LARCH 7033 - Final Landscape Architecture Project (M)
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2015
General Course Information
Course Code LARCH 7033 Course Final Landscape Architecture Project (M) Coordinating Unit School of Architecture and Built Environment Term Semester 2 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 Course Description 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.
Course Coordinator: Ms Tanya Court
Name: Tanya Court coordinator & studio leader
studio hours / by appointment
Name: Warwick Keates studio leader
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
10:00am – 03.00pm 5th year studio
A detailed timtable will be issues in class and via email and be regularily updated via emial
Course Learning Outcomes
2.1 COURSE Learning Objectives
The course is designed to foster
knowledge, understanding and skills that will assist the student with both
future courses as well as professional design practice. The course aims to
assist students to:
expand their individual knowledge through
proposal and critique
practise the research of design precedents
and their evaluation
encourage diverse proposition in response to
functional and theoretical criteria
improve clear and informed articulation of
improve use of digital design tools
inspire self-directed investigation
develop landscape architectural design
strategies as part of a broader vision
confront contemporary ethical issues through
the design process
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. 1-8 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1-8 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 1-8 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 1-8 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 1-8 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1-8 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 1-8 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1-8
Required ResourcesNone required
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, theoretical texts, detailing and presentation techniques.
The School has a lecture 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.
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
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. https://myuni.adelaide.edu.au
General information about the activities at the
School is available online from the Student Noticeboard which can be accessed
at https://unified.adelaide.edu.au/group/professons-studentarchitecture/current-student. Students can also access a copy of the Student Handbook at the
following link: https://unified.adelaide.edu.au/group/professons-student-architecture/enrolments
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching Modes
The format for Final Landscape Project
is the Design Studio, a structure that parallels industry processes for design
development and resolution. Students are required to present and discuss their
work each week in the studio workshop environment, subjecting it to analysis,
critique and response by staff and fellow students. Students are encouraged to
maintain a written diary of these sessions. This are "work in
progress" presentations, nonetheless the work needs to be articulated and
referenced in regards to the individual topics, theoretical backgrounds and
practical issues pursued by the students. Students are encouraged to claim a
desk in the 5th year studio space and work there 24/7. This will be
supported with case studies and theoretical assignments. There will be a
voluntary field trip to Sydney for interested students.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
The information below is a guide to
assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements. The University expects full-time students (i.e. those taking 12 units
per semester) to devote at least 48 hours per
week to their studies. Accordingly, students undertaking this 12 unit course
are expected to devote 48 hours per
week to contact activities and self-guided study. Self-guided
study should be used towards preparation of supporting assignment, weekly pin-ups
and the steady development of your project. The following figures are based on
this framework and might assist in managing your workload. The
workload, established by the expected final outcome (presentation &
exhibition), is significant and adds up to a full time job. Organise your time wisely.
Total contact hours: equivalent of 12 hrs per week x 12 weeks
Total self-guided study: 36 hrs per week x 13 weeks
Total workload hours: 48 hrs per week x 13 weeks
Learning Activities Summary
Refer to the weekly schedule for detailed
above dates may be subject to change. Students need to check their email regularly.
Specific Course Requirements
Final Landscape Project is a self-lead design studio, in which students are asked to develop
a landscape architectural proposition in response to a student selected site. In
2015 students, in discussion with the studio leaders, can select from a specific
site within the City of Port Adelaide Enfield. As a group we will visit the
Part Adelaide area to investigate possible sites. The project develops along the
students own lines of interest and inquiry. The studio leader’s role is to coach
and assist the students in their design research.
The assessment task sheets include additional information about the course requirements
and the tasks to be completed.
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
#1Concept Design Summative Assessment 10%
#2Design for Research Summative Assessment 20%
#3Mid-Review Summative Assessment 20%
#4Final Presentation Summative Assessment 50%
Assessment Related Requirements
in the bi-weekly meetings is required in order to demonstrate the projects’
progress and to take benefit from the with studio leaders’ feedback. Students
are asked to maintain a diary of comments and suggestions. Mid- and Final
Review include studio leaders and invited guest critics.
Mid Review presentations are schedule for Week 8. Final Review Presentations
are schedule for Week13. Presentation timelines and venues will be issued in a
timely manner. Refer to the weekly schedule. Student participation in Mid
and Final Review is compulsory. Work handed in
but not presented in person is considered as “not submitted”.
