PLANNING 7033 - Urban Design Principles

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2017

Urban design is the profession and discipline concerned with the shaping of cities. Traditionally concerned with the spatial and material layers of the city, urban design today also encompasses the "content" of urban spaces - their social, performative, and experiential dimensions. Through a combination of historical survey, theoretical framings, case studies, and contemporary questions, this course critically maps the variety of approaches to shaping urban spaces and places, in pursuit of their animating principles and ideologies.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PLANNING 7033
    Course Urban Design Principles
    Coordinating Unit School of Architecture and Built Environment
    Term Semester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Course Description Urban design is the profession and discipline concerned with the shaping of cities. Traditionally concerned with the spatial and material layers of the city, urban design today also encompasses the "content" of urban spaces - their social, performative, and experiential dimensions. Through a combination of historical survey, theoretical framings, case studies, and contemporary questions, this course critically maps the variety of approaches to shaping urban spaces and places, in pursuit of their animating principles and ideologies.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Julian Worrall

    Course Co-ordinator
    Assoc.Prof. Julian Worrall
    Horace Lamb, Room 464
    tel (08) 8313 4036;
    Office hours: By appointment.

    Contact Protocol
    Students should make use of MyUni for regular updates, announcements and material. Course materials will be uploaded as they become available throughout the semester. Enquiries may be made directly to the Course Co-ordinator, by email or during stated office hours. In the interests of efficiency, please try to resolve queries rst through inspection of MyUni and supplied materials. Students should also regularly check the status of their University of Adelaide email account as this is the primary channel of communication with students outside of contact hours. Students should be familiar with the School’s Student Handbook and be aware of the policies and procedures it describes.

    Course Support Staff
    For issues concerning enrolment or queries about the School’s programs contact Clement Low,Student Advisor, 8313 5877,

    For issues related to discrimination or harassment contact the Course Coordinator or Velice Wennan,School Manager, 8313 5475,

    For issues relating to health, safety and wellbeing contact Ian Florance, Health, Safety and WellbeingO cer, 8313 5978, ian.

    For issues relating to rst aid and other general matters contact Sue Fiedler, First Aid Officer, 8313 5836, sue. who is generally available at the School of Architecture and Built Environment reception.
    Course Timetable

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

    The course meets weekly in a three-hour session. Course meetings are in the “Workshop” format, a flexible configuration that mixes didactic (lecture-style) and interactive (tutorial-style) delivery, as well as occasional in-class assignment work and progress reviews.

    A detailed course schedule will be distributed at the start of the course.
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    Knowledge and Understanding
    1. To expose students to a range of historical precedents, theoretical ideas, case studies, and field experiences relevant to the study and practice of urban design and planning.
    2. To situate urban design within its social, cultural, political, technological, and aesthetic context.
    3. To facilitate the development of a rigorous intellectual framework for design and research on cities, and an awareness of the student’s emerging personal theoretical position and approach to urban design.

    4. To develop skills in the representation, analysis, and interpretation of urban places and spaces, in both textual and graphic modes, using both analogue and digital techniques.
    5. To develop critical and analytical thinking along with the ability to communicate this thinking (writing, oral and graphic presentation, other media).
    6. To foster capacities to generate, coordinate, share, and debate ideas and proposals in collaboration with others.
    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)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Readings: A list of required readings is given and linked to the sequence of lectures and assignments. Students are required to work their way through these readings and demonstrate their familiarity with them in tutorial discussions and submitted work.
    Equipment: Students must always be prepared to make notes and sketches during any scheduled contact sessions of the course. Use of tablets (iPads) equipped with appropriate software may also form part of the toolkit for the course - if required for particular tasks these will be provided.
    Recommended Resources
    A partial list of recommended readings to provide starting points for further research is available in the bibliography. Other recommended resources, including software, online tools, and production techniques, may also be developed progressively over the course of the semester and posted to MyUni or circulated via email.
    Students are encouraged to take an active interest in the research activities of the department, including the programs of CAMEA and CASRU, as well as the Speaker Series talks and other occasional events.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course advances its learning outcomes primarily through a workshop-based approach. Workshops involve a combination of didactic content (lectures), interactive sessions (seminars), and project-directed (studio) modes. Online-based collaborative and communication modes may also constitute an important aspect of the course. A detailed program of workshop activities will be provided at the start of the course.

