Landscape Plants

Subject HORT90033 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

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

This subject is not offered in 2014.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 4 hours of weekly classes = 48 hours total
Total Time Commitment:

96 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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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 the identification, selection and use of plants in designed landscapes and urban horticulture. The content includes an introduction to plant taxonomy, botanical nomenclature and plant morphology, 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.

Learning Outcomes:

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

* Describe the main morphological features of plants;

* Recognise and name a selection of landscape plants;

* Discuss a process for planting design and plant selection in urban landscapes;

* Evaluate the design and use of plants across different urban landscape contexts and settings; and

* Complete a planting design and schedule for a landscape project.


A planting design assignment, equivalent to 3000 words, due end of semester (50%); one plant materials test 60 minutes duration due end of semester (20%), a landscape design review paper, equivalent to 1000 words, due late semester (20%) and completion of on-line plant quizzes equivalent to 500 words, during semester (10%).

Prescribed Texts:

Spencer, R., Cross, R. and Lumley, P., (2007), Plant names:a guide to botanical nomenclature, (3rd Edition), Royal Botanic Gardens/CSIRO Publishing, Collingwood;

MSLE, 2013, Burnley Plant Morphology Resource Manual, The University of Melbourne (unpublished);

The University of Melbourne, 2012, Burnley Plant Guide, University of Melbourne, Parkville,

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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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 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
  • convey written and verbal information about landscape plants in a professional way.
Related Course(s): Graduate Diploma in Urban Horticulture
Master of Landscape Architecture
Master of Landscape Architecture
Master of Urban Horticulture

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