Designing with Plants

Subject HORT20026 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

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

This subject is not offered in 2014.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 hours lectures, 24 hours tutorials, laboratory classesand field work. Total: 48 hours
Total Time Commitment:

Total time commitment: 96 hours


For students enrolled in the Associate Degree in Urban Horticulture, a pass in HORT10009 Horticultural Plants is required. For students enrolled in the Bachelor of Environments or other degree courses, there are no prerequisites.

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

Students undertaking this subject will be expected to regularly access an internet-enabled computer.

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:


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 explores designed vegetation in urban landscapes. The content includes an introduction to plant types and morphology, planting design, information sources for plants, landscape design themes and plant use, recognition and identification of representative plants; plant selection methodologies and case studies of designed landscape and plant use.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • describe the criteria used to choose and provide examples of plants used across different landscape design themes;
  • recognise, name and describe a selection of landscape plants; and
  • evaluate and select plants for a range of designed landscapes, including streetscapes, parklands, reserves and open space, residential landscapes,public gardens, institutional and specialised landscapes.

One 50 minute plant materials test due mid-semester (20%), online activities during semester (equivalent to 500 words) (10%), one assignment (equivalent to 2000 words) due end of semester (50%), and a 50 minute plant materials test due end of semester (20%)

Prescribed Texts:


Recommended Texts:

Melbourne School of Land and Environment 2012 The Burnley plant morphology resource manual, University of Melbourne

Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

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Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject, students should be able to:

*source, interpret and apply information from written and electronic sources to better understand planting design and plant selection;

*use scientific and technical literature to answer specific questions and aid problem-solving in plant selection;

*investigate and analyse issues pertaining to plant use, design and selection;

*use their developed written and verbal communication skills; and

* manage workloads and use their time efficiently.

Related Course(s): Associate Degree in Environmental Horticulture
Associate Degree in Urban Horticulture
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Environments Discipline subjects
Landscape Architecture major
Landscape Management major
Restrictions for Breadth Options within the Bachelor of Environments - relating to specific majors
Urban Design and Planning major
Related Breadth Track(s): Living with Plants
Greening Urban Landscapes
Natural systems and our designed world

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