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DAAE1001: Living Cities

This unit of study reviews the challenges involved in planning the contemporary urban environment. It covers a range of perspectives, including urban planning, urban design and heritage. Students will examine the evolution of towns and cities from the first settlements to the modern metropolis, and explore the cultural, economic, political and digital drivers that shape the urban environment. It asks, 'why did cities evolve?', 'what purpose do cities serve?', 'who is the city for?', and 'how are decisions made about cities?' The contemporary urban environment is explored as a dynamic and continually evolving 'living city' that is co-created by architects, planners, urban designers and other public and private stakeholders. On the successful completion of this unit of study, students will have demonstrated an understanding of the importance of planning in shaping our towns and cities through time. They will have a basic knowledge of the key ideas that are needed for formulating planning and urban design proposals.


Academic unit Urban and Regional Planning and Policy
Unit code DAAE1001
Unit name Living Cities
Session, year
Semester 2, 2022
Attendance mode Normal day
Location Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Credit points 6

Enrolment rules

Assumed knowledge

DECO1006 and DECO1012 and BDES1011 and AWSS1001

Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Dallas Rogers,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment Annotated bibliography
Written task
50% Week 07
Due date: 12 Sep 2022 at 23:00
1000 words (per person)
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Assignment group assignment Urban portfolio
50% Week 12
Due date: 28 Oct 2022 at 23:00
1000 words (per person)
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
group assignment = group assignment ?

Exam - The exam will comprise mulitple choice and/or short answers on topics that are covered in the mandatory readings.

Annotated bibliography - The annotated bibliography will compare, contrast and discuss four of the mandatory readings.  

Urban portfolio and presentation - This assessment is a group task, but it requires each group member to complete individual tasks as determined by the group. Student groups of up to 5 people will be allocated by the teaching staff. This assessment will require the group to consider a fieldwork site in relation to the urbanism themes that are covered in the lectures and readings.

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100

Work of outstanding quality, demonstrating mastery of the learning outcomes assessed. The work shows significant innovation, experimentation, critical analysis, synthesis, insight, creativity, and/or exceptional skill.


75 - 84

Work of excellent quality, demonstrating a sound grasp of the learning outcomes assessed. The work shows innovation, experimentation, critical analysis, synthesis, insight, creativity, and/or superior skill.


65 - 74

Work of good quality, demonstrating more than satisfactory achievement of the learning outcomes assessed, or work of excellent quality for a majority of the learning outcomes assessed.


50 - 64

Work demonstrating satisfactory achievement of the learning outcomes assessed.


0 - 49

Work that does not demonstrate satisfactory achievement of one or more of the learning outcomes assessed.

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Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Special consideration

If you experience short-term circumstances beyond your control, such as illness, injury or misadventure or if you have essential commitments which impact your preparation or performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website provides information on academic honesty, academic dishonesty, and the resources available to all students.

The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic dishonesty or plagiarism seriously.

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic dishonesty. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of dishonesty, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Understanding Urbanism Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 02 Indigenous Cities Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 03 Economic Cities and Planning Cities Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 04 Designed Cities and Heritage Cities Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 05 Mobile Cities and Public Cities Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 06 Multicultural Cities and Political Cities Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 07 Field-trip briefing Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 08 Fieldwork Briefing Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Week 09 Self-guided Field Trip Field trip (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Week 10 Research & practice Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Week 11 Urban portfolio Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Required readings

Understanding Urbanism. (Eds) Rogers, D., Keane, A., Alizadeh, T., Nelson, J.


Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University’s graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Demonstrate capability with critical thinking and conducting empirical, creative research in reviewing planning documents, undertaking studies and preparing reports
  • LO2. Clarify and analyse problems, use appropriate methods, and prepare proposal, critically, creatively and imaginatively
  • LO3. Identify relevant information needs and familiarity with basic review methods to source, access and use information effectively
  • LO4. Demonstrate ability as independent learners who engage in reflection, self-evaluation and self-improvement
  • LO5. Demonstrate independent and critical thinking with selecting and using effective and innovative techniques, designs and solution
  • LO6. Demonstrate an understanding of social, cultural and environmental responsibilities
  • LO7. Demonstrate communication skills with oral and written presentations, using quantitative, visual and other relevant forms of representation
  • LO8. Prepare and review reports, articles, plans, sites, precedents.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities
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Additional costs

You need to print assessments, take photographs, create graphs and sketch drawings. Students may bring their own devices at their own cost. Students need to travel to the field-trip site, which may incur public or private transportation costs.


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