Land Use and Urban Design

Subject ABPL90132 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2012:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 1x2 hour lecture per week; 1x1 hour tutorial per week
Total Time Commitment:

140 hours

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.

The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:


Dr Alan March


Environments and Design Student Centre
Ground Floor, Baldwin Spencer (building 113)

Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)

Subject Overview:

This subject was formerly known as Urban Design for Planners.

Urban design is concerned with the qualities, use, ongoing improvement and management of the public realm such as streets, squares and pedestrian malls. This subject emphasises the development of urban design skills that are of value to urban planners, while critically reflecting on urban design as it is practised. Students will develop understandings of the nature of urban design, and the roles of planners and other professionals in relation to it. The fundamental qualities of urban places are examined from an urban design perspective. These understandings form the basis of skills development in using planning tools to achieve desirable urban design outcomes. An integrated program of lectures, tutorial workshops, fieldwork, and teamwork provide the theoretical and practical basis for developing urban design skills and understandings. Students will undertake hands-on urban design work, while reflecting critically upon the role of urban design, the skills they are developing, and the manner in which planning interconnects with urban design.


This subject aims to enable students to:

  • understand the nature of urban design;
  • assess the urban design qualities of urban places;
  • use planning controls to effect desirable urban design outcomes;
  • prepare and present urban design documents.
  • Tutorial exercises in weeks 2-6 (40%).
  • Major Urban Design submission: equivalent to 3,000 words (60%), due in week 12.
Prescribed Texts:

None specified

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • Creative response to complex problems.
  • Spatial analysis.
  • Awareness of different approaches to design tasks.
  • Use of sketches and diagrams to analyse, plan and communicate.
Related Course(s): Master of Design (Urban Design)
Master of Urban Design
Master of Urban Planning
Postgraduate Diploma in Urban Design
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Sustainable Cities, Sustainable Regions

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