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Designing Green Roofs and Walls (HORT90046)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Burnley)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeHORT90046
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject explores the design, specification and management of green roofs and walls. The content will include guidelines and policies supporting green roofs and walls, relevant typologies and categories of use, requirements for successful design, construction and maintenance, development of specifications and project management and local and international case studies. Students will gain a thorough understanding of green roof and wall design and function, the benefits provided to cities and people and gain hands on experience through practical activities and visits to local project sites.

Intended learning outcomes

  • Evaluate international green roof and wall guidelines, specifications and standards
  • Explain the key design considerations for green roofs and walls, including the development and use of specifications;
  • Analyse substrate properties relating to green roof specification and how these affect plant performance and plant selection
  • Assess and analyse experimentally how green roof substrates influence stormwater runoff retention capacity
  • Assess and analyse experimentally how green wall design influences thermal performance
  • Compare and evaluate methods for plant selection on green roofs and walls using research and case studies;
  • Discuss maintenance and management issues relevant to green roof and wall case studies

Generic skills

  • Source, interpret and apply written information from a range of resources to describe issues pertinent to design and specification of green roofs and walls.
  • Use scientific and technical literature in the discussion and evaluation of green roof and wall design.
  • Develop investigative and analytical skills through study of green roof and wall design case studies.
  • Integrate theory of green roof and wall design with practical considerations in case study explorations of their implementation and on-going management and maintenance.
  • Develop a practical understanding of green roof and wall implementation through interaction with guest industry speakers; Linking students with potential employers.
  • Develop analytical and measurement skills in hands-on practical exercises
  • Gain experience in effective team work.

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects


Recommended background knowledge

Students wishing to take this subject should have an understanding of landscape plants, green infrastructure and urban environments.

Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

This course requires all students to actively and safely participate in field excursions and laboratory activities. Students who feel their disability may impact upon their participation are encouraged to discuss this matter with the Subject Coordinator and Student Equity and Disability Support.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home



  • 1 x 2000 word assignment due 3 weeks after the workshop, 35%;
  • 1 x Case study equivalent to 3000 words due 4-6 weeks after the workshop, 65%;

Dates & times

  • September
    Principal coordinatorClaire Farrell
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Burnley
    Contact hoursTotal hours 38: 6 x 3 hr lectures, 4 x 4 hr lectures, 1 x 4 hr practical
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period29 September 2019 to 4 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date30 September 2019
    Census date18 October 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail 1 November 2019
    Assessment period ends16 November 2019

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Time commitment details

There is a total time commitment for this subject of 170 hours.

Further information

Last updated: 28 June 2019