Master of Urban and Regional Planning

Unit of study descriptions

Certificate, Diploma and Master of Urban and Regional Planning

All Master degree candidates are required to complete either a Report or Dissertation.

All streams

Core units

PLAN9061 Planning Principles, Systems & Practice

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Assoc Prof Nicole Gurran Session: Semester 1,Semester 2a Classes: 4 day intensive (9am-5pm) Prohibitions: PLAN9020, PLAN9044 Assessment: Assignment 1 (40%); assignment 2/presentation (10%); assignment 3 (50%) Mode of delivery: Block Mode
Note: Enrolment numbers limited by teaching resources. If your attempt to enrol online is unsuccessful please contact the Student Administration Centre (SAC). Permission required in Semester 1 unless enrolled in Urban and Regional Planning.
This unit aims to prepare you for professional practice as a strategic or development assessment planner. It focuses on social, economic and environmental principles for contemporary planning practice; the systems for land use planning and environmental management in Australia, and the practice of statutory planning and development assessment in NSW.
By the end of this unit of study you will: understand the social, economic, and environmental principles underpinning contemporary planning practice; appreciate key legal and institutional processes for environmental planning in Australia and internationally; be familiar with the various planning state, regional, and local planning instruments in NSW, and understand when and how they apply to planning proposals. You will also be able to assess the social, economic, and environmental impacts of basic planning proposals, and justify these recommendations in professional planning reports. In preparing for professional practice you will gain an understanding of the principles, techniques and requirements for public participation in environmental planning and assessment; and the ethical responsibilities of land use planners, including respect for diversity and the importance of social equity, in guiding decision making processes and assessing planning proposals.
PLAN9063 Strategic Planning and Design

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Prof Peter Phibbs Session: Semester 1 Classes: Lectures 2 hrs/wk, seminar 2 hrs/wk. An additional hour of tuition time may be assigned. Prohibitions: PLAN9027 Assessment: Three reports and graphics, based on group work on a project, with individual submissions, each equivalent to 2,000-2,500 words in length. Assessment (2 x 30%, 1 x 40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
The aim of PLAN9063 Strategic Planning and Design is to provide students with grounding in the core knowledge and skills needed to practice as a contemporary planner. A key emphasis in the unit is understanding the skills needed to undertake strategic planning at a range of levels (both process and content). Strategic planning in one form or other is a generic process that underpins much of the work that planners and urban designers are involved in at varying spatial levels. This course will provide students with the basic skills required to function as a planner and it will also act as an introduction to a number of other units in the program by highlighting the connection between the work of a planner and the need to understand a range of different knowledge and skill areas. The basic skills which will be covered include basic demographic analysis, graphic presentation, governance audits, consultation strategies and survey tools, economic analysis, and GIS. In addition, this Unit of Study will enable students to develop generic skills such as group discussion, productive group work and organisation, negotiation skills and information literacy skills. This is an introductory core unit for the Urban Planning degree and an elective for the Urban Design degree.
PLAN9068 History & Theory of Planning & Design

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Assoc Prof Paul Jones and Assoc Prof Rod Simpson Session: Semester 1 Classes: Lecture 2 hrs/wk Prohibitions: PLAN9031, ARCH9060 Assessment: Assignment 1 short questions (35%); group work local area analysis (30%); analytical essay (25%); attendance and class participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
This unit is in two overlapping modules, each of which is assessed.

Module one enables students to understand how the main concepts and practices of urban planning and development have evolved; appreciate different perspectives about the roles and purposes of planning; undertake basic historical research about Australian urban planning and development issues, and prepare basic stories and arguments about practical planning issues and current theories. There is a strong emphasis on enriching the ability of students to better appreciate urban form, structure and planning practice generally by analysing such form, structure and process through the lens of history (as 'snapshots' in time), and the understanding planning drivers that shape and express such urban change. Interpreting planning practice and what this means and reflects (such as underlying values, norms attitudes, public interest, etc) is a key element of this module.

