Landscape Plants

Subject HORT90033 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2011:

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

Burnley campus

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 2 hours of weekly classes and 5 hours of fortnightly classes - 54 hours total
Total Time Commitment: 108 hours
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request 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 fo this entry.

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Mr John Rayner


Melbourne School of Land & Environment Student Centre
Ground Floor, Land & Food Resources (building 142)

Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)

Subject Overview:

This subject explores the identification, selection and use of plants in designed landscapes and urban horticulture. The content includes an introduction to plant taxonomy and botanical nomenclature, planting design, plant selection, sources of information for plant use, principles of "sustainability" in designing vegetation and the recognition and discussion of representative plants used in landscapes. Case studies of plant use and management in urban landscapes will also be discussed.

Objectives: Describe basic plant taxonomy and plant nomenclature.
• Identify and describe the main morphological features of stems, leaves, flowers, inflorescences and fruits.
• Recognise, name correctly and describe a selection of landscape plants.
• Describe a process for, and practices of, planting design.
• Discuss plant selection and use in designed landscapes, including application of aesthetic, functional, ecological and management criteria.


A landscape plants assignment equivalent to 3000 words due at the end of semester (50%), two plant materials tests, each 60 minutes in duration due mid-semester and at the end of semester (40%), and an online Wiki assessment equivalent to 500 words due mid-semester (10%).

Prescribed Texts:

University of Melbourne, 2010, Burnley Plant Guide - CD Rom (BPD Version 2); Spencer, R., Cross, R. and Lumley, P., (2007), Plant names:a guide to botanical nomenclature, (Third Edition), Royal Botanic Gardens/CSIRO Publishing, Collingwood.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • Source, interpret and apply information from written and electronic sources to better understand the use and management of landscape plants;
  • Use scientific and technical literature to answer specific questions and aid problem solving in plant identification and landscape planting design and selection;
  • Investigate and analyse issues pertaining to plant use, design and selection; and
  • Develop advanced written and verbal skills in communicating information about landscape plants.
Notes: Related Course(s): GD-URBHORT (GD-URBHORT) Graduate Diploma in Urban Horticulture
MC-URBHORT (MC-URBHORT) Master of Urban Horticulture
Related Course(s): Graduate Diploma in Urban Horticulture
Master of Urban Horticulture

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