Plants for Designed Landscapes

Subject HORT90037 (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:

Semester 2, Burnley - 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

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 42 hours of lectures/seminars/workshops.
Total Time Commitment:

In addition to face-to-face teaching time of 42 hours, students should expect to undertake a minimum of 170 hours research, reading, writing and general study to complete this subject successfully.

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

For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Objectives, 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 course are encouraged to discuss this matter with the Student Equity and Disability Support Team:


Ms Jenny Bear


Academic Support Officer - Vicki Mimis
Phone: (03) 9035 6842

Subject Overview:

This subject provides an understanding to the use and selection of plants for designed landscapes. The content includes an introduction to plant nomenclature and classification, plant morphology and plant types, planting design and plant selection methods and applications, establishment, maintenance and management considerations in plant use, the recognition and selection of landscape plants and case studies of plant use in urban landscapes.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject, student should:
• Describe a process for planting design, including definitions, theory, applications and practice
• Analyse the requirements for selection of plants in designed landscapes, including aesthetic, functional, ecological and management considerations and criteria
• Recognise, name, describe and select landscape plants for specific design outcomes
• Describe the principles behind and applications to practice of sustainable planting design strategies

  1. A planting design case study equivalent to 2500 words due late-semester (50%)
  2. 2 x 60 minute plant recognition tests each 25% (one mid-semester and one end of semester)
Prescribed Texts:


Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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

• Managing workloads and time effectively
• Sourcing, interpreting and applying information from written and electronic sources to individual tasks
• Using scientific and technical literature to answer specific questions
• Investigative and analysis skills
• Retrieval, from a range of paper-based and electronic sources, of information required to develop understanding of a topic, and the use of this information, with appropriate recognition, in report writing.

Links to further information:
Related Course(s): Graduate Certificate in Garden Design

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