Concurrent with module one, module two familiarises students with the main ideas and methods that have influenced urban design practice from the late nineteenth century to the present. It covers the dominant urban design theories, principles, conceptual and physical models, analytical methods and drawings from key contributing authors over the period, and explores critically how and why these arose, their interrelationships, spheres of influence, and continuing validity. In this module, key urban design 'classics' are discussed critically as history, design sources and tools.
Students will be able to: critically review and interpret key planning and urban design texts, construct and present basic arguments, orally and in documents; access and engage with key literature and other sources of knowledge; and use basic conceptual frameworks about planning arguments and stories for both the overlapping fields of urban planning and urban design.
This is an introductory core unit for both the Urban Planning and Urban Design degrees.
PLAN9045 Economics for Planners

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Prof Peter Phibbs Session: Semester 2 Classes: Lecture 2 hrs/wk Assessment: 2 x individual written reports of 2,000 words (70%); 1 x group presentation and report (30%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
The aim of PLAN9045 Economics for Planners is to introduce the key economic theories, processes and techniques used by contemporary urban planners. The Unit of Study has two parts. In the first part of the unit, students are introduced to the economic drivers shaping city and regional development outcomes, and the location and form of different land uses and how they evolve. The second part of the unit equips students with core technical skills, including project evaluation, economic impact analysis, development feasibility, and introductory aspects of public finance.
PLAN9062 Planning Law

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Mary-Lynne Taylor Session: Semester 2 Classes: Lecture 2 hrs/wk Corequisites: PLAN9061 Prohibitions: PLAN9021 Assessment: Local Government Decision-making Report, Court Decision-making Report, and Heritage Decision-making Report (100%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
This unit aims to develop an understanding of planning law that enables competent professional practice in addressing a range of complex planning issues. Students will be able to prepare reports on practical planning issues that demonstrate: knowledge of how planning intentions are implemented through policies, instruments and controls; knowledge of how planning law shapes practice; knowledge of instrumental arrangements and environmental planning procedures; knowledge of the main characteristics of well-reasoned and well-structured documents; awareness of the importance of evidence and argument in preparing planning proposals, for example, about planning instruments and development applications; and a general understanding of techniques for community consultation.
PLAN9064 Land Use and Infrastructure Planning

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Assoc Prof Paul Jones Session: Semester 2 Classes: Lecture 2 hrs/wk. Additonal tuition time may be assigned for introduction to graphic plan making. Prohibitions: PLAN9028 Assumed knowledge: Some prior knowledge of urban design/place making principles as learned in the core unit ARCH 9100 Assessment: Two illustrated reports, each equivalent to 2,000 to 2,500 words, consisting of 1 x group work on a project (50%) and 1 x individual report (40%); class attendance and participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
This unit is primarily concerned with planning, land use and infrastructure within the built environments. It emphasises conceptual knowledge, with examples and case studies to demonstrate the application of concepts in practice. Students are encouraged to think independently, creatively and critically in developing understanding and practical knowledge about environmental planning at the metropolitan and local level. This unit is in two modules, each of which is assessed.
1. Land use, infrastructure planning and urban development: different forms of infrastructure; the role of infrastructure in creating good environments and urban development; transport and the space economy; accessibility, the emergence of transport technologies and their influence on urban form; the impacts of car travel on densities, dispersion, congestion etc; orthodox transport planning; transport systems management; demand management and travel pricing; traffic restraint and local area traffic management; mobility and accessibility; networks, centres, and development corridors; transit oriented development and urban form. The Sydney Metropolitan Strategy and concepts contained therein are used as a main focus for this module.
2. Land use planning, development control and plan making: within the context of more effective land use planning, this module examines the process of assessing a local area (such as structure, form and understanding character), developing local vision and neighbourhood strategies and structure plan, translating the strategy and structure plan into basic land use and planning controls (such as building height, floor space ratio, heritage, and other local area provisions) and producing a basic plan for development control purposes. A case study is used for group work (with practitioners involved) so as to understand how the plan making process evolves and is constructed. Questioning the assumptions and values that underpin planning controls and guidelines is a key skill emphasised in the unit via the group work. This is an introductory core unit for the Urban Planning degree and an elective for the Urban Design degree.
ARCH9100 Introduction to Urban Design

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Assoc Prof Rod Simpson Session: Int February,Int July Classes: Intensive delivery for total of 38 hours Assessment: Site and place analysis (25%), graphic and visual representation (15%), numerical analysis (15%), 3 dimensional computer modelling (15%), ideas for placemaking comprising an illustrated report (30%) Mode of delivery: Block Mode
Note: Students may be granted advanced standing based on portfolio.
This introductory unit of study will provide students with the necessary skills to participate effectively in the urban design studios and will include site, spatial and public domain analysis, map and plan reading, visual, verbal and written communication techniques, and basic computer-based 3 dimensional modelling and numerical analysis. This unit will introduce students to the objectives and principles of urban design by analysing a number of public spaces, the spaces between buildings and the public domain and urban conditions in Sydney.
PLAN9018 Planning Report

