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APL8011 : Landscape Professional Practice, Planning and Law

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Ms Stef Leach
  • Lecturer: Dr Usue Ruiz Arana
  • Owning School: Architecture, Planning & Landscape
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System


To provide an introduction to: elements and areas of practice in landscape architecture, planning and management, including ethics and values.

To provide an introduction to key areas of the Landscape Institute's Competency Framework: professional judgements, ethics and values; sustainability, climate and resilience; planning, legal, policy and regulatory compliance; contract administration and contract management; landscape assessment; environmental legislation; professional relationships; and broader issues associated with professional practice.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module provides an introduction to professional practice as a landscape architect/professional in Britain. The module follows the Landscape Institute's entry standards competency framework syllabus.

1. The landscape profession: ethics and values. The role of the Landscape Institute. Charter and Code of Practice. Ethics, values and professional relationships. Forms of practice. CPD.

2. Basic concepts of land law, contract law and the law of tort. Contracts of employment.

3. Planning law and the laws related to environmental protection.

4. Tendering and contract administration.

6. Preparation of a c.v and portfolio. Applying for a job.

7. Production of a Climate and Biodiversity Manifesto to develop an ethical framework that will guide learner's professional practice.

The module includes four seminars led by local landscape professionals.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture43:0012:00Seminars led by local practitioners
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading184:0084:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical22:004:00Small group presentations
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops24:008:00Present in person, conducive to the development of a CV and portfolio.
Guided Independent StudyProject work180:0080:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops62:0012:00Present in Person.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Knowledge of the key areas of the Landscape Institute's competency framework is delivered through a combination of seminars and workshops, supplemented by guided reading. Students also learn experientially by discussing practical questions related to each topic in workshops, by producing a Climate Manifesto and through working on their own curriculum vitae and portfolio.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1M100Diary of weekly questions and reflections
Zero Weighted Pass/Fail Assessments
Description When Set Comment
PortfolioAPreparation of c.v., portfolio and climate manifesto
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

A written diary encourages learners to engage with and reflect on learning material on a weekly basis. It also mirrors the Landscape Institute’s Pathway to Chartership approach where graduates reflect on their learning as they practice. Similarly students are assessed on their ability to relate their own learning and experience to the requirements of professional life through the production of curriculum vitae and a portfolio of work. The portfolio also includes a Climate Manifesto to guide the learner's professional practice upon graduation.

Reading Lists