Course Title: Landscape Architecture Environments 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Landscape Architecture Environments 1

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


315H Architecture & Design


Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013


City Campus


320H Architecture & Design


Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Kate Church

Course Coordinator Phone: Contact via emial only

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 100

Course Coordinator Availability: Appointment via email please

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

The landscape architecture environments stream gives you the opportunity to study, explore, research and challenge notions of landscape layers, landscape systems and landscape materials. You will study the complexity and dynamic processes of environments through a wide range of design based learning activities such as drawing, documenting, mapping, recording, researching, making, fabrication and prototyping.

The environments stream consists of four distinct courses: environments 1-4

In the first course in the stream - Environments 1- you will learn to recognise large landscape systems such as river catchments and cities. You will investigate and study the layers that make up these systems such as geomorphology, geology, water systems, vegetation and settlements at a range of distinct landscape scales.

Learning activities include fieldtrips, lectures and workshop exercises that involve creative making and drawing tasks through which you will adopt an understanding of landscape systems as dynamic set of adjacent conditions.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

Critically apply a broad and coherent body of knowledge incorporating ecological, cultural, economic and ethical issues of landscape architecture in the medium of design using a range of design methods and practices.

Communicate using a range of forms and media to clearly and coherently present ideas, which are informed by the underlying principles and concepts of the technical and theoretical frameworks of landscape architecture.


Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

Recognise landscape systems and landscape layers across a range of scales

Employ landscape layers to adopt an understanding of landscape systems as a set of adjacent conditions

Produce landscape architecture specific drawing sets to document landscape layers and systems


Overview of Learning Activities

The learning activities in Environments 1 involve field research, lectures, tutorials and workshops.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.
The University Library has extensive resources for Landscape Architecture students. The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies
The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian Gwen Scott

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes.

Assessment may include drawing sets, mappings or design tasks that are specific to scale and type of drawing such as plan, section, layer diagram.

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.
A student charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.
Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: