Course Title: Landscape Architecture Theoretical Frameworks 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Landscape Architecture Theoretical Frameworks 1

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


315H Architecture & Design


Sem 1 2010,
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: Jock Gilbert & Charles Anderson

Course Coordinator Phone: 9925-1856 / 9925-1853

Course Coordinator Email: /

Course Coordinator Location: 100.08

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment only

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course, the first in a series of three, provides a broad historical survey of landscape, from prehistory through to the contemporary period.

You will be introduced to a range of landscapes and landscape architectural projects through selected eras and geographies. You will be asked to adopt historiographical and typological approaches as fundamental analytical tools or theoretical frameworks or ways of seeing through ordering.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

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.
  • Engage in design practice that is characterised by creative and critical thinking skills, analysis, and synthesis.
  • Communicate using a range of forms and media to clearly and coherently present ideas that are informed by the underlying principles and concepts of the technical and theoretical frameworks of landscape architecture.
  • Assume responsibility for own ongoing learning and use initiative and informed judgment to position ideas of practice in landscape architecture and across disciplines.
  • Reference technical and theoretical frameworks of landscape architecture to describe, critique, modify and adapt relevant and innovative forms of design for professional work in the discipline.

On completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Recognise a constructed historical lineage of Landscape Architecture
  • Identify key moments of departure in this lineage
  • Engage with spatial typology as a formal analytical tool
  • Adopt typology as a spatial language through the investigation of landscape projects
  • Represent and communicate the outcomes of your investigations in relation to landscape projects
  • Effectively present your work to an audience

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities will include:

Lecture series
Tutorial workshops
On-line tasks
Critical readings
Library induction
Presentation and feedback

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 capabilities.

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: