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The Urban and Regional Planning course examines the theoretical foundations of planning and relevant legislative and bureaucratic frameworks. It also develops practical skills suitable for planning practitioners in government agencies or the private sector. The program teaches research skills and as a student of the certificate you will develop your critical and analytical capacity.
All units are based on inter-disciplinary knowledge, techniques and practices, and address environmental, social and design issues. This program is ideal for anyone looking to further their education of the planning industry.
If you choose not to study the entire Master of Urban and Regional Planning program you may be able to complete an alternative program. This is beneficial for students who need to develop a specialisation or prefer not to commit to the whole study period.
Depending on the units studied, you can exit with a Graduate Certificate in Development Planning.
Studying this Master of Urban and Regional Planning, you will study:
As well as two electives from the following:
Open Universities Australia offers a range of administrative and student support options. As a student of OUA you will have access to four hours of free expert tutoring support for each unit undertaken through the tutoring service SMARTHINKING. This on-demand service allows you to get fast, detailed feedback on your assignment drafts and gives you access to your tutor in real time.
The My OUA portal is an online student medium that allows you access to all your course and enrolment information as well as access to student forums and assessment tips.
As a graduate of this program, your career opportunities include (but are not limited to):
There is a chronic shortage of planners in Australia due to unprecedented growth and availability of wealth in both the public and private sectors. Local government in particular is suffering from a lack of professionally trained planners. Professional bodies including the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) are encouraging education and training courses leading to the supply of qualified planners and the Federal Government is encouraging migration of planners from other parts of the world to address the shortfall. Delays in the development industry are being blamed in part for the shortage of qualified planning staff.
The economic downturn is not likely to limit the need for employment of planners. In these times emphasis in the planning arena is much more focused on the provision of affordable housing and other welfare and social concerns.
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