Courses & Units

Urban Planning and Design KGA521



The principles and practices of urban planning and design shape the physical spaces and social lives of our towns and cities. In this unit you will learn the historic and theoretical context of contemporary urban planning, and deepen your knowledge through local and international case studies. Key issues that you will explore include liveability, affordability and built heritage conservation. You will gain practical experience in urban planning policy by developing a strategic plan for a diverse and dynamic urban area. On field trips, you will explore principles of urban design and evaluate urban design initiatives. Collaborating with fellow students from Hobart and across the country will provide you with a breadth of knowledge. Self-directed activities will enable you to develop and share your personal interests. All elements of this unit include engagement with built environment professionals such as architects, developers, designers and planners.


Unit name Urban Planning and Design
Unit code KGA521
Credit points 25
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Technology, Environments and Design
Discipline Geography and Spatial Sciences

Dr Kate Booth

Teaching staff

Dr Kate Booth

Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 13/7/2020 10/8/2020 31/8/2020 18/10/2020

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2020 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2020 will be available from the 1st October 2019.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
2 2020: $2,381.00 2020: $4,804.00 040101

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Teaching Pattern

On-campus students: interactive lectures and workshops (52 hours over 13 weeks); Distance education students: online lectures each week of up to 90 minutes a week weekly online discussions and group work for approximately 2-hrs/week over 13 weeks


4,000 word essay (40%), studio practice journal (40%), class participation (20%)

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