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

    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 3 unit course are expected to devote 12 hours per week to contact activities and self-guided studies.

    Based on this framework here are some figures that might assist workload management (delete as appropriate):

    For a 3 unit course:
    Total workload hours: 12 Hrs per week x 13 weeks = 156 Hrs
    Total contact hours: 3 Hrs per week x 12 weeks = 36 Hrs
    Total self-guided study: 156 Hrs – 36 Hrs = 120 Hrs

    These 120 hours should be used towards preparation of weekly tasks and for completion of the various assignments associated with the course, including development of various skills required to complete the same. Please organise your time wisely.
    Learning Activities Summary

    No information currently available.

    Specific Course Requirements
    Failure to attend teaching due to medical, compassionate or extenuating circumstances is dealt with the School Policy, administered by the School Office. Submit the appropriate application for supplementary consideration together with the original signed medical or other relevant officer, to the School Office. If you foresee a problem contact the Course Coordinator BEFORE the problem actually occurs. Otherwise, contact the Course Coordinator as soon as possible and submit the appropriate application for supplementary consideration to the School Office.
  • 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
    There are three main assessments in this course.
    Assignment 1 undertakes a reading and analysis of an urban theme, spaces and/or place;
    Assignment 2 deepens knowledge of urban design precedents and principles through focussed research;
    Assignment 3 develops an in-depth study of cases, questions, issues, or strategies in urban design, aiming to extract and present their animating principles.
    Both group work and individual components are involved. A summary of assessments and submission deadlines are given below.

    Assessment Type Submission Weight Course Learning Outcomes
    Reading + Analysis
    Group (Presentation) Week 5 20% 1, 4, 6
    Research Paper (~2000 words)
    Individual (Paper) Week 8 30% 1, 2, 4, 5
    Assignment 3
    Investigation+Graphic Output
    Individual (30%)
    Week 13 40% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
    Participation+Attendance Individual 10%

    Assignment details and specific assessment criteria will be announced progressively throughout the course in assignment specification sheets, and will be elaborated and advanced in workshops.
    Note that assessment requirements and deadlines may change as the course progresses. Such changes will be made in consultation with the class.
    Assessment Detail
    • Final results for the course will only be available through Access Adelaide and students SHOULD NOT contact the course coordinator or the tutors for the same.

    • Most assignments will be marked within 3 weeks of the submission and the interim grades will be made available through the My Grades system. Students are expected to inform the Course Coordinator if there are any errors with the marks entered on the system.

    • The best examples of students’ work will be included in the All-In Exhibition to be held at the end of term alongside the best works from other courses and year levels.
    • All assignments must be submitted at the time and place as indicated above. Note that NO LATE submissions will be accepted unless it is due to illness and other accepted circumstances as explained in the School's Student Handbook.
    • Selected submissions of the Final Assignment will be included in the All-In Exhibition at the end of the semester.
    Submissions (General):
    • 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.
    • In addition, all assignments need to have an Assignment Cover Sheet which must be signed and dated by the student before submission. Please attach the cover sheet in front of the document, to the top left hand corner.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • The school has a resubmission policy whereby students can redeem failed work by submitting additional work for a maximum of 50%.
    • The deadline for all re-submissions is 12pm on Friday 3rd November 2017.
    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 forms are available from the Front Office and at and need to be submitted at the Front Office along with any supporting documentation.
    • 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 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 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. (Refer to Student Handbook at for further details or contact Student Advisor).
    Compassionate Grounds:
    • In case of certain extraordinary personal problems students can apply for extensions based on compassionate grounds. However, these must first be discussed with the Course Coordinator in person through appointment during the assigned office hours.
    • To maintain privacy relating to personal issues students can contact the Counselling Service on 83135663 for an individual appointment.
    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 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 need to contact the University Disability Services at 83135962 or for supporting documentation and then communicate these to the Course Coordinator in person through appointment during the assigned office hours.

    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 through appointment during the assigned office hours.
    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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