Bushfire Urban Planning

Subject EVSC90022 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

April, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start 11-Apr-2016
Teaching Period 25-Apr-2016 to 30-Apr-2016
Assessment Period End 14-May-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 13-Apr-2016
Census Date 25-Apr-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: 24 hours lectures + 36 hours practicals
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: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/disability


Assoc Prof Alan March


The Eastern Precinct (building 138)
(between Doug McDonell building and Eastern Resource Centre)
Current Student: http://ask.unimelb.edu.au/
Web: http://msd.unimelb.edu.au/

Subject Overview:

This subject sets out the key mechanisms by which land use planning can reduce the risks associated with human settlements located in bushfire prone areas. It begins with an overview of bushfire as a natural hazard that occurs in particular landscapes, and the ways that human settlements interact with these to result in spatial and locally particular risk outcomes.

The ways that urban planning mechanisms can influence risk levels in bushfire prone areas are explored. First principles of planning intervention techniques are set out, followed by a detailed explanation of relevant elements of Victorian planning processes. Current regulatory approaches suitable for the treatment of bushfire risk in Victoria are a core learning outcome for the subject, in parallel with developing understandings of the inter-relations between building, planning, response and land management agencies related to bushfire risk reduction.

Note: This subject includes a pre-teaching period. During the pre-teaching period students are expected to complete the course readings, review the lectures and any other course preparation as outlined on the LMS. The LMS will become available at the commencement of the pre-teaching dates. Pre teaching starts on 13/04/2015

Learning Outcomes:

Students who successfully complete this course will:

  • Understand basic concepts of interaction between bushfire prone landscapes and urban areas;
  • Understand fundamental principles of planning approaches to reduction of bushfire risk;
  • Be able to use the relevant components of the Victorian planning system to reduce bushfire risk, understanding the relationship with relevant extant building regulations;
  • Understand the relationships between bushfire risk treatments and approaches, and other goals such as ecological and heritage values; and,
  • Be able to prepare a bushfire risk statement and undertake a bushfire attack level (BAL) assessment as appropriate.
  • Written assignment (1000 words) due prior to commencement of intensive (20%);
  • Four in-class worksheets (equivalent to 2000 words total) due throughout intensive (40%);
  • Final written assignment (2000 words) due 3 weeks after completion of intensive (40%).
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Related Course(s): Graduate Certificate in Bushfire Planning and Management
Graduate Diploma in Bushfire Planning and Management
Master of Architecture
Master of Architecture
Master of Design (Urban Design)
Master of Forest Ecosystem Science
Master of Landscape Architecture
Master of Landscape Architecture
Master of Urban Design
Master of Urban Planning
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: 200 point Master of Architecture
200 point Master of Landscape Architecture
300 point Master of Architecture
300 point Master of Landscape Architecture
Melbourne School of Design multidisciplinary elective subjects

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