LARC10110 Understanding Landscape I

Academic Year 2023/2024

This 5-credit module helps develop an understanding of issues associated with the landscape. This course is delivered by "face-to-face teaching, supported by online material using the Virtual classroom. Assessment and feedback will be conducted online. The content introduces “landscape” as a concept and analyses its various definitions and meanings. The module considers historic, contemporary and possible future values that society places on its landscape.The physical, biological and cultural aspects of landscape are explored with students introduced to the forces that shape our surroundings and drive change. The module is directed at landscape architects and planners: two disciplines that act as agents of change.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this module students will:
1. Recognise that the term “landscape” carries a multiplicity of meanings and is used by a range of disciplines;
2. Understand the environmental and cultural processes that have shaped the Irish landscape;
3. Be able to consider a particular landscape and identify the environmental forces and cultural activities that have shaped it.
4. Understand why landscape is emerging as an area of interest for environmental policy makers, academics and the general public and why landscape change can be a contentious issue.

Indicative Module Content:

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning


Online Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
For 2023 this module delivered by "face-to-face" teaching, supported by some on-line material. The course will be divided into a series of learning units.
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Class Test: Test includes MCQ and short questions that help assess students understanding of topics discussed throughout the semester Week 11 n/a Graded No


Assignment: Short essay Unspecified n/a Graded Yes


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring Yes - 1 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

General feedback on in-semester assignment will be issued to students in class, with individual feedback issued in writing. Face to face tutorial at the request of the student.

Name Role
Assoc Professor John Fry Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: Weeks 2-12 Thurs 11:00 - 12:50