BP188 - Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning

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Plan: BP188P12 - Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning
Award abbreviation: BUrbRegPlan
Total credit points: 384
Career: UGRD
Duration: 4 years full-time/8 years part-time
Location: Onshore, City Campus
Owning school: Global, Urban and Social Studies (365H)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/socialhumanities
ASCED code: 040103
CRICOS code: 074687G

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Purpose of the Program

The planning profession is diverse. Planning draws from a wide variety of disciplines and fields of study including geography, architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, ecology, history, sociology, business, politics and policy studies. Drawing on these experiences, planners are involved in making decisions about land use proposals and other types of developments whilst balancing the needs of communities and the environment.

The purpose of the Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning program is to provide an education that will prepare you to enter the planning profession.

It is the task of the planner to bring together and present to decision-makers and the community a broad range of technical and scientific information in a format that is easy to understand. These experiences cannot be separated from politics and the Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning program makes a point of acknowledging the political environment.  The program therefore aims to provide you with excellent communication and people skills as well as the ability to work through complex multidisciplinary environmental problems.

Planning graduates readily find employment in a wide range of sectors, especially local government, Victorian government departments and with private sector planning and design consultancies. Other employers of planners include major development and retailing companies. As a graduate you can also build a career in areas such as design, community health and welfare, housing, environmental planning, transport and strategic land-use planning.

The Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning program is designed to equip you with the:

  • ability to solve problems by exercising responsibility, engaging in critical analysis and demonstrating ethical reflexivity and professional standards of practice informed by a regard for key values such as equity and respect for individuals and sections of the social and natural environments.
  • capacity to draw on a range of relevant theoretical insights and research findings in your  own professional practice and to contextualize these findings and insights in a range of relevant policy and planning fields, as well as public debates.
  • skills to communicate effectively and reflectively on a one-to-one basis, in teams and publicly.
  • confidence to analyse critically and use social research as part of planning practice, as well as design, conduct and disseminate social research. This requires a sound understanding of the philosophical and methodological issues relating to qualitative and quantitative research, and the competence to engage in critical analysis and argument about various forms of evidence and reasoning.
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Articulation and pathways

Pathways refer to related programs for which you may be eligible once you have graduated from your current program.

There are potential pathways from this program to further studies at postgraduate level. In particular, RMIT offers coursework Master in Environment and Planning (MC072) and International, Environmental and Urban Management (MC074) that may be of interest to graduates.

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Entrance requirements

Academic entrance requirements: Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 or equivalent senior secondary school studies, or RMIT Foundation Studies program, or a recognised post secondary diploma or certificate in a relevant discipline. Applicants with post secondary work experience in this field will also be considered.

VCE prerequisites: Units 3 and 4 – a study score of at least 30 in English (ESL) or at least 25 in any other English.

International English language requirements:

  • IELTS (Academic): 6.5 (no band less than 6.0)
  • TOEFL (Paper based): 580 (TWE 4.5)
  • TOEFL (Internet Based Test – iBT): Overall score of 92 with minimum of 20 in any sections
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE(A)): 58 (no band less than 50)
  • Cambridge English – Advanced (CAE): CAE Grade B
  • RMIT English Worldwide (REW) – English for Academic Purposes (EAP) programs: Advanced Plus certificate

Extra requirements
Non year 12 applicants must complete and submit a VTAC Personal History Online explaining their reasons for wanting to study urban and regional planning, demonstrating their awareness of current issues in urban planning, the personal strengths and attributes they will bring to the course, and include details of any relevant work or other experience.

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External accreditation and industry links

The Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning Program at RMIT University has multiple linkages with the profession and the planning industry.  The Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning is accredited by the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA), which undertakes a regular review of all accredited planning programs.

There is regular collaboration with the Planning Institute of Australia (Victorian Division) on a range of issues of mutual interest.  Many planning practitioners are happy to be guest lecturers and, on occasion, sessional lecturers. Most planning agencies in metropolitan Melbourne offer RMIT planning students work placements, a key component of the planning degree. In recent years selected planning agencies have partnered RMIT planning staff in Australian Research Council grant applications.

The Planning Institute of Australia is the peak body representing professions involved in planning Australia's cities, towns, regions and places.  Completion of the Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning program provides you with the ability to be eligible for membership of the Urban and Regional Planning Chapter of the Planning Institute of Australia, with reciprocal membership of key international planning associations.

Further information about PIA can be found at  www.planning.org.au

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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

Library resources and services
As a student enrolled in a program at RMIT University you can access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the Library. You can access books, journals and other course related materials, such as DVDs, past exams, newspapers and e-books. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world. 
Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, myRMIT Studies  (www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit) or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT University wireless network in the Library.  Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service. 
The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT University students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as, e-books, e-journals and newspapers. You can find more information on Library resources and services at: http://www.rmit.edu.au/library

Online learning tools and content
You can access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses at myRMIT Studies www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit

Services available to you as a student at RMIT University
RMIT University provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals.

Services are available face to face and online assisting with:

  • transition to tertiary study and learning
  • study skills, academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic sciences
    if relevant
  • enabling assistance if you have a disability, long term medical condition or other form
    of disadvantage which may impact on your learning
  • career development and employment
  • living and wellbeing (including advice on health, housing and financial matters)
  • opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad
  • opportunities for participating in arts, sport, recreation, fitness activities as well
    as student activism and university governance
  • We also offer a friendly and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

You can find more information at www.rmit.edu.au/students

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