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This subject explores the principles of ecological systems. It will introduce basic ecological concepts and fundamental ecological systems, and their applications in landscape design. It will include plants and biomes, soils and water, spatial geometries, emergence, resilience, and the ecological performance of designs in relation to design speculations. The subject will be delivered through lectures and/or guest lectures, tutorials, field trip/s, and more practical sessions synthesising dominant themes in these areas.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject the student should be able to:
- Understand basic concepts and theory in ecology and ecological systems;
- Understand the relationships between ecological systems and design;
- Interpret landscapes as living ecological systems;
- Relate key environmental factors or gradients to dominant ecological processes in landscapes.
On completion of this subject students should have developed the following:
- correct use of technical terminology;
- evaluation of design and planning decisions;
- critical thinking skills;
- conceptual and spatial thinking skills;
- scale thinking skills;
- analysis and synthesis of information to propose solutions;
- written competency;
- communication of design and planning ideas verbally and graphically.
Last updated: 16 March 2020