Landscape Documentation (9983.2)
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|Discipline Of Built Environment And Design||Level 3 - Undergraduate Advanced Unit|| Band 2 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Band 3 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
Learning outcomesOn successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
1. Produce a set of documentation drawings for a landscape architecture project;
2. Interpret a basic construction contract; and
3. Understand the contractual relationship between consultants, clients and contractors.
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - display initiative and drive, and use their organisation skills to plan and manage their workload
2. UC graduates are global citizens - make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas
This unit synthesises the technical skills and knowledge required to become a graduate Landscape Architect. Students are introduced to the contractual and legal obligations of documentation and contract administration. Students learn how to produce a documentation package that forms the basis of a landscape construction contract.
On completion of this unit, students will be able to:
- produce a set of documentation drawings for a small landscape architecture project;
- interpret a basic construction contract; and
- understand the contractual relationship between consultants, clients and contractors.
Prerequisites8972 The Three Dimensional Landscape
Incompatible units8276 Landscape Technology 3.2 8963 Landscape Documentation
Assumed knowledgeBasic CAD
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There are no required text books for this unit of study. Recommended basic reference books are:
- Thomas, G.S. 1999, Landscape Construction Notes, RAIA (now AIA), Melbourne
All the important information about landscape construction. This would be our textbook if it wasn't so expensive. Available through AIA.
- Holden, R. & Liversedge, J. 2011, Construction for Landscape Architecture, Laurence King Publishing Ltd, London
Very relevant publication that combines written descriptions of materials and construction methods with details and photos. Plenty of information that is easy to understand.
- Wyatt, K.J. & Hough, R. 2003, Principles of Structures (4th ed.) UNSW Press, Kensington
The standard textbook for building and engineering structures.Comprehensive with lots of maths, but easy to follow and with plenty of diagrams.The Appendix on Statics is particularly relevant.
For WSUD, urban water, stormwater management and other water-related topics:
- Department of Land and Water Conservation, 1998, The Constructed Wetlands Manual, DLWC, New South Wales
- Melbourne Water et al, 1999, Urban Stormwater: Best Practice Environmental Management Guidelines, CSIRO Publishing, Collingwood
The following references are a sample of the enormous range of information available for construction, documentation, and related topics. Those in bold are the most relevant. If required, additional specialist references are included as part of the information supplied for specific topics.
- Australian Building Codes Board, latest date, Building Code of Australia, Standards Australia
The standard requirements for all building works in Australia.
- Birkeland, J. 2002, Design for Sustainability, Earthscan Publications Ltd, Sterling, VA
Useful book addressing aspects of environmental design and construction. Comprehensive bibliographies for each chapter and a comprehensive glossary of terms.
- BlueScope Steel, latest date, Lysaght Referee, BlueScope Steel Limited
The bible in regard to steel materials, with tables, pictures, details, everything.
- Chudley, R. & Greeno, R. 2010 (8th ed.), Building Construction Handbook, Elsevier Ltd, Oxford, United Kingdom
Comprehensive, common-sense textbook, in metric, that covers building, siteworks & services from a builder's perspective. Missing landscape!
- Clark, R. 1996, Specifying Trees, NATSPEC, Sydney
This is the definitive book for specifying quality trees.
- CSIRO, 1992, Commentary on the Building Code of Australia (2nd ed.), CSIRO Division of Building, Construction and Engineering.
An explanation of the BCA for specific areas that relate to access.
- Graham, P. 2003, Building Ecology, Blackwell, Oxford
An excellent book about environmentally-appropriate material selection and use.
- Landphair, H.C. & Klatt, F. 1998, Landscape Architecture Construction, (3rd ed.) Prentice Hall
It's in imperial measure, not metric. Otherwise it contains lots of useful information about all forms of construction and lots of details.
- Margolis, L. & Robinson, A. 2007, Living Systems, Birkhauser Verlag AG, Basel, Switzerland
A series of project descriptions, including photos and diagrams to show innovative construction techniques.
- Morrish, W.R. 2010, Civilizing Terrains, William Stout Publishers, San Francisco, CA
A theoretical basis for interpreting landform and topography. Not how-to-do-it, but inspirational.
- Natspec, NATSPEC Basic Reference, Suppliers Index, Sydney
The standard Australian building specification, particularly relevant for architects.
- OTEN, 1981, Standard Drawing Symbols Abbreviations, Graphical Representation, TAFE NSW, Sydney
The standard textbook for architectural drafting, and other courses, at TAFE. All the standard graphic symbols and terms are here.
- Outdoor Design Source, Universal Magazines, Sydney (also see www.outdoordesign.com.au)
Information about the suppliers of all materials used in landscape works, as well as lists of consultants.
