Designing with Plants

Subject HORT20026 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Semester 1, Burnley - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 02-Mar-2015 to 31-May-2015
Assessment Period End 26-Jun-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 13-Mar-2015
Census Date 31-Mar-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 08-May-2015

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

Total time commitment: 170 hours


For students enrolled in the Associate Degree in Urban Horticulture (or the Associate Degree in Environmental 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 and these students should request a waiver from the student centre.

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:


Dr Sue Murphy


Faculty of Science

Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)

Subject Coordinator:

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 minor assignment during semester (equivalent to 500 words) (10%);
  • One 60 minute plant materials test held mid-semester during class time (25%);
  • One assignment (equivalent to 2000 words) due end of semester (40%), and
  • One 60 minute plant materials test held during Semester 1 examiniation period (25%)
Prescribed Texts:

The University of Melbourne (2012) Burnley Plant Guide, University of Melbourne - available on all University networked computers.

Recommended Texts:

Melbourne School of Land and Environment (2012) The Burnley Plant Morphology Resource Manual, The 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.

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