Urban Design for Sustainability - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 1
  • Availability for 2018: Sess 1
  • Assessment: Essay (40%) , Group Project (45%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,200.00
International 2,450.00

This is a practical, design-oriented unit designed to teach students the basic principles, techniques and tools of sustainable urban design theory and practice from a sustainable transportation, walkability and sustainable urban planning perspective. The unit focuses on precinct and neighbourhood level urban design, based on the idea that design has an important influence on the function and quality of cities. It also explores responsive places that are enriched through maximising choice.

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At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. synthesise and communicate sustainable urban design practice and theory at a neighbourhood level
  2. work collaboratively to discuss, analyse and critique urban development using practical, sustainable urban design tools
  3. employ a series of practical skills and tools to measure sustainable urban design qualities
  4. examine and interpret urban design practices and implementation at a neighbourhood and precinct level
  5. interpret and analyse urban design results and policy implications and develop practical measures to improve an area.
  • Essay (40%)
  • Group Project (45%)
  • Presentation (15%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Audio/Visual equipment
  • Includes Placement

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to urban design
2History of urban design 1: preindustrial to modernism
3History of urban design 2: challenges to modernity
4The sustainability agenda and urban design
5Sustainable urban design theory 1: introduction to the theory and principles
6Sustainable urban design theory 2: urban design for people
7Context analysis
8Revitalisation and redevelopment of city centres
9Sustainable urban design in practice
10Research forum

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • E-Portfolios
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links

This unit is an approved elective in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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