Undergraduate Course: Landscape Architecture Theory 1A (ARCH08049)
|School||Edinburgh College of Art
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course introduces students to the basic principles underlying the development of any landscape, starting with the fundamentals of physical geography: geology, geomorphology, soils and climate (taught by Geography), followed by the application of ecological aspects and cultural and perceptual layers together with techniques for interpreting the landscape as it is seen, primarily the use of sketching (taught by Landscape Architecture). The course will combine theoretical and practical exercises, field trips and research paper writing to prepare students to undertake combined literature and field based research. The course equips students with skills in literature- and field-based research, field observation, drawing, interpretation and analysis to provide a basis to understand the evolution of landscape.
The course is split into two main sections. In the first part a series of lectures are given by Geography arranged into four main themes: geology, geomorphology, soils and climate. The relationship of each is emphasized and the learning is strengthened by the first essay where each student selects a landscape (the location and extent to be agreed with the lecturer) and carried out in depth research into the four aspects as they relate to the specific area. Using this as the basis of the landscape the second part of the course is a mixture of lectures by university staff and visiting experts from e.g. government agencies supplemented by local field sketching teaching and exercises. The ecological, cultural and perceptual aspects of the landscape are developed together and the second essay is a development of the first one, starting where that finishes and adding the ecological, cultural and perceptual influences. Small presentations of landscapes derived from Google Earth and presentations of the essays to the class supplement the summative assessments and count towards the formative assessment. The sketching exercises are also used for feedback and formative assessment. The field trips enable the two parts to come together and for the sketching to be used on site as a means of interpreting landscape. The lecturers are able to link the different aspects together on site and the students learn how to capture this information.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| This course is only available to ECA students on degree programmes belonging to Landscape Architecture.
|Additional Costs|| Sketching materials, field trip travel costs.
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 24,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 12,
Fieldwork Hours 12,
Formative Assessment Hours 7,
Summative Assessment Hours 7,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||1. 4000-word Reseach Paper (Essay) split into two parts (66.6%). Assesses LO1 and LO3
2. Annotated Sketchbook (33.3%). Assesses LO2.
Relationship between Assessment and Learning Outcomes:
Research Paper (Essay) assesses LO1 and LO3.
Annotated Sketchbook assessed LO2.
The assignments are graded directly against the learning outcomes of the course. All the learning outcomes are weighted equally.
||Formative assessment will be provided at the mid-point of the semester complimented by regular formative feedback and feed forward through mid-point reviews.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of the basic process of geology, geomorphology, soils, climate, ecology and cultural processes through field observation and analysis.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the evolution of landscape through field observation and interpretation.
- Demonstrate the ability to undertake a simple research project based on fieldwork and literature review.
|Bell, S. (2012) Landscape: Pattern, perception and process (2nd Edition), Routledge, Abingdon|
Bell, S. (2004) Elements of Visual Design in the Landscape (2nd Edition) Taylor and Francis, London
Smithson, P., Addison, K., Atkinson, K. (2008) Fundamentals of the Physical Environment. Routledge
McHarg I, (1969-1995) Design with Nature. John Wiley.
Clowes, A. and Comfort, P (1987) Process and Landform. Oliver & Boyd
Goudie A. (2001) The Nature of the Environment. Blackwell
Barry R.G., Chorley R.J. and Chase T. (2009) Atmosphere, weather and climate. Routledge
Robinson P.J. and Henderson-Sellers A. (1999) Contemporary climatology. Longman
Brady N.C. and Weil R.R. (1999) The nature and properties of soils. Prentice Hall
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||In this course students will learn the fundamental basics of how the landscape is formed at different scales as a result of different processes. Students will also learn how to make use of sketching as an analytical tool for their further use in studio-based projects. They are expected to apply the knowledge gained in this course in all subsequent planning and design studio courses from this point onwards.
|Keywords||physical geography,landscape pattern and process,visual perception,field analysis and research
|Course organiser||Dr Simon Bell
Tel: (0131 6)51 5828
|Course secretary||Mr Aidan Cole
Tel: (0131 6)50 2306