Course code LAA115

LAA115 Introduction to Landscape Architecture I

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Course responsible: Frode Degvold, Kjersti Vallevik Håbjørg
Teachers: Jorun Hovind, Christian Valere Andre Montarou, Ragna Berg, Hennie Ann Isdahl
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Faculty of Landscape and Society
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in August block. This course has teaching/evaluation in August block, Autumn parallel,
Course frequency: Annually
First time: Study year 2010-2011
Preferential right:
Students enrolled in the MA in landscape architecture and BA in landscape Construction and Management have priority.
Course contents:
The course is an introduction to the professional education of landscape architect and landscape engineer. The course gives an introduction to the profession's working methods, distinctiveness and width. The students are introduced to the basics of the profession; natural elements, construction technology, design, history and professional language. 
Learning outcome:

The students will have basic knowledge of:

  • the professions' importance for people's perception of the landscape, well-being, and movement through
  • the history of the professions
  • professional terminology
  • different types of landscapes
  • factors that influence the quality of natural and built landscapes
  • how a landscape is built, managed, operated and maintained
  • tools and methodology
  • occupational Safety and Health

The students will have basic skills in:

  • identifying, systematizing and conveying observations of the natural and built landscapes
  • applying specialist knowledge and academic language to practical and theoretical issues
  • justifying academic decisions
  • visualizing and communicating landscapes and facilities
  • modeling terrain
  • handling workshop tools and machines

The students will have general competence in:

  • combining problem solving and own reflections in assignments
  • reflecting critically on the profession's contribution to sustainable social development
Learning activities:

The students are expected to:

take notes from lectures and excursionsread litterature and seek supervisionreflect and discuss presented topics in class summarize and present topics to peerspractice typical, Professional methodsexpress a holistic approach in assignmentscome up with solutions on given taskspresent projects graphically and orallywork individually and in groups
Teaching support:
The students are offered supervision one by one or in gruops. Canvas is utilized for information assignment hand-outs, etc.
Lecture notes. Litterature list will be presented in Canvas when the course starts, and further during rhe semester.
General study competence
Recommended prerequisites:
General study competence
Mandatory activity:

The student must

attend 80% of exercises and excursions.submit and pass all assignmentsundergo safety training for operating machinery
A Portfolio consisting of a assignments and a Project Work with an oral presentation.
Nominal workload:
250 hours
Entrance requirements:
Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse)
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
Aproximately: Estimated 150-170 hours structured devided on lectures, exercises, plenary reviews with critiques and discussionsin, excursions.
Mandatory field trips are covered by NMBU, inspections of project areas covered by the student.
External examinors are used to evaluate the course outline, some of the assignments and some of the student work.
Examination details: Portfolio: Passed / Not Passed