LARC10120 Plants&Landscape Architecture

Academic Year 2023/2024

Plant knowledge and the ability to select and incorporate plants into the design process is fundamental to landscape architecture practice. This module provides an introduction to a range of topics related to plants and planting design. Via site visits, students are brought into contact with a range of designed landscapes and given an overview of plant categories, plant classification and basic botanical principles to assist in plant identification. Students are introduced to the basic horticultural practices as well as ecological issues relating to planting design and the implementation of planting schemes. This module includes regular plant identification tests.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this module students will be;
1. Familiar with the main planting categories used by landscape architects in the planning, design and management of landscape projects.
2. Have the basic tools to help them identify the main plants groups used in practice.
3. Understand how landscape architects engage with plants from the site survey stage through to design implementation.
4. Appreciate the role trees and plants play in carbon sequestration, phytoremediation and improvement of the public realm.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours




Field Trip/External Visits


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
This module is delivered via talks and seminars, along with regular walks to record and observe.
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: < In semester exam that covers module theory Description > Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Practical Examination: 3 no plant identification tests during the semester Unspecified n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Assignment: 4 assignments: module journal; plant workbook; poster and horticultural workbook Unspecified n/a Graded Yes


Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
In-Module Resit Prior to relevant Programme Exam Board
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Provisional grades issued to the class during the semester by VLE and out of class For two of the assignments )Module journal and plant workbook) individual feedback is given to students of work -in-progress by VLE and email

Name Role
Ms Angela Hayles Tutor
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 Tues 11:00 - 12:50