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Effective: Fall 2012

Grade Type: Letter Grade Only
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU
9 hours lecture, 6 hours laboratory. This course meets 4 times per quarter. (15 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
  2. Landscape graphic communication process
  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)
  6. Professional organizations and trades serving the landscape design industry
Methods of Evaluation -
Methods of evaluation used for this course will include:
  1. Design skills project.
  2. Documented active participation which furthers design skills.
Representative Text(s) -
Booth, Norman and Hiss, James, Residential Landscape Architecture: Design Process for the Private Residence, 4 ed. New York, NY, Prentice Hall, 2004.

Disciplines -
Environmental Horticulture & Design
Method of Instruction -
Instructional methods to be used in this class will include:
  1. Lectures.
  2. Participate in discussions.
  3. Engage in lab activities.
  4. Guest speakers.
  5. Engage in small group discussions.
  6. Read assigned reading activities.
Lab Content -
Lab content will include:
  1. Identification of design principles.
  2. Application of design principles to projects.
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. Lectures will address reading topics and experiences of instructor. Classroom discussion and demonstrations in support of lecture topics will be provided.
  3. Guest speakers from industry will provide supplemental lecture and demonstration.
  4. Writing assignments include:
    1. topical white papers