Postgraduate

APL8009 : Landscape Architecture Studio 3: Landscape Construction

Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

To develop understanding of the materials used in landscape architectural design, and the ways that these can be used in the process of construction. The module includes earthworks, grading and drainage, but the emphasis is upon hardworks, rather than the use of softworks (i.e. planting) which is covered in other modules.

Outline Of Syllabus

The syllabus will cover the following topics:
-       Introduction to materials used in landscape architecture design and their impact in the experience, quality and environmental performance of a scheme
-       standard landscape drawing conventions (manual and computer aided)
-       drainage (including sustainable urban drainage systems)
-       pavements, boundary treatments, steps, street furniture and lighting
-       carbon impact calculation for hard landscape construction

Students synthesize knowledge gained from lecture materials through a series of small construction exercises and design project set by tutors where they creatively select and detail hard landscape materials and elements.

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials160:205:20Non-synchronous
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching43:0012:00Synchronous online. Students are seen in groups of 4, 2 group sessions to run in parallel
Guided Independent StudyProject work1158:40158:40N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork33:009:00Site visits. Subject to latest government regulations / university guidance.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery30:201:00Synchronous online. One-to-one bookable sessions, not mandatory
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time24:008:00Critical Review. Synchronous online. Students present work in groups of 4
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk61:006:00Synchronous online– written notes will be provided/sessions recorded for those students unable to at
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lecture materials and site visits introduce students to a range of materials, landscape elements and construction techniques. Students synthesize knowledge gained from lecture materials through:
-       a series of small construction exercises collated in a construction diary
-       a small-scale design project set by tutors where they creatively select and detail hard landscape materials and elements.

Students are supported in their learning through lecture materials, site visits, module talks (online), tutorials (online) and critical review (online). Online tutorials and reviews are also the principle means through which students receive feedback on their progress, and tutors assist and encourage students in the development of their projects.

PiP hours: A significant component of learning and teaching happens through open air ‘site visits’. We expect these events to take place, subject to government and University guidelines on health and safety. Where additional present in person activity is envisaged, this will be delivered at programme level through Studio hours. Please refer to programme level PiP briefing note.

Synchronous v Non-synchronous hours: while there is both synchronous and non-synchronous learning and teaching activity for all modules, across the programme the structured guided learning is weighted towards non-design modules and the scheduled learning and teaching activity hours are weighted towards Landscape Architecture Studio modules. The latter is a reflection of design studio pedagogy, which is centred on a dialogic and responsive approach to students’ own creative work and research. Landscape Architecture pedagogy is reliant on a high proportion of independent learning to support the design process. The MOF hours are consistent with this approach.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise2M20series of small construction exercises collated in a construction diary
Design/Creative proj2M80small-scale design project set by school to put into practice knowledge gained through module
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Through the construction diary and small-scale design project students synthesize knowledge gained from lecture materials. Assessment of the graphic representation of landscape construction elements indicates the ability of students to select and use appropriate communication techniques and media for landscape architecture projects.

During online tutorials work will be reviewed and tuition carried out on a weekly basis to encourage progression. The interim critical reviews allow students to learn from each other as well as from the tutor. This reviewing technique also provides practice for the final critical review, and for the kind of presentations commonly expected of landscape professionals in practice.

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