Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Urban design is about considering the qualities and layout of a place to ensure that it works well and contributes to the quality of life of the people that experience it. This extends far beyond the narrow aesthetic considerations that some people think of when they think about urban design. Urban design considers questions of safety, comfort, economics, social equity, ecological performance as well as matters of appearance. This subject aims to develop your knowledge of and skills in site planning and urban design through the study of theory and practice. The course places a strong emphasis on practical projects and includes participation in a structured site planning -urban design project.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorJulie Rudner

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsBy design: urban design in the planning system: towards better practice,RecommendedCABE.UK DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT, TRANSPORT AND REGIONS 2000
ReadingsMaking people ? friendly towns: improving the public environment in towns and cities,RecommendedTibbalds, F.SPON 2000
ReadingsSustainable urbanism: urban design with nature,RecommendedFarr, D.WILEY 2008
ReadingsThe death and life of great American cities,RecommendedJacobs, J.PENGUIN 1961
ReadingsThe urban design reader,RecommendedLarice, M. (ed.)ROUTLEDGE 2006

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Appraise and crtitique examples of contemporary urban design through fieldwork observation and reflection on urban design theory

Lectures, fieldwork, observation, review of critical urban design theory
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

02. Create and design responses to urban planning agendas and site specifc localities

Lectures, fieldwork, observation, workshop, review of critical urban design theory, presentation
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Speaking (Speaking)
Ethical & Cultural Awareness (Ethical & Cultural Awareness)
Writing (Writing)

03. Evaluate and prepare comprehensive arguments to determine the appropriateness of urban design responses to built environments

Lectures, fieldwork, observation, workshop, review of critical urban design theory
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2016, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJulie Rudner

Class requirements

Block Mode Week: 10 - 22
Five 1.0 days block mode other recurrence during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
"May include field trip"


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
An individual project on design issues (2,500 words)35 01, 03, 02
Group project and presentation (1500 words equivalence)55 02, 01, 03
Reflective Piece on Fieldtrip x 500 words10 03, 01, 02