Course Title: Eco-Urban Practices

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Eco-Urban Practices

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


320H Architecture & Urban Design


Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 2 2022

Course Coordinator: Graham Crist

Course Coordinator Phone: Contact via email

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 100.09.02

Course Coordinator Availability: Contact via email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

Eco-Urban Practices introduces you to the key skills, methods and practices of the urban design professional from a multidisciplinary perspective, and with a particular focus on environmental sustainability. The relationship between urban design and global pressures of population and climate change is a key focus, as well as urban shifts in infrastructure, technology and transport. You will explore the implications of these issues on urban design processes, projects and practices, while acquiring insight from industry and government professionals. Design practice from an international perspective is also addressed, with an emphasis on Australasia.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  • Review and critically analyse key issues affecting urban design, locally and globally, especially from a perspective of environmental sustainability;
  • Demonstrate potential leadership in the discipline and profession of urban design through innovative approaches to practice and detailed knowledge of key eco-urban issues;
  • Develop and articulate a position on urban design practice in a global and local context;
  • Identify and evaluate key regulatory frameworks, procurement processes and stakeholders for professional urban design practice;
  • Review and critically analyse complex urban projects from a multidisciplinary and environmental perspective

You will be assessed on your development of the following program learning outcomes in this course:

  • Identify and interpret key issues affecting urban design, locally and globally, from a perspective of environmental sustainability;
  • Propose and evaluate approaches to professional urban design practice considering the relationship between urban and ecological systems

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be engaged in learning that involves a range of activities including:

  • Group assignments, integrated across multiple disciplines
  • Lectures and in-class discussion
  • Interviews with key participants in the development of the project
  • Research through library holdings and online sources, indirect and primary sources
  • Written, visual and verbal communication of research presented in progress and a final report

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.
More specifically, a list of key reference texts and online resources will be provided and regularly updated. Relevant material will be placed on reserve through the RMIT Swanston Library during semester in which this course is offered.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program capabilities.
Assessment tasks may include written documents, graphic folios and in-class presentations.
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 Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

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

A student charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those.