Plant Materials and Design

Subject ABPL90294 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

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

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 3 hours per week
Total Time Commitment:

36 hours class and 146 out of class


Enrolment in the Master of Landscape Architecture.

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 Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Environments and Design Student Centre
Ground Floor, Baldwin Spencer (building 113)

Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)

Subject Overview:

This subject is concerned with the roles that plants play in landscape architectural design. Students will be introduced to exotic and native plant materials that are frequently used in landscape design and revegetation in south-eastern Australia. This includes learning basic plant taxonomy and the common and botanical names for a range of useful ornamental and ecological important plant materials. Spatial, aesthetic and functional uses of plants in landscape design will also be introduced.

  • To develop an understanding of the aesthetic, functional and ecological contribution of native and non native plants and plant communities to the contemporary landscape.
  • To develop an understanding of planting design principles and representational conventions.
  • To expose students to the theoretical considerations associated with the use of plants in the landscape.
  • Assignment 1 (Planting Design 1) 30 % due week 5 (equivalent to 1200 words)
  • Assignment 2 (Planting Design 2) — 30 % due week 10 (equivalent to 1200 words)
  • A two-hour end of semester examination 40%
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • Written, verbal and visual presentation of ideas
  • Correct use of technical terminology
  • Information gathering and critical synthesis
  • Application of generic theories to specific examples
  • Appropriate use of design terminology
Links to further information:
Related Course(s): Master of Landscape Architecture
Master of Landscape Architecture

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