MUP Studio

Subject ABPL90384 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 25
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
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

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 25-Jul-2016 to 23-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 18-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 05-Aug-2016
Census Date 31-Aug-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 23-Sep-2016

Studio class allocation process is done via a ballot, for further information please refer to the

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 2X 3 hour studios per week
Total Time Commitment:

340 hours


Completion of 100 point of study within MC-URPL Master of Urban Planning.

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects:
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:


Mr John Stone, Prof Sun Sheng Han


Semester 1

Subject Coordinator email:

Semester 2

Subject Coordinator email:

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

Current Student:

Subject Overview:

This studio-based subject is an alternative capstone to the MSD Minor Thesis. It builds on the knowledge attained by students in the Master of Urban Planning first year and addresses a practical problem, which will vary from semester to semester. Fieldwork locations, if any, may change each semester to respond to emerging practical challenges and opportunities. Individual self-guided work will be complemented by a small amount of group work for the development of team work and leadership skills.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Identify and engage critically with issues related to planning practice;
  • Conduct primary and secondary research to understand and address planning issues;
  • Identify and propose creative solutions to planning issues;
  • Identify and respond to ethical challenges;
  • Understand the relationships between planning and society, culture, environment, space and politics;
  • Demonstrate a capacity to work efficiently and effectively individually and as a team; and
  • Have the ability to devise on strategies and timelines for completing negotiated tasks.
  • Group work (equivalent to 3000 words per student), due week 5 (30%);
  • Final individual planning report (equivalent to 7000 words), due week 14 (70%).
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

On completion of the subject students should have developed the following skills and capabilities:

  • Critical thinking and analysis;
  • Research capacity and ability to synthesise and deduce from multiple sources;
  • Original thinking in context;
  • Expression of key ideas publicly and in report form; and,
  • Written and design skills.
Related Course(s): Master of Urban Planning

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