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Course Description

Examine the properties, uses, and design implications of landscape construction materials. Gain in-depth knowledge of the characteristics, methods of installation, and resulting maintenance requirements of choosing particular materials in your landscape plans. Site function, durability, the intended use of features on site, and associated construction costs will be explored. Ecological goals such as water infiltration and habitat value will also be discussed and incorporated into plans. You will have an opportunity to refine your graphic skills and demonstrate your new understanding of construction practices.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify construction practices that connect design goals to proper landscape construction techniques
  • Identify common building and structural materials
  • Assist in developing material estimates and equipment lists through the creation of landscape details and providing proper quotes through industry standards
  • Explain how topography and contours influence and effect landscape construction and outdoor environments
  • Prepare cost estimates and explain how to monitor project costs and progress
  • Research zoning and other legislative and by-law requirements related to the development of a site
  • Explain how to employ environmentally responsible practices in the site development process

Course Topics

  • Documents Used in Landscape Construction
  • Creating Landscape Details and Construction Plans
  • Tools, Machines and Equipment
  • Paving Materials in the Landscape
  • Grading: Reading a Plan and Calculating Slopes
  • Using Grading to Your Advantage
  • Retaining Walls and Water Features
  • Fences and Decks
  • Garden Structures
  • Installing Plant Material
  • Environmental Practices in the Landscape
  • Estimating and Costing for Construction Projects

Additional Requirements

  • This course is intended for adult learners who are at least 18 years of age.
  • There are no prerequisites for this course.
  • You can expect to spend 8 to 12 hours per week to complete the course content, readings, activities, discussions and assignments.
  • It is recommended but not required that you have previous knowledge or experience in landscape design (e.g., completion of the Landscape Design I or II courses).

This course is a required course in the Landscape Design Certificate/Diploma.

Do not enrol in this course if you have successfully completed Introduction to Landscape Construction (310-0023).


Assessment Item Weight
Discussions, weekly 15%
Quizzes (3) 15%
Assignment 1 10%
Assignment 2 20%
Assignment 3 30%
Assignment 4 10%
Total 100%

Please note that the course assessment is subject to change.

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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Landscape Construction
September 09, 2024 to December 01, 2024
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Course Materials

Students will require the following materials for the course.

  1. Paper (bond, vellum, or trace), 8.5 x 11 format
  2. Imperial or Metric scales for drawing details
  3. A straight edge e.g., ruler or right angle set square, for line drawing
  4. Right angle square set
  5. Measuring tape - metric or imperial
  6. Use of a camera or phone with photo capabilities
  7. Ability to scan documents into PDF's if producing hand drawings
  8. Ability to print documents for assignments

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There are no textbooks required for this course.

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