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APL8011 : Landscape Professional Practice, Planning and Law

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Usue Ruiz Arana
  • Owning School: Architecture, Planning & Landscape
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


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

To provide an introduction to: the basics of the English legal system; contract law; documentation and administration; on-site project management; writing specifications; established professional procedures; professional relationships; conditions of work; broader issues associated with professional practice.

The module also introduces: the basics of the British planning system, including development control, special landscape designations, public inquiries, EIA, Consultation and communication with stakeholders.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module provides an introduction to professional practice as a landscape architect in Britain, setting this into the context of law and the British planning system. The module follows the Landscape Institute's entry standards competency framework syllabus.

1. The landscape profession – the role of the Landscape Institute. Charter and Code of Conduct. Ethics and values. Proper professional relationships. Forms of practice. Relationship to other professions. CPD.

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

3. Planning law and the laws related to environmental protection. The British planning system.

4. Forms of contract relevant to the landscape profession. The purpose, use and presentation of contract documentation, including drawings, specifications, schedules and bill of quantities. Work stages. Preparation of fees.

5. Administration of the tendering process. Supervision of work on site. Good practice in running contracts. CDM regulations. Employment law.

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

7. Production of a Climate Manifesto to 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 reading188:0088:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops62:0012:00Present in Person.
Guided Independent StudyProject work180:0080:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops24:008:00Present in person, conducive to the development of a CV and portfolio.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Knowledge of the English legal system, the British planning system, environmental law and the basics of contract documentation and administration 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 exercise1M70Diary of weekly questions and reflections and Climate Manifesto
Written exercise1M30Preparation of c.v. and portfolio
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. The written diary also includes a Climate Manifesto to guide the learner's professional practice upon graduation. 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.

Reading Lists