywhere in the world.

Course overview

In your final year, the Centre for Tropical Urban and Regional Planning will coordinate stimulating work placements for you.

You will gain practical work experience in such diverse sectors as:

  • local authorities
  • state government departments
  • non-government organisations
  • private consultancies.

On-the-job work experience is also an opportunity to make valuable employer and industry networks.

This course is accredited by the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA). Graduates are eligible for immediate membership of the Urban and Regional Chapter of the Planning Institute of Australia and, after two years’ professional planning experience, are eligible to become corporate members (MPIA).

How to apply

Check the QTAC information and apply by clicking on the relevant link below depending on where you wish to study.

Take note of the QTAC code for this course in the location you've chosen because you'll need to enter it as part of your QTAC application.

Townsville (316271) - Apply now
Cairns (326271) - Apply now

Subjects

Course Structure

CORE SUBJECTS

Level 1

EV1005:03 Environmental Processes and Global Change

EV1008:03 Human Geography

EV1009:03 Introduction to Planning

Level 2

BX2077:03 Project Management

EV2301:03 Urban Geography and Design

EV2360:03 Cradle to Grave: Population Economy and Environment

EV2401:03 Australian Landscape Processes and Evolution

EV2502:03 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

LA2902:03 Environmental Law and Policy

MA2401:03 Statistics and Data Analysis or SY2005:03 Qualitative Research 

Level 3

EV3001:03 Environmental and Regional Planning

EV3110:03 Environmental and Social Impact Assessment

EV3252:03 Indigenous Environmental Management

BX3023:03 Economic Growth and Sustainable Development

EV3601:03 Social Impact Assessment: Environmental Management

EV3454:03 Natural Hazards or EV3606:03 Disasters, Communities and Planning

Level 4

EV5010:03 Planning for Sustainable Communities in a Changing Environment

EV5602:03 Urban Design Studio

SC5008:03 Professional Placement

EV5603:03 Planning Legislation and Professional Practice

EV5910:03 Professional Planning Project (Pt 1 of 2)

EV5920:03 Professional Planning Project (Pt 2 of 2)

OPTIONS

Select 15 credit points of specified level 1 or 2 subjects:

AN1001:03 Anthropology: Cultural Diversity in Global Perspective

BA1002:03 Our Space: Networks, Narrative and the Making of Place

BU1003:03 Economics for Sustainable Business

BZ1001:03 Introduction to Biological Processes

BZ1005:03 Introductory Ecology

BZ1006:03 Diversity of Life

BZ1007:03 Introduction to Biodiversity

BZ1008:03 Functional Biology

CP1401:03 Fundamentals of Problem Solving and Programming

CU1010:03 Effective Writing

CV1520:03 A Fine Line: Drawing Concepts and Techniques

CY1001:03 Deviance, Crime and Society

CY2001:03 Perspectives on Criminology

EA1110:03 Evolution of the Earth

EV1011:03 Introduction to Sustainability

EV2011:03 The Case for Sustainability

HI1302:03 World History Since 1900

HI2005:03 Environmental History

IA2013:03 Ecology and Australian Indigenous Cultures

IA2016:03 Australian Indigenous Politics

LA1101:03 Legal Institutions and Processes

LA1102:03 Legal Research, Writing and Analysis

LA1104:03 Legal Concepts

MA1020:03 Preparatory Mathematics

NM1500:03 Introduction to Media Arts

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

PL2002:03 Policy Analysis and Management

SC1101:03 Science: Nature, Knowledge and Understanding

SC1102:03 Modelling Natural Systems

SS1010:03 Australian People: An Introduction to the Social Sciences

SY1001:03 Australian Society: An Introduction to Sociology

PLUS

Select 6 credit points of specified level subjects:

EV5404:03 Field Studies in Tropical Geography

EV5605:03 Professional Planning Work Experience

EV5607:03 Disaster Management Principles

EV5610:03 Native Title and Land Use Planning

PLUS

Select 9 credit points of specified level 3 and 5 subjects:

