Course Title: Planning Healthy Cities

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Planning Healthy Cities

Credit Points: 12.00

Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

ARCH1312

City Campus

Postgraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2008

ARCH1312

City Campus

Postgraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 1 2012

ARCH1327

City Campus

Undergraduate

330H Social Science & Planning

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2006

ARCH1327

City Campus

Undergraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2012

Flexible Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

ARCH1312

City Campus

Postgraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

PGRDFx2019 (ISV),

PGRDFx2019 (All)

Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Andrew Butt

Course Coordinator Phone: +(61 3) 9925 3351

Course Coordinator Email: andrew.butt@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: Building 8, Level 11

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None


Course Description

In the urban age, the health and wellbeing of humanity will be determined by the liveability, sustainability and productivity of cities. A growing body of evidence demonstrates that urban planning and design are inextricably linked with public health outcomes. 

This subject explores the links between urban planning and health, including capacity for physical activity, access to social interaction and the quality of urban environments, to identify strategies for how urban planning, design and policy can contribute to creating healthier communities. This subject identifies the complexity of health risk factors in cities and invites students to think about how these vary between communities and how planning strategies and policies may reduce health impacts. 

The subject draws on theory, spatial data analysis, case studies and the current policy and legislative frameworks locally and internationally. Students will learn to assess the health and social impacts of planning and design decisions and identify urban policy responses to protect and promote health and wellbeing.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

   


Course Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the broader theories and determinants of health, contemporary public health challenges, and their relationship with the built environment; 
  2. Critically analyse policy examples applicable to public health and urban planning; 
  3. Understand how spatial data can be used to plan for health and wellbeing and explore health associations and variations within cities; 
  4. Develop planning interventions, including health impact assessments.  
     


Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in learning that involves a range of activities including lectures, workshops, guest presentations, site analysis, group discussion, and group and individual research. 

 

 


Overview of Learning Resources

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

A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning. 

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 the above learning outcomes. 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. Understanding Policy and Practice for Health and Planning Task (20% Linked to CLOs 1, 2 and 3) 
  2. Policy Proposal Task (30% Linked to CLOs 2 and 3) 
  3. Policy Impact and Strategy Task (50% Linked to CLOs 1, 3 and 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 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.