Land Use and Urban Design

Subject ABPL90132 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 27-Jul-2015 to 25-Oct-2015
Assessment Period End 20-Nov-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 07-Aug-2015
Census Date 31-Aug-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 25-Sep-2015

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 3 hours per week: 2 hour tutorial and 1 hour lecture
Total Time Commitment:

170 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:


Assoc Prof 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, studio 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.

Learning Outcomes:

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;
  • integrate and apply theoretical knowledge.
  • Tutorial exercises in weeks 2-6 (40%).
  • Major Urban Design submission: equivalent to 3,000 words (60%), due in week 12.
Prescribed Texts:

'Public Places - Urban spaces: the dimensions of urban design', Carmona et al (2012).

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): Graduate Diploma in Bushfire Planning and Management
Master of Design (Urban Design)
Master of Urban Design
Master of Urban Planning
Postgraduate Diploma in Bushfire Planning and Management
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Melbourne School of Design multidisciplinary elective subjects
Sustainable Cities, Sustainable Regions
Sustainable Cities, Sustainable Regions
Tailored Specialisation
Tailored Specialisation

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