BX3033:03 Cost Benefit Analysis

CY3456:03 Crime Prevention and Community Safety

EV3011:03 Sustainability in Practice

EV3201:03 Managing Coastal and Marine Environments

EV3251:03 Environmental Impacts of Human Activities in Protected Areas

EV3401:03 Coastal and Catchment Geomorphology

EV3404:03 Field Studies in Tropical Geography

EV5009:03 Foundations of Natural Resource Management

EV3502:03 Advanced Geographic Information Systems

EV5605:03 Professional Planning Work Experience

HI5005:03 Regional Environmental History

LA3006:03 Administrative Law

PL3002:03 Policy Analysis and Management

TO5002:03 Introduction to Tourism and the Environment

TO5104:03 Tourist Management Strategies

Pathway into course

On successful completion of the Diploma of Higher Education you may be eligible to continue into this degree, and you may be able to receive some credit for successfully completed subjects.

Handbook

Bachelor of Planning

Course code

50910

Professional Accreditation Status

This course is accredited by the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA). Graduates are eligible for immediate membership of the Urban and Regional Chapter of the Planning Institute of Australia and, after two years’ professional planning experience, are eligible to become corporate members (MPIA).

Course type

Bachelor Degree (AQF Level 7)

Division

Tropical Environments and Societies

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

English

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 1 Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Post admission
requirements

EV3601 and EV5603 are block mode subjects offered in Townsville only, while EV5010, EV5602 and EV3252 are also core subjects which require face to face teaching on the Cairns Campus.  Students will be required to attend block mode classes at a campus other than that at which they are enrolled, at their own expense.

Honours:

The Honours degree is available only to students admitted to the Bachelor of Planning at this university.

A student may be invited by the College Dean to undertake the Honours degree if the student has satisfied the College requirements relating to the standard of academic achievement necessary to undertake the honours degree.

Under approved circumstances students may enrol in Honours part time.

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 30 credit points may be taken at level 1

A minimum of 24 credit points may be taken at level 2

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

A minimum of 18 credit points may be taken at levels 4 and 5

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.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Planning at James Cook University will be able to:

  • Integrate and apply a coherent body of theoretical and technical knowledge, with depth in underlying principles and concepts in the discipline of urban and regional planning

  • Evaluate and reflect on strategic, statutory, professional and ethical frameworks to perform key urban and regional planning tasks, especially in diverse tropical contexts

  • Review critically, analyse, consolidate and synthesise information and evidence relevant to diverse planning, land use and development contexts

  • Utilise appropriate quantitative and qualitative methods, technical tools and geographic information systems for data analysis and spatial mapping

  • Communicate issues, proposals, and actions clearly and coherently to diverse audiences through advanced written and oral English language, numeracy and graphical skills and a range of media

  • Apply strategic, critical, creative and spatial thinking, and planning knowledge and evidence, to identify, analyse and generate solutions to complex, unpredictable and/or emergent problems

  • Demonstrate initiative and responsibility in decision making and management of time, risk and conflicts in planning and design projects

  • Demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively with other planners and, where appropriate, multidisciplinary, culturally diverse, Indigenous, minority and/or special needs groups

  • Review, evaluate and/or monitor planning tools, processes, proposals and plans

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

  • Apply knowledge of research principles, methods, techniques and tools to plan and execute a minor piece of research.

Course Structure

CORE SUBJECTS

Level 1

EV1005:03 Environmental Processes and Global Change

EV1008:03 Human Geography

EV1009:03 Introduction to Planning

Level 2

BX2077:03 Project Management

EV2301:03 Urban Geography and Design

EV2360:03 Cradle to Grave: Population Economy and Environment

EV2401:03 Australian Landscape Processes and Evolution

EV2502:03 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

LA2902:03 Environmental Law and Policy

MA2401:03 Statistics and Data Analysis or SY2005:03 Qualitative Research 

Level 3

EV3001:03 Environmental and Regional Planning

EV3110:03 Environmental and Social Impact Assessment

EV3252:03 Indigenous Environmental Management

BX3023:03 Economic Growth and Sustainable Development

EV3601:03 Social Impact Assessment: Environmental Management

EV3454:03 Natural Hazards or EV3606:03 Disasters, Communities and Planning

Level 4

EV5010:03 Planning for Sustainable Communities in a Changing Environment

EV5602:03 Urban Design Studio

SC5008:03 Professional Placement

EV5603:03 Planning Legislation and Professional Practice

EV5910:03 Professional Planning Project (Pt 1 of 2)

