ABPL20049 Introduction to Urban Design & Planning

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2017:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.Show/hide details
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 24-Jul-2017 to 22-Oct-2017
Assessment Period End 17-Nov-2017
Last date to Self-Enrol 04-Aug-2017
Census Date 31-Aug-2017
Last date to Withdraw without fail 22-Sep-2017

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 hours Lectures 24 hours Tutorials
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours


Two of the following subjects from the Urban Design and Planning core:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:

Introductory knowledge in the Urban Design and Planning Major of the Bachelor of Environments: an awareness of urban history, appreciation of the main aspects of urban design, and understanding of contemporary issues and events in cities and regions.

Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

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Prof Sun Sheng Han


Sun Sheng Han

Subject Overview:

The subject introduces students to introductory skills relevant to the study and practice of urban design and planning. Building upon the broad understandings developed in the perquisite subjects that relate to the ways that urban designers and planners might successfully intervene in urban places, the subject is oriented to student’s taking steps towards becoming practically able to develop plans, policies and designs to improve urban places, seeking multiple objectives.
Key skills for writing, drawing, urban analysis, design, and working at the scales relevant to urban design and planning will be developed in a mixed suite of lectures, workshops, field trips, tutorials and studios. Students will work on a key project for the semester that allows to develop key skills, culminating in the production of a design for an urban place. Students will develop abilities in presenting using a variety of media and in a range of settings.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of the subject, students will be able to:

  • Gather information from a range of sources relating to an urban place and meaningfully collate, interpret and analyse it.
  • From the above, spatially represent and analyse an urban place, subsequently conveying this to others in meaningful ways.
  • Develop strategies and designs for the ongoing spatial management of an urban place.
  • Reflect upon the implications of their plans and design in terms of social, economic, ecological and cultural concerns.
  • Deliver information about their plans and designs using appropriate representation, written, oral and other relevant means.
  • An individual assignment equivalent to 400 words due in week 3, worth 10%;
  • A group assignment due in week 6 - Urban analysis including written and drawn analysis of site (equivalent to 1200 words per student), worth 30%;
  • An individual major project due in week 12, including an urban report and design response (equivalent to 2500 words) worth 60%.
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

• Verbal, written and drawn communication skills.
• Urban analysis via a range of observed, numeric, and qualitative means.
• Individual and team based work.

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Environments Discipline subjects
Non- allowed Breadth Subjects within the Bachelor of Design - relating to specific majors
Urban Design and Planning major

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