URBPLAN 712 : Sustainable Urbanism

Creative Arts and Industries

2022 Semester One (1223) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Research into critical and contemporary urban planning issues.

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

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate critical understanding of current built environment, people activities and transportation outcomes on the quality of life of individuals and communities, (Capability 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.1, 3.2, 6.2 and 6.3)
  2. Analyse specific risks and opportunities to urban areas (and their populations) of climate change (mitigation and / or adaptation) and develop realistic responses to critical issue (Capability 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 4.3, 6.1, 6.2 and 6.3)
  3. Demonstrate improved independent research skills for analysing and responding to complex urban issues. (Capability 5.1 and 5.2)
  4. Demonstrate the ability to use appropriate investigative skills to critically identify, assess and evaluate problems in urban areas and apply this understanding to create improved, innovative planning and design responses. (Capability 2.3, 3.3, 4.1, 5.1, 6.1, 6.2 and 6.3)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Assignment 1 50% Individual Coursework
Assignment 2 50% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4
Assignment 1
Assignment 2

Teaching & Learning Methods

Lectures, computer labs, reading, and case study site assessments.  Much of your learning will happen through attending the lectures, critically assessing the material presented and contributing to class discussions; developing (or reinforcing existing) GIS skills;  critically reading the relevant literature; undertaking investigations of a case study site (A 1) and /or a topic (A 2), and using knowledge about urban planning to creatively develop solutions and investigate planning values.

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 15 point course and under university workload guidelines, a standard 15 point course represents approximately 150 hours of study.

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

Attendance is expected at scheduled activities including computer labs  to complete  components of the course.
Lectures will be available as recordings. Other learning activities including computer labs will not be available as recordings.
The activities for the course are scheduled as a standard weekly timetable for lectures and intermittent computer labs to align with learning activities.

Learning Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

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.

When you are next given the opportunity to complete a SET evaluation for a course, please read the Guidance for Students document carefully. In particular, please be aware that whilst the Guidance tells you that "SET evaluations are confidential..." this does not mean that they are anonymous.  If you wish to add comments to your evaluation. please do so in a careful and considered way.

Other Information

It is expected that all students will attempt all coursework assessments.  This course is a final year course for a professional degree.  As such, failure to submit an assignment will result in failing the course. 

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 course assessment continues to meet the principles of the University’s assessment policy. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator/director, 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.


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 08/11/2021 12:18 p.m.