Landscape Construction I

Subject HORT20015 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2012:

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

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Forty hours of lectures and tutorials, eight hours of field trips
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
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 of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:


Mr Ian Winstone


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

Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)

Subject Overview:

This subject aims to provide students with a broad knowledge of a range of built elements and their application in the landscape, design, performance and method of construction.

The areas of study covered in this subject include:

  • urban soils and their relevance to built structures;

  • earthworks and earthmoving equipment;

  • water infiltration, movement and retention in urban soils and soil drainage;

  • concrete, masonry structures and pavements;

  • walls, fences and retaining walls;

  • field rock placement;

  • formal and free form water features; and

  • plant selection, planting and establishment.

Site visits and case studies will be used to demonstrate the application of different elements and construction methods and the aesthetic contribution of the various elements will be discussed.


On completion of this subject students will be able to:

  • Undertake a site analysis from the perspective of site drainage, structural element selection and basic design, and plant establishment and growth.
  • Describe a range of general landscape structure suitable for application to a variety of site applications.
  • Describe a range of construction techniques.

Two 90 minute written examinations (worth 70% in total) and one project report of 3,000 words (worth 30%) due at the end of the semester

Prescribed Texts:

Information Not Available

Recommended Texts:
  • Growing Media for Ornamental Plants and Turf (K A Handreck and N D Black), NSW University Press, Kensington, NSW, 2002
  • Drainage for Sportsturf and Horticulture (K McIntyre and B Jakobsen), Horticultural Engineering Consultancy, Kambah, ACT, 1998
  • Landscape Construction Notes (G S Thomas), Royal Australian Institute of Architects, Melbourne, 1999
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

Information Not Available

Related Course(s): Associate Degree in Environmental Horticulture

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