Shaping the Landscape

Subject ABPL90271 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 1, 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


Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 48 hours: 1x1 hour lecture per week; 1x3 hour workshop per week
Total Time Commitment: 146 hours total

Enrolment into the 200 or 300 point Master of Landscape Architecture.

Corequisites: None specified
Recommended Background Knowledge: None specified
Non Allowed Subjects: None specified
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 Jillian Walliss


Environments and Design Student Centre
T: +61 3 8344 6417/9862
F: +61 3 8344 5532
Subject Overview:

This subject was formerly called Site Tectonics PG

This subject explores aspects of site grading and earth work manipulation, including the experiential, functional and ecological implications of such site manipulations. The importance of land form modelling to the design vocabulary of landscape architecture will be introduced, alongside fundamental principles of drainage, levels and surveying.


On completion of the subject students should be able to:

  • Understand site grading and earth manipulation from functional, aesthetic and ecological perspectives;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the technical aspects of site grading;
  • Understand and apply the representational techniques associated with designing landform.

Project work equivalent to 5000 words, including a 2000 word assignment due in week 5 (40%) and an assignment of 3000 words due at the end of semester (60%).

Prescribed Texts:

Petschek, Peter. 2008 Grading for Landscape Architects and Architects Birchauser .

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • Correct use of technical terminology;
  • Three dimensional conceptualisation and representation;
  • Creative response to complex problems;
  • Application of fundamental science and mathematics to problem solving.
Links to further information:
Related Course(s): Master of Landscape Architecture
Master of Landscape Architecture

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