Urban Design Research Studio (previously MAA403) - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
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  • Availability for 2016: SP2 , SP4
  • Availability for 2017: SP2 , SP4
  • Assessment: Assessment - Investigative Analysis (20%) , Presentation 1 - Conceptual Design (30%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 2,800.00
International 3,050.00

This unit was previously known as MAA403 Urban Design Research Studio.

Students will engage with research to understand theories of urbanism and to stimulate thinking about urban possibilities. They will also be involved in the exploration, development and demonstration of design skills for urban projects, incorporating: the analysis of urban contexts, understanding the role that urban projects play in shaping the public domain and the practice of making speculative urban propositions.

Work Integrated Learning will be incorporated throughout the unit by using a mode of teaching where design activity will take place in workshop situations/ on sites/ simulation of the real world project/ interaction with community and industry etc.

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

  1. analyse and compare data from local and international sources in order to create speculative urban propositions.
  2. synthesise information using the exploratory process of design to develop an urban design project to professional and international standards.
  • Assessment — Investigative Analysis (20%)
  • Presentation 1 — Conceptual Design (30%)
  • Presentation 2 — Schematic Design (50%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • MAA403 — Urban Design Research Studio

Mandatory co-requisites

You must either have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit, or currently be enrolled in the following unit(s); or enrol in the following unit(s) to study at the same time or prior to this unit:

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

Students who have completed MAA407(previously MAA403) PRIOR to 2015 are not required to enrol into its co-requisite MAA408 as it was previously counted as double unit.

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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: The Urban Text
2City of Figures & Forms
3Delirious City & Urban Rules
4Conceptual Approaches
5Proposition Review: Preliminary
6Developing, Drawing & Modelling Urban Buildings
7Meeting the Requirements of Urban Buildings
8Conceptual Clarity of Urban Propositions
9Perceptual Reading of Urban Buildings
10Presence of Theoretical Aims in Urban Buildings
11Proposition Review: Major
12Presenting Urban Buildings

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement 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.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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