- Petschek, P. 2008, Grading for Landscape Architects and Architects, Birkhauser Verlag AG, Basel, Switzerland
Covers the ‘how to grade' technical aspects of grading a site, in metric, as well as information on stabilising grades and construction site information about grading.
- Rubenstein, H.M. 1996, A Guide to Site Planning and Landscape Construction, John Wiley & Sons Inc, NY.
Part 2 covers site engineering and landscape construction detailing – excellent, but imperial measure, not metric.
- Ryan, T.R, Allen, E. & Rand, P.J. 2011, Detailing for Landscape Architects, (ed.1) Wiley, Hoboken, NJ
A comprehensive explanation of detailing, in particular in regard to function, constructability, and aesthetics. Includes plenty of graphics.
- Strom, S, Nathan, K. & Woland, J. 2009, Site Engineering for Landscape Architects, John Wiley & Sons Inc, NJ.
A comprehensive and complete textbook for grading. Unfortunately it is in imperial measure, not metric.
- Thompson, J.W. & Sorvig, K. 2008, Sustainable Landscape Construction, (2nd ed.) Island Press, Washington, DC.
An excellent link between design and construction with plenty of illustrative material.
- Vernon, S. Tennant, R. & Garmory, N. 2009, Landscape Architect's Pocket Book, Architectural Press, Oxford, UK
Lots of useful information, in metric. British Standards referred to throughout, but assume they are very similar to Australian Standards.
There are very many websites relevant to this unit of study. The following websites contain useful information and most also include links to other relevant websites. You are encouraged to explore on-line information, and if you find any new sites that are particularly useful or interesting, please pass on the information to me to send on to the class.
- http://www.environment.act.gov.au/ (Environment and Planning Directorate)
The NSW State and ACT government portal to everything about the environment, energy, waste and many other areas that are relevant to this unit of study.
A range of European examples of landscape architectural detailing. Interesting.
Quite simple, but clearly laid out explanation of landscape construction methods, with details.
One local government's explanation of its landscape requirements and design/documentation expectations.
An interesting website demonstrating how to incorporate water retention, recirculation and management systems in small landscape projects.
There are also many websites, particularly from materials suppliers, that cover the range of landscape materials and construction methods for which their materials are used. Be cautious with their use because they are often aimed at householders and not professionals, so their advice is often overly simple and sometimes wrong. However, you can rely on websites from professional industry bodies where their information is carefully and extensively verified. Most importantly, please only use websites that are based in Australia, and refer to Australian materials and techniques in your work.
One of the best sources of information about construction is to observe construction and materials used in landscape projects. This is a continuing process throughout your working career, so this unit of study introduces students to this process. Collect photos and examples whenever you can.
Submission of assessment items
Extensions & Late submissions
Submission of assessment items
All assessment items will be submitted online via the unit Canvas site. For the DETAILS and WORKING DRAWINGS / SPECIFICATION assignments, hardcopy submissions will be marked and pdf versions of these submissions will be submitted online via Canvas. This will be discussed in class. The submission time for the hardcopy submissions is during the class session timetabled for the date specified for submission of that assignment.
Students have a responsibility to uphold University standards on ethical scholarship. Good scholarship involves building on the work of others and use of others' work must be acknowledged with proper attribution made. Cheating, plagiarism, and falsification of data are dishonest practices that contravene academic values. Refer to the University's Student Charter for more information.
To enhance understanding of academic integrity, all students are expected to complete the Academic Integrity Module (AIM) at least once during their course of study. You can access this module within UCLearn (Canvas) through the 'Academic Integrity and Avoiding Plagiarism' link in the Study Help site.
Use of Text-Matching Software
The University of Canberra uses text-matching software to help students and staff reduce plagiarism and improve understanding of academic integrity. The software matches submitted text in student assignments against material from various sources: the internet, published books and journals, and previously submitted student texts.
This unit has a 3 hour class on-campus each week for 7+5=12 weeks. This means that the average workload out of class each week is 9.5 hours. Please use the time productively.
Refer to the UC Student Charter. Also, each student is expected to:
- Attend every class for the full time;
- Contribute to the class in a professional manner;
- Bring all current work forming part of the unit of study;
- Not engage in activities other than those directly associated the class while in the class;
- Comply with the assessment submission requirements; and
- As a courtesy and to ensure academic progress, notify any absences from class to the Unit Convenor.
Required IT skills
This unit of study has a pre-requisite of 8972 The Three Dimension Landscape, which has stated assumed knowledge of CAD skills. These skills are required for this unit of study.
While there is no formal requirement for students to have their own computer (as the university computers located in computer labs 7C18A and B have the required software installed) it is highly advantageous for students to have one.
Work placement, internships or practicums