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Undergraduate Course: Landscape Architecture Techniques 2B (ARCH08044)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe course builds on the introduction to the use and application of plants initiated in Landscape Architecture Techniques 1A. It aims to introduce the discipline of selection, specification, cultivation and management of landscape plants. There is an emphasis on understanding why environmental conditions are a key factor in designing resilient and sustainable planting systems. The influence of planting systems on a range of environments is introduced via a planting design project. The course builds on content introduced in Landscape Techniques 1A.
Course description This course introduces students to core theories and contemporary influences in the discipline of plant selection, specification, cultivation and management. Its primary aim is to allow students to become familiar with why environmental conditions are crucial in designing appropriately and sustainably with plants. Plant identification utilising the unique resource of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is included. The course content allows students to learn about planting approaches in differing contexts at a range of scales from landscape framework to detailed intervention. The course includes lectures, seminars, studio based workshops and utilises the unique resource of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh allowing students to see specific plants at first hand.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements This course is only available to ECA students on degree programmes belonging to Landscape Architecture.
Additional Costs Normal printing costs.
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  40
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 20, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Formative Assessment Hours 20, Summative Assessment Hours 4, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 132 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) For this course there is one piece of summative assessment - a Full Coursework Portfolio (comprising Reflective Plant Workbook LO1 and a Planting Design Project LO2, LO3).

Your final grade for this course is based entirely on your Full Coursework Portfolio submission at the end of the semester. The Full Coursework Portfolio assessment is based on all of the Learning Outcomes which are weighted equally. You must pass all Learning Outcomes. Failed of one Learning Outcome will result in a Forced Fail (FF) outcome. Portfolio assessment is by submission of the workbook and coordinated drawings which contextualize your design approach.
Feedback There will be three key stages where you will be given formative feedback for this course.

You will present your developing workbook at a mid-point in the semester as part of a group and receive written formative feedback.
You will present your work for the planting design project at mid-point as part of a group and receive written formative feedback.
You will present your work for the planting design project in the final week of the project as an individual submission
Written summative feedback on the whole project will be given after final submission of the Portfolio. Summative feedback will include grading based on the course learning outcomes. All of the learning outcomes will be weighted equally.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Show an advanced understanding of soft landscape materials and their utilisation
  2. Demonstrate an ability to employ soft landscape materials in response to complex spatial contexts and functions at a range of scales
  3. Demonstrate skill in the communication of the use of soft landscape materials via appropriate graphic and written mechanisms
Reading List
Bean, W. J. (1976) Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles.
John Murray. Escritt, J. R. (1978) ABC of Turf Culture.
Kaye and Ward. Hillier Nurseries. (1993). The Hillier Manual of Trees and Shrubs.
David and Charles, Newton Abbot. James, N. D. J. (1972) The Arboriculturalist's Companion. Blackwell.
Skinner, D. N. (1987) Woody Plant Selection Guide for First and Second Year Students. Edinburgh College of Art.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Demonstrate a knowledge of the scope, defining features, and main areas of the subject/discipline/sector. Including; a discerning understanding of a defined range of core theories, concepts, principles and terminology.
Apply knowledge, skills and understanding; in using a range of professional skills, techniques, practices and/or materials associated with the subject/discipline/sector, a few of which are advanced and /or complex.
Undertake critical analysis, evaluation and/or synthesis of ideas, concepts, information and issues that are within the common understandings in a subject/ discipline/sector; use a range of approaches to formulate and critically evaluate evidence-based solutions/responses to defined and/or routine problems and issues.
Convey complex information to a range of audiences and for a range of purposes.
Additional Class Delivery Information Lecture Hours 20
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20
Formative Assessment Hours 20
Summative Assessment Hours 4
Programme-Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 132

Keywordslandscape architecture,horticulture,plant selection,specification,cultivation and management
Course organiserMr Kenneth Fraser
Tel: (0131 6)51 5799
Course secretaryMrs Karen Biggar
Tel: (0131 6)51 5803
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