LARCH 7029 - Advanced Landscape Architecture Technologies (M)

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2014

This course considers topics in landscape construction as they relate to contemporary landscape architecture. The course explores topics including geology and soil technology, grading, hydrology, hardscape and infrastructure. The course will also consider the use of digital modelling and technologies. The study of landform manipulation including the design of infrastructure, includes contour manipulation, vehicular and pedestrian circulation systems, road and path alignment, and drainage. Hydrology, the study of water in the landscape, including water flow, storm water management, swales, retention and detention basins, riparian plantings, and wetlands restorations may be considered.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code LARCH 7029
    Course Advanced Landscape Architecture Technologies (M)
    Coordinating Unit School of Architecture and Built Environment
    Term Semester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Assumed Knowledge DESST 1507 and DESST 2518
    Assessment Essays, written assignments, illustrated verbal presentations, preparation of variety of other graphic, visual and physical model-based materials
    Course Staff
    Course Coordinator:
    Name: Peter Semple
    Location: 244 Gilbert St, Adelaide
    Telephone: 8212 2679
    Availability: As an external coordinator I will be available only during class.

    Contact Protocol:
    As an external coordinator I will be available only during class.

    Lecturer: Peter Semple

    Tutor: Cecilia Tang

    Course Support Staff: Keti Komaris

    For issues concerning enrolment or queries about the School’s programs contact Clement Low, Student Advisor, 8313 5877,

    For issues related to discrimination or harassment contact the Course Coordinator or Velice Wennan, School Manager, 8313 5475,

    For issues relating to health, safety and wellbeing contact Ian Florance, Health, Safety and Wellbeing Officer, 8313 5978,

    For issues relating to first aid contact Alison Bosnakis, First Aid Officer, 8313 5836,
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

    Lectures: Semester 1, 2014
    Duration: 12 Sessions Week 1 to 12
    Course website:
    Timetable: Wednesdays 9.00-2.15pm
    Please refer Course Timetable
    Location: 511 DCR (booked from 9am to 12pm from week 1 to 12).


    The Course will facilitate the following activities for its duration
    • Lectures
    • Workshops
    • Industry Guests
    • Site Visits
    • Student Presentation
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    Knowledge and understanding:

    1. Students develop their critical design skills
    2. Students apply their theoretical knowledge to design
    3. Students apply their technical knowledge to design
    4. Students articulate their position as a designer
    5. Students demonstrate high quality communication, representation and graphic skills including
        written, verbal and graphic presentation skills
    6. Students demonstrate contemporary expressions and approaches


    1. Develop detailing skills
    2. Develop Computer skills associated with Landscape Construction
    3. Develop an Understanding of Specification
    4. Develop an Understanding of available materials and applications
    5. Develop an Understanding of the Construction Process from Paper to site
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1, 2, 3, 4
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 1, 2, 3, 5
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 5
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 5, 6
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 4
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1, 4
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Scale Ruler
    Metric Handbook: Planning and Design Data, David Adler BSc DIC CEng MICE
    Time-Saver Standards for Landscape Architecture: Design and Construction Data
    Steel Toe Capped Boots
    Recommended Resources
    Landscaping Detailing: Series (Structures, Enclosures, Surfaces, Water) by Michael Littlewood
    Materials for Architects and Builders by Arthur Lyons
    Lysaght Referee, A handbook full of useful information
    Detail in Contemporary Landscape Architecture, Virginia Mcleod

    Speaker Series:
    The School has a fortnightly lecture series where respected practitioners and academics from the field deliver a public lecture on contemporary architectural practice. In order to expand your knowledge of contemporary directions in design it is recommended that you attend these sessions. The sessions are scheduled for Tuesday 6pm at the Horace Lamb Lecture Theatre, and the exact detail of dates and speakers is available from the School website and the Front Office.

    Academic Support:
    The Professions Learning Centre (PLC) provides postgraduate coursework students of the Faculty of Professions free academic skills advice on critical analysis and structuring assignments, paraphrasing, referencing, oral presentation skills and other skills to assist with success at university. You are encouraged to take advantage of the service to enable you to improve your performance in your studies. To contact a Learning Advisor please send an email to
    Online Learning

    University Email:
    The school uses the University email system to get in touch with the students. So it is imperative that you check your email regularly and keep up to date with any new announcements.

    Noticeboard / Handbook:
    General information about the activities at the School is available online from the Student Noticeboard which can be accessed at Students can also access a copy of the Student Handbook at the following link:
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This Course is taught Seminar Style.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The University expects full-time students (ie. those taking 12 units per semester) to devote at
    least 48 hours per week to their studies. Accordingly, students undertaking this 3 unit course are expected to devote 12 hours per weekto contact activities and self-guided studies.

    Based on this framework here are some figures that might assist workload management:

    Total workload hours: 12Hrs per week x 13 weeks = 156 Hrs
    Total contact hours: 3 Hrs per week x 12 weeks = 36 Hrs
    Total self-guided study: 156 Hrs – 36 Hrs = 120 Hrs

    These 120 hours should be used towards preparation of weekly tasks and for completion of the various assignments associated with the course, including development of various skills required
    to complete the same. Please organise your time wisely.
    Learning Activities Summary

    No information currently available.

