LARCH 7033 - Final Landscape Architecture Project (M)

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2017

Students work on an individual design project of medium to high complexity, which showcases the student's mastery in particular areas of the discipline. The details of the project will be developed within guidelines and parameters defined by the coordinator. As the culmination of the masters program the project should aim to demonstrate a practical yet critical engagement with aspects of Urbanism, Design Research, and/or History, Civil Engineering Principles, Theory and Culture, developed in the previous part of the program. Accordingly, the design project needs to be accompanied by a theoretical exegesis which discusses the relevance of the proposed design to contemporary landscape architectural developments and debates.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code LARCH 7033
    Course Final Landscape Architecture Project (M)
    Coordinating Unit School of Architecture and Built Environment
    Term Semester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 12
    Contact Up to 12 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Restrictions Available to M.LArch students only
    Assessment Design Project and model
    Course Staff

    Name:  Tanya Court coordinator & studio leader                                   


    studio hours / by appointment      


    Name:  Warwick Keates studio leader


    studio hours    

    Name: Isabel James studio leader


    studio hours  


    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes

    2.1   COURSE Learning Objectives


    This capstone course is designed to foster advanced knowledge, understanding and skills that will assist the student in the
    future in professional design practice.  On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    expand their individual knowledge through proposal and critique to develop conceptually strong landscape architectural design project

    propose and develop a landscape architectural design project at a range of scales including strategically, 
    as part of a broader vision

    utilise the research of design precedents, their evaluation and application

    apply scientific, ecological, functional theoretical and ethical concerns to the design process

    apply the use of advanced 3D modelling tools

    articulate clearly informed design ideas including through the use of digital  tools to an advanced level




    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)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    None required
    Recommended Resources

    Recommended publications / readings will be announced and made accessible by the studio leaders.

    The University library has a collection of relevant design journals, which are an excellent resource for design ideas, precedent  stduies, theoretical texts, detailing and presentation techniques.

    The School has a speaker series where respected practitioners and academics speak on contemporary architectural practice. In order to expand your knowledge of contemporary directions in design, it is highly recommended that you attend these lectures. Dates and details will be made available on the School’s website.

    Online Learning

    The school
    uses the University email system to get in touch with the students. It is imperative
    that you check your email regularly and keep up to date with any new
    announcements. Course
    information and materials will be made available through MyUni.


    MyUni is an essential online tool which will be
    used to communicate information regarding the course including details of
    assignments and interim grades. There are many other learning resources and
    assessment pieces that rely on the MyUni system for delivery. Therefore it is
    recommended that you familiarise yourself with the various functions of MyUni
    and employ it to its fullest extent.


    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

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    Learning Activities Summary

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  • 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
    This will be issues via MyUni
    Assessment Related Requirements
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    Assessment Detail
    This will be issued via MyUni

    No information currently available.

    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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