ARCH 7034 - Studio: Urbanism (M)

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2023

This studio interrogates practices and theories of urban design. Students develop an urban design project that demonstrates their understanding of the interconnected nature of social, cultural, and technical influences at the scale of the city. Projects may be located within, but are not limited to, Adelaide. Following examinations of a chosen site, students identify and pursue their own projects in response to site-specific issues. These are compared against intellectual concepts and themes of international significance, treating the specific context as a laboratory for testing ideas against understandings of global urban conditions, infrastructure, and city development. The studio comprises a selection of study sites within the overall studio, each with their own specific approach and tutor to guide urban design investigations and development. Studio deliverables and criteria are consistent across each site and group.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ARCH 7034
    Course Studio: Urbanism (M)
    Coordinating Unit School of Architecture and Built Environment
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 6
    Contact Up to 6 hours per week for 12 weeks
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Restrictions Available to M.Arch (Cswk), M.LArch, M.Plan, M.Plan(UD), M.Arch/M.LArch and M.LArch/M.Plan(UD) students only
    Assessment Written assignments, illustrated verbal presentations, preparation of variety of other graphic, visual and physical model-based materials
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Scott Hawken

    Course Convenor:
    Dr Scott Hawken

    Felicity Sando
    Scott Hawken
    Michael Hegarty
    Marco Separovic
    Richard Le Messurier
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    1. Demonstrate familiarity with the history of urban design, the planned development of cities and the diverse historic range of disciplines and stakeholders involved in this development.
    2. Apply and extend skills learnt in earlier studies including written and graphic modes of communication (hand-drawing as well as digitally produced drafting and image-manipulation), research methods and critical thinking. In particular to refine imaging and mapping techniques for examination, development and communication of specific propositions.
    3. Analyse and ulitise mappings of environments as complex, interconnected natural and cultural systems including, but not limited to: infrastructural (‘green’, transportation, communication, energy, etc), hydrological, biophysical, economic, political and legislative processes.
    4. Produce urban design propositions that engage critically with their project’s physical, political and historic contexts.
    5. Demonstrate understanding the ways in which urban design develops cogently informed, sensitive and appropriate development scenarios, including appreciation of the necessity to articulate and argue terms for such sensitivity and appropriateness, rather than apply the received ideas of others as self-evidently correct.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.


    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.


    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.


    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.


    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.


    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources

    Refer also to MyUni for details of recommended readings and websites.

    There are many sources on-line and in the Library - look far + wide!

    Your studio leader may also require interrogation and review of specific reference material relevant to your studio.

    Refer back to your previous references from other studios as well!

    Check out what you can access within Library- both digitally and physically- there are many excellent resources and websites that can provide design inspiration and practical information.

    All students are advised to familiarise themselves with recommended readings and the works of leading thinkers and practitioners in the field, and engage their ideas in the course of developing their studio work.

    Each studio will have detailed requirements to be advised by your studio leader which will be advised instudio or within your on-line studio module.  This which may include digital/ and or physical drawing or modelling equipment, bringing in-progress works for studio discussion. You may be required to visit site during or out of studio times and provide means of recording thise visits, such as photographic or similar.
    Recommended Resources
    Please refer to MyUni for details of recommended readings and websites.

    Speaker Series:
    The School has a fortnightly lecture series where respected practitioners and academics from the field deliver a public lecture on contemporary architectural practice. In order to expand your knowledge of contemporary directions in design it is recommended that you attend these sessions. The exact detail of dates and speakers is available from the School website and the Front Office.
    Online Learning
    MyUni is an essential online tool which will be used to communicate information regarding the course including details of assignments and interim grades. Learning resources including recorded lectures and assessment pieces will rely on the MyUni system for delivery. Therefore it is recommended that you familiarise yourself with the various functions of MyUni and employ it to its fullest extent.

    Noticeboard / Handbook:
    General information about the activities at the School is available online from the Student Noticeboard which can be accessed at current-student 
    Students can also access a copy of the Student Handbook at the following link:

    Discussion Board:
    The MyUni Discussion Board can be used to interact with other students and is an essential tool to discuss information and increase your understanding of issues. You are encouraged to utilise this resource with your peers.  
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This studio will comprise 5 individual studio topics within the overall framework of urbanism- each with their own detailed area and methodology of approach and investigation. An overview of these will be presented in the first lecture. 

    Students will be given the opportunity to choose which studio they prefer to enrol in and the coordinator will endeavour to place individual students within their preferred studio group.

