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Effective: Summer 2013

Advisory: Advisory: HORT 40.
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)

Description -
An overview and application of Google Sketchup to three-dimensional rendering for the landscape designer. Emphasizing the basics of drawing setup, creation and editing, this class will show the designers how to turn their 2D drawings into a presentation drawing that illustrates their ideas in photo-like rendering techniques. Importing and use of the three-dimensional tools available in the free Sketchup download will be included in the instruction. Intended for students seeking a landscape design career or professionals upgrading their skills.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. Exhibit an understanding of the use of three dimensional software in landscape design
  2. Prepare drawings using the Sketchup program.
  3. Utilize the terminology appurtenant to three dimensional software.
  4. Understand the cross-cultural applications for computer aided design.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
  1. Computer lab
  2. Google sketchup software
  3. Windows software
  4. Student storage devices such as thumb drives.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Introduction to three dimensional applications of Sketchup to landscape design
    1. Overview of the software
    2. Uses and practical applications given design business size and structure
  2. Using Sketchup to prepare landscape drawings
    1. Drawing import and setup
    2. Drawing tools and their use
    3. Inserting objects and rendering
    4. Manipulating drawings
    5. Printing and exporting drawings
    6. Symbol libraries within the program and on the internet
  3. Utilize terms to describe the features and applications of the software.
    1. Use proper program commands
    2. Use proper terminology for exporting and printing
  4. Identify the applications of the software to different types of projects and cultures.
    1. State where the program can be applied to landscaping in various regions of the country or world.
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Preparing design projects using sketchup software that demonstrate mastery of the program tools drawing layout.
  2. Skills demonstrations in laboratory setting using the tools described in lecture and presentations.
Representative Text(s) -
Tal, Daniel. Google SketchUp for Site Design: A Guide to Modeling Site Plans, Terrain and Architecture. first edition. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley and Sons, 2009.

Disciplines -
Ornamental Horticulture
Method of Instruction -
  1. Lecture on the application of three-dimensional drawing for landscape design presentation.
  2. In-class presentation of drawing tools used to construct sketchup drawings.
  3. Discuss with the instructor and classmates in group settings the use of the program and resolution of problems with using the program.
  4. In-class preparation of drawings using the sketchup software.
Lab Content -
  1. Preparing designs using Sketchup.
    1. Drawing setup
    2. Drawing rendering
  2. Manipulating drawings using flyover and editing tools
    1. Changing layers and classes
    2. Adjusting views and perspectives of project
  3. Printing and exporting drawings.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Students will be expected to download software on their personal computer.
  2. Students will be required to work on drawing assignments out of class where they prepare 2D and 3D drawings recreating scenes and plans typically found in landscape design.
  3. Reading assignments will include reading approximately 5 pages per week from ETUDES information.
  4. Lectures will address reading topics and experiences of instructor. Classroom discussion and demonstrations in support of lecture topics will be provided
  5. Reading approximately 20 to 30 pages per week from assigned text.