BLAR13053 - Urban Design and Development

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit provides a broad and coherent study of urban design with some depth in specialist areas. These studies will develop your creative skills and critical judgement of urban design issues that are essential in professional practice, thus necessary content in the Bachelor of Building Design course. Topics review and deepen your existing knowledge of sustainable communities, environmental issues, and the movement of pedestrians and traffic in urban development. Specialist focus on heritage, diverse cultures, urban poverty, human behaviour, and emergency management in urban locations will be introduced. These studies and assessment tasks will develop skills in the exercise of critical thinking and judgement in identifying and solving problems. You will undertake teamwork to collaboratively and responsibly evaluate strategies in urban design.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites Prerequisites: BLAR11045 and BLAR12036

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2022

Term 3 - 2022 Profile
Online
Term 3 - 2023 Profile
Online

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 25%
2. Written Assessment 60%
3. Online Test 15%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 3 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 50.00% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 33.33% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Student Feedback
Feedback
The content of the lectures is presented in a way that keeps everyone engaged and fosters a clear understanding of urban design principles.
Recommendation
The lectures will continue to be delivered in a similar fashion.
Action Taken
The lectures continue to be presented to support understanding of design principles.
Source: Student Feedback
Feedback
The teamwork assessment is a great opportunity to work together with and learn from others whilst still allowing individual creativity and ensuring that the focus remains on the brief.
Recommendation
The teamwork assessment will continue to form the focus of this unit and be structured in the same way.
Action Taken
The teamwork assessment continues to form the focus of this unit and is structured in the same way.
Source: Student Feedback
Feedback
Developing a large site as a team is great preparation for entering the workforce as a Building Designer.
Recommendation
Students will continue to work as a team on the development of a large site to prepare for entering the workforce.
Action Taken
Students continue to work as a team on the development of a large site to prepare to participate in teams that work in the field of development as building Design professionals.
Source: Student Feedback
Feedback
There is a big gap in students drawing capabilities.
Recommendation
The University recently began offering ArchiStar to support CAD learning and is currently in the process of designing a CAD unit.
Action Taken
The university continues to offer ArchiStar to support students learning CAD and the development of the CAD unit is progressing.
Source: SUTE Student Feedback
Feedback
Information provided in the lectures was informative, extremely relevant and up to date.
Recommendation
The lectures will continue to focus on providing relevant up to date information related to Urban Design and Development matters.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: SUTE Student Feedback
Feedback
Use of pre-recorded lectures would make the learning experience more efficient.
Recommendation
For the next offering some of the lectures will be offered in prerecorded format.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: SUTE Student Feedback
Feedback
There is too much content in this unit.
Recommendation
The unit content will be reviewed for relevancy and reduced if/where possible so that the Unit Learning Outcomes are not compromised.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Analyse heritage and environmental issues in urban development
  2. Reflect on and propose creative strategies to accommodate the diversity of human behaviour in the design of public urban spaces
  3. Compare and modify movement of pedestrians and traffic within urban design
  4. Adapt knowledge and skills to include diverse cultural needs and sustainable communities in urban design
  5. Participate effectively in collaborative team activities.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Online Test
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Online Test