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College Catalog 2021-2022 
College Catalog 2021-2022 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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ARCH 2040 - Architectural Design 4

Credit Hours: 4.00

Prerequisites: ARCH 2030  

Corequisites: ARCH 1020  

(formerly DRAD 2040)

This course is the last of the architectural design courses and an introduction of elements and methods of urban planning and design. Students will examine urban developments in history within city and community and issues arising in current urban design practice. Analysis of design within diverse urban areas open to public use, patterns in urbanizing areas, city or town individual structures, landscape design layout, an understanding of watersheds, topography, conservation or creation of green areas, the need for the preservation of energy resources and the restructuring of inner cities, and the metropolitan edge. Emphasis is placed on design of infrastructure such as highways, streets, bicycle, pedestrian trails and open spaces, buildings, and landscape patterns that establish neighborhoods and provide the settings for community public life. As a capstone course, students will finalize their architectural design portfolio using the best projects from all courses.

Billable Contact Hours: 6

When Offered: Winter semester only

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Outcome 1: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to compare urban planning city developments throughout history.


  1. Examine the historical nature of cities and towns and the process of urbanization.
  2. Identify the rise in city populations
  3. Discuss urban history as wider systems of communication, power or social relations.
  4. Describe the sustainable urbanism design movement.

Outcome 2: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to outline several important urban designers and the practice of urban design.


  1. Describe how the urban design practice shapes the physical setting for life in cities, towns, and villages.
  2. Identify the built environment professionals and the nature of urban design reflected in the Urban Design Alliance (UDAL).
  3. Identify software used for urban design.

Outcome 3: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to analyze infrastructure and patterns established within cities and neighborhoods.


  1. Distinguish the physical components of interrelated systems essential to our built environment.
  2. Develop infrastructure solutions that are cost-effective, efficient, and sustainable.

Outcome 4: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to propose solutions to bring a sense of community back to a neighborhood.


  1. Examine the relationship between neighborhood design and the sense of community.
  2. Model community engagement as a process of working corroboratively with individuals and groups to achieve specific goals.
  3. Identify various urban park systems that support participation in and attachment to community.

Outcome 5: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to make development recommendations to city officials.


  1. Create a spatial analysis of structures at the human scale.
  2. Identify useful, attractive, safe, environmentally sustainable, economically successful, and socially equitable places.
  3. Investigate local identity and sense of place, cultural responsiveness, and purposeful environmental innovation within local cities.
  4. Evaluate local city developments.

Outcome 6: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to build a model representing the infrastructure within an area of concern.


  1. Explain why urban models are a vital tool for town/city planning and development.
  2. Identify model making tips for urban models built at a smaller scale representing large urban areas.
  3. Identify materials for urban models built at a smaller scale representing large urban areas.

Outcome 7: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to finalize their professional architectural design portfolio.


  1. Present a collection of drawings created in the course.
  2. Identify the portfolio creation process.

• Communication: The graduate can communicate effectively for the intended purpose and audience.
• Critical Thinking: The graduate can make informed decisions after analyzing information or evidence related to the issue.
• Global Literacy: The graduate can analyze human behavior or experiences through cultural, social, political, or economic perspectives.
• Information Literacy: The graduate can responsibly use information gathered from a variety of formats in order to complete a task.
• Quantitative Reasoning: The graduate can apply quantitative methods or evidence to solve problems or make judgments.
• Scientific Literacy: The graduate can produce or interpret scientific information presented in a variety of formats.

CDO marked YES apply to this course:
Communication: YES
Critical Thinking: YES
Global Literacy: YES
Information Literacy: YES
Quantitative Reasoning: YES
Scientific Literacy: YES


  1. History of Urban Development
  2. Urban Designers
  3. Practice of Urban Design
  4. Infrastructure and Patterns
  5. Sustainable Neighborhoods
  6. Sense of Community
  7. Local City Developments
  8. Human Scale
  9. Environmental Innovations
  10. Build a Model
  11. Professional Design Portfolio

Primary Faculty
Grant, Janice
Secondary Faculty

Associate Dean
Pawlowski, Timothy
Hutchison, Donald

Official Course Syllabus - Macomb Community College, 14500 E 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088

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