OLP202 - Ecological Landscape Design

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Subject Title
Ecological Landscape Design

Subject Description
This very comprehensive course begins with an overview of organic horticulutre principles and practices, as well as historical garden design perspectives, including an examination of the role of art, statuary, wildlife, water, and native ecosystems.

The principles of landscape design and how the various elements are used in softscaping and hardscaping will be examined in detail on how to achieve particular esthetics and function. Design terminology and drafting skills will be applied when following the steps of the design process.

Through case studies and project work, the topics of site analysis, hardscape construction and grading, estimating and landscape supplies, drainage and water solutions, site remediation and special needs will be covered. Throughout, presentation skills will be emphasized.

This course partially satisfies the certificate requirements for the Humber College Sustainable Landscape Design Certificate, and the Gaia College Diploma in Organic Land Care. Several professional associations grant Continuing Education Credits for this course (ISA, CNLA, BCSLA, SOUL).

Credit Status
One credit (56 hours) toward the Organic Land Care Professional – Level 2 Program

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. View landscape styles within their historical context
  2. Create ecologically sound landscape designs that also meet the needs of the clients
  3. Follow a structured design process to integrate knowledge from many different faculties
  4. Employ industry standards in the design and specifications for hardscape elements
  5. Create gardens for clients with special needs
  6. Produce design estimates and contracts.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.


Topic Outline
Module 1:  History of Landscape Design
Module 2:  Landscape Elements
Module 3:  Design Process
Module 4:  Site Analysis
Module 5:  Design Approaches
Module 6:  Functional Space
Module 7:  The Art of Design
Module 8:  Native Ecosystems
Module 9:  Hardscape Construction & Grading
Module 10:  Water Solutions & Drainage
Module 11:  Special Needs
Module 12:  Site Remediation
Module 13:  Estimating & Contracts

Mode of Instruction
This course will be delivered via the internet. This involves the use of purchasing the student version of the SketchUp Pro software (~$50) and the required text. Provided are the online materials, group discussions and consultation with your instructor via the online course platform. Students will be responsible for completing all online activities and participating in group discussions and working online, assigned readings, quizzes, assignments, as required.

Prescribed Texts

Reference Material
Recommended (for hand-drawn graphics only): Landscape Graphics, Whitney Library of Design, New York, Reid, Grant W. ISBN: 0-8230-7333-5, 2002 Edition

Recommended: Planting in a Post-Wild World, Timber Press. Portland, Oregon, Thomas Rainer and Claudia West, ISBN: 978-1-60469-553-3, 2015

Required Supplies

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation

  • Assignments are due at the beginning of the class on which they are due.
  • A late penalty of 10% per day is assessed for late assignments, including those not handed in at the beginning of class when due.
  • Material will not be accepted after one week following the due date and/or when the marked material is returned to students, whichever comes first.
  • Assignments are to be prepared by computer.

Absenteeism and Exams/Tests
  • Students should be aware that absenteeism almost guarantees an inability to achieve satisfactory grades.
  • Students who are absent for an examination due to an emergency (e.g., motor vehicle accident, hospitalization or death in the family) may provide official documentation within five days of the missed exam and be provided a deferred exam at a later date.  Official documentation includes a death notice or an original doctor’s certificate identifying the date, length of time expected absence and the specific reason for the absence.  Examinations missed without official documentation and approval result in a grade of zero.
  • There are no deferred options for missed tests.  The value of missed tests, at the discretion of the Faculty, will be added to other evaluation components.

English Proficiency
  • All written work should demonstrate the following characteristics for clarity and conciseness:
-writing is consistent with the rules of English grammar
-spelling and punctuation are correct
-sentences are structured correctly
-main ideas are supported with specific, relevant examples and reasons
-work flows logically through supporting statements/paragraphs
-work is arranged in correct format (e.g., as a report, essay)
-up to 10% of the final grade may be deducted on all work if the above English competencies are not met.

Format for Assignments
  • Students must use the standard, APA style for quoting sources.   Help is available at:  http://library.senecacollege.ca

Grading is based on the following marking scheme:

Assignments and Grading

Detailed assignment pages will be available for each assignment.

Discussion Board Commentaries and Responses (4) 17%
Written & Graphic Assignments (5)  80%
Post-Assessment  3%
A passing grade in this course requires a total of 100% for all tests (multiple attempts are encouraged) and a minimum of 75% for the total written assignments and a minimum of 75% for the discussion participation.  A certificate of completion with a final grading of Excellent (over 90%) or Satisfactory (75 – 89%) will be awarded when the minimum passing grade has been achieved. Below passing grade of 75% constitutes a failing grade (Unsatisfactory).

All the academic policies of the College at which you registered apply. This includes, but is not limited to policies related to grading, supplemental exams, deferred exams and accommodations.


Approved by: Denis Gravelle