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Effective: Summer 2017

Grade Type: Letter Grade Only
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU
12 hours lecture total per quarter. (12 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • Demonstrate landscape design skills.
  • Exhibit understanding of design theory and process.
Description -
An overview of the basic principles of landscape design. Presents basic graphic communication concepts. Also explores the concept of master planning residential landscapes, and designing with plant material and related landscape elements.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. exhibit an understanding of basic theory and process in landscape design.
  2. exhibit an understanding of graphic communication concepts.
  3. exhibit an understanding of residential landscape master planning.
  4. demonstrate, through a landscape design skills project, practical skills in landscape design.
  5. exhibit an understanding of culturally diverse landscapes.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Design laboratory. Students provide drafting equipment and supplies as needed.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Basic landscape design theory and process
    1. Steps of design
    2. Concepts of design theory
  2. Landscape graphic communication process
    1. Plan graphics
    2. 3-D graphics
  3. Residential landscape master planning
    1. Phasing of projects
    2. Cost benefits
    3. Logistics
    4. Managing implementation
  4. Overview of the cultural diversity found in historical and contemporary landscapes
  5. Guest speakers (as appropriate to topics)
    1. Professional organizations and trades serving the landscape design industry in the US and internationally
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Design skills project.
  2. Documented active participation which furthers design skills.
Representative Text(s) -
Booth, Norman and James Hiss. Residential Landscape Architecture: Design Process for the Private Residence. 6th ed. New York, NY: Prentice Hall, 2011. (This book is a seminal text for landscape design.)

Disciplines -
Ornamental Horticulture
Method of Instruction -
  1. Lectures.
  2. Discussions.
  3. Activities.
  4. Guest speakers.
  5. Assigned reading activities.
Lab Content -
Not applicable.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Reading assignments will include reading approximately 10-20 pages per week from assigned text and supplemental reading.
  2. Writing assignments include:
    1. Topical white papers.
  3. Other:
    1. Lectures will address reading topics and experiences of instructor. Classroom discussion and demonstrations in support of lecture topics will be provided.
    2. Guest speakers from industry will provide supplemental lecture and demonstration.