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Course Name: 

Landscape Design Basics with SketchUp Pro,               Gaia College, Royal Roads University

Course Hours: 56                                             Credit Value: 4

Delivery Format: Online or Blended

Applicable Programs:

Diploma in Organic Land Care, Gaia College

Prerequisites: none

This course, or equivalent, is a prerequisite for the online Ecological Landscape Design course.

Co-requisites: none

Contribution to Program: Core

Approval Date: August 2020


In this unique course geared towards landscape applications we introduce a whole new integrated 3-dimensional design and modeling process. Whether your preferred medium is pen and paper or a conventional 2-dimensional CAD program, the ability to work in 3 dimensions and view your work from all angles will undoubtedly enrich your creative design process. The fluidity of non-static, 3-dimensional models will empower you to communicate your ideas to landscape decision makers who do not have the designer's ability to mentally project a 2-dimensional drawing into images of a real live landscape. This course partially satisfies the Gaia College Diploma in Organic Land Care. Earn generous continuing education credits for landscape professionals to maintain industry certifications (CNLA, BCSLA, NALP, MGOI, NOFA). This course is a pre-requisite for the Ecological Landscape Design course.

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Course Learning Requirements

Knowledge and Skills

When you have earned credit for this course you will have demonstrated an ability to: 

  1. Create complex 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional landscape models

1.1  Use SketchUp tools and commands

1.2  Use Layout tools and commands

  1. Create groups, components and dynamic components
  1.  Create groups
  2.  Create components
  3.  Assign attributes to components
  1. Create 3-dimensional terrain models
  1. Create representations of terrain from known elevation data
  2. Accurately integrate structures into terrain
  1. Work with imported files and components
  1. Import files generated in other CAD programs
  2. Import images and integrate them into the model
  3. Create models from imported images
  4. Integrate Google Earth and other mapping information
  1. Produce documents, reports and spreadsheets from model information
  1. Export attribute information into data formats
  2. Generate plant and materials lists
  3. Produce professional design and promotional materials
  1. Produce complete presentation documents
  1. Produce printable drawings/pages to scale
  2. Produce computer-based animations/movies
  3. Produce slide shows

Learning Resources

Teaching/Learning Methods

During this course you are likely to experience:

Learning Activities and Assessment

Samples of learning activities include:

Evaluation/Earning Credit

Evaluation is on a pass / fail basis, and no transcripts of grades are issued. A passing grade in this course requires a total of 100% for all tests, where applicable (multiple attempts are encouraged), a minimum of 75% for each of the written assignments and a minimum of 75% for the discussion participation.   A certificate of completion will be awarded when the minimum passing grade or higher has been achieved. Below passing grade constitutes a failing grade (F).