URBDES 702 : Urban Design Theory and Practice

Creative Arts and Industries

2022 Semester One (1223) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

The language of urban design, urban analysis, urban history, contemporary theory, international and local practice, allied disciplines, cities in the developing world and pacific urbanism.

Course Overview

The language of urban design, urban analysis, urban history, contemporary theory, international and local practice, allied disciplines, cities in the developing world and pacific urbanism

Course Requirements

No pre-requisites or restrictions

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 3: Solution Seeking
Capability 4: Communication and Engagement
Capability 5: Independence and Integrity
Capability 6: Social and Environmental Responsibilities
Graduate Profile: Master of Urban Design

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Apply a critical understanding of urban design theories and principles to analysis and design of the built environment (Capability 1.1, 1.3, 2.2, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 5.1, 5.2, 6.1, 6.2 and 6.3)
  2. Understand and describe theories that inform urban place and space design (Capability 1.1, 1.3, 2.2, 3.1, 3.3, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 6.1, 6.2 and 6.3)
  3. Be able to select appropriate tools for the analysis of the built environment (Capability 1.1, 1.3, 2.2, 3.1, 3.3, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 6.2 and 6.3)
  4. Articulate and communicate complex urban design issues and proposals in oral, drawn and written forms in a professional context (Capability 1.1, 1.3, 2.2, 3.1, 3.3, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 6.1, 6.2 and 6.3)

Assessments

Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Assignments 10% Individual Examination
Seminar presentation 20% Individual Coursework
Final Exam 70% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4
Assignments
Seminar presentation
Final Exam

Teaching & Learning Methods

The course is presented in three parts.

Part 1 Through lectures and discussions, this part presents and explores urban design theories that have informed international urban design practices mainly over the last century, cross referenced to informing urban design principles. This includes discussion of urban design concepts such as amenity, sense of place, legible urban form, permeability, character, continuity, enclosure, ease of movement, space syntax, diversity, engendering, walkability, liveability, etc. Theory is aligned with relevant urban design principles.

Part 2 Involves case studies of urban design projects, intended to reveal the complex processes of urban design in practice and the delivery of outcomes, using examples from around the world. Highlighted are the informing theories and urban design principles.

Part 3 Involves seminars prepared and presented by students. The seminar is an outline of your assignment topic to be presented at a later date. They provide an opportunity to share your knowledge with the class, and get useful comment and feedback

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 15 point course and students are expected to spend 10 hours per week involved in each 15 point course that they are enrolled in. For this course, you can expect 33 hours of lectures, 117 hours of tutorials including reading and thinking about the content and working on assignments and/or test preparation

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

Attendance is 33 hours at scheduled activities including lectures to complete components of the course.
Lectures will be available as recordings. 
The course will not include live online events including group discussions/tutorials.
Attendance on campus is required for the seminar 
The activities for the course are scheduled as a standard weekly timetable.

Learning Resources

All course readings are available via Reading Lists on Canvas, or as set out above for each session; • University of Auckland Student Learning Support Student Learning Services • Creative Arts Industries Student Support Student Support

Health & Safety

N/A

Student Feedback

At the end of every semester students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback and respond with summaries and actions.

Your feedback helps teachers to improve the course and its delivery for future students.

Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the department and faculty staff-student consultative committees.

At the end of every semester students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback and respond with summaries and actions.

Your feedback helps teachers to improve the course and its delivery for future students. Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the department and faculty sta-student consultative committees.

We regularly seek feedback from students in order to shape and improve this and all courses on the programme. Students will be asked to complete online course and teaching evaluations at the end of the course through SET. 

In addition, each course will seek volunteers to serve as class reps

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.

Class Representatives

Class representatives are students tasked with representing student issues to departments, faculties, and the wider university. If you have a complaint about this course, please contact your class rep who will know how to raise it in the right channels. See your departmental noticeboard for contact details for your class reps.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website http://disability.auckland.ac.nz

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/academic-information/exams-and-final-results/during-exams/aegrotat-and-compassionate-consideration.html.

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and your assessment is fair, and not compromised. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the University Website for information about how to proceed.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/forms-policies-and-guidelines/student-policies-and-guidelines/student-charter.html.

Disclaimer

Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course students may be asked to submit coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. In exceptional circumstances changes to elements of this course may be necessary at short notice. Students enrolled in this course will be informed of any such changes and the reasons for them, as soon as possible, through Canvas.

Published on 20/12/2021 02:29 p.m.