Site Tectonics

Subject ABPL20047 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable


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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 4 hours per week
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours
Prerequisites: None specified
Corequisites: None specified
Recommended Background Knowledge: None specified
Non Allowed Subjects:

702306 Site Tectonics

702-363 Site Tectonics

Core Participation Requirements: For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.
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Dr Siqing Chen


Environments and Design Student Centre
T: +61 3 8344 6417/9862
F: +61 3 8344 5532
Subject Overview: An introduction to and development of the fundamental skills to model sites and landform (including the fundamentals of surveying and levelling) with an emphasis on integrated 3D resolution of natural surfaces, built forms (buildings and structures, roads, paths and pavements), drainage (surface and subsoil retention and drainage and disposal) and substrates (foundations and sub-grades). Earthwork computation.

This subject aims to develop the conceptual and technical skills at a graduate level required to mould land- and built- forms for the purpose of effective design.
Objectives: None specified
  • One assignment due early in semester worth 25% equivalent to 1000 words.
  • A second assignment worth 50% due later in semester equivalent to 2000 words.
  • A third assignment worth 25% equivalent to 1000 words.
Prescribed Texts: None specified
Recommended Texts:
  • Stron, S. and Nathan, K. Site Engineering for Landscape Architects. 3rd edition. John Wiley and Sons, New York. 1998.
  • Untermann, R. K. Grade Easy: An Introductory Course on the Principles and Practices of Grading and Drainage. Architecture Foundation, Virginia. 1973.
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • Use of sketches and diagrams to analyse and communicate.
  • Correct use of technical terminology.
  • Three-dimensional conceptualisation and representation.
  • Creative response to complex problems.
  • Application of fundamental science and mathematics to problem-solving.
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Civil (Engineering) Systems
Landscape Architecture
Urban Design and Planning

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