This course will guide the student through the naturalization process beginning with an introduction to environmental thought and associated issues. It continues with a brief overview of the history of land use, abuse and recovery, as well as human values and perceptions regarding nature, in order to enhance an understanding of our behaviour toward it today. The course will explore the rationale of naturalization and describe the principles of landscape ecology and native plant communities while considering both rural and urban ecosystems, pristine nature, and landscapes altered by humans.
Landscape practitioners wishing to gain an understanding of design and maintenance techniques relevant to a sustainable approach to landscapes.
Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
- Explore issues contributing to sustainability
- Describe the terminology associated with such landscapes and to be able to discern between scientific or technical terminology and commonly misused terms
- Develop an understanding of the functional and ecological contribution of native and non-native plants and plant communities to the contemporary landscape
- Explore the history of land use in order to begin to better understand our relationship with nature
- Identify landscape ecology principles relevant to naturalized landscapes
- Describe the process surrounding establishing a naturalized landscape
- Demonstrate an understanding and integration of the concepts covered in the course through the completion of the final project
- Outline how to approach a naturalization design problem using practical and logical processes that ensures all factors contributing to successful design have
Module 1: Course Introduction
Module 2: The Language of Naturalization – Key terms
Module 3: Landscape and Environmental History
Module 4: Benefits and Limitations of a Naturalized Landscape
Module 5: Approaches to Naturalization
Module 6: Case Studies
Module 7: Landscape Ecology: A Brief Overview
Module 8: Landscape Ecology Principles
Module 9: Encouragement and Impediments to Naturalized Landscapes
Module 10: Site Planning for Naturalization
Module 11: Design and Implementation
Module 12: Challenges, Limitations and Lessons – The Future
This course is a required core course within the Sustainable Landscapes Certificate.
|Mini-Reports (2)||20% (10% each)|
|Assignment(2)||50% (10% and 40%)|
*Grading scheme is subject to change.
Applies Towards the Following Certificates
- Sustainable Landscapes Certificate : Required Courses