Studying online

There are now 2 possible online modes for units:

Units with modes Online timetabled and Online flexible are available for any student to self-enrol and study online.

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Unit Overview


This unit provides a unique opportunity to apply and further develop your urban design knowledge and professional skills through experiential learning in a relevant government department, advocacy group or private company. Working closely with the unit coordinator to secure a placement, and then with a nominated mentor from the host organisation, you will be immersed in the day-to-day activities of an urban designer. The exact nature of your placement activities will vary according to the type of organisation. By working with the unit coordinator to select an appropriate organisation, you will be able to lay the foundations for your future career in urban design.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) apply the knowledge and skills acquired in their urban design studies in a professional setting; (2) demonstrate a high level of initiative and the ability to work independently as required; and (3) reflect on and evaluate their performance in a professional context..


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) work placement hours and timesheets and (2) reflection report. Further information is available in the unit outline.

This unit is assessed on an ungraded pass/ungraded failed basis. All assessment items must be successfully completed.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.

Unit rules
Successful completion of
Unit(s) URBD5805 Contemporary Urbanism
Successful completion of
Unit(s) URBD5804 Urban Design Studio 1
Successful completion of
Unit(s) URBD5802 Urban Design Studio 2
Contact hours
105 hours depending on type and location of placement institution
Please check eligibility with unit coordinator prior to enrolment.
  • 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.