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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - ARC6xxx
Tracking Number - 2343

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Current Status: Denied by SCNS - 2010-07-08
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: College appd 6/10/10; GC Chair approved 7/7/10; SCNS notified 7/8/10; pending approval of UCD prefix from SCNS - 10/28/10. Submit as ARC course; pending completion of course description 9/1/11

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2010-04-23
  2. Department: Urban and Community Design
  3. College: FA
  4. Budget Account Number: 33000
  5. Contact Person: Shannon Bassett
  6. Phone: 9746007
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: ARC
  9. Number: 6xxx
  10. Full Title: Landscape and Ecology as Urbanism
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: C - Class Lecture (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: N
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?:
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum):
  19. Course Online?: C - Face-to-face (0% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: none
  23. Corequisites: none
  24. Course Description: Learning from the landscape is a way of being revolutionary for an architect. (and urban


    Reyner Banham (1971); cited in Ashley Schaffer and Amanda Reeser, Praxis 4 (2002)

    This course will examine landscape and ecology as urbanism as a critica

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Needed for program/concentration/certificate change
  26. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service? The need is for learning how to develop more sustainable landscapes at the scale of urbanism and through the filter of ecological preservation
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) Architect; Lannscape architect with experience in issues pertaining to both the natural abd built environment; Enviromrntal scientist with experienece pertaining to both the built and natural environments
  29. Objectives: To develop awareness and critical understanding of:

    • Contemporary discourses and theories of landscape and ecological urbanism and design

    • Historical precedents and current understandings of the design of the urban environment and

    the potentialities of its symbiotic relationship to landscape and ecology

    •Precedent studies and case studies of urban design within a landscape urbanism

    • Social construction of nature and environment

    • Dialectic relationships between the natural environment and urbanization/the built environment

    • Analytical models informed by the content of the course modules towards applying a landscape

    urbanism approach in urban design.

  30. Learning Outcomes: • The goal of this course is to introduce the student to the built environment as a multifaceted

    integral part of the ecology in which it is situated, as well as to understand how it is affected by

    the ecology that it creates and recreates as it evolves in response to social, biological and

    physical factors.


    • The overarching goal is to cultivate an understanding towards the study of concepts that

    facilitate the construction or reconstruction of built environments that are continuous with the

    ecological systems that support it.

    • This course is intended to give the student the opportunity to employ, at least conceptually,

    these concepts towards a sustainable urban landscape and ecological design.

  31. Major Topics: Landscape urbanism; Lanndscape and ecology as systems;Landscape and ecology as infrastructure in urban design;Analysisi and strategies for application
  32. Textbooks: Reading package from instructor
  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: none
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: Grading for the course will be based on the following criteria:

    • Attendance+ Contributions to In-Class Discussions: 5%

    • Abstract-Theoretical Underpinnings and Framework 10%

    • Mapping project 10%


    • Design Case study 30%

    • Landscape Urbanism analysis and strategies 30%

    • Class Presentation 15%

  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: Students will be required to do three (3) assignments in this course.

    Abstract (Module 1) Students will submit an abstract and statement interest formatted as a

    research hypothesis at the end of this module, framed by the theoretical underpinnings and

    framework of landscape urbanism introduced in the class. 10%

    Mapping Project (Module 2) Students will do a mapping project which situates their project site

    across a spectrum of landscape, ecological and urban scales. 10%

    Design Case study (Module 3)-Students will be required to develop a written analysis of a

    published design project case study, critically evaluating how the application of landscape and

    ecology and urbanism principles were applied to the project. Use the readings and the lectures from

    class to formulate an analytical framework and critical position. 30%

  36. Attendance Policy: Course Attendance at First Class Meeting – Policy for Graduate Students: For structured courses, 6000 and above, the College/Campus Dean will set the first-day class attendance requirement. Check with the College for specific information. This policy is not applicable to courses in the following categories: Educational Outreach, Open University (TV), FEEDS Program, Community Experiential Learning (CEL), Cooperative Education Training, and courses that do not have regularly scheduled meeting days/times (such as, directed reading/research or study, individual research, thesis, dissertation, internship, practica, etc.). Students are responsible for dropping undesired courses in these categories by the 5th day of classes to avoid fee liability and academic penalty. (See USF Regulation – Registration - 4.0101,

    Attendance Policy for the Observance of Religious Days by Students: In accordance with Sections 1006.53 and 1001.74(10)(g) Florida Statutes and Board of Governors Regulation 6C-6.0115, the University of South Florida (University/USF) has established the following policy regarding religious observances: (

    In the event of an emergency, it may be necessary for USF to suspend normal operations. During this time, USF may opt to continue delivery of instruction through methods that include but are not limited to: Blackboard, Elluminate, Skype, and email messaging and/or an alternate schedule. It’s the responsibility of the student to monitor Blackboard site for each class for course specific communication, and the main USF, College, and department websites, emails, and MoBull messages for important general information.

  37. Policy on Make-up Work:
  38. Program This Course Supports: Urban/Community Design
  39. Course Concurrence Information: none

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