University of Technology Sydney

16006 Introduction to Resilient Development

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UTS: Design, Architecture and Building: School of the Built Environment
Credit points: 6 cp

Subject level:

Undergraduate

Result type: Grade and marks

There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.

Description

This subject provides an introduction to sustainable development and discusses the triple bottom line concept of environmental, economic and social sustainability in urban development as well as the associated ESG concept of environment, social and governance sustainability, particularly in relation to sustainable development. Sustainable practices are discussed and demonstrated using national and international case studies, guest lectures, in-class/online group discussions and exercises, and, if possible, field visits. To gain maximum benefit from this class, students must attend each class session - attendance is taken via a weekly quiz available only to students attending live (in-person or online).

The subject investigates urban resilience and the sustainability challenges faced by global cities, and more specifically by the City of Sydney and the Greater Sydney area, as a demonstration of how these challenges may be considered and addressed locally. The causes and urban effects of global warming are discussed, as are issues relating to water sensitive urban design, greenhouse gas emissions (and reduction), energy consumption (and alternative energy development strategies), air quality and population growth challenges, economic planning for resilience, social sustainability, and the built environment industries' responsibility to create safe places.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

1. Develop team work skills
2. Develop effective written, verbal and visual communication strategies
3. Understand the relationships among urban structure, resource consumption, and sustainability at the urban, precinct and/or building level
4. Understand the challenges and practical application of principles of environmental, economic and social sustainability to urban development at the urban and precinct scales.
5. Develop coherent criticisms of existing policies and plans using available evidence appropriately.
6. Understand the environmental risks posed by patterns of development, the strategies available to manage risk and adapt urban development patterns to mitigate risk.

Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

This subject also contributes to the following Course Intended Learning Outcomes:

  • Effectively apply a variety of communication skills and technologies in professional contexts (C.1)
  • Work effectively in a team in a professional context (C.2)
  • Develop alternative, appropriate creative solutions to built environment issues (I.2)
  • Apply planning principles in various property contexts (P.4)
  • Apply knowledge of sustainability and environmental issues in built environment contexts (P.7)
  • Source, evaluate and use information within defined parameters (R.2)

Contribution to the development of graduate attributes

The term CAPRI is used for the five Design, Architecture and Building faculty graduate attribute categories where:

C = communication and groupwork

A = attitudes and values

P = practical and professional

R = research and critique

I = innovation and creativity.

Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs) are linked to these categories using codes (e.g. C-1, A-3, P-4, etc.).

Teaching and learning strategies

?Delivery will be in weekly sessions and will include lectures on key concepts, presentations by guest lectures on specialist material, case studies. Active and reflective learning opportunities will be integrated throughout the subject via group discussion, class workshops, polls, a field visit (if possible), and presentations by student groups.

Pre-class work is required for all class sessions and will be clearly identified within the module as being required to be complete before class. This will include weekly video module playlists where lecture content is broken into a series of shorter videos, each focusing on one or two concepts, as well as supplemental readings, news articles, or exercises. It is critical that you attend having completed the work prior to class, as a baseline of knowledge will be assumed and built upon in the Q&A discussion and in-class exercises.

You will need to log in each week for the live session. Most weeks, this will be via zoom. For any sessions offering face-to-face teaching (e.g. field visit), we will provide advance notice. Each class will begin with a short period of 'free discussion' with classmates. During this time the lecturer will open the zoom call and allow students to interact as they normally would prior to the start of class. This will be followed by a short period of Q&A will be held at the start of class to answer questions about the pre-class assignment before moving into deeper discussions about the content and/or feedback from assigned exercises. At the end of class, there will be a quiz on the weekly content. Video monitors must be turned on during the quiz session. Weekly (in-class) quizzes are available only for those attending the live zoom sessions only (unless the absence is due to an excused reason, per UTS policy, and lecturers are advised prior to the start of class).

Online reference and resource materials will be provided throughout the semester, and relevant news topics that relate to subject topics will also be posted to demonstrate the relevance of the subject content. You may also follow me on Twitter (@SustainREforum) where I will post interesting and relevant-to-this-subject content.

The complexity of resilient urban development challenges cannot be solved by a single profession or individual. To replicate how these challenges are addressed in practice, the second assessment task includes a group work component.

Content (topics)

This subject provides an introduction to:

  • The physical constraints on development including landform, hydrology and ecology.
  • The causes and urban effects of global warming are discussed and analysed.
  • The nature of social and economic sustainability and resilient urban development are covered, including sustainable precinct development, sustainable transport, water sensitive urban design, sustainable energy use, and sustainable practices in national and international case studies.
  • The feasibility of alternative methods for evaluating sustainability strategies is discussed.

