Course Title: Urban Design Project

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Urban Design Project

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face or Internet or Workplace

Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Assoc Professor Joe Hurley

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9016

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 08.07.13

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

ARCH1061 Urban Design and Planning

Course Description

In this course you apply and extend range of urban design skills and professional knowledge that you have developed throughout the program. You will respond to a contemporary urban design brief focusing on a case study site. You will engage in independent and collaborative research and analysis to inform your ideas and proposals. You will be expected to demonstrate that you can work productively with others to establish processes and to allocate responsibilities and roles to address the design brief. You will develop and urban design plans which will be presented and critiqued.

Please note that if you take this course for a bachelor honours program, your overall mark in this course will be one of the course marks that will be used to calculate the weighted average mark (WAM) that will determine your award level. (This applies to students who commence enrolment in a bachelor honours program from 1 January 2016 onwards. See the WAM information web page for more information.)

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
• Apply a range of key urban design, research and problem solving skills to complex real-world situations
• Analyse a case study site drawing on theoretical approaches and a range of available documents including plans, photographs and written documents
• Communicate urban design ideas and proposals to a wide audience using a range of presentation skills and media, including drawings
• Demonstrate effective interpersonal communication and project management skills both as part of a team and independently

You will be assessed on your development of the following program learning outcomes:
• Demonstrate creativity, critical thinking and innovation when identifying and solving urban and regional problems in diverse contexts and assessing implications of decisions and actions.
• Discern the value of information and knowledge from a wide variety of sources and experiences and reflect on and evaluate their application in planning practice and research.
• Apply a range of social science research methods to conduct research and undertake policy development that consider theoretical, historical, local and international contexts for decision making.
• Communicate ideas using diverse formats and strategies to academic and professional audiences within and external to the discipline of urban and regional planning
• Work with others in a range of roles and contexts, demonstrating cultural and social sensitivity, environmental stewardship and ethical and reflective practice.
• Critically reflect on the interconnectedness of environmental, social, economic systems both locally and internationally and apply in your professional practice or further study.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in learning that involves a range of face to face and online activities such as lectures, workshops, site visits, data collection, guest lectures, group and class discussion, group activities and individual research.

Overview of Learning Resources

Learning resources and materials, including specific course related readings, will be made available to you in class and online (which can be accessed via MyRMIT studies). You will also be required to find additional resources, which may include academic journal articles, newspapers and electronic media. This course does not require a prescribed textbook.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. Assessment may include urban design responses, reports, projects, presentations and quizzes, individually and in groups.
Assessment will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of your learning. You will be able to develop your work in relation to your own specific areas of interest in your professional practice.
Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

  • If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.
  • A student charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.
  • Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: