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Introduction to landscape architecture, geology and hydrology

The course consists of two parts where one part introduces the students to the landscape architecture profession and education, and the other part is about geology and hydrology.
In the landscape architecture part of the course you will learn the basics of drawing maps, how urban planning is done in Sweden, and how we as landscape architects discuss and explore place and spatial.
In geology and hydrology, basic concepts and processes are introduced, the geological development and structure of the landscape as well as the occurrence and movement of the water therein. You will also learn to identify Sweden's most common soils, minerals and rock types.

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Marina Queiroz (kursansvarig LA) och Gunnel Alvenäs (kursansvarig GH)

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LK0292 Introduction to landscape architecture, geology and hydrology, 15.0 Credits

Introduktion till landskapsarkitektur samt geologi och hydrologi

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Landscape Architecture Soil science

Education cycle

Bachelor’s level


Title Credits Code
Landscape architecture 9.00 1002
Geology and hydrology 6.00 1003

Advanced study in the main field

First cycle, entry requirements only from upper secondary school(G1N)

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

In addition to the general entry requirements, knowledge equivalent to the field-specific entry requirements A3:
- Mathematics 3b or Mathematics 3c
- Science studies 2 (or Biology 1, Physics 1a, Chemistry 1 or Biology 1, Physics 1b1+1b2, Chemistry 1)
- Social studies 1b or Social studies 1a1 + 1a2


The course aims to give the student an idea of how it is to study, and work as a landscape architect and basic knowledge of geology and hydrology.

After completing the course the student will be able to:

Knowledge and understanding
- give an overview of activities and tasks that landscape architects work with
- give an overview of how society´s goal of sustainable development is handled in planning, design and management
- give an overview of some theories for the analysis of urban places and spaces
- explain basic concepts and processes in geology and hydrology
- demonstrate basic knowledge of geological development and structure of the Swedish landscape, as well as water presence and movement therein
- identify those in Sweden most common minerals and rocks as well as the most common soil types.

Competence and skills
- under supervision apply some of the landscape architect’s most common working methods
- use the computer for easier word and image processing
- use SLU’s information tools to search for information about studies


The course consists of two parts, landscape architecture and soil science (geology and hydrology).

Landscape architecture
This part´s main theme is a number of compulsory exercises, where the student under supervision try a few different methods that a professional landscape architect uses. There is also an introductory exercise in using word and image processing software.

Compulsory excursions are intended in part to give students a common reference framework for future studies but act also as an eye opener for discussions of human impact on the landscape and the landscape architect’s role in society.

This part also provides an introduction to university studies, the student union and education. In lectures and exercises, the student are made aware of the tools needed to cope with university studies available at SLU.

Soil science
The geological part includes: Introduction to the Earth’s structure, plate tectonics and processes that form the bedrock. Orientation about the composition and characteristics of the most common rock forming minerals and rocks. Glaciology and glacial deposits. Land uplift effects and soil distribution in the landscape. Weathering, mass movements, frost phenomena and erosion. Rock and soil types abundance in different parts of the Sweden. Exercises to learn mineral- rock- and soil types.

The hydrological part includes: water cycle and water balance, ground water knowledge, its occurrence and flow in the landscape as well as simple hydrological calculations.

A compulsory field trip is included.

Formats and requirements for examination

The course is divided into two sub examinations corresponding to the course two subjects, landscape architecture and soil science (geology, hydrology). The parts are graded separately and are put together according to the course assessment criteria.

Landscape Architecture, 9 credits: Approved seminar work and written assignments and active participation in compulsory parts.

Soil Science, 6 credits: Passed exams, written assignments and active participation in compulsory parts.
  • 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.

Additional information

Field trip with an overnight stay included. Information on costs is available on the course website four weeks before the course starts.

Responsible department

Department of Urban and Rural Development
Cooperating departments:
Department of Soil and Environment

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom landskap och trädgård (PN - LT)
Replaces: LK0148, LK0149, MV0193
There are no Grading criteria posted for this course
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Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: No The course is offered as a programme course: Landscape Architecture Programme - Uppsala, Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 74982 SEK Cycle: Bachelor’s level
Subject: Landscape Architecture Soil science
Course code: LK0292 Application code: SLU-10133 Distance course: No Language: Swedish Responsible department: Department of Urban and Rural Development Pace: 100%