Course Title: Landscape Architecture Theoretical Frameworks 3

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Landscape Architecture Theoretical Frameworks 3

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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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


315H Architecture & Design


Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013


City Campus


320H Architecture & Urban Design


Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 2 2022,
Sem 2 2023

Course Coordinator: Bridget Keane

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

This course, the third in a sequence of three, provides a survey of contemporary theory and its role in Landscape Architecture.

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. 
  • Engage in design practice that is characterised by creative and critical thinking skills, analysis, and synthesis. 
  • Communicate using a range of forms and media to clearly and coherently present ideas that 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:

  • engage creatively, critically and confidently with class material
  • position projects and practices within the discourse of landscape architecture
  • analyse the formal, spatial and conceptual objectives of projects and associated practices
  • relate contemporary projects to approaches and techniques within the discipline of landscape architecture
  • evaluate the arguments and positions taken by the authors of the readings, images and practitioners and their associated projects
  • develop analytical frameworks for the analysis, discussion, debate and review of concepts, projects and practices.
  • participate in informed discussions and debates.

Overview of Learning Activities

Lectures, tutorials, workshops and conference presentations

Overview of Learning Resources

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

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: Project Drawing and visual collection 20%. CLOs 1,2,3

Assessment Task 2: Conference Abstract 20%. CLOs 1,2,3,4

Assessment task 3: Conference paper 40%. CLOs 1,2,3,4,5,6

Assessment task 4: Conference presentation 15% . CLOs 1,2,3,4,5,6,7

Assessment task 5: Conference participation 5%. CLOs 1,7

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.