Land Use and Urban Design

Subject ABPL90132 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

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

This subject is not offered in 2013.

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 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.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


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 Bushfire Planning and Management
Postgraduate Diploma in Urban Design
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Melbourne School of Design multidisciplinary elective subjects (without prerequisites)
Sustainable Cities, Sustainable Regions

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