Course Title: Urban Design Project

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Urban Design Project

Credit Points: 12.00


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,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2022


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face or Internet or Workplace

Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr Mittul Vahanvati

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9150

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 8, Level 11

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study

You should have satisfactorily completed ARCH1061 Urban Design and Planning before you commence this course.

Alternatively, you may be able to demonstrate the required skills and knowledge before you start this course.

Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning. 

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

Program Learning Outcomes

In course you will develop 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.
  • Critically reflect on the interconnectedness of environmental, social, economic systems both locally and internationally and apply in your professional practice or further study. 

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Apply a range of key urban design, research and problem solving skills to complex real-world situations
  2. Analyse a case study site drawing on theoretical approaches and a range of available documents including plans, photographs and written documents
  3. Communicate urban design ideas and proposals to a wide audience using a range of presentation skills and media, including drawings
  4. Demonstrate effective interpersonal communication and project management skills both as part of a team and independently. 

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

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. 

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. 

The University Library has extensive resources for planning students. There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal. 

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. Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks. 

Assessment Tasks: 

  1. Theory and Precedent Review Task (30% Linked to CLOs 1 and 3): min. 500 words in addition to visuals.
  2. Site and Policy Analysis Task  (30% Linked to CLOs 1, 2, 3 and 4): min. 500 words in addition to visuals including photos, drawings and spatial analysis
  3. Site Design Task (40% Linked to CLOs 3 and 4): includes drawings including plan, section, elevation and 3 dimensional artists impression. 

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 manager or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more. 

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.