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Last approved: Tue, 08 May 2018 08:00:27 GMT

Last edit: Mon, 07 May 2018 18:32:23 GMT

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LAR (Landscape Architecture)
Dual-Level Course
Cross-listed Course
Human Use of the Urban Landscape
Human Use Urb Landscape
College of Design
Landscape Architecture (12LAR)
Term Offering
Spring Only
Offered Every Year
Fall 2018
Previously taught as Special Topics?
Course Prefix/NumberSemester/Term OfferedEnrollment
LAR 582Spring 201410
LAR 582Spring 201512
LAR 582Spring 201615
Course Delivery
Face-to-Face (On Campus)

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Course Is Repeatable for Credit
Robin C. Moore
Professor of Landscape Architecture

Open when course_delivery = campus OR course_delivery = blended OR course_delivery = flip
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Open when course_delivery = distance OR course_delivery = online OR course_delivery = remote

R: Masters students at NCSU, UNC-CH, or Duke University. Upper level undergraduate students are allowed with permission of the instructor.
Is the course required or an elective for a Curriculum?
SIS Program CodeProgram TitleRequired or Elective?
12MLAMRMaster of Landscape ArchitectureElective
Urban environment-behavior field research methods at site planning scale (behavior and cognitive mapping, interview and survey methods, archival research), suitable for application in practice. Methods of integrating user needs into design programming using participatory approaches. Evidence-based design applied to residential neighborhood, health, education, and recreation settings. Research activities conducted in small groups. No required texts. Overnight, weekend field trip at student expense.

Course was formerly numbered and delivered as  LAR 579.  Course number  is changed to fit new numbering system adopted by department to reflect research methods emphasis and revised accreditation standards. 


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Generate design knowledge related to the urban landscape/public realm as a subset of the built environment as defined by the U.S. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), including natural systems conserved and re-created as part of “ecological urbanism.”

Provide opportunities to discover how design can enhance the quality of the urban human environment – functionally, perceptually, aesthetically, and biologically.

Apply environment-and-behavior (E&B) framework and available research tools to investigate selected built-environment issues, particularly in relation to healthy lifestyles, engagement with nature, social interaction, and growth of social capital.

Use research tools to assess human responses to environments-in-use (urban pathway networks, parks, schoolgrounds, plazas, open space, and central city public realms), including procedures for post-occupancy evaluation (POE).

Conduct semester research project in groups and apply findings regarding design policy to improve the quality of life in built environments in the urban public realm.

Student Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

Interpret and analyze the urban public realm as being all public spaces used by people at the site level where human behavior can be influenced, supported, or “afforded” through design intervention;

Apply environment and behavior quantitative and qualitative research and assessment tools within a socio-ecological framework to explore overt behavior and perceptual variables at the site level;

Communicate and discuss the concepts of affordance, behavior setting, territoriality, and the socio-ecological model and understand their usefulness in linking environmental design and behavior;

Apply new technologies for data gathering and analysis, including GIS, GPS, hand held devices, activity monitors, and software for coding observational data from digital video that can be applied in studio projects and future professional work;

Analyze user needs as variable across the human life cycle according to age, socio-cultural, and physical contexts; and

Apply empirical knowledge of user needs to inform design programming in areas such as health promotion and inter-generational design.

Evaluation MethodWeighting/Points for EachDetails
Written Assignment20%Book report. Reading annotations. Graded.
presentation20%Instructor and TA notes.
TopicTime Devoted to Each TopicActivity
Course introduction and overview1 weekLecture, class discussion individual field research assignment.
Systematic observation2 weeksLecture, training in behavior mapping, meeting at Urban Design Center to discuss potential semester research projects, group field research assignment, poster presentations.
Interviewing and mental mapping combined.3 weeksLecture, group field research assignment, poster presentations.
About writing3 weeksLecture. Environment and behavior popular press assignment. Story from interviews assignment. Book review selected from Refworks Library. Ten annotated readings required by end of semester. Final report for semester project.
Conducting surveys2 weeksLecture. Training session in using Qualtrics. Group field research assignment, poster presentations.
Semester field research project3 weeksProposal developed in groups. Conducted using research tools learning in first half of semester.
Multi-media communication skills2 weeksPracticum with visiting faculty developing a story board for an effective public presentation. Public presentation at City of Raleigh Urban Design Center.
Field trip2 days overnightUsually to Charlotte to observe and critique urban public realm spaces from a behavioral perspective.
DDN779 is the course number for doctoral students from the College of Design and other doctoral programs at NC State, UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke University. Doctoral students meet for an additional informal, biweekly, 45 min discussion and also are held to higher standards for coursework. Semester project required to be sufficiently high standard for journal submittal.

Number of weeks is greater than 16 as several topics overlap in time.

mlnosbis 2/20/2018:
-Need clarification about the above note regarding doctoral students. DDN 779 has the same title as this course, so how are they different? Are both courses taught simultaneously but then the doctoral students have additional expectations as listed above? Why are they separate courses? Why are you changing the number of this course if it is related to 779? Keeping 579 would indicate a relation to 779.
-There are some formatting issues in the textbook section of the syllabus.
-Syllabus should include a breakdown of how grades are determined. Listing the PRR is not enough. Explain how assignments will be graded and what constitutes each letter grade. Example: A+ = ____, A = ____, etc.

cohen 2/28/2019:
1. Under Course Objectives/Goals in CIM, there is a preposition missing between "findings" and "design". I'm not sure what it should be. (Otherwise, I would have edited it without bothering you.)
2. In the syllabus, there is a reference to LAR 579 in Reading 1 of Section 3. Is that the correct reference?
3. Please check to make sure that the "Detailed Explanation of how grades are determined" section in the syllabus is consistent with the "Student Evaluation Methods" in CIM.
4. In Section 11 in the syllabus, it appears that students must contact the instructor prior to class for each excused absence. There are times when that may not be possible (for example, if the student is hospitalized, if there is a death in the family, etc.). How will those absences be treated?

ABGS Reviewer Comments 4/17/2018:
- Course was formerly numbered and delivered as LAR 221. Course number changed to fit new numbering system adopted by department. Course syllabus revised to reflect research methods emphasis.
​There is not a statement of how the content and expectations changed from LAR 221 to LAR 542 - what is different? They cannot be the same, or this is inapprpriate for graduate credit. Need more information to support graduate level.
- I don't see where they addressed many of the initial comments? I'm confused by the corresponding doctoral course.
- there are not any details in the syllabus for the items in the grade breakdown (presentation, project,etc.) They are just listed, and the description in CIM for each graded item doesn't provide much information as well. For example, for presentation (20%), it just says instructor and TA notes, what does that mean?
mlnosbis (Thu, 01 Oct 2015 20:28:40 GMT): Rollback: Rollback to Gene Bressler as requested.
ehbressl (Thu, 19 Apr 2018 18:13:43 GMT): Please note that the course we numbered LAR 542-Human Use of the Urban Landscape was previously listed as LAR 579- Human Use of the Urban Landscape. The course was previously mistakenly listed as LAR 221. The course number proposed is changed to more appropriately align with its place in the MLA curriculum under the "Research" category. This was done to help current and new students better understand the curriculum per national accreditation (LAAB) standards. The course will not be co listed with DDN 779 since 500-level courses cannot be co-listed with 700-level courses. There is no dual-level arrangement for these courses.
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