    In addition to studio sessions there will be a series of lectures on a weekly basis. These support the development of theoretical knowledge to apply in studio. Details will be available on MyUni.

    The studio will involve group and individual work using the studio teaching and learning mode. Detailed Requirements will be advised by your Studio leader. Contact  and interaction with your studio leader is to be made in Studio sessions- come prepared with your questions and queries for discussion in Studio. 

    Your active participation in studio sessions forms part of your assessment.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The University expects full-time students (ie. those taking 12 units per semester) to devote at least 48 hours per week to their studies. Accordingly, students undertaking this 6 unit course are expected to devote 24 hours per week to contact activities and self-guided studies.

    Based on this framework here are some figures that might assist workload management:

    For a 6 unit course:
    Total workload hours: 24 Hrs per week x 13 weeks = 312 Hrs
    Total contact hours: 6 Hrs per week x 12 weeks = 72 Hrs
    Total self-guided study: 312 Hrs – 72 Hrs = 240 Hrs

    Those 240 hours should be used towards the preparation of weekly tasks and for the completion of the various assignments associated with the course, including the development of various skills required to complete the same. Please organize your time wisely.
    Learning Activities Summary

    No information currently available.

    Specific Course Requirements
    Please respect the facilities throughout the University.

    In the School of Architecture and Built Environment students are required to fabricate models, projects and other hands-on creative activities. Of course, you will make a mess in the process! No problem! Please clean up after yourself. If the materials are recyclable and you don't want to reuse them yourself, put them in the recycling bins. Don't leave paper/cardboard/offcuts on the floor or table, put them in the bin. Don't leave broken blades etc. on tables, put them in a sharps bin. Don't leave work (models, drawings etc) in a space (tutorial room, computer lab, studio) and expect to find it when you come back. The facilities are shared. The School recommends that you store your work in a locker available from ASA or in Hub Central.

    The tables in the learning and teaching spaces (tutorial rooms, computer labs, studios) are NOT cutting mats. Would you use an exacto knife or a scalpel to cut model making materials directly on your dining table at home? No? Don't do it at the University. Use a cutting mat. If you don't have one, buy one. All students should have a cutting mat in their Equipment Kit. You are expected to bring this with you if you are model-making, using glue etc.

    Students are permitted to bring food and drink into the learning and teaching spaces. Please respect your peers. When you have finished your bottle of water, coffee cup, bubble tea, Coke, juice, Boost, Red Bull etc. etc. put it in the bin. Don't leave your takeaway meal festering on a table cultivating mould. Put it in the bin.

    The importance of hygiene and cleanliness is amplified during COVID 19. Respect your peers. Respect your facilities. Please clean up after yourself at all times. This is your responsibility.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    All assignments are to be uploaded on MyUni on the due date according to the specifications and details available from MyUni through the Assignments and Tasks section.
    #Assessment TaskTask TypeWeightDue Date/WeekLearning Outcomes
    A1 Initial Review Group- Submission and Presentation 15% W3 - before Studio session- refer MyUni 1, 2, 3, 4
    A2 Mid Review Individual - Submission and Presentation 20% W7 - before Studio session- refer MyUni 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    A3 Major Review Individual - Submission and Presentation 50% W11 - before Studio session- refer to MyUni 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Participation Individual- Active Participation 15% W1 - W12 - In Class and MyUni- Ongoing 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Total 100%
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Detailed requirements will be advised by your Studio Leader and available on MyUni
    Assessment Detail
    Detailed requirements will be advised by your Studio Leader and available on MyUni

    A1- Initial Review

    A2 - Mid  Review 

    A3 - Major Review

    A4 - Active Participation

    Further detail of assignments will be provided as the course progresses.

    Marking and Feedback- general: 

    Ongoing interaction and input relevant to the studio will be provided during each studio session.

    Feedback for in-studio submissions will be available during the tutorial as oral critique.  Students should arrange with their peers to make notes for reference.

    Assignments will be graded within 3 weeks of submissions, with interim grades available on MyUni.  Students should inform the course coordinator if they believe an error is made.

    Final Results are only made by Access Adelaide and students should not contact the course coordinator or their studio leader for these.
    All Submissions must include the Student Name and Student ID number.  
    Submissions without these details may not be considered for marking.
    All assignments should have an Assignment Cover Sheet to be signed and dated before submission.

    Please adhere to the submission guidelines and follow the instructions provided- including any restrictions on file size. 

    Students should adhere to copyright and plagiarism guidelines- and reference any external material. Previoulsy submitted material for this or other course may not be submitted without prior approval fromteh Course Coordinator.

