Plants and the Urban Environment

Subject HORT90003 (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, Burnley - 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: 48 hours comprising lectures, tutorials and field trips.
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: Nil
Corequisites: Nil
Recommended Background Knowledge: Nil
Non Allowed Subjects: Nil
Core Participation Requirements:

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Mr Nicholas Williams


Dr Nick Williams

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Subject Overview:

This subject explores the relationship between the urban environment and the use of plants in urban landscapes. It examines how urbanisation alters the physical and climatic environment of cities and the influence of these changes on the plants and animals that live in them. Topics include the effects of urbanisation on climate and soils and the response of plants and animals to these changes, mitigating climate change using urban landscape management, identifying and specifying soils for urban landscape projects (including roof-gardens, containers, wetlands) and water-sensitive urban design.


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Assessment: A 120 minute final examination 50% (end of semester), a practical report equivalent to 2000 words 20% (due during semester) and an assignment of 3000 words 30% (due during semester).
Prescribed Texts: A reading pack will be prepared for use in the subject.
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills: At the conclusion of the subject students should be able to demonstrate their understanding of the urban environment, its affect on plant performance and how vegetation can be used to ameliorate some of the effects of urbanisation.
Related Course(s): Graduate Diploma in Urban Horticulture
Master of Environment
Master of Environment
Master of Science (Environmental Science)
Master of Urban Horticulture
Postgraduate Certificate in Environment
Postgraduate Diploma in Environment
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Climate Change
Sustainable Cities, Sustainable Regions

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