LA 250 Introduction to Landscape Architecture

Affiliation

Name: Doug Hadley
SCID: College of Agricultural & Life Science
Department: Natural Resources – Landscape Architecture
Course Name: LA 250 Introduction to Landscape ArchitectureCourse Objectives:
CO1: Describe the breadth and depth of the profession of landscape architecture and demonstrate the influence of landscape design on human health and welfare, and on both cultural and natural ecosystems
CO2: Use the landscape design process to create and/or evaluate a simple three-dimensional design for a small outdoor site, considering both softscape and hardscape elements and aesthetic and sustainable design principles
CO3: Identify, describe, and compare the contributions of historic and contemporary people and ideas in shaping the past and present vernacular and designed cultural and natural landscapesCourse Units:
CU1: The Landscape Architecture Design Process
CU2: Landscape Architecture Design History
CU3: The Profession of Landscape Architecture

Unit Objectives:
UO1: List and explain the six steps of the Landscape Architecture Design Process
UO2: Explain the non-linear and iterative nature of the Landscape Architecture Design Process
UO3: Apply the Landscape Architecture Design Process to solve a design problem

Activity One

Activity: Online Video Lectures on the design process and foundational readings
Description: Online lectures and readings that explain the steps and sub-steps of the Landscape Architecture Design Process
Modality: Online lectures and readings will be available on-line via a CMS.
Activity Sequence: Pre-class
Required Knowledge: NA (this is providing foundational knowledge to advance subsequent activities)
Time on Task: 3-4 hours
Objectives Supported: UO1: List and explain the six steps of the Landscape Architecture Design Process UO2: Explain the non-linear and iterative nature of the Landscape Architecture Design Process
Horton Type: Absorb
Bloom’s Level: Remember
Evidence: In-Class Discussion of topics related to videos and readings
Pedagogical Role: Foundational knowledge
Social Role: NA
Managerial Role: NA
Technical Role: Instructor created video which explains how to use the CMS and how to access the online lectures and readings. A direct link to the video will be emailed to students prior to the first day of classes and available on the CMS. Provide links to CMS tutorials on Lynda.com or provided by UW organizations such as DoIT and DCS.

Activity Two

Activity: In-Class Discussion
Description: Students will have been given discussion questions prior to watching the video lectures in Activity 1. Questions will be both emailed to students and available on the course CMS one week prior to the discussion. They will come to class prepared to discuss the questions.
Modality: In class – classroom with moveable tables and chairs for large and small group discussions and hands-on activities
Activity Sequence: In class
Required Knowledg: Knowledge of the Landscape Architecture Design Process as presented in online videos and readings
Time on Task: 15 minutes
Objectives Supported: UO1: List and explain the six steps of the Landscape Architecture Design Process. UO2: Explain the non-linear and iterative nature of the Landscape Architecture Design Process
Horton Type: Absorb
Bloom’s Level: Understand/Explain
Evidence: Direct observation by instructor of students input on discussion as well as a post discussion activity listed below as Activity 3
Pedagogical Role: Create in class forum for discussing concepts as outlined in the discussion questions previously made available to the students
Social Role: Provide a document which explains discussion expectations and ground rule during in-class discussions. Discuss the expectations during the first class meeting and revisit as needed. Encourage students to volunteer answers/points of view. Encourage other students to respond directly to answers/points of view. Suggest that there may be alternative valid points of view and solicit responses. Ask students that regularly participate to hold off to give other people a chance if necessary. Occasionally solicit responses from specific individuals to encourage them to participate. Allow students that are critically shy to submit written answers to discussion questions.
Managerial Role: Provide a document or instructor created online-video which explains discussion expectations and ground rules for in-class discussions.
Technical Role: Provide a document or instructor created online-video which explains discussion expectations and ground rules for in-class discussions.

Activity Three

Activity:Post discussion knowledge check
Description:Students will be asked to identify questions/concerns about topics that need further clarification. Anything that needs further clarification will be discussed before moving onto to Activity 4 discussed below.
Modality: In class – classroom with moveable tables and chairs for large and small group discussions and hands-on activities
Activity Sequence: In class
Required Knowledge: Knowledge of the Landscape Architecture Design Process as presented in online videos and readings and as discussed during in-class meeting. It is important to do this check before Activity 4 described below to ensure are prepared to apply the Landscape Architecture Design Process to solve a design problem.
Time on Task: 5 minutes
Objectives Supported: UO1: List and explain the six steps of the Landscape Architecture Design Process. UO2: Explain the non-linear and iterative nature of the Landscape Architecture Design Process
Horton Type: Absorb/Do
Bloom’s Level: Understand/Explain
Evidence: Discussion of questions/concerns brought up by students.
Pedagogical Role: Assessment
Social Role: NA
Managerial Role: Facilitate summary discussion
Technical Role: Low tech – provide note cards or paper

Activity Four

Activity: In Class Design process activity
Description: Students will be work in teams of three to apply the steps of the Landscape Architecture Design Process to solve a design problem
Modality: In class – classroom with moveable tables and chairs for large and small group discussions and hands-on activities
Activity Sequence: In-class
Required Knowledge: Knowledge of the Landscape Architecture Design Process as presented in online videos and readings and as discussed during in-class meeting.
Time on Task: 20 minutes
Objectives Supported: UO1: List and explain the six steps of the Landscape Architecture Design Process. UO2: Explain the non-linear and iterative nature of the Landscape Architecture Design Process. UO3: Apply the Landscape Architecture Design Process to solve a design problem
Horton Type: Do
Bloom’s Level: Apply
Evidence: Instructor will visit with each group to evaluate and discuss the groups process and progress. Each group will take a minute to summarize their solutions to the rest of the class as described in Activity 5 below.
Pedagogical Role: Understanding of the Landscape Architecture Design Process and how to apply it practically to a common design problem.
Social Role: Encourage student interaction with each other and course instructor through small group activities and discussion.
Managerial Role: Students will be given specific deliverables for the activity. For example, students will list the 6 steps of the LA Design Process, students will create a design program, students will create an ideal relationship diagrams, etc.
Technical Role: Low tech – provide large newsprint pads and fat sharpie markers for drawing and writing.

Activity Five

Activity: Post Activity presentations/discussion
Description:Student groups will be asked to summarize to the rest of the class how they used the Landscape Architecture Design process to create their design solutions. This is the primary purpose of this activity. Secondarily they will be asked to summarize the major features of their design to the rest of the class which is a less important consideration given that students in this particular course have no previous design training. Students will be asked to comment on/discuss other groups solutions.
Modality: In class – classroom with moveable tables and chairs for large and small group discussions and hands-on activities
Activity Sequence: Post Class
Required Knowledge: Knowledge of the Landscape Architecture Design Process as presented in online videos and readings and as discussed and applied during in-class meeting.
Time on Task: 10 minutes
Objectives Supported: UO1: List and explain the six steps of the Landscape Architecture Design Process. UO2: Explain the non-linear and iterative nature of the Landscape Architecture Design Process. UO3: Apply the Landscape Architecture Design Process to solve a design problem
Horton Type: Do
Bloom’s Level: Knowledge/Remember; Understand/Explain
Evidence: Successful application of the design process as evidenced by students explanation of their create a design solutions.
Pedagogical Role: Assessment
Social Role: Encourage student to student interaction through evaluation of other students’ work.
Managerial Role: Facilitate summary discussion
Technical Role: NA

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