Credit points: 12 Teacher/Coordinator: Assoc Prof Nicole Gurran Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Independent Study + Seminars Prerequisites: 48 credit points Prohibitions: ARCH9031, ARCH9060, ARCH9045, ARCH9046, PLAN9010, PLAN9011 Assessment: Final presentation (5%), Report of between 10,000 and 12,000 words (95%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Note: Submit an Independent Study approval form to the Architecture Student Administration Centre (SAC), signed by the Program Director, with your request to enrol. This unit is for Master of Urban and Regional Planning students only.
The planning report is a substantial piece of research conducted over one semester. It takes the form of report (between 10,000 and 12,000 words) on an approved urban and regional planning subject of your choice and/or maybe based on a priority thematic topic agreed with a local Council in the Sydney metropolitan area. You will be required to participate in a small number of relevant studios / meetings in developing and presenting this work For example, in 2013, planning report topics evolved out of forum with officers from Liverpool City Council, for example, and were subsequently presented to Council officers at the end of semester. The objective of the planning report is therefore to advance your knowledge and analytical skills in a particular relevant and topical area and so develop a "professional edge" in a real world planning situation. The expected learning outcomes of the report include the ability to: think critically about a planning problem and develop an appropriate research methodology or analytical approach to address it; identify and access appropriate sources of information, research and literature relevant to urban and regional planning issues; undertake primary and secondary research relevant to problems in planning practice; present your findings in a way that demonstrates academic and professional competence. A planning report generally includes: a literature review to delineate a planning problem, concern or gap in knowledge; a statement of research aims or objectives, as well as research questions; an explanation of research methods; presentation and analysis of data; discussion of conclusions. Permission to continue the Planning Report is subject to a satisfactory research proposal which must be approved by your supervisor by week 3 of semester. Supervisors from the URP program are allocated at the end of week 1 of semester and students work with their supervisors on an agreed timetable throughout semester. Planning reports are due at the end of the first week of exams for the semester in which you are enrolled.
PLAN9010 Planning Dissertation 1

Credit points: 12 Teacher/Coordinator: Assoc Prof Nicole Gurran Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Independent Study + Seminars Prerequisites: Completion of the core requirements of the MURP with a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of at least 75 Prohibitions: PLAN9018, ARCH9031, ARCH9045, ARCH9046, ARCH9060 Assessment: Final presentation (or progress presentation if continuing in the second semester - feedback only) (5%); Dissertation of between 15,000 and 25,000 words (95%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Note: Submit an Independent Study approval form to the Architecture Student Administration Centre (SAC), signed by the Program Director, with your request to enrol. This unit is for Master of Urban and Regional Planning students only. It MUST be undertaken in conjunction with PLAN9011 Planning Dissertation 2, either in the same or following semester.
The planning dissertation is a substantial piece of research, conducted full time over one semester (by enrolment in PLAN9010 and PLAN9011), or part time over two semesters (by consecutive enrolment in these units). It takes the form of a document (between 15,000 and 25,000 words) on an approved urban and regional planning subject of your choice. Students electing to do a stream in the MURP program must select a topic relevant to their chosen stream. There is also an option for students to prepare a shorter document suitable for publication in a refereed journal. The planning dissertation is an opportunity to advance your knowledge and skills in a particular area. For those intending to undertake further academic study, the dissertation also provides an opportunity for you to develop your research and inquiry skills. The objective of the dissertation is to allow you to develop higher order research and analytic skills by undertaking an in depth study of your own selection. The expected learning outcomes of the dissertation include the ability to: think critically about a planning problem and develop an appropriate research methodology or analytical approach to address it; identify and access appropriate sources of information, research and literature relevant to urban and regional planning issues; undertake primary and secondary research; present your findings in a way that demonstrates academic and professional competence. A dissertation generally includes: a strong literature review to delineate a problem or gap in knowledge; a statement of research aims or objectives, as well as research questions and / or hypotheses; explanation of research methods; presentation and analysis of data; discussion of conclusions; an abstract. Permission to continue the Planning Dissertation is subject to a satisfactory research proposal which must be approved by your supervisor by week 3 of semester. The dissertation will be marked by two examiners and may include an oral presentation. Dissertations are due at the end of the first week of exams for the semester in which you are enrolled in Planning Dissertation 2. Note that only one submission is required for both Planning Dissertation 1 and 2. It is not possible to complete Dissertation 1 independently of Dissertation 2. Students who intend a shorter project should enrol in PLAN9018 Planning Report.
PLAN9011 Planning Dissertation 2

