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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Intermediate

Unit aim

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.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 demonstrate an understanding of the underpinnings and evolution of urban settlements.
2 relate historical settlement elements and patterns to contemporary urban areas.
3 apply the principles of urban design to land use planning.
4 prepare plans and supporting rationale illustrating and explaining urban design outcomes.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of the underpinnings and evolution of urban settlements.
    • GA4:
  2. relate historical settlement elements and patterns to contemporary urban areas.
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  3. apply the principles of urban design to land use planning.
    • GA4:
  4. prepare plans and supporting rationale illustrating and explaining urban design outcomes.
    • GA4:
    • GA6: