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SRD760 - Geo-Planning and Design

Unit details


2020 unit information

Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Waterfront (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
Previously coded as:


EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Surabhi Pancholi




Incompatible with:


Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

1 x 1 hour class per week, 1 x 2 hour seminar per week, 1 x 3 hour practical for 5 weeks.

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin and includes 3 x 1 hour scheduled online seminars and 2 x 1 hour scheduled practical learning sessions per trimester.


SRD760 will introduce students to the processes involved in planning for large scale urban development.  In this trimester, students will explore urban ecological inquiries that are typical in a professional practice at various scales of planning.  This will involve an examination of aspects such as identification of land suitability, site selection, scenario planning, land use budgeting and evaluation of capacity to accommodate urban development.  Consideration will be given to the environmental, social, and spatial challenges and considerations in the Australian context.

In a project-based format, students will develop an understanding of relevant guidelines, theories, policies, design principles and precedents from global to local scale. Students will apply this understanding and practically examine differing contexts for greenfield or brownfield development sites and critically explore urban built environment quality in terms of form, density, use and associated infrastructure. Project work will integrate site-specific findings using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) as a research, visualisation, and modelling tool



These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this Unit

At the completion of this unit successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Undertake an appraisal of urban ecology theory as it relates to regional-level built environment growth design, planning and management, including an initial assessment of the selected precinct as to its environmental and design carrying capacity.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO5: Problem solving
GLO7: Teamwork


Model and evaluate urban ecology-informed regional-level built environment scenarios to address professional practice development briefs, together with testing different perspectives of potential opportunities and constraints.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO5: Problem solving
GLO7: Teamwork


Develop an individual multi-disciplinary informed regional-scale land use development proposition, in response to the brief, that launches, considers and proposes scenarios or reviews and critiques its implications or its theoretical ‘platform’ to permit its fruition.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO6: Self-management
GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO5: Problem solving


Demonstrate the use of digital software technology in mapping, analysing and modelling information about places
variables, and scenarios.

GLO2: Communication

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Assessment Description Student output Weighting (% total mark for unit) Indicative due week
Morphological analysis (group) Collaborative report, inclusive of illustrated maps (1,500-word/24-A4 page maximum) 25% Week 4
Strategic ecological considerations  Professional report, inclusive of illustrated maps (1,500-word/24-A4 page maximum) 50% Week 8
Speculative design

Proposal report, accompanying design strategy in a narrated powerpoint format

(10-slide maximum and 5-minutes maximum)
25% Week 11

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

Prescribed text(s): Wilpen L. Gorr And Kristen S. Kurland, 2013, GIS Tutorial 1,  Basic Work Book, Esri Press, USA.

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: SRD760 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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