    On occassion the course coordinator/studio leader may be required to retain student work for future reference- the relevant student will be informed at such a time.

    Refer to your studio in relation to detailed Submission requirements.
    Late submissions are not accepted and receive ZERO marks in accordance with School policy.
    Printing delays and computer crashes are not legitimate causes for delay- so please ensure you make ongoing back-ups of your work and have planned sufficient time to allow for any issues such as these.
    Any physical model submitted is to be submitted prior to studio presentation session
    Resubmissions are in line with School policy.
    Retain copies of all assignments submitted, as originals may be lost in the submission process.

    Extensions and applications for modified submissions for medical, compassionate or extenuating circumstances are to be made through the Front Office.  The course coordinator or your studio leader should not be contacted directly for these matters.


    All details about the individual assignment submissions and online participation tasks will be provided on MyUni.

    Please note the following general points about Submissions:

    All submissions must include Student Name and Student ID Number. Submissions without Student Name or ID Number will not be considered for marking, and will receive zero marks in accordance with the guidelines.

    Please adhere to submission deadlines and follow instructions provided.

    Students must not submit work for an assignment that has previously been submitted for this course or any other course without prior approval from the Course Coordinator.

    On occasion, the lecturer/tutor may wish to retain students’ work for future reference and the relevant student will be informed at such a time.

    Early Submission:
    There is an early submission box located on Level 4 which is cleared out daily at 10am. Please mark your submission clearly before placing in box. Online submissions can be made prior to the due date.

    Models for in-class presentation cannot be handed in early.

    Late Submission:
    The school will NOT accept late submissions and any such assignment will receive zero marks. This also applies to electronic submissions.

    Printing delays & hard disk crashes will not be entertained as legitimate causes for delay, so please ensure that the work is finished in advance. Online submissions can also take time when file sizes are large and this can result in delayed submissions. The School recommends submissions < 50MB.

    The school has a resubmission policy whereby students can redeem failed work by submitting additional work for a maximum of 50%.

    Good practice:
    Students should ensure that they regularly backup their work on multiple locations as hard-disk crashes are an unfortunate reality. When relying on community printing facilities, students should attempt to finish their work in advance to avoid unnecessary delays. Students must retain a copy of all assignments submitted (digital or hardcopy), as originals may be lost during the submission process.

    For modified arrangements of submission and assessment due to special circumstances see the following Assessment Task Extension(s) & Additional Assessment guidelines.

    Modified Arrangements (General)
    Students can apply for extensions or modified arrangements based on Medical conditions or other Extenuating circumstances. However, students need to submit their application along with supporting documents within 5 business days of the condition becoming applicable.

    The application form (the 'Blue Form') is available from the Front Office and needs to be submitted at the Front Office along with any supporting documentation. It is not sufficient, for example, just to submit a medical certificate. If you are sick a medical certificate needs to be appended to the Blue Form.

    Please note that submitting an application does not guarantee acceptance and the Course Coordinator will inform the applicant if the application is accepted. Please DO NOT contact the Course Coordinator directly.

    Medical Reasons:
    In case of an extended medical condition which makes it impossible for the student to submit the work on time, an Application for Assessment Task Extension due to Medical Circumstances (Blue Form) may be lodged with the Front Office along with a doctor’s certificate within 5 business days.

    Extenuating Circumstances:
    If the student is unable to submit the work on time due to extenuating circumstances an Application for Assessment Task Extension due to Extenuating Circumstances (Blue Form) may be lodged with the Front Office. Please note that this is only available for certain military, religious, or legal obligations and does not extend to minor personal problems.

    Compassionate Grounds:
    In case of certain extraordinary personal problems students can apply for extensions based on compassionate grounds (Blue Form). However, these must first be discussed with the Course Coordinator in person through appointment during the assigned office hours.

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    For a full range of student support services visit

    Additional Assessment:
    If a student receives a Fail grade for the course with an overall mark between 45 and 49, they may be eligible for an Offer of Additional Assessment which would allow them to get a maximum of 50 Pass for the Course.

    Additional Assessment offers are made by the School and the student will be informed directly once these are made available.

    Students who have a disability and wish to seek modified submission or assessment arrangements can contact the
    University Disability Services at and then communicate this to the Course Coordinator in person by appointment.

    Elite Athlete:
    Students who have national/international sporting commitments and wish to seek modified submission or assessment
    arrangements need to register with the University Elite Athlete Support Scheme at and then communicate this to the Course Coordinator in person by appointment.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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