Essential planning theory is integrated with understandings drawn from biophysical, social, cultural, legal and public policy disciplines. Urban, regional and rural environments are considered, and emphasis is given to planning across all land tenures at catchment and landscape scales. Extensive use of case studies provides students with practical examples of major environmental planning issues. Students undertake an industry placement that provides opportunities to incorporate the knowledge gained in the course into planning practice. Teaching of units within the course is linked to an active staff and graduate student research program, and with staff involvements in community, government and industry planning activities.
The Master of Planning is offered by the Discipline of Geography and Spatial Sciences in the School of Land and Food.
It can be studied in either full-time or part-time mode. The course can be studied on-campus at Hobart or by Distance Education.
In completing the coursework units of the Master of Planning, the course aims to give students opportunities to:
1. acquire advanced knowledge required by planning professionals;
2. acquire advanced technical and communication skills required by planning professionals;
3. develop capacity in reviewing, analysing, synthesising, evaluating and applying knowledge;
4. develop capacity in identifying and assessing potential solutions to complex planning problems;
5. develop capacity to participate effectively in employment or further study in the field of planning at local, state, national or international levels;
6. show initiative and judgement in professional practice and scholarship;
7. develop an understanding of environmental and social responsibility, justice and cultural diversity;
8. develop capacity in communicating clear and coherent expositions of knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences; and
9. develop capacity to take responsibility and accountability for their own learning and practice, in collaboration with others.
In completing the research component of the Master of Planning, students will have opportunities to:
1. develop skills in identifying, acquiring and analysing diverse resources that include published material, websites, databases and other media;
2.obtain practical research training by designing and undertaking a specialized project;
3. develop written skills to a levelappropriate for preparation of professional reports, and in the case of the research thesis, preparation of a paper suitable for submission to a refereed journal;
4. develop oral communication skills to a level appropriate for the delivery of a presentation at a national conference; and
5. be prepared for professional working careers, and in the case of the research thesis, higher degrees by research.
The course also addresses a set of competency outcomes specified by the accrediting body (Planning Institute of Australia).
The course includes KGA513 Professional Practice. In this unit students negotiate placement in a government or private sector organisation which is approved by the University. There they work on one or more practical tasks under the supervision of a suitably qualified professional. Understanding of environmental planning and/or management including organisational structure and functions, the role and responsibilities of planners and/or managers, and basic administrative processes are developed. Students are encouraged to make contacts within the profession and among stakeholders. Generic issues concerning workplace values, ethics and professional practice are discussed. Assessment draws on students' engagement with the scholarly literature, their documented preparations, outputs and critical reflection throughout the placement. This unit is also part of the current planning courses S6L and S7U.
The Master of Planning can lead to positions in planning for urban, rural, regional and natural environments. Planners are employed by local and state governments across Australia, the Commonwealth Government, as well as private sector firms such as planning consultants. Students complete a thesis and can apply to undertake a PhD in planning.
The proposed masters is the subject of an accreditation application. The Course Coordinator will prepare accreditation documents to present to the Planning Institute of Australia and a PIA Visiting Board which will be assessing the course in December 2015.
Candidates will be qualified for entry to the Master of Planning if they have been admitted to a bachelor degree in any discipline at the University of Tasmania or hold a degree or other tertiary qualifications deemed by the Faculty to be equivalent for this purpose. International applicants are required to have IELTS 6.5 with no band below 6.0. These admission requirements are the same as those for the current courses S6L and S7U.
Students completing the Graduate Diploma of Environmental Planning S6L are eligible for entry into the proposed program.
Students completing the proposed Master of Planning, which includes a 50% thesis component, will be eligible for entry into a higher degree research program.
Fees & scholarships
Domestic students enrolled in a full fee paying place are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the fees you pay for each unit you enrol in. Full fee paying domestic students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.
Annual Tuition Fee is inclusive of the compulsory Student Services and Amenities (SSA) fee. The SSA fee for 2017 is $294 AUD.
For information on general scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.
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