Course Title: Landscape Architecture Special Initiative A

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Landscape Architecture Special Initiative A

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


315H Architecture & Design


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2012

Course Coordinator: Jane Shepherd

Course Coordinator Phone: +(61 3) 9925 3430

Course Coordinator

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

Special Initiative A, B and C are contract and project based subjects that allow you to undertake a project of your instigation or of the instigation of one or more staff members. The nature of the project and the form of assessment and assessment criteria are negotiated and agreed upon in a Learning Contract signed by you, supervisory staff and the Program Director. Special Initiative subjects are elective subjects. You initially undertake Special initiative A, then if need be enrol in Special Initiative B and then C in turn.

The project is supervised by one staff member and assessed by at least that staff member and the program director, or another staff member if the supervisor is the program director.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

The capabilities that are developed through the program in which you are enrolled are described in the Program Guide.

Program Capabilities which will be developed through this course are:

  • engaging with urban and global complexities through making informed judgments about environmental, social, cultural and political frameworks through design research.
  • effectively presenting your ideas through presentations to an audience
  • exploring research methodologies

On completion of this subject you will:

  • Have an enhanced knowledge and understanding of Landscape Architecture.
  • Demonstrated the ability to undertake an independent project of relevance to Landscape Architecture and the course at RMIT.
  • Satisfy the contractual arrangements as agreed upon in the Learning Contract.

Overview of Learning Activities

The subject will be largely self-directed, with minimal supervision by staff. You will be expected to sign a Learning Contract outlining what project you will undertake in the semester and on what basis it will be evaluated. This project may be instigated by writing a proposal and submitting it to the program director. The proposal may be written by one or more staff members and / or one or more students. The project may involve any number of students and staff. If available a staff member is assigned the role as supervisor for each project. Once accepted the agreed upon project is carried through to completion, when it will be assessed by the Program Director and the relevant staff members at a 15 minute presentation. Where convenient you will be asked to present together, and to as many other staff, students and others as possible, for the greater educational benefit of the program.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT Online Learning Hub can be found at

RMIT Swanston Library has extensive resources for Landscape Architecture Students. The library subject guide is a source of online resources and references - it can be found at:

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A range of Study resources can be found at:;ID=xuhuhx9fm6plz

The RMIT University Study and Learning Centre offers a variety of services for students with a first language other than English:;ID=vaatmxwjav8k

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is contractually agreed upon by the supervising staff and students. At any time this agreement may change with the consent of the program director. Assessment options will be discussed with students during the first session along with detailed criteria for grading.