Postgraduate

APL8011 : Landscape Professional Practice, Planning and Law (Inactive)

Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

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.

1. The landscape profession – the role of the Landscape Institute. Charter and Code of Conduct. Ethics and values. Proper professional relationships. 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. Preparation of documents. Basic quantity surveying for landscape works.

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

7. Preparation of a c.v. Applying for a job.

The module includes three half-day site visits/seminars led by local landscape professionals

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
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading187:0087:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching63:0018:00Seminar
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops13:003:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyProject work180:0080:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork34:0012:00Site visits
Total200:00
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 series of lectures, supplemented by guided reading. This theoretical knowledge is related to practice through visits to the offices of practitioners and/or site visits to landscape works in progress. Students also learn experientially by undertaking the production of the sorts of documents that are used in practice and through working on their own curriculum vitae.

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

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination901A40N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1M40Preparation of documents - also includes measurement and calculation of quantities (3000 words)
Written exercise1M20Preparation of c.v.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

A written exam tests general understanding of the framework of law which relates to professional practice in landscape architecture. A practical task, involving the production of contract documents (including specifications and bills of quantities), assesses skills in writing documentation and calculating quantities. 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.

Reading Lists

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