Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Cities, towns and suburbs are now home to half of the world's population.This subject provides an intro to how we plan and design our urban areas & how cities and their planning and design impacts on how people live their lives, where they work, how far and efficiently they travel, their standard of living and how healthy they will be.The development of cities is a social, economic and environmental response to the needs and demand of human habitation.How we plan (or don't plan) cities, towns and suburbs reflects how we allocate, design and value land uses and the built and natural environment.Collectively these factors influence and provide limits to our use and enjoyment of cities.Using case studies, fieldwork and practical work, students will develop skills in the planning and design of urban areas to determine how efficient they are, how they consume energy and resources and how the types of environments we live in influence everyday life.

FacultyFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorTrevor Budge

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

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Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsA history of European housing in Australia,RecommendedTroy, P. (ed.)CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS 2000
ReadingsLooking after heritage places,RecommendedPearson, M. and Sullivan, S.MELBOURNE UNIVERSITY PRESS 1995
ReadingsThe Australian metropolis: a planning history,RecommendedHamnett, S. and Freestone, A. (eds)ALLEN & UNWIN 2000
ReadingsThe new urban frontier: urbanization and city building in Australasia and the American West,RecommendedFrost, L.NSW UNIVERSITY PRESS. 1991

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2014, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorTrevor Budge

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

WorkShop Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementComments%
Reflective assessment on fieldwork (500 words)10
Short opinion piece (equivalent to 400 words)5
an illustrated classroom presentation and leading a classroom discussion15
compilation of a scrapbook of relevant articles and commentary10
group work practical design workshop exercise10
one 1,000-word essay20
two tests - both 30 minutes, the first worth 10% and the second worth 20%30