MC193 - Master of Urban Design

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Plan: MC193 - Master of Urban Design
Campus: City Campus

Program delivery and structure

Approach to learning and assessment
Work integrated learning
Program structure

Approach to learning and assessment

The approach to learning and assessment is designed to provide a variety of opportunities for you to test advanced design strategies and apply interdisciplinary knowledge to complex urban projects.  Courses are designed to provide exposure to specialised economic, social, environmental and regulatory aspects of urban systems, applicable to design practice.  Collaborative work within the program will enable you to develop advanced skills in communication and techniques for multidisciplinary practice.  Delivery through both face-to-face and online modes encourages flexible and multidimensional approaches to learning involving integrated, project-based collaboration and research. 

There are two primary modes of learning and assessment, namely: Design studios and knowledge courses.

The Design Studio is central to the education and practice of urban design, through which advanced skills for integrative design research and practice are developed. Projects are curated based on current issues in practice to build experience across a range of project types, environmental conditions, and collaborative project-frameworks. Design Studios in the second year of the program are intensives, two of which require international travel for on-site workshops, in Vietnam and Spain.  Design Studio projects are assessed through presentations and juried reviews to students, academics, Urban Suite collaborators and industry partners.  Design studios require individual and group work, with multidisciplinary collaboration across the Schools of Propery, Construction  and Project Management and Global, Urban and Social Studies.  

Recognition of Prior Learning

If you have already developed areas of skill and knowledge included in this program (for example, through prior studies or work experience), you can apply for credit once you have enrolled in this program. There is information on the RMIT University website about how to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) http://www.rmit.edu.au/ students/enrolment/credit/he

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.

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Work integrated learning

RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice. As a student enrolled in this RMIT University program you will:

  • Undertake and be assessed on structured activities that allow you to learn, apply and demonstrate your professional or vocational practice;
  • Interact with industry and community when undertaking these activities;
  • Complete these activities in real work contexts or situations;

 and in addition:

  • these interactions and the work contexts provide distinctive sources of feedback to you to assist your learning

Any or all of these aspects of a WIL experience may be simulated.

This program provides work related projects in the learning activities and assessment. You will be learning as you are doing professional work, jobs and tasks while in employment. The feedback you get from your supervisor and others on work integrated learning activities and assessment will be vital for your learning. The program prepares and supports you for these experiences.

WIL Courses: While there are many courses that have industry involvement, the designated WIL course is:

ARCH 1439 Urban Design Professional Practice.

Urban Design Professional Practice incorporates high levels of work integration through assessment tasks. You will simulate the resolution of practice and professional issues in design projects with assistance from industry tools and documents. The course includes many external lectures from professional architects and consultants. Professional activities such as report, letter writing, budget and business planning are simulated with respect to a professional project. By the conclusion of this course, you will have acquired the knowledge and skills to work within a design project team under the supervision of a qualified design professional, assisting in the full range of tasks associated with the delivery of a design project in the constructed environment:

  • Developing a project brief responsive to the clients’ needs and requirements
  • Marshalling project resources
  • Responding to the demands of regulating authorities
  • Managing the process of project design and design documentation
  • Tendering and administering the project construction contract

In addition, the Master of Urban Design degree has a wide range of modes of industry engagement. In particular the design studio component of the course has a diverse range of community partnerships and is nationally recognised for its strong linkages to architectural practice with many leading practitioners teaching into the program.

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Program Structure

To graduate you must complete the following:
 

All courses listed may not be available each semester.

 

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Year One of Program

Complete the following Four (4) Courses:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Urban Design Studio 124ARCH1392City Campus
Asian Urbanism12ARCH1460City Campus
Urban Design Studio 224ARCH1394City Campus
Urban Design Professional Practice12ARCH1439City Campus
AND
Select and Complete One (1) Course from the following Global, Urban and Social Studies Option List:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Origins and Development of Urban Planning12ARCH1324City Campus
Urbanisation Issues in the Asia-Pacific Region12ARCH1265City Campus
Heritage and Environmental Design12ARCH1264City Campus
Infrastructure and Property12ARCH1297City Campus
Spatial Thinking and Urban Design12ARCH1274City Campus
Planning Theory12ARCH1272City Campus
Green Cities12ARCH1287City Campus
AND
Select and Complete One (1) Course from the following Property, Construction and Project Management Option List:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Sustainability in the built environment: A focus on building and design12BUIL1225City Campus
Real Estate Law12JUST1137City Campus
Building Systems12BUIL1005City Campus
Valuation Techniques and Property Analysis12OMGT1165City Campus
Investment Evaluation Techniques for Real Estate12MKTG1140City Campus
Research Methods and Philosophy of Knowledge (12cp)12PHIL1000City Campus
Introduction to Project Management12BUSM1269City Campus
Managing Project Teams12BUSM1271City Campus
Project Management Techniques12BUSM1273City Campus
 
AND

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Year Two of Program

Complete the following Six (6) Courses:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Urban Design Studio 324ARCH1395City Campus
Case Studies in Urban Design12ARCH1396City Campus
Urban Design Studio 424ARCH1400City Campus
Urbanism: History and Theory12ARCH1393City Campus
Urban Design Studio 524ARCH1401City Campus
Eco-Urban Practices12ARCH1398City Campus
 

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