SRA760 - Urban Ecologies


2018 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Not available in 2018, please refer to SRD760 Geo-Planning and Design

Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value:


Cohort rule:

Students enrolled in S700 or S701 must enrol in campus mode

Unit chair:

John Rollo





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Contact hours:

Campus: 1 x 1 hour class per week, 1 x 2 hour seminar per week, 1 x 3 hour practical for 5 weeks.  Cloud (online): Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin.


SRA760 involves an examination of the large scale urban development processes. Through the trimester the student is exposed and will experience the typical professional practice process involved in regional–scale designing and urban ecological inquiries that implicate prospective land identification, selection and evaluation as to its capacity to accommodate development including the environmental and aesthetic quality, physical and environmental carrying capacity and performance of land, its ability to economically and environmentally cater for and accommodate built environment developments and their associated infrastructure including a range of different built environment forms, densities, and land use typologies, and the scope as to staging, different environmental and economic values and attributes.. The unit as also includes a broad critical analysis of the contemporary social, economic and environmental challenges, theories and precedents that have shaped and currently inform the making of Australia’s built environment including various strategies for forming new or regenerating existing urban territories.

The project-based format of the unit is scaffolded with classes that oversee the inquiry, its staging and its different levels and scales of inquiry, the use of geographic information systems (GIS) as a tool in research and modelling activities, while also addressing the theoretical parameters of urban ecology practice and theory. Students are presented with regional-scale extant or prospective urban contexts and conditions that introduce increasing complexity of physical, social, and environmental. Within this learning context, students are asked to critically consider contemporary greenfield/brownfield existing/prospective urban environments and their relation to differing ecologies.


Morphological analysis (individual 15%, group 20%) 35%, strategic ecological considerations (group) 30%, speculative design 35%

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