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 Georgia Garrard

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9986

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 8, level 11

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course is a workshop-based program in which you will focus on designing an urban project. You will developing spatial thinking skills for imagining and communicating urban design; analysing an urban context; researching, developing and interrogating scenarios and visions; and 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

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

  1. Critically analyse an urban context at an advanced level to provide the basis for urban design;
  2. 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;
  3. Demonstrate the use of visual communication and design skills for urban design to develop and interrogate a series of future urban design scenarios;
  4. Critically apply design communication materials to the integration of relevant theoretical and practical knowledge that engages with contemporary issues of sustainability and resilience. 

Overview of Learning Activities

The primary learning mode is via project-based workshops supported by online material, individual and/or group fieldwork, observation and mapping tasks, discussions about key readings, research, interpretation of visual materials, analytic, synthetic and creative activities. 

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, 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. 

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

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.

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes.  

Feedback will be provided on all assessment. 

Assessment Tasks

1. An individual journal task (20%) (links to CLO; 2, 4)  

2. An individual practice portfolio task (30%) (links to CLO1, 2, 3 & 4)

3. An urban design project task (50%) (links to 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 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.