Morphological Mapping

Subject ABPL30051 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Feb-2016 to 29-May-2016
Assessment Period End 24-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 11-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-May-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 1X1 hour of lecture and 1X 2 hour of tutorial per week
Total Time Commitment:

170 Hours


Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:


One of the following subjects

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1
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:


Dr Elek Pafka


Subject Coordinator:

The Eastern Precinct (building 138)
(between Doug McDonell building and Eastern Resource Centre)

Current Student:

Subject Overview:

This subject will introduce the field of urban morphological analysis and a range of techniques for urban mapping. It will include techniques for mapping and analysis of various layers of urban data, for instance: figure/ground, grain size, building and public space typology, infrastructure, functional mix, movement networks, density, streetlife, character, viewsheds and pools of use. The focus will be on an understanding of how various techniques of urban mapping can creatively contribute to different urban design concepts, approaches and outcomes within a global context.

Learning Outcomes:

At the conclusion of this subject it is expected that the student be able to:

  • Understand the role and importance of morphological mapping for urban analysis and design;
  • Read and critique a layered morphological database;
  • Build a simple layered database for an urban site;
  • Understand the use of mapping as a creative tool for urban design.

Assignment 1, due mid semester, 25% (1000 word equivalent)

Assignment 2, due late semester, 25% (1000 word equivalent)

Assignment 3, due end semester, 25% (1000 word equivalent)

Weekly class presentations, participation and attendance, throughout semester, 25% (1000 word equivalent) of which:

  • 10% is for a MapSearch presentation;
  • 10% is for participation and facilitaton of discussion of readings and exercises;
  • 5% is for the final exercise presentation.

Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • Mapping and graphic representation.
  • Use of computerised databases.
  • Ability to engage in interdisciplinary work.
  • Use and citation of sources.
  • Written, verbal and visual presentation of ideas.
  • Ability to analyse social and cultural contexts.
  • Critical thinking and analysis.
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Architecture major
Environments Discipline subjects
Landscape Architecture major
Restrictions for Breadth Options within the Bachelor of Environments - relating to specific majors
Urban Design and Planning major
Related Breadth Track(s): Urban Design and Planning

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