Theme course 2024
The aim of the course is to offer specialised knowledge in the subject of body comfort during prolonged outdoor activities and how to control microclimates through landscape design. It is given in collaboration with Akademiska Hus’s development project Activity based outdoor learning environments and will include the construction of one or more prototypes in support of outdoor learning activities at Campus Alnarp.
*Tentative course structure*
Theoretical backdrop: Microclimate and body comfort.
Embodied research: Exposing ourselves to different aspects of the microclimate.
Full scale testing: Using different materials and elements to discover how they interfere with microclimate.
Design proposals: Working individually and in teams to produce proposals for prototype structures in support of outdoor learning activities at Alnarp campus.
Lectures and tutoring by professionals that designs weather protection structures.
Construction of selected prototypes.
After the course the student shall:
Understand how microclimate affects body comfort in different outdoor environments;
Understand how microclimate can be controlled in landscape design;
In cooperation with fellow students and with the aid of professional designers, be able to design an expedient structure that provides body comfort during outdoor learning activities.
The course evaluation is not yet activated
The course evaluation is open between 2024-05-26 and 2024-06-16
Syllabus and other information
LK0431 Theme course 2024, 15.0 CreditsTemakurs 2024
Education cycleMaster’s level
|Theory and field investigations
|Design and construction
Advanced study in the main fieldSecond cycle, has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
Master’s level (A1N)
The grade requirements within the course grading system are set out in specific criteria. These criteria must be available by the course start at the latest.
Prior knowledgeKnowledge equivalent to 120 credits, of which 90 credits in one of the following subjects:
• landscape architecture
• landscape planning
• built environment
• spatial planning
• landscape science
• environmental science
• civil engineering
English 6 or equivalent.
The course aims at theoretical, artistic and/or practical in-depth study of a relevant theme presented by the course management at the start of every course. The flexible nature of the course means that the general learning objectives of the course should be clarified at the start of every course.
After having completed the course, the student should be able to:
- carry out a theoretical, artistic and/or practical in-depth study of a theme
- present the results of the in-depth study of a theme in a convincing way
- reflect on methods, apply theories and results with regard to the actual in-depth study of the theme.
This course oversees occasional projects and studies that can contribute to diversity and quality in the student’s education. The theme can consist of an applied practical task or a research-related issue. Another area suitable as a theme is participation in architecture competitions. The students, in consultation with course management, are given major responsibility for the design and content of the course. The in-depth study of the theme can be carried out individually or in groups. Within the course, quality, theory/reflection, reporting and presentation are emphasised.
The course comprises in-depth studies of relevant themes. These studies are either group work or individual tasks, and may sometimes be scheduled, in which case they usually are compulsory. This is explained in detail when the course starts.
The course focuses on the following general competencies: creative thinking, critical thinking, problem solving, oral and written communication, ability to work autonomously.
Grading formThe grade requirements within the course grading system are set out in specific criteria. These criteria must be available by the course start at the latest.
Formats and requirements for examination
Approved in-depth study of a relevant theme. Approved reporting of the in-depth study of a relevant theme. Approved participation in compulsory elements.
If a student has failed an examination, the examiner has the right to issue supplementary assignments. This applies if it is possible and there are grounds to do so.
The examiner can provide an adapted assessment to students entitled to study support for students with disabilities following a decision by the university. Examiners may also issue an adapted examination or provide an alternative way for the students to take the exam.
If this syllabus is withdrawn, SLU may introduce transitional provisions for examining students admitted based on this syllabus and who have not yet passed the course.
For the assessment of an independent project (degree project), the examiner may also allow a student to add supplemental information after the deadline for submission. Read more in the Education Planning and Administration Handbook.
The right to participate in teaching and/or supervision only applies for the course instance the student was admitted to and registered on.
If there are special reasons, students are entitled to participate in components with compulsory attendance when the course is given again. Read more in the Education Planning and Administration Handbook.
Additional informationCourses in Landscape Planning from SLU counts as Landscape Architecture when assessing qualifications.
Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management
Brown, R. (2010). Design with microclimate the secret to comfortable outdoor spaces. Washington: Island Press.
Available on-line from SLU University Library.
Aditional literature will be provided at the start of the course.