Course code LAA224

LAA224 Designing with Plants

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Course responsible: Anne Ragnhild Aude, Corinna Susanne Clewing, Corinna Susanne Clewing
Teachers: Bente-Sølvi Toverød, Anne Ragnhild Aude, Tove Judith Næverdal
ECTS credits: 15
Faculty: Faculty of Landscape and Society
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Maximum of 50, 
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in August block. This course has teaching/evaluation in August block and Autumn parallel.
Course frequency: Annually
First time: Study year 2009-2010
Preferential right:
Course contents:
The course focuses on vegetation as a design element in the making of of our surroundings and their functional, ecological and aesthetic qualities. It introduces in design methods and significant judgements in the use of vegetation as a living material. 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 knowledge on using plants and design 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, which the assignments raise, will be discussed.
Learning outcome:

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

Knowledge: Students should be able: - to understand vegetation as a dynamic system and the significance of maintenance for the design process, - to apply principles for plant composition that are appropriate to the situation, the intended function and appearance - to use literature, laws and regulations and other sources of knowledge for plant selection and composition. - to use relevant terms from the aesthetic field and plant sciences in their argumentation

Skills: Students should be able - to develop proposals for plantings in various situations and scales,  - to use vegetation as a structuring and spatial landscape element and to suggest suitable plant species (shrubs, trees and perennials) to a site based on ecological, functional and aesthetic judgements, -to use analytical tools and creative methods for idea generation as the basis for design, plant composition and selection,- to explore and communicate the characteristic features and dynamics of the planting with various visual tools and techniques, to develop a distinctive design language and aesthetic qualities in their own work, - to communicate their proposals through sketches, schemes and models. .

General competences: Students should be able: - to analyse and critically evaluate their own and others' proposals, - to document their own working process and reflect on it critically, - to account for the significance of vegetation for current challenges that society is facing, as i.g. climate change - to 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, site inspections, plenary discussions, independent literature studies, practical exercises in design and visual communication, visual journal.
Teaching support:
The students receive frequent 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. (2011): The Planting Design Handbook, 3.ed., Routledge. Reference books on plants (trees, shrubs, perennials).
Knowledge of Norwegian plant communities equivalent to 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:
Exercises in form and drawing in the block period, 2 exercises in planting design. All exercises need to be accepted. Field trips (except the long trip), 80 % attendance at project evaluations.
Portfolio evaluation at the end of the semester. The portfolio includes: a design assignment (visual-written presentation of the planting proposal and a model), a visual documentation of the working process, the oral presentation of the assignment and a written reflection note. Grade: A-F.
Nominal workload:
Total workload is 375 hours, of which 270 hours are used for project work, exercises and individual studies.
Entrance requirements:
Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse)
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
Lectures: ca. 24 hours. Surveys and excursions: ca. 32 hours. Joint assignment/exercise evaluations: ca. 44 hours. Assignment work with supervision: ca. 5 hours.
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: Portfolio: Letter grades