Course Title: Urban Design and Planning Workshop

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Urban Design and Planning Workshop

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 1 2018

Course Coordinator: Dr Ian Woodcock

Course Coordinator Phone: tel:99253441

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 8, level 7

Course Coordinator Availability: on request

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course is weekly 3-hour workshop-based program focused on designing an urban project. The workshop focus is on: Developing spatial thinking skills for imagining and communicating urban design; Analysing an urban context; Researching, developing and interrogating scenarios and visions; Producing visual communication materials for an urban-scale design project that addresses contemporary issues at the forefront of resilience and sustainability of cities.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Course learning outcomes [CLO]:


CLO1: Critically analyse an urban context at an advanced level to provide the basis for urban design;

CLO2: Develop and refine a design vision for an urban-scale project that encompasses socio-cultural, economic, environmental, statutory, infrastructural and other key factors necessary for success;

CLO3: Demonstrate the use of visual communication and design skills for urban design to develop and interrogate a series of future urban design scenarios;

CLO4: Critically apply design communication materials to the integration of relevant theoretical and practical knowledge that engages with contemporary issues of sustainability and resilience.

This course delivers the following program learning outcomes:

  • Determine and apply the specialist knowledge and technical skills required to develop creative solutions to a range of complex problems that currently confront our built and natural environments
  • Use a wide range of research tools, methods and strategies to generate new knowledge and inform decision-making in urban planning and environment contexts
  • Communication and technical research skills to justify and interpret theoretical findings, and professional decisions to diverse audiences including policy makers and practitioners as well as non-professional audiences
  • Effectively argue and advocate for a preferred set of policy outcomes to help address urban and environmental planning, policy and management challenges

Overview of Learning Activities

The primary learning mode is via project-based workshops (a combination of short lectures, seminars and general discussion) supported by online material, individual and group fieldwork, observation and mapping tasks, discussions about key readings, research, interpretation of visual materials, analytic, synthetic and creative activities, either in class or required by assessment tasks.

Overview of Learning Resources

You will be able to access to a wide range of online learning tools and content for your course from the student portal, myRMIT, and RMIT Library resources. These resources will include book chapters, journal articles, media articles, lecture notes, bibliographies for supplementary reading, video, and links to external websites.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment in this course is designed to enable you to develop your visual literacy, spatial imagination and design skills. Assessment tasks are designed to encourage thinking critically and creatively about the importance of place, space and spatial relationships across the field of urban and environmental planning and design. Feedback will be provided on all assessment.

There are three main items of assessment: 1) An individual weekly working journal covering reading, fieldwork, esquisses and ideational work (20%) [CLO; 2, 4]; 2) An individual practice portfolio assignment requiring a critical reflection on multidisciplinary collaboration and its value to contemporary practice (30%) [CLO1, 2, 3 & 4]; 3) A group assignment focused on the graphic, written and oral presentation of an urban design project (50%) [CLO 1, 2, 3 & 4]

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.

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