University of Guelph

1996-97 Undergraduate Calendar


XII--Course Descriptions

Landscape Architecture

School of Landscape Architecture

59-110 Design I W(3-3)

An introduction to the physical design professions with emphasis on the role of landscape architects. An examination of the issues of aesthetic maturity and environmental ethics in the pursuit of design solutions. Emphasis on development of design awareness, skills and creativity through case studies, critical analysis and execution of 2- and 3-dimensional design. Open to B.L.A. students only.

59-121 Graphic Communication F(2-4)

The communication process and its application to landscape architectural design. Skills and techniques of graphic communication, from study sketches to final presentation drawings. Included are media ranging from pencil graphics to multi-media presentations.

59-194 History of Cultural Form F(3-0)

A survey of the designed environment in its cultural and biophysical context, from ancient times to the Victorian era.

59-202 Design II F(2-6)

An introduction to theory, process and vocabulary of design. Basic human aspects, both behavioral and cultural, will be examined and applied to studio problems and assigned design projects. This examination highlights theory relative to the private/public space interface; scale; perception; and physical and psychophysical responses. Open to B.L.A. students only.

Prerequisites: 59-110.

59-210 Biophysical Factors F(2-4)

An introduction to biophysical factors and their influence on design. Natural systems interpretation, site assessment methods, and data presentation techniques will be outlined. Students will formulate and conduct site assessments that include resource inventories and the analysis for land use suitability. Designs will be prepared based on biophysical parameters such as topography, soils and climate.

Prerequisites: 17-115, 59-110, 87-201.

59-233 Planting Design F(2-6)

Visual and physical characteristics of plants and their use for aesthetic, utilitarian and climate modification purposes in landscape design.

Prerequisites: 53-326, 59-304.

59-241 Site Engineering F(3-1)

Design of storm drainage and sanitary sewer systems and a study of factors governing the layout of other utility distribution systems; structural design of landscape structures; contour grading; cut and fill.

Prerequisites: 59-110.

59-242 Materials and Techniques W(3-0)

Study of properties and techniques of construction of materials commonly used for landscape purposes. Specification of procedures and materials for contractual purposes.

Prerequisites: 59-241.

59-282 Urban and Regional Planning F(3-0)

Introduction to the evolution of planning and its conceptual base. Selected contemporary issues. Planning styles and techniques. Emphasis on the Canadian scene and on Canadian planning literature.

59-304 Site Planning W(2-6)

An introduction to site planning. The application of the site planning process, including programming, site analysis, functional analysis and diagramming, to more complex landscape architectural projects. Emphasis on circulation, landform, climate and noise control, building siting, the selection of landscape materials and the aesthetic improvement of the site.

Prerequisites: 59-202

59-305 Landscape Architecture I W(2-6)

The first studio in the advanced landscape architectural design sequence emphasizing the integration of design theory, skills and knowledge with application to more complex problems to be resolved at a high level of detail. Students will apply knowledge relative to materials, construction techniques and site assessment to the design process.

Prerequisites: 59-304.

59-3061:2 Landscape Architecture II F(1-5:1-5)

A continuation of 59-305 with an added emphasis on architectural and community form, urban design, housing, and design communications. Provides an introduction to landscape planning techniques to be applied in determining land use suitability for urban development. This is a double-weighted course. When you select it you must list both 59-3061 and 59-3062 in the same semester.

Prerequisites: 59-305.

59-3071:2 Landscape Architecture III W(1-5:1-5)

Exercises in regional scale design and land planning to provide an understanding of the integrative design process that considers ecological, technological, socio-economic, human and aesthetic factors in the land development process. Projects focus on regional form, community design, and public involvement and communication. This is a double-weighted course. When you select it you must list both 59-3071 and 59-3072 in the same semester.

Prerequisites: 59-3061:2.

59-343 Landscape Construction I F(3-3)

Solution of site construction problems including grading, paving, irrigation and underdrainage.

Prerequisites: 59-242.

59-344 Landscape Construction II W(2-4)

Site construction drawings and specifications as preparation for professional practice.

Prerequisites: 59-343.

59-350 Independent Study S,F,W(0-6)

Each student establishes, in consultation with the faculty member chosen, the content of special study within the area of expertise of that instructor.

Prerequisites: available upon approval of the B.L.A. coordinator to those who have completed their 6th semester of the B.L.A.program.

59-409 Seminar W(3-0)

An integrated overview of professional issues involving practice, ethics, environmental concerns, government policy, research needs and professional responsibilities to society.

Prerequisites: 59-3071:2.

59-410 Design Thesis W(1-5)

An individual landscape design or planning project under supervision to allow each student to integrate the knowledge and demonstrate the skills acquired in preceding courses in a professional manner.

Prerequisites: 59-3071:2, 59-473.
Corequisites: 59-411.

59-411 Design Thesis W(1-5)

This studio will focus on the profession and will explore current practice using advanced methods and technologies in Landscape Architecture.

Prerequisites: 59-3071:2, 59-473.
Corequisites: 59-410.

59-452 Park and Recreation Administration W(3-0)

A study of the major objectives, policies and administrative practices of the principal park and recreation agencies at various levels of government, with an emphasis on trends and implications for future roles and administrative policies of these agencies. (Offered in odd-numbered years.)

Prerequisites: two 200-level course credits in social sciences.

59-461 Professional Practice W(2-0)

Lectures and assignments dealing with professional ethics, contract law and procedures, relationships with clients, contractors and professional practitioners, superintendence of project installation, office procedure and professional promotion practices.

Prerequisites: 59-3071:2.

59-462 Internship in Landscape Architecture F(0-10)

An experiential learning opportunity requiring professional office experience and faculty supervision under program regulations. Actual work experience for academic credit. Students are required to submit a project or paper as part of the course requirements.

Prerequisites: 59-3071:2, 59-344.
Corequisites: 59-463, 59-473.

59-463 Internship F(0-10)

Same as Calendar description for 59-462.

Prerequisites: 59-3071:2, 59-344.
Corequisites: 59-462, 59-473.

59-473 Special Study in Landscape Architecture F(0-6)

Supervised independent study involving literature review, case studies and other methods in preparation for 59-410.59-411, Design Thesis.

Prerequisites: 59-3071:2.

59-474 Foreign Case Studies F(1-6)

Travel and field studies of selected major urban spaces, classical gardens and open spaces abroad. Three-week travel period prior to the beginning of the Fall semester Abroad option in semester 9. Travel costs are borne by the participants.

Prerequisites: 59-3071:2.

59-475 Semester Abroad F(1-8)

An overseas living and learning experience under the guidance of one or more faculty members. The semester will be centered in one or more major urban centers of the world. Students will be required to prepare independent course proposals before acceptance to the Semester Abroad.

Prerequisites: 59-3071:2, 59-344.

59-476 Elective Study Abroad F(3-0)

Elective study at an approved foreign institution.

Prerequisites: 59-3071:2, 59-344.

59-477 Elective Study Abroad F(3-0)

Elective study at an approved foreign institution.

Prerequisites: 59-3071:2, 59-344.

1996-97 Undergraduate Calendar
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