Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years (1.8.2018-31.7.2020), which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

After completing the course students know the basics of strategic green area planning. They are able to identify and integrate in planning the key spaces and functions of urban green infrastructures, their associated ecosystem services as well as the basic conditions for their sustainable management. In addition, the course contributes to the acquisition of competences for independent research on the topic and for further learning.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 10.09.2020 - 17.12.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Varpu Mikola, Riikka Nousiainen

Contact information for the course (valid 17.08.2020-21.12.2112):

Teachers: 

Varpu Mikola,  varpu.mikola@aalto.fi (responsible)

Riikka Nousiainen, riikka.l.nousiainen@aalto.fi (responsible)

Ina Westerlund

 

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English

CONTENT, ASSESSMENT AND WORKLOAD

Content
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Firstly, the course provides a general knowledge of the key concepts in Green Urban Planning. Secondly, the course adds contemporary concepts in Green Urban Planning and explores their interconnections (Green Infrastructures, Ecosystem services, Urban metabolisms, Nature based solutions, etc.). Thirdly, the course integrates the acquired knowledge in the analysis, diagnosis and improvement of cities and specific urban areas.

  • Applies in this implementation:

    Please note!

    The extent of the course is either 7 or 5 credits.

    7 cr for students of Landscape Architecture

    5 cr for students of other disciplines

     

    The definition of multifunctional green-blue infrastructures and the increase of the associated ecosystem services in urban areas will be the central objectives of this course.

    The course will study environmental, ecological and social functions of green areas and show how the scales and contexts can contribute to the creation of more sustainable cities. 

    In order to apply the acquired knowledge, the course will include a set of case studies in different neighborhoods of Helsinki. By discovering the layers of urban green, students will study how to add environmental education perspectives to the green areas and how they could improve residents´ relationship with nature.  

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    The assessment methods of the course (e.g. assignments) will promote a combined exploration of theoretical concepts and their practical application. Further information given on MyCourses.

  • Applies in this implementation:

    The course will be graded in scale 0- 5. 

    The assignments will have the following weight in the final grade:

    • Credits75
      Assignments 1-220 %28 %
      Assignments 3-430 %42 %
      Assignment 545 %23 %
      Assignment 65 %7 %

    The assessment will be based in the consistent use of the concepts introduced in each assignment and in the generation of complete, innovative and well-presented solutions for the proposed tasks. The assessment of the final assignment will also consider the quality of the final deliverables (graphic, narrative and conceptual). The final grade will also consider the evolution of the studentduring the whole course; her/his level of involvement and his/her capacity to generate relevant discussions and to provide constructive feedback to peers.

    Students will be guided by tutors and peers during the tutoring sessions and mid-reviews to improve their performance in each assignment. Due to the continuous character of the course, students will be able to improve their work in the following assignments and in the final one.

     

    The final review will support the development of self and peer assessment skills.

    The assessment of the level of achievement of the general and specific learning outcomes, the process and the clarity of chosen solutions and plans. 

     

    The delay of submitted course work (assignments, etc.) affects its assessment:

    If the work is delayed but submitted by the 16.1.2021 (1. jälkipalautuspäivä), the grade is lowered with one grade (i.e. 3 becomes 2). If the work is delayed but submitted by 8.2.2021 (2. jälkipalautuspäivä), the grade is lowered with two grades. (i.e. 3 becomes 1).

    In the end of the course the instructor may also accept unsubmitted work which is almost accomplished, but the unfinishedness of the work is taken into consideration in the grading and the earned credits.

     

Workload
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Tutored studies 45 hrs (lectures, seminars, reviews), independent study 140 hrs (readings, research and planning assignments), in total 185 hrs.

  • Applies in this implementation:

    (7 credits): Tutored studies 45 hrs (lectures, tutoring of assignments, seminars, review of assignments, etc.), independent study 140 hrs (including teamwork for the assignments and individual work), in total 185 hrs.

    (5 credits): Tutored studies 45 hrs (lectures, tutoring of assignments, seminars, review of assignments, etc.), independent study 90 hrs (including teamwork for the assignments and individual work), in total 135 hrs

     

DETAILS

Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Distributed during the course

  • Applies in this implementation:

    Course material will be distributed during the course.

Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    MAR-E1025 Green Area Planning and MA.94-1230 Design of Green Spaces, replaces part of the course ARK.kand Bachelor s Thesis and Seminar (Design of Green Spaces)

Prerequisites
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Bachelor degree in landscape architecture or other disciplines linked to the central topic of the course

Registration for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    WebOodi. See the registration times from WebOodi

     

    The order of priority for admitting students to courses at Aalto ARTS 1.1.2018 onwards (approved by The Committee of Arts, Design and Architecture on 10.10.2017)

    The order of priority is as follows:

    1. students for whom the course is compulsory for their major/programme and who have scheduled it for the current academic year in their personal study plan (HOPS);
    2. exchange students for whom the course is a part of his/her officially approved learning agreement and scheduled to be taken during the current semester;
    3. students for whom the course is compulsory for their major/programme and who have not completed it yet;
    4. students, for whom the course is part of his/her major s or programme s alternative studies and has been scheduled in the student's PSP (HOPS) for the current academic year
    5. students, for whom the course is part of his/her major s or programme s alternative studies and who have not completed the requisite number of credits for alternative studies yet;
    6. students for whom the course is compulsory for their minor;
    7. students, for whom the course is part of his/her minor subject s alternative studies and who have not completed the requisite number of credits for alternative studies yet;
    8. students who have applied for the course through a student mobility scheme (internal mobility within Aalto University, flexible study right (JOO) studies etc.);
    9. other students.

     

    Courses that are intended to be multidisciplinary (e.g. UWAS courses) may apply an order of priority based on the learning outcomes of the course, while bearing in mind the university obligation of enabling students to complete their degrees within the normative duration of study set for the degree. The order of priority does not apply to courses organised by the Centre for General Studies or doctoral courses.

    This decision on the order of priority does not influence the right of the teacher to define prerequisites for the course.

  • Applies in this implementation:

    Please note!

    The extent of the course is either 7 or 5 credits.

    7 cr for students of Landscape Architecture

    5 cr for students of other disciplines


    The course is organized as distance teaching. As an exception there will be an excursion in Helsinki area. 

    A preliminary assignment will be published by the 2nd of September. It must be accomplished by the 9th of September.

     

     

FURTHER INFORMATION

Further Information
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Minimum number of participants is 5 students.

  • Applies in this implementation:

    Please note!

    The extent of the course is either 7 or 5 credits.

    7 cr for students of Landscape Architecture

    5 cr for students of other disciplines


    The course is organized as distance teaching. As an exception there will be an excursion in Helsinki area. 

    A preliminary assignment will be published by the 2nd of September. It must be accomplished by the 9th of September.

     

     

Details on the schedule
  • Applies in this implementation:

    The schedule will be announced by the 10th of September 2020.

Description

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