Course Title: Landscape Architecture Environments 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Landscape Architecture Environments 1

Credit Points: 12.00


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 & Urban Design


Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2022,
Sem 1 2023,
Sem 1 2024

Course Coordinator: Brent Greene

Course Coordinator Phone: please contact via email

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 observe, explore, research and challenge notions of interrelated 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.

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

Learning activities include field trips, 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

Program Learning Outcomes

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.
  • 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.

Course Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Recognise landscape systems across a range of scales
  2. Employ landscape architectural techniques to adopt an understanding of landscape systems as a set of adjacent conditions
  3. Produce landscape architectural drawing sets to document landscape 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 including a collection of reference books and journals.

The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies;

There are services and resources available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the RMIT student website.

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 Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Melbourne's Evolving Landscape, 20% CLOs 1, 2, 3

Assessment Task 2: Field Notes Journal, 40%, CLOs 1, 2, 3

Assessment Task 3: Online Design Test, 40% CLOs 1, 2, 3

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 Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.