ASSIGNMENT #1 CONCEPT DESIGN 10 %
The aim of
this assessment task is to make sure that students are working in a productive
way and to receive feedback on their working process and preliminary design
tactics and designs. At this stage it is not ideal but it is still possible to
change sites or direction if you have not established a project suitable for
Final Landscape Project. Please refer to the assignment handout for detailed information.
ASSIGNMENT #2 DESIGN FOR RESEARCH 20%
assignment reflects the importance of design for research component to complete
the major design task. This assignment includes the reading task the case
studies task all to be collated into the report task. Please refer to the
assignment handout for detailed information.
ASSIGNMENT #3 MID-REVIEW 20 %
This assignment is an opportunity to
have you project reviewed at the midway stage and check that the project is
progressing sufficiently well for this time of the semester. By this stage the themes,
site and intent of the project should be clear. There should be a well-developed
design proposal and many of the final elements of the final presentation begun.
You should be considering the format of your final physical model. We will also
review the quality for the graphics. You should have a sophisticated InDesign
template but this stage. You should also be able to articulate the future
direction of your project. What is going well? What do you still hope to work
on or improve?
Students will be required to speak to their display
and answer questions from the assessment panel. A pdf version of the booklet has
to be uploaded to MyUni one day prior to the presentation. This file needs to
be named: family name_first name_ MID. Differently labelled files may not be
assessed. Please refer to the
assignment handout for detailed information.
ASSIGNMENT #4 FINAL REVIEWS
will be assessed for coherent presentation that draws a clear and legible line
of thought and argument, from the initial moves to the conceptual idea and
proposed implementation. Students will be assessed for courageous
investigations, demonstrated knowledge and understanding of design strategies,
innovation, integration of functional and technical aspects, as well as
addressing cultural, social and urban design issues. Students will be credited
for a legible and detailed documentation of their designs including through
plans, sections and elevations, expressing their confidence in using the
language of landscape architectural communication. The presentation format will
be in digital format and be accompanied by a single or multiple models. Content
shall be similar to the Mid Review, but developed to higher detail. Students are
required to speak to their display and answer questions from the assessment
panel. The presentation should be supported by annotated diagrams, drawings,
renders, photographs, a written project description, and any other material
that supports the design, and as negotiated with the studio leaders. It should
include a graphical summary of the design process, any technical aspects that
are pertinent to the scheme, and demonstrate structural considerations through
physical model, axonometric drawing or section. A pdf version of the digital presentation
needs to be submitted prior to the presentation. This file needs to be named:
family name_ first name_FINAL Differently labelled files may not be assessed. Please refer to the
assignment handout for detailed information.
The catalogue features students’ work selected for the
exhibition as well as giving an overview of all students’ projects. Due to the
production timeline, material for the catalogue needs to be supplied in advance
and before the final assessment has been made. The material needs to be formatted to the following specs:
Drawings: A3 PDF vector graphic (preferred) or
2500px x 1800px JPG Format (A3@300dpi), Images:
2500px x 1800px JPG Forma (A3@300dpi), project
description: 300 Words word.doc format. The material needs to be ordered accordingly
into five folders: GENESIS, CONCEPT, DRAWINGS, RENDERS, TEXT, bundled as a zip
file and supplied via MyUni until November 8. The file is to be named: family name_
first name_CAT. This material counts towards the grade for Semester Progress.
The format of the exhibition posters is 3 x A0 portrait
841x1189 = 2523 x1189 landscape. A physical model (whole or part of the
project) is required. The exhibition posters should be based on the Final Review
material yet be further improved by implementing the feedback received during the
presentation. Participation in the exhibition is determined by the quality of
the design at Final Review and as indicated by the Grade received. Works
assessed as CREDIT and above shall be part of the exhibition, as well as selected, or components of, PASS
work, if space permits. Final curation of the exhibition is done by the course coordinator
in discussion with the studio leaders. The files for printing need to 3
individual pdf’s, and named: family
name_first name_EXH, bundled as a single zip file and submitted via MyUni until November 25. This material counts towards the grade
for Semester Progress. The printing needs to be organised by the student cohort.
A selection of exhibition posters will be kept by the school for reference.
• 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 assignments
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.
• 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.
• Models for in-class presentation cannot be handed
• The school will NOT
accept late submissions and any such
assignment will receive zero marks. This also applies to electronic
• 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 a Class Test or Final
Essay as they are pieces of summative assessment and exempt from this rule.
• The deadline for all re-submissions is 12pm on Friday 6th November
• 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.
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see the following Assessment Task Extension(s) & Additional Assessment
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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
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