Managing Urban Landscapes

Subject ABPL90337 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

July, Burnley - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 03-Jul-2016 to 08-Jul-2016
Assessment Period End 15-Aug-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 04-Jul-2016
Census Date 15-Jul-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 29-Jul-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
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:

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. This course requires all students to enrol in subjects where theymust actively and safely contribute to field excursions and laboratory activities. Students who feel their disability will impact on meeting this requirement are encouraged to discuss this matter with the Subject Coordinator and Disability Liaison Email:


Dr Claire Farrell


Subject Coordinator:

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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. Guest industry speakers will provide real world examples and experiences relevant to urban landscape management

Learning Outcomes:
  • Describe policy, planning, budgets and resource issues in urban landscape management;
  • Identify urban park and public landscape types and classifications;
  • Outline processes and provide examples of community consultation in landscape decision making;
  • Examine management structures, systems, employment and reporting in urban landscapes;
  • Evaluate and analyse the design and function of an urban park;
  • Explain the management of urban vegetation;
  • Discuss and apply the principles of sustainability concepts and benchmarks in urban landscape management.
  • Critical thinking and assessment task (paper review) (equivalent to 500 words), due 1 week post workshop - 15%;
  • Landscape Management case study (equivalent to 2000 words), due 5 weeks post-workshop - 40%;
  • Landscape Management case study group presentation (10 minutes duration) during workshop - 15%;
  • Urban Park study (equivalent to 1500 words), due 3 weeks post workshop - 30%.
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 to discuss and evaluate issues in urban landscape management;
  • Develop investigative and analytical skills through study of urban park planning and design case studies;
  • Integrate urban landscape management theories with practical issues of planning and implementation;
  • Develop a practical understanding of the role of urban landscape managers through interaction with industry and employers;
  • Demonstrate effective team work and presentation skills;
  • Critically evaluate landscape management through a relevant case study.
Related Course(s): Graduate Diploma in Urban Horticulture
Master of Urban Horticulture
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Master of Science (Ecosystem Science) - Discipline Elective subjects
Sustainable Cities, Sustainable Regions
Tailored Specialisation

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