Studying online

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Unit Overview


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 learn through mentorship within the profession.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face

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) major assignment; and (3) group assignment. 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)
Rosie Halsmith
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).
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).
Contact hours
lecture and seminar: 2 hours per week for 12 weeks (in preparation for these seminars students are required each week to do 1-2 hours prior study of resources which is available on the Learning Management System)

Refer to the unit outline.

  • 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.