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Unit Overview


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.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Landscape Architecture major sequence
  • Level 2 option in the Environmental Geography and Planning major sequence
  • Level 2 elective

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 real 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 to a real context.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) plant tests A and B and visual diary and (2) site based plant palette. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Christina Nicholson
Unit rules
Successful completion of
Unit(s) LACH1000 Landscape Groundings Studio
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.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.