LACH2050 Plants and Landscape Systems

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Landscape Architecture major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Design and Creative Arts
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 2 elective
Building on the foundations of Level 1 design studio and technical studies, this unit deepens the understanding of plants and ecology and the use of plants as a living material in landscape architectural design. It investigates the role of plants in the dynamic contexts of landscape systems, cultural landscapes, designed landscapes and landscape management. This unit emphasises Western Australia's unique biodiversity, sustainable design and the dynamic context in which plants can thrive.
Students are able to (1) visually identify plants suitable for the Perth region; (2) describe in words and drawings plants suitable for the Perth region; (3) critically analyse the geography of a site to determine the site characteristics important for plant selection
; and (4) develop appropriate plant selections on the basis of environmental, cultural, historical and design factors.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) plant tests A and B and (2) site based plant palette. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Christina Nicholson
Unit rules
ARLA1000 Design Studio—Groundings (formerly LACH1000 Landscape Architecture Studio—Groundings)
one of the following: BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology, EART1104 Discovering Earth (formerly Introduction to Geology), EART1105 The Dynamic Planet, SCIE1104 Science, Society and Data Analysis
Contact hours
Up to 4 hours per week (lectures, fieldwork and workshops)
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available via the Booktopia Textbook Finder, which has the functionality to search by course code, course, ISBN and title, and may also be posted or available at the appropriate school's administrative offices. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.