Not currently available in 2020

Unit description

Provides an overview of settlement patterns and associated theory as well as an introduction to urban design methodologies in relation to current planning practices. The unit examines past and present settlements and their characteristics in the context of planning theory and looks at design elements, site analysis, urban form, public amenity and space and the impact of planning on built form and the public domain.

Unit content

Topic 1: Historical Settlement Patterns and the Evolution of Urban Areas in Australia.

Topic 2: Contemporary Settlements and the Urban Environment.

Topic 3: Principles of Urban Design.

Topic 4: Site Assessment.

Topic 5: Design Elements an Urban Form.

Topic 6: Public Space.

Topic 7: Planning, Urban Design and the Public Domain.

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Teaching and assessment


Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

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