Credit points: 12 Teacher/Coordinator: Assoc Prof Nicole Gurran Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Independent Study + Seminars Prerequisites: Completion of the core requirements of the MURP with a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of at least 75 Corequisites: PLAN9010 Assessment: Final presentation (or progress presentation if continuing in the second semester - feedback only) (5%); Dissertation of 15,000 to 25,000 words (95%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
Note: This unit is for Masters of Urban & Regional Planning students only. It MUST be taken in conjunction with PLAN9010 Planning Dissertation 1, either in the same or preceding semester.
The planning dissertation is a substantial piece of research, conducted full time over one semester (by enrolment in PLAN9010 and PLAN9011), or part time over two semesters (by consecutive enrolment in these units). It takes the form of a document (between 15,000 and 25,000 words) on an approved urban and regional planning subject of your choice. Students electing to do a stream in the MURP program must select a topic relevant to their chosen stream. There is also an option for students to prepare a shorter document suitable for publication in a refereed journal. The planning dissertation is an opportunity to advance your knowledge and skills in a particular area. For those intending to undertake further academic study, the dissertation also provides an opportunity for you to develop your research and inquiry skills. The objective of the dissertation is to allow you to develop higher order research and analytic skills by undertaking an in depth study of your own selection. The expected learning outcomes of the dissertation include the ability to: think critically about a planning problem and develop an appropriate research methodology or analytical approach to address it; identify and access appropriate sources of information, research and literature relevant to urban and regional planning issues; undertake primary and secondary research; present your findings in a way that demonstrates academic and professional competence. A dissertation generally includes: a strong literature review to delineate a problem or gap in knowledge; a statement of research aims or objectives, as well as research questions and / or hypotheses; explanation of research methods; presentation and analysis of data; discussion of conclusions; an abstract. Permission to continue the Planning Dissertation is subject to a satisfactory research proposal which must be approved by your supervisor by week 3 of semester. The dissertation will be marked by two examiners and may include an oral presentation. Dissertations are due at the end of the first week of exams for the semester in which you are enrolled in Planning Dissertation 2. Note that only one submission is required for both Planning Dissertation 1 and 2. It is not possible to complete Dissertation 1 independently of Dissertation 2. Students who intend a shorter project should enrol in PLAN9018 Planning Report.

Elective units

PLAN9049 International Urban Development Planning

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Assoc Prof Paul Jones Session: Semester 1a Classes: Intensive mode - lectures, seminars and group work/discussions run over four days (9am-5 pm) Assessment: Two major assignments: (1) development concepts and current issues (50%); (2) draft project design document and analysis (40%); attendance and participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Block Mode
This unit is designed to fill a significant gap in the evolution of the urban and regional planning syllabus. Development project assistance is a multi billion dollar industry with Australia alone contributing significantly through projects and technical assistance in Africa, Asia (east, south and north) and the Pacific. Additionally are the programs of the multilateral agencies like the World and Asian Development Banks and those of the largest donor countries of Japan, United States and European nations. There are many parallels between urban and regional plan making and the design of development projects. Indeed, some planning consultancies are primarily engaged in international development assistance work. Differences in context, approach, content and implementation place particular demands on development project designers that are not addressed in standard land use planning texts. Additionally, expenditure of large sums of public money has brought with it demands for quality assurance (QA) assessment at each stage of the development project activity cycle. An introduction to QA methodology and practice is a necessary component of development project design. International development assistance is a huge business employing large numbers of Australian consultants, contractors and supplying companies together with those of partner governments. Planners contribute to the design, implementation and evaluation of urban development projects in most of the neighbouring countries of Asia and the Pacific. Development project design is conditioned by several key elements including: components of the project activity cycle, thematic policy goals and essential quality assurance requirements. This unit is designed for planners who may work in the field of international development and who have an interest in better understanding urbanisation, especially in the Pacific Region. By the end of this unit of study you should have an understanding of the role and scope of urban development assistance project planning; an ability to undertake the studies required at each stage of the development project activity cycle; familiarity with the fundamentals of development project design; ability to comply with design conditions imposed by the key policy themes of: poverty, gender equity, environmental and sustainability focused development objectives; familiarity with the scope and character of urban and regional planning project design and implementation in the Asia-Pacific region; and an understanding of quality assurance assessment methodology in development project assessment. The unit reflects the increasing internationalisation of Australian planning practice in better managing urbanisation, especially within the Pacific Region. It caters to the needs of local and international students intending to work on urban and regional planning projects within a development assistance context.
PLAN9073 GIS Based Planning Policy and Analysis

