Course Title: Landscape Architecture Site Engineering

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Landscape Architecture Site Engineering

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


315H Architecture & Design


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013

Course Coordinator: Michael Howard and Dr. Marieluise Jonas

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2966

Course Coordinator Email: and

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

Environments 2 is the second in a series of four courses in the Environments Stream. Environments 2 is an introduction to skills you need for design development and documentation of design concepts. You are being asked to test and develop your design ambitions for a site through the requirements for construction outcomes. During this process it is anticipated that you will discover new possibilities for the realisation of your design.

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.
  • Exploring research methodologies
  • Generating creative outcomes to Landscape Architecture projects
  • Understanding the ecological, cultural, economical and ethical issues associated with design practice.

In the suite of environments courses you will develop the capability to address the increasing complexity of the landscape systems in relation to the theoretical, technical and social/political context within which they operate through the medium of design.

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

- Produce basic documentation drawings such as site plans, planting design plans and grading and set-out drawings,
- Demonstrate a working knowledge of drawing conventions, section, plan, dimensions and scale,
- Demonstrate a basic understanding and capacity to apply grading and drainage,
- Work with plant identification and be familiar with Latin nomenclature, species and classification of plants,
- Develop competency with planting design and plant schedules.

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning Activities include:

Lectures, tutorials, workshops, field trips, field exercises and design research

Overview of Learning Resources

Learning resources include:

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:

The Library has additional support information on academic referencing

A range of Study resources can be found at:

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

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is based on the presentation and/or realisation of a series of assessments consisting of visual, physical and written material.