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Additional course evaluations for LK0274

Academic year 2021/2022

Healthcare gardens (LK0274-10161) 2021-08-30 - 2021-11-01

Academic year 2020/2021

Healthcare gardens (LK0274-10143) 2020-08-31 - 2020-11-01

Academic year 2019/2020

Healthcare gardens (LK0274-10226) 2019-09-02 - 2019-10-31

Academic year 2018/2019

Healthcare gardens (LK0274-10063) 2018-09-03 - 2018-11-05

Academic year 2017/2018

Healthcare gardens (LK0274-10125) 2017-08-28 - 2017-10-30

Academic year 2016/2017

Healthcare gardens (LK0274-10113) 2016-08-29 - 2016-10-31

LK0274 Healthcare gardens, 15.0 Credits


Syllabus approved



Landscape Architecture Horticultural science

Education cycle

Bachelor’s level

Advanced study in the main field

First cycle, at least 60 credits from first-cycle courses as entry requirements(G2F)

Grading scale

5:Pass with Distinction, 4:Pass with Credit, 3:Pass, U:Fail The requirements for attaining different grades are described in the course assessment criteria which are contained in a supplement to the course syllabus. Current information on assessment criteria shall be made available at the start of the course.



Prior knowledge

Knowledge equivalent to 60 credits in Landscape Architecture or 60 credits in Horticultural Science.


The course intends to give an introduction to research about health promotion environments and basic knowledge within garden design that focuses special target groups’ different needs and preferences.
On completion of the course, the student should be able to:
- account for the concept of gardens in healthcare and give examples of what healthcare gardens could contain and how they could be used
- compile knowledge that is relevant to specific target groups’ interaction with the outdoor environment
- draw conclusions about different target groups’ interaction with the outdoor environment
- describe qualities and weaknesses in existing outdoor environments based on different target groups’ varying needs
- give appropriate proposals for contents and design of healthcare gardens
- communicate practical and theoretical knowledge of the field to professionals and laymen


The course comprise two parts. The first part consists of an overview of basic concepts and literature relating to healthcare gardens and different target groups’ needs in the outdoor environment, for example children, older persons, ill or disabled individuals. The students conduct literature reviews on the special needs, behaviours and properties that characterise different target groups. Further , the students get to know and use different methods for site analyses with relevance for healthcare gardens. In the second part, the knowledge from the literature reviews are used to draw conclusions about different target groups’ interaction with outdoor environment. The advantages and disadvantages of different environments are discussed in relation to the different target groups’ specific needs to lead to appropriate proposals for contents and design of healthcare gardens.
The course contains lectures, workshops, practical assignments (compulsory), seminars (compulsory) and study visits (compulsory).

Formats and requirements for examination

Attendance and active participation in compulsory components.
Passed written practical assignments including critical review and oral presentation.
  • If the student fails a test, the examiner may give the student a supplementary assignment, provided this is possible and there is reason to do so.
  • If the student has been granted special educational support because of a disability, the examiner has the right to offer the student an adapted test, or provide an alternative assessment.
  • If changes are made to this course syllabus, or if the course is closed, SLU shall decide on transitional rules for examination of students admitted under this syllabus but who have not yet passed the course.
  • For the examination of a degree project (independent project), the examiner may also allow the student to add supplemental information after the deadline. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Other information

  • The right to take part in teaching and/or supervision only applies to the course date to which the student has been admitted and registered on.
  • If there are special reasons, the student may take part in course components that require compulsory attendance at a later date. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Responsible department

Department of People and Society

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom landskap och trädgård (PN - LT)
There are no Grading criteria posted for this course

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: Horticultural Management Programme - Garden Design, Bachelor´s Programme Horticultural Management - Gardening and Horticultural Production, Bachelor´s Programme Cycle: Bachelor’s level
Subject: Landscape Architecture Horticultural science
Course code: LK0274 Application code: SLU-10003 Location: Alnarp Distance course: No Language: Swedish Responsible department: Department of People and Society Pace: 100%