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Awais Piracha Session: Int November Classes: 4 day intensive (9am-5pm) Assessment: Two smaller analytical assessments (2 x 25%) and a larger report (50%) Mode of delivery: Block Mode
This unit is concerned with using GIS to analyse planning problems and undertake policy analyses. The unit will include a comprehensive introduction to mapping and the use of GIS: data structures, topology, projections, spatial and non-spatial queries. Australian census products will be described and students will be expected to analyse census statistics using GIS maps. The role of GIS in coordinating various forms of information for policy analyses, preparing master plans, in presenting information for development control, impact analyses and wider management purposes will also be covered. The use of GIS to support visualisation will be covered, using examples about designing development projects and planning instruments. Finally, the various forms of distributing maps to the public and policy-makers will be discussed. The unit integrates the hands-on learning of GIS software with a `research-based` approach. Teaching will involve short lectures, studios and workshops. Assessment will be on a series of smaller assignments and a larger report prepared by each student that integrates GIS-based (and other) graphics into a coherent policy analysis. In addition, each student will make oral presentations on their work in studio sessions.
ARCH9063 Urban Morphology

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Assoc Prof Rod Simpson Session: Semester 2 Classes: Lecture 1 hr/wk; tutorial 1 hr/wk (weeks 1-9); tutorial 2 hrs/wk (weeks 10-13) Prohibitions: ARCH9021 Assumed knowledge: Some prior study of architectural, urban or planning history. Assessment: Scoping Report (20%), Class Presentation (20%) and Final Report (60%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
The unit outlines the nature of urban morphology, and its rise as an area of study, and explores the evolution of city forms with an emphasis upon urban structure and typology. Most designed components of our cities conform in their general characteristics to identifiable types; they reflect the functions of cities, cultural values and the technological, economic and social circumstances of their times. These have been laid down over particular landforms and previous built forms and landscapes to result in usually complex, and often distinct, local characteristics.
The ability to recognize, investigate and respond to these forms and relationships lies at the heart of good urban design. The development of an historical knowledge, and of sensibilities and skills in the recording and interpretation of urban pattern and form for design purposes is the unit's primary aim. It will develop abilities to make more informed 'readings' of the urban landscape, and judgments about structure and form in contemporary urban design: retention, modification, replacement, etc. On completion, a student will be better able to: recognize structures and patterns, and key building and spatial typologies that contribute to overall city morphology; record and describe these, investigate and explain their origins, and discuss informatively their place in urban change and contemporary design.
It complements the Urban Design - Ideas and Methods unit (ARCH9062) which emphasises the theories and models underpinning the forms that are covered in this unit. It is a core unit that supports the Urban Design Studios in the Urban Design programs and an informative elective for students enrolled in or intending to enrol in the Urban Architecture Research Studio.
ARCH9080 Urban Ecology, Design and Planning

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Assoc Prof Rod Simpson/Assoc Prof Paul Jones Session: Semester 2a Classes: Intensive block mode: Lectures 3 hrs/wk for 7 weeks, plus self-directed preparation and assingments, for a minimum total student commitment of approximately 35 hours Prohibitions: PLAN9048 Assessment: Assignment (25%), Presentation (25%), Design-related report (50%) Mode of delivery: Block Mode
This unit will introduce the conceptual bases for sustainable development and explore how principles of sustainability can be introduced into land use planning and urban design, including environmental management and multi-criteria evaluation methodologies in three modules:
Module 1 will examine the evolution of urban areas in relation to their biophysical setting using the Sydney metropolitan area as a case study. This will lead to an understanding and appreciation of the urban ecology of the city in terms of the flows of materials, resources and energy, and the challenges presented by climate change and peak oil.
Module 2 will introduce principles of sustainability and the history and development of concepts of urban sustainability.
Module 3 will introduce methods and frameworks for evaluating and measuring sustainability.
Students may complete up to 18 credit points of related units of study from within the Faculty or the University if they can substantiate that a unit undertaken elsewhere strengthens and complements their professional interest area in urban and regional planning.

