LACH5460 Landscape Professional Practice

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Online-TT
This unit focuses on the overall practice of landscape architecture in the workplace. It enables students to develop some familiarity with the day-to-day procedures of a professional practice and to gain a basic understanding of the operational context of practice. The unit examines how landscape architectural offices are organised and run and how projects are procured and managed including procedures for bidding, contract formulation, documentation and contract administration through to 'final completion'. The roles and responsibilities of the professional bodies responsible for and affiliated with the practice of landscape architecture are also investigated. Where possible, students are provided with opportunities to explore further mentorship and possible work experience and/or employment within the profession.
Students are able to (1) develop an understanding of professional ethics; (2) develop an understanding of the general procedures of landscape architectural practice including familiarity with the production and realisation of designed and managed landscapes; (3) develop a basic understanding of office management, contracts and the legal responsibilities and obligations required for the practice of landscape architecture in Australia; (4) develop an understanding of the institutional context that governs the practice of landscape architecture in Australia including national, regional and local planning policy and procedures; (5) become familiar with alternative modes of professional practice applicable to office management structures, staff expertise and procurement, project delivery and research and development practices; and (6) gain experience in the formulation and management of project design teams, project research and professional presentations.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) minor assignment; (2) presentation; (3) report; and (4) in-class test. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Christina Nicholson
Incidental fees
Incidental student fees and charges are costs incurred by students as part of their studies at UWA that are in addition to their tuition fees (further information is available here or contact your Faculty Office).
Participation in this unit will incur the following incidental fee(s):
(1) Field trips within the metropolitan area, travel and food only (estimated cost - $10-$50)
(2) Field trips outside the metropolitan area (estimated cost - $50-$250)
(3) Interstate field trips (estimated cost - $500-$900)
(4) Overseas field trips (estimated cost - $2000-$5000).
Contact hours
lectures/seminars and tutorials/workshops: 48 hours in total
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]

Refer to the unit outline.

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