Core Module Information
Module title: Design and Urbanism

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: DES09100
Module leader: Matt Sinclair
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Art Design and Photography


Description of module content:

During this module we will investigate orientation: consuming cities, walking, memory, information and porosity of space. Myths of community, identity and the 'other': queering the city. fear and surveillance; the global city and network society e will context this by looking at the history: modernist utopias and realities: tower blocks, sprawl and favela. Situationist critique of consumerist no-space, post-modernity and the theory and practice of 'new urbanism'. Post-planning and the Asian mega-city: a case study of Shanghai
We will also use site visits: analysing the sensory experience of space and place, urban typologies, density and character; the art of place-making and rationales of design policy. Regeneration, city promotion and festival spaces to develop your sense of urbanism in context of your own design work.
During this module students will investigate the city through primary and secondary research: exploring cities as utopias, dystopias, sites of consumption as well as myths of community, staged identities and spaces of fear and surveillance. Research of consumerist non-space will provide a means of exploring post-modernity and the theory and practice of 'new urbanism'. Students will also analyse the city according to visual and sensory experiences of space and place, as well as critiquing recent urban typologies; the art of place-making and rationales of design policy, regeneration, city promotion and festival spaces to develop a sense of urbanism in context of their own design work.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Apply research methods for interpreting and representing urban design issues
LO2: Compare differing theoretical models for understanding urbanism
LO3: Consider the relation between cultural contexts and practices of urbanism and design
LO4: Refine visual and verbal presentation skills to engage in academic debate
LO5: Critically engage with secondary research within urbanism and design.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 2, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Paul Kerlaff
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:

Teaching and learning methods reflect the variety of topics and approaches to urbanism, both in theory and practice. A variety of audio visual resources, group discussion and self directed methods (independent learning and study) will be used. These methods are designed to foster and underpin student engagement and academic progression, whilst sensitive to a range of learning styles. Students will undertake research activities (LO1) and examine a range of theoretical ideas (LO2). Through seminar presentations (LO4) and written assignments students will critically explore these theoretical ideas in relation to socio-cultural contexts and specific design practices (LO3), and critically reflect on secondary sources in design and urbanism related subjects.

Formative Assessment:
Formative feedback is provided throughout in the form of comment and debate on student proposals. One formative assessment submission with a written submission takes place in week 7

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment is through written submission in week 14, with feedback and marking taking place after this point. This summative submission will present your account of the tasks you have undertaken throughout the module as you have gained and developed an understanding of design practice, along with all required deliverable outputs specified in the coursework briefs.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 12
Independent Learning Practical classes and workshops 24
Independent Learning Fieldwork 24
Independent Learning Guided independent study 140
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Portfolio 100 1-5 14/15 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 3000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

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