Flexible Digital Urban Modelling

Subject ABPL90304 (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

This subject has a quota of 22, which will apply to students who enrol during the standard enrolment period. Students from the Master of Urban Design (MUD) and the Master of Design (Urban Design) will be given preference and selection will be based upon academic merit (overall GPA). Any remaining places will be made available to non urban design students and based upon academic merit (overall GPA).

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 3 hours per week
Total Time Commitment:

100 hours

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:

Basic digital skills and 3D Max would be advantageous

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 course are articulated in the Course Description, Course Objectives and Generic Skills 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: http://www.services.unimelb.edu.au/disability/


Dr Marcus White


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

Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)
Website: http://www.msd.unimelb.edu.au

Subject Overview:

This elective will involve modelling and interacting with complex urban sites focusing on modelling difficult terrains, both existing conditions and topographical manipulation. Students will investigate biomorphic/organic form making and representation techniques utilising procedural modelling using 3DS Max as well as plug-in and script use. Through investigating rapidly emerging digital modelling technologies, students will learn time-saving modelling, how to manage complex files, and how to move information between a range of software.


Throughout class, students will ‘record’ all that they learn with a ‘digital how to’ style manual. Students will be taught rapid knowledge capture techniques with the introduction of IrfanView capturing used with InDesign and Acrobat PDFs and video capture with Jing.


Assessment will be by coursework only

  • A1 poster (30%), 1500 word equivalent, due week 10.
  • Multipage PDF ‘How to guide’ (50%), 2500 word equivalent, due week 12.
  • Video tutorials (20%), 1000 word equivalent, due week 12.
Prescribed Texts:

Reader will be available on line

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Related Course(s): Master of Architecture
Master of Architecture
Master of Design (Urban Design)
Master of Landscape Architecture
Master of Landscape Architecture
Master of Urban Design

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