    Specific Course Requirements
    Site Visit to an active construction site will require steel toe caps with ankle support.
    High Viability Vests and Hardhats will be provided by site manager.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Task/Assignment No.
    & Name
    Due Date Time Weight Type Learning Objective
    1: Fill In the Blanks, Construction Detail (5x Details) Part 1:
    Part 2: 08/05/13
    Outside Class 10% Summative 1-6
    2: Street Furniture model (Timber & Metal) 8/05/13 In Class & Outside 20% Summative 1-6
    3: Practical Construction 15/05/13 Outside Class 20% Summative 1-6
    4: Courtyard Garden, Construction Documentation Drawings 31/05/13 In Class 50% Summative 1-6
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Students to do well need to participate in all class activities. Please make sure you attend regularly and come prepared for class and site visits.
    Assessment Detail
    Marking & Feedback (General)
    • Final results for the course will only be available through Access Adelaide and students should not
       contact the course coordinator or the tutors for the same.
    • Feedback for in-class submissions will only be available during the tutorial as oral critique in the style
       of studio wall-crits. Students should arrange with peers to make notes for reference.
    The submission dates and locations for various assignments associated with this course are:

    Task/Assignment No. & Name Due Date Time Weight Submission Method
    1. Assignment 1
    G,B&U Investigative Report
    14.03.2014l 9am 10% Presentation, Hardcopy and Discussion Board submission
    2. Assignment 2
    Blanky Blank Details
    21.03.2014 9am 10% Hardcopy for Peer Marking
    3. Assignment 3
    Street Furniture Model
    02.05.2014 9am 20% Hardcopy
    4. Assignment 4
    Practical Construction
    16.05.2014 9am 20% Finished Sample and Hardcopy description
    5. Assignment 5
    Courtyard Garden
    06.06.2014 9am 40% Presentation and Hardcopy

    Submissions (General):

    -All submissions must include Student Name and Student ID Number.
    Submissions without Student Name or ID Number will not be considered for marking, and will receive zero marks in accordance with the guidelines.
    - In addition, all assigments need to have an Assignment Cover Sheet which must be signed and dated by the student before submission. Please attach the cover sheet in front of the document, to the top left hand corner.
    - Please adhere to submission deadlines and follow instructions provided.
    - Students must not submit work for an assignment that has previously been submitted for this course or any other course without prior approval from the Course Coordinator.
    - On occasion, the lecturer/tutor may wish to retain students’ work for future reference and the relevant student will be informed at such a time.
    Early Submission:

    There is an early submission box located on Level 4 which is cleared out daily at 10am. Please mark your submission clearly before placing in box.
    Late Submission:

    - The school will NOT accept late submissions and any such assignmentwill receive zero marks. This also applies to electronic submissions.
    - Printing delays & hard disk crashes will not be entertained as legitimate causes for delay, so please ensure that the work is finished in advance.

    - The school has a resubmission policy whereby students can redeem
    failed work by submitting additional work for a maximum of 50%. However, this does not apply to the Class Test or to the Final Essay as they are pieces of summative assessment and exempt from this rule.
    - The deadline for all re-submissions is 12pm on Friday 14 June 2013.
    Good practice:

    - Students should ensure that they regularly backup their work on multiple
    locations as hard-disk crashes are an unfortunate reality.
    - When relying on community printing facilities, students should attempt to
    finish their work in advance to avoid unnecessary delays.
    - Students must retain a copy of all assignments submitted (digital or hardcopy), as originals may be lost during the submission process.
    For modified arrangements of submission and assessment due to special circumstances see the following Assessment Task Extension(s) & Additional Assessment guidelines.
    Modified Arrangements (General):

    - Students can apply for extensions or modified arrangements based on Medical conditions or other Extenuating circumstances. However, students need to submit their application along with supporting documents within 5 business days of the condition becoming applicable.
    - The application forms are available from the Front Office and at and need to besubmitted at the Front Office along with any supporting documentation.
    - Please note that submitting an application does not guarantee acceptanceand the Course Coordinator will inform the applicant if the application isaccepted. Please DO NOT contact the Course Coordinator directly.
    Medical Reasons:

    In case of an extended medical condition which makes it impossible for thestudent to submit the work on time, an Application for Assessment Task Extension due to Medical Circumstances may be lodged with the Front Office along with a doctor’s certificate within 5 business days.
    Extenuating Circumstances:

    - If the student is unable to submit the work on time due to extenuating circumstances an Application for Assessment Task Extension due to Extenuating Circumstances may be lodged with the Front Office.
    - Please note that this is only available for certain military, religious, or legal obligations and does not extend to minor personal problems. (Refer to StudentHandbook at for further details or contact Student Advisor).
    Compassionate Grounds:

    - In case of certain extraordinary personal problems students can apply for extensions based on compassionate grounds. However, these must first be discussed with the Course Coordinator in person through appointment during the assigned office hours.
    - To maintain privacy relating to personal issues students can contact the University Transition and Advisory Service at 8313 0100 or, or approach the Counselling Service on
    83035663 for an individual appointment.
    Additional Assessment:

    - If a student receives a Fail grade for the course with an overall mark between 45 and 49, they may be eligible for an Additional Assessment which would allowthem to get a maximum of 50 Pass for the Course.
    - Additional Assessment offers are made by the School and the student will be informed directly once these are made available.

    Students who have a disability and wish to seek modified submission or assessment arrangements need to contact the University Disability Services at 83135962 or for supporting documentation and then communicate these to the Course Coordinator in person through appointment during the assigned office hours.
    Elite Athlete:

    Students who have national/international sporting commitments and wish to seek modified submission or assessment arrangements need to register with the University Elite Athlete Support Scheme at and then communicate this to the Course Coordinator in person through appointment during the assigned office hours.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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    The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy ( course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

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