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Postgraduate Course: Urban Design for Health and Wellbeing (ARHW11033)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits15 ECTS Credits7.5
SummaryTHIS COURSE IS OWNED AND ADMINISTERED BY HERIOT-WATT UNIVERSITY.

This course addresses issues which build an understanding of what constitutes health in urban environments and what urban design processes and approaches contribute to providing the conditions for health and wellbeing. It covers a range of issues related to socio-economic, community, psychological and physical health. A series of two-week long sessions presenting key fundamental principles and examples of these issues, delivered by experts in each field illustrated with examples, will cover the following themes from the perspective of urban design:
health & wellbeing;
green and blue infrastructure;
ecosystem frameworks & biodiversity;
light, sound & noise;
thermal comfort & microclimate (including wind, etc);
water sensitive urban design;
transport and active living.
Students will develop their understanding of such issues in practice by analyzing a specific urban design project from the perspective of the relevant themes from those covered.

Aims

To provide students with an understanding of the range of social, economic and environmental issues that need to be considered by urban design in order to provide the basis for health and wellbeing.
To apply knowledge from a range of professional and design disciplines in the assessment of conditions for health and wellbeing in urban design proposals and projects.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2014/15, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 150 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 3, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 147 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) coursework (individual report)
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
Understanding, Knowledge and Cognitive Skills

The learner will develop:

Awareness of the range of urban design-related issues that affect health and wellbeing, and how designing for health and wellbeing fits into the wider theme of sustainability

Understanding of the key principles and approaches underpinning design for health and wellbeing, including socio-economic, community, psychological and physical health

Ability to critically analyse the conditions for health and wellbeing in specific urban design proposals and projects

Scholarship, Enquiry and Research (Research-Informed Learning)

The learner will develop:

Ability to draw relevant information from specific disciplines relevant to urban design (engineering, health, etc) and apply this to evaluation of urban design proposals and projects

Understanding of social research methods which are relevant to measuring effects of urban design
Reading List
None
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsNot entered
Contacts
Course organiserDr Nwola Uduku
Tel: 0131 651 5786
Email: o.uduku@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMiss Susan Mitchell
Tel: (0131 6)51 5743
Email: Susan.Mitchell@ed.ac.uk
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