Course code LAA224

LAA224 Designing with Plants

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Course responsible: Corinna Susanne Clewing
Teachers: Tove Judith Næverdal
ECTS credits: 15
Faculty: Department of Landscape Architecture and Spatial Planning
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Maximum of 40, minimum of 5.
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 2009-2010
Preferential right:
Course contents:
The course is built up as a series of exercises and assignments. Lectures and field trips support the students¿ work on assignments. In the assignments, general knowledge will be employed in particular situations. The use of creativity tools in project work and techniques for visual communication will be explored in several exercises. Assignment solving is gone through in plenary, so that the typical problems that assignments raise can be discussed.
Learning outcome:

Students who have completed the course are expected to have achieved the following learning outcomes:


  • are able to use the principles of plant composition.
  • have an understanding of vegetation as dynamic system and the significance of management in the design process.


  • are able to develop proposals for planting in various situations and scales.
  • are able to use vegetation as a structuring and spatial landscape element.
  • are able to suggest suitable plant species (shrubs, trees and perennials) to a site based on ecological, functional and aesthetic assessments.
  • are able to analyze and critically evaluate the plant application in a site.
  • are able to use analytical tools and creative methods for idea generation as the basis for design, plant composition and plant selection.
  • are able to explore and communicate planting characteristics and dynamics with different visual tools and techniques.
  • are able to communicate their analysis and proposals through sketches, plans, models, ordering lists, etc.

General competences:

  • are able to critically reflect on their own and others" suggestions for planting design - are able to explain the significance of vegetation for challenges society is currently facing(i.g. climate change).
  • have insight into ethical issues relating to plant use and biodiversity.
Learning activities:
The course makes use of different teaching methods: lectures, project work in groups, inspections and discussions in plenary, independent literature studies.
Teaching support:
The students receive frequently guidance throughout the semester.
Lectures. Supporting literature will be announced at the course introduction. A selection of relevant literature will be available during the course. Recommended literature: Robinson, N.- 2004: The Planting Design Handbok. Ashgate, Aldershot. Schul, J.- 2010: Hvilken plante hvor: planteguide for hagen - norsk utg. Cappellen Damm, Oslo. Reference books on plants (trees, shrubs, perennials).
Knowledge of Norwegian plant communities equivalent to PHG110/PHG113 and knowledge of garden plants equivalent to the curriculum in PHG213. Competence and ability towards planning, idea generative processes, design and visisuell presentation equivalent to the compendium in the first to years of studies in landscape architecture at NMBU.
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
field trips (except the long trip), 80 % attendance at project evaluations.
Assignments and exercises with continuing submissions and comments. All assignments and exercises must be submitted and receive a passing grade. Documentation of individual process. The last assignment includes an oral presentation and will be evaluated with grades (A-F).
Nominal workload:
Total workload is 450 hours, of which 325 hours are used for project work and individual study.
Entrance requirements:
Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse)
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
Lectures: ca. 30 hours. Surveys and excursions: ca. 40 hours. Joint assignment/exercise evaluations: ca. 50 hours. Assignment work with supervision: ca. 5 hours.
The exam in LAA223 is cancelled if the exam in LAA224 is passed.
An external examiner is used for approval of academic structure and content of the course. The examiner will take part in the review of the last assignment in the plenary and the evaluation of the submitted material.
Examination details: Continuous exam: A - E / Ikke bestått