Course Title: Landscape Architecture Environments 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Landscape Architecture Environments 2

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

Please note that this course may have compulsory in-person attendance requirements for some teaching activities.  

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This course requires you to participate in a series of fieldwork activities. If you have any issues or concerns please contact the Course Coordinator.


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,
Sem 2 2022

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

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.

Reference 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:

  1. Recognize landscape as site in a system
  2. Engage with landform and aspects of contour manipulation in a site-specific system
  3. Adopt landscape architecture as a relational condition
  4. 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 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: Precedent Folio, 30% CLOs 2, 3 & 4   Assessment Task 2: Design Documentation, 40%, CLOs 1, 2, 3 & 4   Assessment Task 3: Visual Exam, 30% CLOs 1, 2, 3 & 4

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.