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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 about the historic and theoretical context of urban design and planning, including Aboriginal approaches and perspectives. By gaining a deeper understanding of urban environments, you will build knowledge of contemporary towns and cities by studying key urban dynamics and processes such as climate change, colonisation, housing financialisation and liveability. Focusing on a socio-economically diverse area, you will apply this knowledge in formulating just urban policy and developing a strategic plan for urban change. You will also develop knowledge and skills in urban design by applying design principles in on-the-ground evaluations of urban streetscapes. In this unit, you will benefit from local, national and international case studies, field trips, and extensive engagement with built environment professionals such as architects, developers, designers and planners.


Unit name Urban Planning and Design
Unit code KGA521
Credit points 25
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences
Discipline Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences
Coordinator Associate Professor Kate Booth
Delivered By University of Tasmania


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


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 10/7/2023 8/8/2023 28/8/2023 15/10/2023

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Unit census dates currently displaying for 2023 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2023 will be available from the 1st October 2022. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Evaluate knowledge of the role of planning in colonisation to support the decolonisation of contemporary planning practice
  • Analyse quantitative, qualitative and spatial data to enable evidence-based urban decision-making
  • Critically apply urban design and strategic planning methods and principles to address complex urban problems
  • Execute graphic, written and verbal communication skills tailored to diverse audiences to contribute to just and equitable urban change
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
$2,075.00 $2,075.00 not applicable $5,044.00

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AssessmentTest or quiz (20%)|Journal (40%)|Essay (40%)
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