Course Title: Landscape Architecture Environments 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Landscape Architecture Environments 2

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


315H Architecture & Design


Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013


City Campus


320H Architecture & Urban Design


Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021

Course Coordinator: Heike Rahman

Course Coordinator Phone: Contact via email

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 100.08.02

Course Coordinator Availability: Contact via email

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

Environments 2, the second course in the course sequence, focuses on relational aspects of landscape systems through landform and builds on the knowledge and skills that you have gained in environments 1.
You will learn to recognize landscape as site and be able to engage in the landscape system through design intervention. You will adopt landscape architecture as a relational condition through design investigations in topography and landform manipulation. Aspects of the course focus on landscape architecture specific contour manipulation techniques such as grading.

Learning activities include field research, lectures and workshop exercises that involve creative making and analog and digital drawing tasks through which you will adopt an understanding of landscape systems as relational condition.

This course is a designated Work Integrated Learning (WIL) course for the Bachelor of Landscape Architectural Design, in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real or simulated workplace context, projects and placements and where feedback from industry and/ or community is integral to your experience.

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.

Refer to technical and theoretical frameworks of landscape architecture to describe, critique, modify and utilize relevant and innovative forms of design for professional work in the discipline.

Course Objectives

Environments 2 will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the relational aspects of landscape systems and topography at medium and small scale, through standard drawing types such as analog and digital contour drawings, three dimensional drawings, and basic documentation drawings.

Course Learning Outcomes

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

Recognize landscape as site in a system

Engage with landform and aspects of contour manipulation in a site-specific system

Adopt landscape architecture as a relational condition

Produce landscape architecture specific drawing sets to document your understanding of relational landscape systems and landform aspects

Overview of Learning Activities

The learning activities in Environments 2 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

Assessment Policy: Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures:

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, axonometric drawing in digital and analog formats.

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

Equitable Learning Services: 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 Equitable Learning Services 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.