URBPLAN 713 : Shelter

Creative Arts and Industries

2022 Semester One (1223) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Housing policies and practices. Housing and urban sustainability.

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 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 understanding of (1) the need to analyse social, economic, environmental, and cultural impacts of public policy in an integrative and holistic manner (2) the impacts of housing markets, housing market processes and government policy on the housing opportunities of a range of household types and (3) the spatial implications of the interactions between housing market processes, public policies and urban planning. (Capability 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 6.1, 6.2 and 6.3)
  2. Demonstrate awareness of the importance of housing in the quality of life of individuals across social, economic. environmental and cultural matters (Capability 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 6.1, 6.2 and 6.3)
  3. Demonstrate understanding of the complex relationships between housing market processes, government policy and local council planning. (Capability 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 6.1, 6.2 and 6.3)
  4. Demonstrate an ability to undertake research on planning mechanisms relevant to local councils in addressing diverse dimensions of housing affordability and / or sustainability and/or housing design. (Capability 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 5.1 and 5.2)


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

Teaching & Learning Methods

The course will be delivered by lectures, a Field Trip, reading relevant literature and undertaking the 2 coursework assignments.  Much of your learning will happen through attending the lectures, critically assessing the material presented and contributing to class discussions; participating in the Field Trip; critically reading the relevant literature; developing your own research skills by undertaking your own investigations (A 1) and by research innovative examples of housing provision and utilising knowledge about urban planning in New Zealand to creatively develop solutions (A 2).

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 lectures.  Attendance is required at the Field Trip to complete the course. 
Lectures will be available as recordings.
The activities for the course are scheduled as a standard weekly timetable delivery for lectures and one Field Trip..

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

This is a course in the final year of a professional planning degree.  As such, students are expected to attempt all course work assessments. Failure to submit an assignment will result in failing the course.  The Field Trip is a compulsory component of the course.  Non-attendance at the Field Trip, without an adequate reason (to be discussed with the Lecturer before the Trip) will result in a Fail for 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.