URBD1000 Introduction to Urban Design

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Online timetabled 100% Online Unit. NO campus face-to-face attendance is required to complete this unit. All study requirements are online only. Unit includes some synchronous components, with a requirement for students to participate online at specific times.
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 core unit in the Environmental Geography and Planning major sequence
  • Level 1 elective
Content
While our urban settlements can be viewed as our most enduring cultural artefacts, the form and evolution of the city is emerging as a significant global issue confronting contemporary societies. This unit seeks to develop an appreciation of the historic evolution of the city and the range of forces impacting on city development both across time and in different social, political and economic circumstances.

This unit provides the opportunity for students to develop practical skills in the generation, representation, and communications of design.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) understand the historic development of the city and the social, cultural and economic forces at work in its evolution; (2) appreciate the range of urban design theories put forward in attempting to explain the city and the broader frameworks within which these theories exist; (3) understand the substantive and emerging challenges faced by the contemporary city from the point of view of urban designers; and (4) demonstrate both critical thinking in the analysis of academic literature and competent written skills in presenting an opinion.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) presentation; (2) notebook (LMS); and (3) essay. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Julian Bolleter
Contact hours
lectures: 1 hour per week; tutorials: 2 hours per week
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
  • 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. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. 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. Copies of textbooks and other readings will be made available for students to access from the Library, online wherever possible as well as in print.