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URP3201 Sustainable Urban Design and Development

Semester 2, 2019 Online
Short Description: Sustainable Urban Design & Dev
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
Student contribution band : Band 2
ASCED code : 031101 - Surveying
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Marita Basson


It is now commonly accepted that the way cities are planned, built and function can promote more efficient use of resources, including water, energy and land, minimise the production of waste and encourage more reuse and recycling, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and support biodiversity in and around urban areas through better management of open and green space. The role that urban planners and urban designers play in delivering sustainable land use plans and designs that guarantee such outcomes is critical. Urban and regional planners must have an understanding of the types of plans and designs that can deliver sustainable outcomes in the public interest.


Many professionals such as engineers, town planners and surveyors are engaged in the design and construction of residential developments. Therefore, they require a sound knowledge and understanding of the design principles and practices that are used to create sustainable residential areas, both large and small. This course gives students the opportunity to acquire knowledge of the design principles currently used in Australia to develop sustainable residential neighbourhoods. This includes allotment and dwelling design, the design of streets and paths, and the location and design of urban services, open spaces and community facilities. A Performance Based Approach is used. Students will also gain an insight into the land development process. The three assessment items in this course enable students to develop, practice and demonstrate their knowledge of sustainable residential design principles, and their ability to apply those principles.


The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course. On completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. undertake a site analysis at the site, precinct and neighbourhood scales;
  2. conduct a sustainability audit of an existing residential site;
  3. evaluate, select and synthesise appropriate performance based design principles by creating and reporting on a master plan for a new residential neighbourhood using appropriate written and graphical skills;
  4. evaluate, select and synthesise appropriate performance based design principles by creating and reporting on a subdivision plan for a new residential precinct using appropriate written and graphical skills;
  5. reflect on the design and communication processes during the completion of assignments, both individual and team based;


Description Weighting(%)
1. Overview of the residential design and development process 5.00
2. Site analysis 20.00
3. Sustainable building design 10.00
4. Sustainable land use and lot design 20.00
5. Sustainable movement networks 15.00
6. Open space 5.00
7. Sustainable urban engineering services 5.00
8. Sustainable community facilities 5.00
9. Commercial and employment facilities 5.00
10. Creating a sustainable site design 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 60.00
Directed Study 48.00
Private Study 47.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Objectives Assessed Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 100 10 05 Aug 2019 1,2,5
ASSIGNMENT 2 400 40 02 Sep 2019 1,5
ASSIGNMENT 3 500 50 14 Oct 2019 3,4,5

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks or a grade of at least C-. (Depending upon the requirements in Statement 4 below, students may not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to receive a passing grade in this course.)

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade in a course a student must obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the weighted aggregate of the marks (or grades) obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    As there are no examinations in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the Examiner.

  2. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be despatched to USQ within 24 hours if required by the Examiner.

  3. In accordance with University Policy, the Examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.

  4. If electronic submission of assessments is specified for the course, students will be notified of this in the course Introductory Book and on the USQ Study Desk. All required electronic submission must be made through the Assignment Drop Box located on the USQ Study Desk for the course, unless directed otherwise by the examiner of the course. The due date for an electronically submitted assessment is the date by which a student must electronically submit the assignment. The assignment files must be submitted by 11.55pm on the due date using USQ time (as displayed on the clock on the course home page; that is, Australian Eastern Standard Time).

  5. If the method of assessment submission is by written, typed or printed paper-based media students should (i) submit to the Faculty Office for students enrolled in the course in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail to the USQ for students enrolled in the course in the external mode. The due date for the assessment is the date by which a student must (i) submit the assessment for students enrolled in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail the assessment for students enrolled in the external mode.

  6. The Faculty will NOT normally accept submission of assessments by facsimile or email.

  7. Students who do not have regular access to postal services for the submission of paper-based assessments, or regular access to Internet services for electronic submission, or are otherwise disadvantaged by these regulations may be given special consideration. They should contact the examiner of the course to negotiate such special arrangements prior to the submission date.

  8. Students who have undertaken all of the required assessments in a course but who have failed to meet some of the specified objectives of a course within the normally prescribed time may be awarded the temporary grade: IM (Incomplete - Make up). A temporary grade will only be awarded when, in the opinion of the examiner, a student will be able to achieve the remaining objectives of the course after a period of non directed personal study.

  9. Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment may apply to defer an assessment in a course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. The following temporary grade may be awarded: IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up).

  10. American Psychological Association (APA) 6th edition is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use American Psychological Association (APA) 6th edition style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The American Psychological Association APA 6th edition style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide.

Other requirements

  1. Students will require access to e-mail and internet access to UConnect for this course.