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Interpreting Australian Landscape Design (LARC30002)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeLARC30002
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

Interpreting Australian Landscape Design forms part of the Design Histories Specialisation.

This subject develops an understanding of the formative influences to have shaped contemporary public and private landscapes.

A critical examination of the historical development of landscape design in Australia requires study of: key international design precedents through history; social influences, personalities and institutions in Australia; and, philosophies, theories and events that have defined physical outcomes.

Fieldwork is directed toward the study and evaluation of selected case study sites as viable heritage landscapes within established principles of conservation, management and heritage interpretation.

Generic skills

  • • Capacity for independent thought; • Understanding the interrelationship of ideas, events and technologies with physical or documented examples; • Ability to apply historic knowledge to conceptualise designed outcomes; • Demonstrated ability to research through the competent use of library, archives and other sources of historic data.

Eligibility and requirements


One of the following subjects:

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
ABPL10004 Global Foundations of Design
Semester 1
Semester 2
ARCH20003 Modern Architecture: MoMo to PoMo
Semester 1
PLAN10001 Cities Past and Future
Semester 1



Non-allowed subjects

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
ABPL10006 History of Landscape Design 12.5
ABPL20039 History of Designed Landscapes 12.5

Core participation requirements

A candidate for the Bachelor of Design degree must have abilities and skills which include the following: observation; communication; motor; conceptual, integrative, and quantitative; and behavioural and social.
Adjustments can be provided to minimise the impact of a disability, however students need to be able to participate in the program in an independent manner and with regard to their safety and the safety of others.
Observation: A candidate must be able to read text, diagrams, maps, drawings and numerical data. The candidate should be able to observe details at a number of scales and record useful observations of environmental contexts.
Communication: A candidate should be able to communicate with fellow students, professional and academic staff, members of relevant professions and the public. A candidate must be able to communicate effectively and sensitively. Communication includes not only speech but also reading and writing.
Motor: Candidates should have sufficient motor function to elicit information from external contexts. Off-campus investigations may include visits to construction sites, urban, rural and/or remote environments. Candidates should have sufficient motor ability to prepare documentation of analytic texts, drawings and models of findings and for the preparation of proposals for environmental interventions via digital or other means. A candidate should have the ability to actively participate in appropriate site and/or design studio‐based activities.
IntellectualConceptual, Integrative and Quantitative Abilities: These abilities include measurement, calculation, reasoning, analysis, and synthesis. Problem solving, the critical skill demanded of graduates, requires all of these intellectual abilities. In addition, the candidate should be able to comprehend three‐dimensional relationships and to understand the spatial relationships of structures.
Behavioural and Social Attributes: A candidate must possess behavioural and social attributes that enable them to participate in a complex learning environment. Students are required to take responsibility for their own participation and learning. They also contribute to the learning of other students in collaborative learning environments, demonstrating interpersonal skills and an understanding of the needs of other students. Assessment may include the outcomes of tasks completed in collaboration with other students.
Majorspecific core participation requirements
Certain Majors employ studio-based learning, which includes the requirement to present work and to receive critique and feedback publically. “Crits” are an integral part of working in the industry and are an inherent requirement of the course.
The Bachelor of Design welcomes applications from students with disabilities. It is the University and degree policy to take reasonable steps to make reasonable adjustments so as to enable a student’s participation in the Bachelor of Design.
Students who feel their disability will prevent them from meeting the above academic requirements are encouraged to contact Student Equity and Disability Support (SEDS).



  • Research poster equivalent to 800 words, due weeks 3- 5 (20%);
  • A 500 word fieldwork report, due week 8 (10%);
  • Site investigation report equivalent to 2000 words, due week 12 (50%);
  • A 50 minute examination at the end of semester, (20%).

Dates & times

  • Semester 2
    Principal coordinatorAndrew Saniga
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours3 hours per week (1X1 hour lecture + 1X2 hour tutorial )
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019
    Census date31 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail27 September 2019
    Assessment period ends22 November 2019

    Semester 2 contact information

    Subject Coordinator

    Andrew Saniga


Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    There are no specifically prescribed or recommended texts for this subject.

  • Breadth options
  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 12 June 2019