Course code TMPA220

TMPA220 Landscape Engineering, Plant Establishment and Management

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Course responsible: Nils Bjugstad
Teachers: Jon Terje Asper, Tore Ensby, Tom Ringstad, Oskar Petter Hermansen
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Faculty of Science and Technology
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Spring parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Spring parallel. Because some student projects are based on biological activity and thus may be carried out firstly in the mid of May, these projects are evaluated and presented at the end of May. However, all students have to take part both of these days for presentations of the project work.
Course frequency: Annually
First time: Study year 2008-2009
Last time: 2017V
Preferential right:


1.            students who have the course as mandatory in their study plan

2.            students on the following study programmes: B-LI, M-LA og M-PV

3.            students with most ECTS credits

It there are not enough slots in group one the students will be ranked by their ECTS credits.

Course contents:
Working principles and design of machinery for planting, establishment, fertilization, liming, soil and soil structure improvements, aeriation, conservation, cutting, removal of weeds and unwanted vegetation, cleaning and treatment of waste, transport, removal of snow and maintenance of roads. Good management. Workplace design and ergonomics. Machinery cooperation and organisation, purchasing, maintenance and care for machinery. Demonstrations and exercises. Drainage and irrigation are part of other courses.
Learning outcome:
Having completed the course, students will have acquired knowledge about methods and equipment for parks, sporting grounds, greens and cultural and recreational landscape in general. The students should be able to identify and suggest suitable mechanisation, care and maintenance schemes for parks and greens. The student is qualified to act as manager for mechanisation in this field, and be able to suggest and plan environmentally ground solutions.
Learning activities:
The course consists of a combination of lectures including active participation and evaluation, practical exercises and demonstrations, as well as a larger project task. The spring semester is made up of both lectures and exercises, one week of the June block is reserved for project work. At the end of that week, the students are to present their project assignment for assessment (present it to the students and the external examiner). If allowed by the schedule, two weeks of the June block will be reserved for the project.
Teaching support:
The course responsible is available for academic supervision in periods which are specified. He can also be reached by e-mail for questions and support. Technical staff at the department will contribute to the course in some execursions. Additionally,a few quest lechtures will be held by selected external experts and topics.


TMPA220 Park- and landscape plants, new establishment and management,, 315 pages, (2014) Author: Nils Bjugstad.

Handouts. Internet, Lecture notes and other material used.

JORD160 - Soil Science and GEO100 - Geology, or equivalent.
Recommended prerequisites:
Having good general knowledge about factors affecting growth and agronomy (water, plants, soil, nutrients, climate) is an advantage. Some experience with machinery is also recommended.
Mandatory activity:
The course contains a specified number of compulsory exercises and demonstrations with reports/journals.
Students are assessed on basis of a project report which is presented and discussed in plenary in the presence of the students, the teacher(s) and the examiner. The assessment is based on the the presentation and the quality of the report. 2-3 students may work together on one project. The external examiner will ask each student questions based on the projects and exercises to best assess each student. The student will finally receive a pass or fail grade.
Nominal workload:
Approx. 300 hours.
Entrance requirements:
Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse)
Type of course:
Lectures (including active participation) with exercises and homework, approx. 180 hours. Project work, approx. 120 hours.

The course is especially suited for Landscape Engineers, Landscape Architects as well as students in Plant Science. Other groups such as technology students and students with a special interest in this area will also benefit from the course.

Minimum 10 students

The external examiner participates in discussions about goals, plans and content of the course with the course responsible as part of the quality assurance for the course. Assessment of the candidates is carried out on basis of a set of criteria and demands. A standardised form which explains the criteria and procedures for assessment follows the exam protocol.
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