SGL-11806 Fundamentals of Landscape


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Excursion (one day)28
Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. CR Stoof
Lecturer(s)dr. ir. CR Stoof
R Dijksma
dr. J van Ruijven
dr. T Reimann
dr. J Limpens
Examiner(s)dr. ir. CR Stoof

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Note: This course can not be combined in an individual programme with SGL-23312 Landscape Geography.

The focal point of this course is to understand the relationships between geology, hydrology, soil, vegetation, and land-use. The main focus is on lowlands and the low-lying coasts and river delta of the Netherlands as a typical example of a densely populated urbanized area. We will pay attention to both metropolitan and agricultural regions as well as areas reserved for nature conservation and nature development. We will use an integrated approach taught by a multidisciplinary team.
The course starts with lectures on geology and soil geography; and ecology of plant communities and ecosystems. The theory will be supported by in-depth tutorials and illustrated during three field excursions. All lectures and excursions will be placed in the context of analysis, planning and design of landscapes in the Netherlands and worldwide. Note that this course does *not* cover landscape design and architecture itself, it rather provides the basic fundamental understanding you need in order to develop and design landscapes.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- explain the genesis, history and character of typical lowland landscapes (geology, geomorphology, soils and hydrology);
- understand the fundamentals of water flow (hydrology) in general and more specific in the Dutch landscape;
- explain how species and landscape interact;
- explain the importance of spatial landscape characteristics for biodiverse ecosystems;
- apply multi-disciplinary knowledge from environmental sciences in the context of analyzing and planning landscapes;
- place the Dutch landscape in an international context.


Lectures, tutorials, excursions.

<<< for the three 1-day fieldtrips we strongly advise all students to be dressed appropriately for the weather, including cold-, wind- and water-proof clothing and footwear. If you do not have this, please make sure to borrow or purchase these materials to stay warm and dry. We will be traveling by bus but some of the excursion sites are in open landscapes where it can be pretty cold at this time of year>>>


Examination will be in the form of a written open-book exam in the last week of the course.


Reader, course guide

Restricted Optional for: MLPLandscape Architecture and PlanningMSc4WD