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Course Description

Colourful gardens on either side of a gravel pathway

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.

Designed For

Landscape practitioners wishing to gain an understanding of design and maintenance techniques relevant to a sustainable approach to landscapes.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the learner should be able to:

  1. Explore issues contributing to sustainability;
  2. Describe the terminology associated with such landscapes and to be able to discern between scientific or technical terminology and commonly misused terms;
  3. Develop an understanding of the functional and ecological contribution of native and non-native plants and plant communities to the contemporary landscape;
  4. Explore the history of land use in order to begin to better understand our relationship with nature;
  5. Identify landscape ecology principles relevant to naturalized landscapes;
  6. Describe the process surrounding establishing a naturalized landscape;
  7. Demonstrate an understanding and integration of the concepts covered in the course through the completion of the final project; and
  8. Outline how to approach a naturalization design problem using practical and logical processes that ensures all factors contributing to successful design have.

Course Topics

  • The Language of Naturalization – Key terms
  • Landscape and Environmental History
  • Benefits and Limitations of a Naturalized Landscape
  • Approaches to Naturalization
  • Landscape Ecology: Overview and Principles
  • Encouragement and Impediments to Naturalized Landscapes
  • Site Planning for Naturalization
  • Design and Implementation
  • Challenges, Limitations and Lessons

Assessment

Assessment Item Weight
Discussions (6 x 5%) 30%
Mini-Reports (2 x 10%) 20%
Web Searching Assignment - Ecological Principles 10%
Case Study 40%
Total 100%

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

*Course details are subject to change.

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