Site Tectonics

Subject ABPL20047 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 25-Jul-2016 to 23-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 18-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 05-Aug-2016
Census Date 31-Aug-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 23-Sep-2016

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 4 hours per week
Total Time Commitment:

170 Hours


One of the following subjects (Subjects can be taken concurrently)

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:

Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects:

702-306 Site Tectonics

702-363 Site Tectonics

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:


Mr Phil Edwards


Subject Coordinator email:

Subject Overview:

This subject introduces landscape as a three-dimensional space. Aspects of site grading and earthwork manipulation will be explored, including their experiential and functional implications. The Importance of landform modelling to the design vocabulary of landscape architecture will be introduced, alongside principles of technical and representational techniques.

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this subject students will be able to:

  • Understand site grading and earth manipulation from functional, aesthetic and ecological perspectives.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the technical aspects of site grading
  • Understand and apply a range of representational techniques associated with designing landform
  • Correct use of terminology in the description of landform manipulation, grading and drainage
  • Three-dimensional conceptualisation and representation of landform including use of contour and grading plans, sections and elevations.
  • Creative and technically accurate responses to grading and drainage issues clearly defined by design intentions.
  • Assignment 1: Compiled weekly exercises , equivalent to 1600 words due week 7 (40%);
  • Assignment 2: Digital exercises equivalent to 800 words due week 9 (20%);
  • Assignment 3: Grading design project equivalent to 1600 words due week 12 (40%).

Prescribed Texts:

Petschek, Peter (2008), Grading for Landscape Architects, Birkhauser.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • Use of sketches and diagrams to analyse and communicate.
  • Correct use of technical terminology.
  • Three-dimensional conceptualisation and representation.
  • Creative response to complex problems.
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Architecture major
Civil (Engineering) Systems major
Environments Discipline subjects
Landscape Architecture major
Restrictions for Breadth Options within the Bachelor of Environments - relating to specific majors
Urban Design and Planning major

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