EV5920:03 Professional Planning Project (Pt 2 of 2)

OPTIONS

Select 15 credit points of specified level 1 or 2 subjects:

AN1001:03 Anthropology: Cultural Diversity in Global Perspective

BA1002:03 Our Space: Networks, Narrative and the Making of Place

BU1003:03 Economics for Sustainable Business

BZ1001:03 Introduction to Biological Processes

BZ1005:03 Introductory Ecology

BZ1006:03 Diversity of Life

BZ1007:03 Introduction to Biodiversity

BZ1008:03 Functional Biology

CP1401:03 Fundamentals of Problem Solving and Programming

CU1010:03 Effective Writing

CV1520:03 A Fine Line: Drawing Concepts and Techniques

CY1001:03 Deviance, Crime and Society

CY2001:03 Perspectives on Criminology

EA1110:03 Evolution of the Earth

EV1011:03 Introduction to Sustainability

EV2011:03 The Case for Sustainability

HI1302:03 World History Since 1900

HI2005:03 Environmental History

IA2013:03 Ecology and Australian Indigenous Cultures

IA2016:03 Australian Indigenous Politics

LA1101:03 Legal Institutions and Processes

LA1102:03 Legal Research, Writing and Analysis

LA1104:03 Legal Concepts

MA1020:03 Preparatory Mathematics

NM1500:03 Introduction to Media Arts

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

PL2002:03 Policy Analysis and Management

SC1101:03 Science: Nature, Knowledge and Understanding

SC1102:03 Modelling Natural Systems

SS1010:03 Australian People: An Introduction to the Social Sciences

SY1001:03 Australian Society: An Introduction to Sociology

PLUS

Select 6 credit points of specified level subjects:

EV5404:03 Field Studies in Tropical Geography

EV5605:03 Professional Planning Work Experience

EV5607:03 Disaster Management Principles

EV5610:03 Native Title and Land Use Planning

PLUS

Select 9 credit points of specified level 3 and 5 subjects:

BX3033:03 Cost Benefit Analysis

CY3456:03 Crime Prevention and Community Safety

EV3011:03 Sustainability in Practice

EV3201:03 Managing Coastal and Marine Environments

EV3251:03 Environmental Impacts of Human Activities in Protected Areas

EV3401:03 Coastal and Catchment Geomorphology

EV3404:03 Field Studies in Tropical Geography

EV5009:03 Foundations of Natural Resource Management

EV3502:03 Advanced Geographic Information Systems

EV5605:03 Professional Planning Work Experience

HI5005:03 Regional Environmental History

LA3006:03 Administrative Law

PL3002:03 Policy Analysis and Management

TO5002:03 Introduction to Tourism and the Environment

TO5104:03 Tourist Management Strategies

Campus

COURSE AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Cairns

 

Townsville

 

Candidature

Expected time to complete

4 years full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

10 years

Maximum leave of absence

3 years

Progression

Course progression requisites

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

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

Must successfully complete 60 credit points before attempting any level 4 subjects.

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

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

Yes

Special assessment requirements

Nil

Accreditation requirements

Nil

Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade

Nil

Supplementary exam for final subject

Not applicable

Advanced Standing

Eligibility

Students may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Advanced Standing and Articulation policy and associated procedures.

Maximum allowed

63 credit points

Currency

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

Expiry

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 student 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

Award title

BACHELOR OF PLANNING

Approved abbreviation

BPlan

Inclusion of majors on testamur

Not applicable - this course does not have majors

Exit with lesser award

Not applicable

Course articulation

Not applicable

Honours

Honours is available only to students admitted to the Bachelor of Planning at this university.

High-achieving students may be invited by the College Dean to undertake the Bachelor of Planning (Honours). Please refer to the Bachelor of Planning (Honours) Handbook for eligibility information.

This website is intended as general guide. Prospective students should contact the university to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.