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This subject explores and evaluates green infrastructure technologies, including green roofs, green walls, green facades and water-sensitive urban design installations. Students study the underpinning science that supports these technologies and their use in urban environments to achieve environmental, social and economic outcomes, including plant ecology, horticulture, hydrology and the science of growing media including soils and green-roof substrates. There is a strong emphasis on understanding the functions of different design systems and the engineering applications of green infrastructure in landscape and building installations. The subject also uses case studies, field visits and industry practitioners to investigate, analyse and evaluate green infrastructure technologies and systems.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Understand the underpinning science and evidence of benefits of green infrastructure
- Evaluate the types, elements, roles, functions and green infrastructure technologies and associated design applications
- Investigate and analyse green infrastructure technologies that address site, environmental, function and management considerations
- Design a green-infrastructure installation that performs multiple functions, including the provision of relevant ecosystem services
In addition to learning specific skills that will assist students in their future careers in science, they will have the opportunity to develop generic skills that will assist them in any future career path. These include;
- Source, interpret and apply information from written and electronic sources in a range of settings;
- Use scientific and technical literature to aid problem-solving;
- Demonstrate written and verbal communication skills;
- Manage workloads and time efficiently.
Last updated: 20 February 2024