Course code LAD100

LAD100 Introduction to Digital Tools in Landscape Architecture

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Course responsible: Knut Andreas Øyvang
Teachers: Tellef Vallesverd Dannevig, Ramzi Hassan, Frode Sætre Rye, Gunnar Anton Tenge
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: Faculty of Landscape and Society
Teaching language: EN, NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Teaching exam periods:
The course is offered in January block for; M-LA, M-BYREG,B-LI.
Course frequency: Annually. January block, for the following study directions: M-LA, M-BYREG,B-LI students.
First time: Study year 2010-2011
Preferential right:
Course contents:
Through lectures, demonstrations and practical exercises, students will be introduced to basic digital techniques to be included in their projects in subsequent courses. The course consists of four main parts. Part 1: introduction to CAD (Computer Aided Design) for basic drawing operations using Autodesk AutoCAD. Part 2: introduction to GIS (Geographic Information systems). Part 3: introduction to graphic design and layout using Adobe tools (Photoshop, InDesign, illustrator). Part 4: introduction to 3D modelling using SketchUp.
Learning outcome:

Knowledge: Students will get basic Knowledge in digital drawing and illustration tools for landscape architecture, as well as some training in digital techniques for use in planning, analysis, design and presentations.

Skills: Students will practice with digital tools and techniques for planning, design, analysis and presentation.

General competence: After completing the course, students will have a general overview over the main digital tools and techniques that are been used for planning, design and presentation and should have the capacity to start working with it for their forthcoming projects.

Learning activities:
Course is based on flipped classroom teaching method. Pre-recorded video lectures and work assignments are provided to students before class session. In-class time sessions at computer lab is devoted to practice, supervision and discussions. The lectures ( Pr-recorded video  is in Norwegian. The supervision can be given in English
Teaching support:

Pre-recorded video lectures + exercises + individual work + practice hours with supervision at computer lab.

Study platform


Google SketchUp for Site Design: A Guide to Modeling Site Plans, Terrain and Architecture by Daniel Tal.AutoCAD 2014, Odd Sverre Kolstad, 2013.Computer graphics for Landscape architects: An introduction. By, Ashley Calabria and Jose Buitrago.Additional literature or web-links are provided if needed through the course.
Completed first semester from the first year in M-LA, M-BYREG, and normally fifth semster  B-LI
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
All assignments work should be completed and submitted within the deadline.
Portfolio evaluation. Individual assignments are evaluated according to the principles that are demonstrated in the lectures and assignments description. 80% of all assignments should be successfully completed and approved by sensor and teacher in order to pass the course. 
Nominal workload:
Total time spent in the course is 125 hours.
Entrance requirements:
Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse)
Type of course:
Flipped classroom: About 30% lectures. About 70% individual work on assignments.
Due to capacity of computer classes and supervising time this course will be available only to students who has this course as mandatory in programm.
An external examiner evaluates student work and the content and the structure of the course.
Examination details: Portfolio: Passed / Not Passed