Assessment

Assessment task 1: Quizzes and exercises

Intent:

Each week you will be presented with a learning module discussing one component of urban resilience and its impact on planning and property. Each learning module will contain a series of videos and will often be supported with reading content such
as news article(s), research article(s) and/or industry report(s). You are expected to review the content and complete all exercises prior to class.

At the start of each class session, we will discuss the answers to the previous week's quiz questions. This will be followed by a Q&A on the new content for the week's topic. At the end of each live session (f2f or Zoom), there will be a quiz on the content for that week. There will be a total of 10 quizzes. Week 2 will be a practice quiz to ensure the technology works for everyone and to give you a sense of the types of questions we will ask. Of the remaining nine quizzes, we will drop your lowest mark (or one missed quiz), and average the eight remaining quiz marks. The average of the best eight quiz marks will be your mark for Assignment 1.
Objective(s):

This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:

6

This task also addresses the following course intended learning outcomes that are linked with a code to indicate one of the five CAPRI graduate attribute categories (e.g. C.1, A.3, P.4, etc.):

P.7

Type: Quiz/test
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 25%
Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Demonstrate your understanding of the components of urban resilience and its impact on planning and property decision making 100 6 P.7
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Assessment task 2: Investigating best practice solutions for water-sensitive urban development issues facing Sydney

Intent:

There are many water-related issues facing our cities today. To address these issues, many cities have begun implementing strategies to address challenges to water resilience in hopes of improving the social, environmental and economic health of their communities through water-sensitive design. Some of these solutions are short-term solutions that are intended to be revisited regularly, while others hope to solve the problem entirely with the intervention. Others are similarly focused over mid- or long-term vision and action periods.

This content and assessment task will be discussed in more detail in the Week 5 lecture. The assessment will be due before the start of the following week's class period.

In class, you will work collaboratively to explore the issue and later conduct additional research. You will works in teams of two and will take on an individual role - either as the client/project leader or as the City of Sydney representative - and work to collaboratively develop a plan of action to address the suitability challenge in water-sensitive urban development for the selected site.

Objective(s):

This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:

1, 2 and 4

This task also addresses the following course intended learning outcomes that are linked with a code to indicate one of the five CAPRI graduate attribute categories (e.g. C.1, A.3, P.4, etc.):

C.1, C.2 and I.2

Type: Project
Groupwork: Group, group and individually assessed
Weight: 25%
Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Quality, clarity, professionalism & coherent structure of deliverable 25 2 C.1
Evidence of logically structured argument in the development of a plan of action (POA) 50 4 I.2
Evidence of representing your role(s), negotiation, collaborative design solution 25 1 C.2
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Assessment task 3: Exploring urban resilience in case studies

Intent:

This is an individual submission that investigates the lessons learnt from various cities around the world. Students are to choose one research topic from the available four topics. Research, analysis and critical thinking in urban resilience are needed both to identify the issues and lessons learnt from the case studies and to develop an action plan that is relevant to the City of Sydney. More details will be provided in an assessment brief prior to the first StuVac break. Opportunities for feedback on research progress will be available during several class periods as well as scheduled out of class one-on-one meetings.

Objective(s):

This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:

2, 3, 5 and 6

This task also addresses the following course intended learning outcomes that are linked with a code to indicate one of the five CAPRI graduate attribute categories (e.g. C.1, A.3, P.4, etc.):

C.1, P.4, P.7 and R.2

Type: Case study
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 50%
Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Quality, clarity, professionalism & coherent structure of deliverable. 25 2 C.1
Evidence of strategic thinking related to the importance of the broader global sustainability, its impact on cities globally and how it is impacting Sydney 25 3 P.4
Evidence of logical selection, assessment and analysis of your case study, demonstrating how the global issue is impacting the case study, what their solution has been, the impact of that solution, and discussion of key lessons learned that can be utilised by the Sydney. 25 6 P.7
Evidence of logically structured argument in the development of a plan of action (POA) for the CoS, based on lessons learned in the case studies. 25 5 R.2
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Minimum requirements

The DAB attendance policy requires students to attend no less than 80% of formal teaching sessions (lectures and tutorials) for each class they are enrolled in to remain eligible for assessment.
80% attendance is required in this class as per the UTS Guidelines. Attendance will be taken weekly and it is the student's responsibility to appropriately file paperwork related to illness, requesting extension, etc. in accordance with UTS policies.

Recommended texts

Bullivant, Lucy. 2012. Masterplanning Futures. London and New York : Routledge.

Wilkinson, S., Sayce, S and Christensen, P. 2015. Developing Property Sustainably. London: Routledge.

Other resources

Recommended readings and lecture resources will be posted on UTS Online at the commencement of the first class and as the subject progresses through the semester.