Course Title: Disaster Resilient Landscapes

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Disaster Resilient Landscapes

Credit Points: 12


Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

ARCH1452

City Campus

Postgraduate

320H Architecture & Design

Internet

Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Charles Anderson

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1853

Course Coordinator Email: charles.anderson@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

There are no pre-requisites for this course.


Course Description

In this course you will critically engage with the design of disaster resilient landscapes and their role in anticipating, adapting and responding to emergent scenarios of crisis, particularly those related to global warming.  You will explore the notions of resilience and ecological urbanism as well as dynamic landscape systems and analyse their roles in the formation of resilient human settlements and non-human territories.  Your learning will be supported through a combination of case studies and design research projects.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  • evaluate the contribution that the design of resilient landscapes makes to adaptive and supple forms of inhabitation and land use. 
  • Conceptualise the links between disaster risk reduction and sustainable resilient development in the urbanisation and land management sector.
  • Apply in-depth knowledge of landscape systems such as topography, hydrology, vegetation and ecology in the design of resilient landscapes.



Overview of Learning Activities

You will be engaged in learning that involves a range of activities including on-line presentations, tutorials, and individual research.  Learning how to effectively work in multidisciplinary teams and to analyse and comment on your own and other’s work will be achieved through individual presentations, reviews and discussions in on line forums and role playing events.


Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with the resources and tools for learning in this course through on line systems including myRMIT.  Additionally a list of recommended learning resources will be provided, including books, journal articles and web resources.  You will also be expected to seek out further resources relevant to the focus of  your own  learning.


Overview of Assessment

 

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and in relation to the program learning outcomes. Assessment will be done individually and in teams.

1. Research Essay: What is Resilience? What is a Resilient Landscape? (30%): 2000 words

This assessment task will address the following course learning outcomes

  •  Evaluate the contribution that the design of resilient landscapes makes to adaptive and supple forms of inhabitation and land use.

2. Landscape Design Strategies: The Practices of Resilience (30%): 2000 words

This assessment task will address the following course learning outcomes

  • Conceptualise the links between disaster risk reduction and sustainable/resilient development in the urbanisation and land management sector.
  • Apply in-depth knowledge of landscape systems such as topography, hydrology, vegetation and ecology in the design of resilient landscapes.

3. Disaster Scenario: Design Response Group Project (40%): (4000 words + associated drawings and images – group project)

This assessment task will address the following course learning outcomes

  • Conceptualise the links between disaster risk reduction and sustainable/resilient development in the urbanisation and land management sector.
  • Apply in-depth knowledge of landscape systems such as topography, hydrology, vegetation and ecology in the design of resilient landscapes.

You are strongly encouraged to collaborate with your peers in the course.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.Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online:

http://www.rmit.edu.au/policies/academic#assessment