Course Information Undergraduate prospectus

Landscape Design Technology 2

Course summary

Course code: ENVT1103
Level: 5
Credits: 15
School: Architecture, Computing and Hums
Department: Architecture and Landscape
Course Coordinator(s): Benzion Kotzen

Specification

Introduction and rationale

This course, along with Architecture and Landscape Practice 2, is proposed to replace existing ENVT1053 Landscape Science and Techniques. This allows for greater integration with the Architecture students and also allows for more gradual development of technology in the programme.

Pre and co requisites

None

Aims

The aim of the course is to develop the core technical and professional considerations for Landscape Architecture practice, including materials, ecologies and engineering, in the context of the student design projects. An emphasis on more complex ecological relations, from the scale of habitats to the management of territorial ecosystems is given to this technical course. Students are then expected to test and apply this knowledge and skills in their design studio project.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course a student will be able to:

1. Understand the establishment and management requirements of a range of plants and how to use them in the landscape (materials / ecologies).
1. Develop an understanding of the physical and biological processes that define the conditions of a site and demonstrate how the application of ecological principles can be used to guide the development opportunities and constraints of sensitive external spaces (ecologies).
2. Understand the ecology, conservation, semi-natural habitat classification and habitat management requirements of a range of plants and how to use them in the landscape (materials / ecologies).
3. Understand the principles underlying ecosystem services as a way to evaluate the benefits provided by the natural environment to society at the national, regional and local scales (materials / ecologies).
4. Understand how geo-engineering, bio-engineering techniques and sustainable design techniques can be used to create and/or assist functional ecosystems (engineering / ecologies).
5. Understand landform sculpting, manipulation, earth modelling, land-forming, grading, volumetric and drainage exercises using both manual and digital techniques (engineering).
6. Develop a good working knowledge of the CAD suite of software to produce terrain models, understand applicability and systems of workflow and BIM (engineering.)

Indicative content

The course is taught in term 2 through a series of lectures, seminars and workshops, by landscape architects, ecologists, horticulturalists and engineers. Students will apply their technical theoretical understanding to their design project, the outcome of which will be a technical report to include research methods, analytical techniques and proposals applying this knowledge.

Teaching and learning activity

The course is taught in term 2 through a series of lectures, seminars and workshops, by landscape architects, ecologists, horticulturalists and engineers. Students will apply their technical theoretical understanding to their design project, the outcome of which will be a technical report to include research methods, analytical techniques and proposals applying this knowledge.

Assessment

Methods of SUMMATIVE Assessment: Technical portfolio / report.
Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment:1-8.
Weighting % 100
Pass Mark 40%
Word Length NA
Outline Details: Technical portfolio of diagrams, calculations, drawings, text.
Nature of FORMATIVE assessment supporting student learning: Tutorials through workshops and seminars.