Heritage Conservation Stream

Optional units

ARCH9028 Conservation Methods and Practices

Credit points: 12 Session: Semester 1 Classes: Lecture 4 hrs/wk + site visits Assessment: Two assignments (2 x 50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
The aims of this unit are to develop practical skills in the methods and practices of conservation at an accepted professional level, and to interpret and apply the theory of practice taught in the mandatory core of the course in practical, on-site projects. The unit focuses on culturally significant structures and cultural landscapes and includes: methods of survey and documentation (locating, describing and recording components with possible heritage value; identifying and reading historic fabric; historic and archival research methods; thematic history methods; pattern recognition; natural systems; settlements; cultural mapping; aesthetic analysis; material and stylistic analysis); evaluation methodology (assigning heritage significance); assessment methodology (establishing conservation priorities); and appropriate conservation actions (conservation and management plans, policies and strategies). At the end of the unit the student will successfully demonstrate: an understanding of the Australia ICOMOS Burra Charter and the ability to prepare, in accordance with current accepted professional practice, a conservation plan of a place or places of cultural significance; skill in methods and techniques of analysis, assessment and documentation of cultural significance; and the ability to develop relevant policies and strategies for the conservation of a variety places of cultural significance. The intended outcomes are achieved through inquiry, individual study and research and are demonstrated by each student upon the successful completion of set assignments. The assignments are constructed to allow each student to demonstrate his or her level of understanding of the accepted professional methodology and practice in the preparation and presentation of a conservation plan. Assessment criteria based on unit outcomes are used for the examination of the assignments.
ARCH9075 New Design in Old Settings

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: Lectures 2hrs/wk, site visits and seminars. Assessment: Preparation of a Heritage Impact Statement as per guidelines of NSW Heritage Branch - approximately equivalent to 4,000/5,000 word essay (100%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
This unit will cover one of the most fundamental aspects of heritage conservation. Designing infill and additions to historic buildings and precincts are the common practice of architecture throughout time in all cultures. From a multi-disciplinary background this course will aim to develop skills in the assessment of the cultural significance of existing buildings, the impact of new works to the heritage significance of historic buildings in existing contexts, visual and spatial literacy in the design of new fabric in old settings. The course will provide a wide range of examples, including wide international perspective. The aims of the unit are to develop an understanding of the history of designing and building new buildings in old settings; to develop an understanding of the major theoretical and practical issues of designing new buildings in old settings; to develop an ability to critically assess the appropriateness of the design of the new in the context of the accordingly accepted current conservation practice in Australia. By the end of the course the student will be able to produce, at a professional level a Heritage Impact Statement as defined by the NSW Heritage Branch.
ARCH9074 History and Theory of Conservation

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: Lectures 2 hrs/wk Prohibitions: ARCH9003 Assessment: Seminar (40%); essay (60%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
The purpose of this unit is to help student is the intent to develop an appropriate level of knowledge in the development of the ideas and practices of conservation over an historical perspective from Classical times to the present in the Western and Non-Western context. Particular emphasis will be placed on the theoretical ideas and practices of Sir George Gilbert Scott, John Ruskin, the Arts and Crafts Movement, SPAB in England and Eugène Voillet-le-Duc in France. The principal aims of the unit are to develop an understanding of the history and theoretical basis of the development if the idea and practice of conservation from Classical times to the present. Additional to this another main aim is to develop an understanding of the historical development of Western traditions of architectural and garden design, as well as to develop a sound intellectual basis for the understanding of the theory and practice of current conservation practice in Australia and beyond. By the end of the unit the student will successfully demonstrate an understanding of the history of the development the idea of conservation through time and in Western and non-Western traditions; an understanding of the development of Western traditions of architecture and garden design; and skills in the applying this knowledge in the assessment of cultural significance in the Australian and international context. Student workload effort expected: class preparation three hours per week; assessment preparation 40 hours per semester.
ARCH9083 Conservation of Modern Materials

This unit of study is not available in 2014

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: Lectures 2 hrs/wk (11 wks), site visits 2hrs/wk (2 wks) Assessment: 1x 4000 word essay (100%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
Note: This unit of study is offered in odd numbered years only.
The aims of the course are to introduce students to broad range of specialists from the related fields of architectural conservation and related disciplines that specialize in the conservation of modern building fabric; to introduce students to the appropriate and accepted methods of the conservation modern architectural materials; and to familiarise students with the relevant literature pertaining to the domain.
The objectives of the course are to allow the student to develop a broad understanding of excellent contemporary conservation practice in the conservation of modern materials; to develop a broad understanding of good and bad practice in the conservation of modern materials. Students will be expected to demonstrate the ability to research and prepare academic paper related to the domain.
Class preparation: 1hour /week, assessment preparation: 15-20 hours/semester