Introduction to Urban and Regional Planning

Qualification: Postgraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 13 weeks
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Awarded by: Curtin University
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About this unit

Introduction to Urban and Regional Planning is an online unit provided by Open Universities Australia in association with Curtin University. Its central aim is to instil in you an intricate knowledge of the planning system, and an ability to critically review it. You will learn the evolution of the planning system, its core processes, and the institutional structures that make decisions on what buildings and projects are greenlit.

To begin with, you will explore the profile of the planning base and its history, before examining local planning for suburban growth. Following this, you will explore larger metropolitan planning, before examining planning for urban needs such as retail precincts and public transport infrastructure. Finally, you will consider rural and regional planning as a counterpoint to other areas covered by the unit.

Ultimately, Introduction to Urban and Regional planning provides you with illuminating insights into the planning system as a whole. Armed with this knowledge, you will be able to produce far more effective plans in a professional context, as you will be familiar with how the system works and how things are approved for construction.

Eligibility

To be eligible to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

  • Graduate Certificate in Development Planning

OR

  • Master of Urban and Regional Planning

Areas of study

In this Introduction to Urban and Regional Planning unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Introduction to planning
  • A profile of the planning base
  • History of planning in WA
  • Planning for suburban growth and change
  • Local planning
  • Metropolitan planning
  • Transport planning
  • Retail planning
  • Urban design
  • Regional planning
  • Rural planning
  • Overview of planning

Course pathways

This unit is a core requirement in the following course:

  • Master of Urban and Regional Planning, Curtin University

This unit is an approved elective in the following course:

  • Graduate Certificate in Development Planning, Curtin University

Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

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How will this unit advance my career?

The field of planning is riddled with red-tape and governed by various bodies of bureaucracy. Although this is necessary to ensure developments are compliant with regulations and building codes, it can seem daunting to someone looking for their first role within the discipline.

Taking a unit such as Introduction to Urban and Regional Planning will ease this considerably, as you will be able to develop a comprehensive overview the planning system and how it operates in Australia. From an employer’s perspective, completion of this unit is demonstrative of your knowledge of how planning works in the real world, and how to operate within these processes.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Introduction to Urban and Regional Planning from Curtin University.
  • Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
  • Government financial support through FEE-HELP may be available.
  • Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
  • Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA's full degree programs.

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Financial assistance

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

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You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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