LARC40360 Landscape Studio 4 B

Academic Year 2021/2022

This module requires independent thinking, self-directed study and the demonstration of critical skills in spatial design. Students pursue individual projects with the support of academic and professional staff. Design themes and sites are linked to Landscape Research 1 which is taught in the previous trimester, but that is not a prerequisite for study abroad students who come to UCD at the start of the spring trimester, for whom the theme and site can be researched and defined at an initial workshop and/or during the first ten days of the trimester. The student's design theme and a an understanding of the attributes of the selected site are developed in-depth over the trimester and presented by the student at regular intervals. Students are expected to exhibit project planning and time management skills. Students are also expected to clearly state their research question or design theme at all stages and to demonstrate how they are addressing the question or theme as a landscape architect with innovation, ambition and in a way which is intellectually challenging.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of the module students will have demonstrated the ability to:

- Work with established research methods in gathering, analysing and evaluating various forms of landscape related data.
- Consult with relevant experts.
- Assimilate potentially conflicting advice from tutors or assessors.
- Define a working brief for the chosen theme and site.
- Develop a self-defined work method and time management programme for the thesis.
- Develop design proposals in depth at various scales.
- Communicate the findings of the design process in word and graphic form to a critical audience.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Seminar (or Webinar)


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
The module is structured to reflect the design process as practised professionally, with an emphasis on time management, deadlines and assessment by peers and invited experts. Each work stage builds on the findings of the previous work stage so that an in-depth, comprehensive understanding of the research question or design theme is achieved. Students are encouraged to consider their work as practice-based research and to explicate their work using conventional methods such as drawing, model-making, reflective writing, critical thinking, recording of their own verbal presentations and transcription of those recordings, group discussion, peer review and demonstration to external professionals. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

A pass grade in LARC40390 Studio 4A and LARC40420 Landscape Research I

Learning Recommendations:

Successful completion of all core modules in prior stages of the programme.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Presentation: The module is assessed across four to five 'work stages' designed to mimic aspects of the design process as practised professionally. Each work stage is assessed as a presentation on the due date. Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

The module is assessed across typically four to five 'work stages', with each one requiring a verbal presentation as well as the production of various types of drawings and models. Assessment is by a panel of typically three to five tutors and/or invited external landscape architects or other experts. Marks are assigned on the day of the presentation. Feedback is available individually normally within one week of each presentation with the exception of the final presentation. The final presentation typically takes the form of an exhibition on a date agreed with students on the first week after the end of formal teaching. A hard copy bound thesis document and digital copy is also required to be handed in prior to the External Examiner's visit.

Name Role
Mr Luke Byrne Tutor
Dr Karen Foley Tutor
Professor Frieder Luz Tutor
Mr Simon Ronan Tutor
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Studio Offering 1 Week(s) - 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 Fri 09:00 - 12:50
Studio Offering 1 Week(s) - 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 Fri 14:00 - 17:50
Studio Offering 1 Week(s) - 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 Mon 14:00 - 17:50