CCOG for HOR 290 Summer 2024

Course Number:
HOR 290
Course Title:
Introduction to Landscape Design
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Course Description

Covers basic steps and elements used in landscape design. Establishes specific design criteria, field measurements and basic drawing techniques required in production of finished design. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

Students will, through a combination of field and drafting labs, complete a site plan, site analysis, and landscape plan. 

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students should be able to:

  1. Draft a site plan.
  2. Draw a site analysis.
  3. Draw a concept plan.
  4. Draft a landscape master plan from an initial client visit using the established steps.

Course Activities and Design

The Instructor prepares hands-on labs before class (e.g. finding a project site, preparing design and drafting exercises). During the lab period, the Instructor teaches landscape design and drafting skills through active demonstrations in real time. Students then work on and complete design projects (e.g. bubble diagrams, form compositions, concept plans, planting plans) with the Instructor's guidance and receive verbal feedback and critique as they work. The designs are submitted and the Instructor evaluates the work outside of class time - providing a score and written feedback on technical accuracy, design skill and professionalism.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

This is a pass/no-pass course. A passing grade will require completion of assigned projects and a 70% or higher score on the midterm and final exams. Passing level on the projects will be at a level commensurate with 70% completion of the requirements of the project. Evaluation will be based on the following:

  1. Written mid-term and final exams.
  2. Completion of the following drawing projects: site plan, site analysis, concept plan, master plan.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  1. Landscape Style
  2. Principles of Landscape Design
  3. Basic Landscape Drafting
  4. Landscape Design Process
  5. Landscape Construction and Installation Process