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Effective: Fall 2011

Grade Type: Letter Grade, the student may select Pass/No Pass
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU
9 hours lecture, 6 hours laboratory. This course meets 2 times per quarter. (15 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • demonstrate the ability to evaluate residential landscape designs.
  • exhibit an understanding of advanced topics in landscape design.
Description -
Design topics for residential landscapes. Covers current concepts and trends in the landscape design industry through topical presentations, guest speakers, and discussion groups. Explores methods for evaluating successful landscape designs and their implementation.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. exhibit an understanding of advanced topics in landscape design.
  2. produce design concepts based on presentations and forum topics.
  3. demonstrate the ability to evaluate residential landscape designs.
  4. demonstrate the ability to evaluate residential landscape installations.
  5. demonstrate enhanced landscape design skills.
  6. exhibit an understanding of culturally diverse landscapes.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Design laboratory with multimedia projection system.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Trends in the landscape design industry
  2. Evaluating landscape designs
  3. Evaluating landscape installations
  4. Current topics pertinent to the landscape design industry
  5. Overview of the cultural diversity found in historical and contemporary landscapes
  6. Professional organizations and trades serving the landscape design industry
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Development of an evaluation system for landscape designs.
  2. Evaluation of a landscape design or installation.
  3. Documented active participation which furthers design skills.
Representative Text(s) -
Hudak, Joseph. Design for Gardens. 2nd Ed.; Portland, OR: Timber Press, 2009.

Disciplines -
Environmental Horticulture & Design
Method of Instruction -
  1. Lecture
  2. Lab
  3. Demonstrations
  4. Discussions
Lab Content -
  1. Site visit to built projects: Class visits landscape projects both completely built and/or under construction. We meet with the landscape contractor and/or designer to review the challenges faced by landscape professionals in designing and implementing a landscape installation.
  2. Demonstrations and labs related to cutting edge topics in landscape design: Students are exposed to a wide variety of green industry professionals who share valuable insight into landscape practices, the use and development of landscape materials, and cutting edge design techniques.
  3. Green industry guest panel: A panel of experts shares their wisdom and business practices with the class. Students participate actively in the asking of questions and discussions that follow.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Reading assignments will include reading approximately 40 pages per week from the assigned texts (2 hours).
  2. Lectures will address reading topics and experiences of the instructor. Classroom discussion and demonstrations in support of lecture topics will be provided.