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SSUD71-215: Urban Design and Place Making Principles May 2020 [Standard]

General information

Urban Design is the field that brings together the contributions of the built environment professions to shape the urban form and quality of life offered by our cities and towns.  This subject introduces key urban design ideas, using existing urban areas as the vehicle for analysis and understanding.  Students will get to know and develop knowledge and skills needed by built environment professionals for the creation of urban places that are environmentally, economically, socially and culturally rich and sustainable.


Academic unit:Faculty of Society & Design
Subject code:SSUD71-215
Subject title:Urban Design and Place Making Principles
Subject level:Postgraduate
Semester/Year:May 2020
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

Delivery mode:


Workload items:
  • Lecture: x12 (Total hours: 24) - Weekly lecture
  • Tutorial: x12 (Total hours: 12) - Weekly tutorial
  • Personal Study Hours: x12 (Total hours: 84) - Recommended study hours
Attendance and learning activities: This subject brings together students from City Planning, Architecture and other fields in a practice-based and experiential class using real places as our laboratory for learning and intervention.


Prescribed resources: No Prescribed resources. After enrolment, students can check the Books and Tools area in iLearn for the full Resource List.
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Assurance of learning

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At Bond University, we carefully develop subject and program outcomes to ensure that student learning in each subject contributes to the whole student experience. Students are encouraged to carefully read and consider subject and program outcomes as combined elements.

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

Program Learning Outcomes provide a broad and measurable set of standards that incorporate a range of knowledge and skills that will be achieved on completion of the program. If you are undertaking this subject as part of a degree program, you should refer to the relevant degree program outcomes and graduate attributes as they relate to this subject.

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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the main contemporary urban design ideas, their origins and their application in practice
  2. Analyse and describe urban places in terms of urban design principles
  3. Define urban design problems and propose a framework for urban design intervention
  4. Apply basic urban design skills in graphic, written and oral communication


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
Analysis Urban Design analysis study (Wk 5 student seminar contributes to this) 40% Week 5 1, 2, 3, 4.
Project § Comparative critique of two major urban design projects (Wk 11 student seminar contributes to both formative and summative assessment for this item) 60% Week 12 1, 2, 3, 4.
  • § Indicates group/teamwork-based assessment
  • * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
  • C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.

Assessment criteria

High Distinction 85-100 Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.
Distinction 75-84 Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.
Credit 65-74 Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.
Pass 50-64 Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.
Fail 0-49 Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.

Quality assurance

For the purposes of quality assurance, Bond University conducts an evaluation process to measure and document student assessment as evidence of the extent to which program and subject learning outcomes are achieved. Some examples of student work will be retained for potential research and quality auditing purposes only. Any student work used will be treated confidentially and no student grades will be affected.

Study information

Submission procedures

Students must check the [email protected] subject site for detailed assessment information and submission procedures.

Policy on late submission and extensions

A late penalty will be applied to all overdue assessment tasks unless an extension is granted by the subject coordinator. The standard penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment per day late with no assessment to be accepted seven days after the due date. Where a student is granted an extension, the penalty of 10% per day late starts from the new due date.

Policy on plagiarism

The University’s Academic Integrity Policy defines plagiarism as the act of misrepresenting as one’s own original work: another’s ideas, interpretations, words, or creative works; and/or one’s own previous ideas, interpretations, words, or creative work without acknowledging that it was used previously (i.e., self-plagiarism). The University considers the act of plagiarising to be a breach of the Student Conduct Code and, therefore, subject to the Discipline Regulations which provide for a range of penalties including the reduction of marks or grades, fines and suspension from the University.

Bond University utilises Originality Reporting software to inform academic integrity.

Feedback on assessment

Feedback on assessment will be provided to students within two weeks of the assessment submission due date, as per the Assessment Policy.

Disability support

If you have a disability, illness, injury or health condition that impacts your capacity to complete studies, exams or assessment tasks, it is important you let us know your special requirements, early in the semester. Students will need to make an application for support and submit it with recent, comprehensive documentation at an appointment with a Disability Officer. Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Office at the earliest possible time, to meet staff and learn about the services available to meet your specific needs. Please note that late notification or failure to disclose your disability can be to your disadvantage as the University cannot guarantee support under such circumstances.

Subject curriculum

a people-based approach to collaborative place making - Overview of subject, site, assessment

1, 2, 3, 4.

pre-modern, modernist and after modernism– the legacy of Jane Jacobs, Kevin Lynch and others

1, 2, 3, 4.

manifestos, movements, charters and critics

1, 2, 3, 4.

interpreting and intervening in the urban Cultural Landscape; Urban Morphology; Genius Loci; Place Making

1, 2, 3, 4.

from site to place

1, 2, 3, 4.

after modernism – UD as a collaborative interdisciplinary activity rather than a discrete profession

1, 2, 3, 4.

from site to street/square, precinct/centre, suburb, city, metropolis, city region, megacity

1, 2, 3, 4.

Student activity

1, 2, 3, 4.

walkability as measure of place quality

1, 2, 3, 4.

beyond the Anglophone world

1, 2, 3, 4.

comparative study of contemporary major urban design and place making projects from major cities

1, 2, 3, 4.

review of the subject

1, 2, 3, 4.
Approved on: Apr 30, 2020. Edition: 2.0
Last updated: Aug 24, 2020.