Managing Urban Landscapes

Subject ABPL90337 (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: 42
Total Time Commitment:


Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:

An understanding of landscape plants, urban ecology and vegetation systems in an urban planning and design context.

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 Overview, Objectives, 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 will impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and the Disability Liaison Unit:


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

Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)

Subject Overview:

This subject will discuss how urban landscapes are managed. Students will study policy, planning and process issues; landscape and park typology and classification, community consultation; structures, systems, classifications and contractual relationships in urban landscapes; landscape documentation, project planning and implementation; management of urban vegetation; sustainability concepts and benchmarks and case-studies/examples of urban landscape management practice.

  • Describe policy and planning issues in urban landscapes;
  • Describe urban park and public landscape types and classifications;
  • Outline processes and provide examples of community consultation in landscape decision-making;
  • Discuss management structures, systems and reporting in urban landscapes;
  • Describe employment and contractual relationships in urban landscape management;
  • Evaluate the design and function of an urban park;
  • Describe the planning, implementation and documentation required for landscape projects;
  • Describe the management of urban vegetation;
  • Discuss the use of sustainability concepts and benchmarks in urban landscape management.
  • Critical thinking and assessment task (paper review) (equivalent to 1000 words) Pre-workshop assessment task - 20%
  • Landscape Management case study (equivalent to 2000 words) 2 weeks post-workshop - 30%
  • Landscape Management case study presentation (15 minutes duration) during workshop - 10%
  • Urban Park evaluation project (equivalent to 3000 words) 4 weeks post workshop - 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:
  • Source, interpret and apply written information from a range of resources to describe issues pertinent to urban landscape management;
  • Use scientific and technical literature in the discussion and evaluation of issues in urban landscape management;
  • Develop investigative and analytical skills through study of urban park planning and design.
Related Course(s): Graduate Diploma in Urban Horticulture
Master of Urban Horticulture

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