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Urban Design for People and Places (PLAN20002)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codePLAN20002
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

Urban Design introduces the visual, spatial, social and design dimensions in planning for public spaces. Urban Design for People and Places examines how a city’s built form, function and structure is shaped by its interaction with multidimensional forces – including the physical, technological, cultural, social, economic, and environmental –to create a public life which continuously shapes and is shaped by both people’s activities and the places they inhabit. It explores a broad range of concepts, theories, principles, and processes to frame the urban design practice – developing, proposing and negotiating creative urban design solutions to address urban issues in a dynamic setting.

Intended learning outcomes

Students who have successfully completed this subject should be able to:

  • Demonstrate critical understanding of urban design theory, practice and policy making, and its relation to urban planning; 
  • Demonstrate knowledge and expertise in applying urban design principles and processes whilst recognizing the social, environmental, economic and cultural values and sensitivities of the built environment; 
  • Demonstrate spatial and design thinking skills in developing, proposing and negotiating creative urban design solutions, individually and in a group, to address urban issues; 
  • Understand the role of stakeholders in the urban design process; 
  • Visually communicate and convey a sense of urban design work with the use of media; and 
  • Demonstrate a process of growth and learning of urban design over time.

Generic skills

Students who have successfully completed this subject will have developed the following generic skills:

  • Critical thinking and analysis;
  • Use and citation of sources;
  • Written and verbal presentation of ideas;
  • Essay and report writing;
  • Application of generic theories to specific examples;
  • Ability to analyze social and cultural contexts.

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
ABPL20037 Urban Design Studies
Semester 1

Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home



  • Visual Critical Essay(individual), equivalent to 1500 words, week 4 (30%);
  • 4 class exercises on urban design techniques (individual), collectively equivalent to 800-1000 words, weeks 5-8 (30%);
  • Urban Design Project, equivalent to 2000 words (40%):
    - Presentation 10% (group), week 10
    - Folio 20% (group), week 12
    - Reflection 10% (individual), week 12 .

Hurdle requirement: Attendance at least 75% of tutorial classes.

Dates & times

  • Semester 2
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours 4 hours per week ( 1X2 hour lecture +1X2 hour tutorial)
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019
    Census date31 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail27 September 2019
    Assessment period ends22 November 2019

Time commitment details

170 hours

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    There are no specifically prescribed or recommended texts for this subject.

  • Breadth options

    This subject is available as breadth in the following courses:

  • Available through the Community Access Program

    About the Community Access Program (CAP)

    This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.

    Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.

  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 22 November 2018