XII. Course Descriptions

Landscape Architecture

School of Environmental Design and Rural Development

LARC*1100 Design and Communications Studio F (3-3) [0.75]
An introduction to the physical design professions with emphasis on the role of landscape architects. Emphasis on development of design awareness, process, communication skills and creativity.
Prerequisite(s): Registration in the B.L.A. program.
Restriction(s): Instructor consent required.
LARC*1950 History of Cultural Form I F (3-0) [0.50]
This course explores the cultural form expressed in landscapes from ancient times to the present. (Offered through Distance Education format only.)
LARC*2020 Design Studio W (2-4) [0.75]
An examination of the theory, process and vocabulary of spacial design. An exploration of the social, psychological, and behavioural forces a designer must respond to. An introduction to landscape analysis.
Prerequisite(s): LARC*1100
Restriction(s): Registration in the B.L.A. program.
LARC*2100 Landscape Analysis F (2-2) [0.50]
A study of biophysical factors and their influence on design. Including soils, climate, vegetation, hydrology, and fauna. Natural and cultural 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.
Prerequisite(s): LARC*2020
Co-requisite(s): LARC*3040 or registration in the U.L.M. B.Sc. (Agr.) program and 5.00 credits
LARC*2230 Planting Design W (1-2) [0.50]
This course covers the visual and physical characteristics of plants and their use. Students will study design theory and its application at a site specific scale and the use of plants in a wide range of applications.
Co-requisite(s): LARC*2020
Restriction(s): Registration in the B.L.A. Program.
LARC*2240 Plants in the Landscape F (1-2) [0.50]
This course explores the identification and cultural requirements of native and introduced plants in cultivated and naturalized landscapes from a design perspective.
Prerequisite(s): LARC*2230
Restriction(s): LARC*2340 Registration in the B.L.A. Program.
LARC*2410 Site Engineering F (3-1) [0.50]
A focus on contour grading to facilitate circulation, stormwater runoff, and design intent. Aspects of surveying, plotting, as well as runoff and cut and fill calculations.
Prerequisite(s): LARC*2020, LARC*2420
LARC*2420 Materials and Techniques W (3-0) [0.50]
The study of materials commonly used for landscape construction. Specification of procedures and materials for contractual purposes. Detail drafting.
Prerequisite(s): LARC*1100
LARC*2820 Urban and Regional Planning W (3-0) [0.50]
Introduction to the evolution and history of planning and its conceptual base. A study of the theoretical foundations of planning. Emphasis on the Canadian scene and on Canadian planning literature.
LARC*3040 Site Planning and Design Studio F (2-4) [0.75]
Application of the site planning process, including programming, site analysis, functional analysis and diagramming. Application of design theory and landscape analysis to site design.
Prerequisite(s): LARC*2020
Co-requisite(s): LARC*2100, LARC*2240
LARC*3050 Landscape Architecture I W (2-4) [0.75]
Lectures and projects emphasizing the integration of design theory, skills and knowledge using site scale and urban design projects. Highlighting the use of contemporary history.
Prerequisite(s): LARC*3040
LARC*3060 Landscape Architecture II F (2-4) [0.75]
Application of the landscape architectural design process to conservation, development and rehabilitation of landscapes. Projects at an intermediate scale focusing on biophysical, cultural and visual resources as primary design determinants. Emphasis on secondary research, analysis, program development, alternative concepts and design master planning.
Prerequisite(s): LARC*3050
LARC*3070 Landscape Architecture III F (2-6) [1.00]
Exercises in regional scale design and master 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 land planning, community design, urban design, and public involvement and communication.
Prerequisite(s): LARC*3060
LARC*3320 Principles of Landscape Ecology F (3-0) [0.50]
This course offers an integrated approach to understanding the functioning of landscapes. The emerging theories, concepts and methodologies of landscape science and their application to landscape and environmental management will be discussed.
Co-requisite(s): 1 of BIOL*2060, BIOL*3110, GEOG*2110, LARC*2100
Restriction(s): ENVS*3320
LARC*3430 Landscape Construction I W (2-4) [0.50]
Lectures and studio exercises that integrate construction documentation with design. The technical procedures needed to direct design implementation including layout, grading, utility design, and planting plans.
Prerequisite(s): LARC*2410
LARC*3440 Landscape Construction II F (2-4) [0.75]
Production of construction drawings, documents and cost estimates using computer and manual techniques.
Prerequisite(s): LARC*3430
Co-requisite(s): LARC*3060
LARC*3500 Independent Study S,F,W (0-6) [0.50]
Each student establishes, in consultation with the faculty member chosen, the content of special study within the area of expertise of that instructor.
Prerequisite(s): LARC*3040
LARC*4090 Seminar W (3-0) [0.50]
An integrated overview of professional issues involving practice, ethics, environmental concerns, government policy, research needs and professional responsibilities to society. Emphasis on writing and oral presentations.
Prerequisite(s): LARC*3060
LARC*4510 Honours Thesis F (3-0) [0.50]
Students will select significant problems related to landscape architecture and explore the scholarship related to problem identification and resolution. The aim of the course is to allow students to integrate knowledge and skills acquired in preceding courses and produce a major paper.
Prerequisite(s): LARC*3050, LARC*3440
LARC*4520 Park and Recreation Administration W (3-0) [0.50]
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.)
Prerequisite(s): 1.00 credits at the 2000 level in social sciences or three semesters of the B.L.A. program
LARC*4610 Professional Practice F (3-0) [0.50]
Lectures and assignments dealing with professional ethics, organizations, contract law and procedures, relationships with clients, contractors and professional practitioners, office procedure and professional promotion practices and trends.
Prerequisite(s): LARC*3050
LARC*4620 Internship in Landscape Architecture S,F,W (0-10) [1.00]
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.
Prerequisite(s): LARC*3060, LARC*3440
LARC*4710 Integrative Design Studio W (2-6) [1.00]
In this capstone design studio students integrate the skills and knowledge obtained in previous courses to produce a comprehensive final design project relating to a significant social and environmental problems. Students are encouraged to select problems that require an interdisciplinary approach.
Prerequisite(s): LARC*4510
LARC*4730 Special Study in Landscape Architecture S,F,W (0-4) [0.50]
Supervised independent study involving competitions, special projects, modules, and other formats.
Prerequisite(s): LARC*3050
LARC*4740 Case Studies S,F,W (0-6) [0.50]
Travel and field studies of selected projects as approved by a faculty member. Students are required to submit a project or paper.
Prerequisite(s): LARC*3040
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