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Unit Overview


This unit draws together several themes developed in earlier units in the human geography and planning major and introduces students to the specific issues confronting contemporary urban planning and design. Topics covered include medieval cities, order and disorder in urban form, sense of place, townscape composition, spatial syntax, human ecology, civic values and imperatives for change associated with sustainable cities. The main focus is on understanding the importance of people in the urban environment.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the Applied Human Geography major sequence

Students are able to (1) identify and understand the factors influencing urban form and development; (2) comprehend the impacts of urban forms such as landscape, buildings and public spaces; (3) understand and define the qualities of urban places; (4) understand the use of maps and diagrams used in design; (5) develop an appreciation of the design process and communication techniques (verbal and graphic); and (6) hand draw two-dimensional planning and design concepts.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) essay; (2) group work project; and (3) site planning project (individual). Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Linda Robson
Unit rules
Successful completion of
level 2 24 points Unit(s)
Contact hours
lecture/ practical studio: 3 hours per week
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.