Design sustainable landscapes

Formats and tools

Unit Description
Reconstruct the unit from the xml and display it as an HTML page.
Assessment Tool
an assessor resource that builds a framework for writing an assessment tool
Assessment Template
generate a spreadsheet for marking this unit in a classroom environment. Put student names in the top row and check them off as they demonstrate competenece for each of the unit's elements and performance criteria.
Assessment Matrix
a slightly different format than the assessment template. A spreadsheet with unit names, elements and performance criteria in separate columns. Put assessment names in column headings to track which performance criteria each one covers. Good for ensuring that you've covered every one of the performance criteria with your assessment instrument (all assessement tools together).
Wiki Markup
mark up the unit in a wiki markup codes, ready to copy and paste into a wiki page. The output will work in most wikis but is designed to work particularly well as a Wikiversity learning project.
Evidence Guide
create an evidence guide for workplace assessment and RPL applicants
Competency Mapping Template
Unit of Competency Mapping – Information for Teachers/Assessors – Information for Learners. A template for developing assessments for a unit, which will help you to create valid, fair and reliable assessments for the unit, ready to give to trainers and students
Observation Checklist
create an observation checklist for workplace assessment and RPL applicants. This is similar to the evidence guide above, but a little shorter and friendlier on your printer. You will also need to create a seperate Assessor Marking Guide for guidelines on gathering evidence and a list of key points for each activity observed using the unit's range statement, required skills and evidence required (see the unit's html page for details)

Self Assessment Survey
A form for students to assess thier current skill levels against each of the unit's performance criteria. Cut and paste into a web document or print and distribute in hard copy.
Moodle Outcomes
Create a csv file of the unit's performance criteria to import into a moodle course as outcomes, ready to associate with each of your assignments. Here's a quick 'how to' for importing these into moodle 2.x
Registered Training Organisations
Trying to find someone to train or assess you? This link lists all the RTOs that are currently registered to deliver AHCDES501A, 'Design sustainable landscapes'.
Google Links
links to google searches, with filtering in place to maximise the usefulness of the returned results
Reference books for 'Design sustainable landscapes' on This online store has a huge range of books, pretty reasonable prices, free delivery in Australia *and* they give a small commission to for every purchase, so go nuts :)

Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Assess requirements for sustainable land use

1.1. Client is consulted to establish a brief for the design.

1.2. Legislative and regulatory requirements are researched, identified and documented in the improvement plan.

1.3. Specific requirements for sustainability are identified from the brief, business plan and management plan or policy documentation.

1.4. The land area is assessed for biophysical factors, biodiversity, historical and cultural attributes, services, site modifications and threats to sustainability.

1.5. Environmental implications of the planned works are identified and, if necessary, reported to relevant personnel for further research and recommendations.

2. Prepare an integrated design to improve land use

2.1. Concept plan for improvement is developed that reflects client preferences and requirements and takes into account heritage issues, site factors and any identified environmental requirements and presented to the client/land owner for discussion and approval.

2.2. Other professionals are consulted to assist in research and planning of works in areas of technical expertise, energy efficiency and use, current technologies and legislative and enterprise requirements.

2.3. Design considerations for products, materials and finishes are efficient, low risk and cyclic and are confirmed available from local sources.

2.4. Resources, products, equipment and machinery required for the works are evaluated for their impact on the sustainable use of the site.

2.5. Plants and soils are selected for their integrated roles for the designed outcomes in the specific site conditions, system of irrigation and environmental parameters.

2.6. Environmental conditions are reviewed for a functional analysis of the site and the planned design.

2.7. Detailed plan or design, specifications and quotation are prepared and are presented to the client/land owner for acceptance.

3. Plan the implementation into the design

3.1. Staged implementation and development are outlined with appropriate access for future works.

3.2. Timelines for development are incorporated taking into account the needs of the implementation plan and principles of sustainability.

3.3. Schedules for planting and post-planting care are determined in accordance with the requirements of the plant species and cultivars, site conditions, and any other planning requirements.

3.4. Protection of water resources, riparian zones, specified trees and existing vegetation are integrated into the design plan.

3.5. Chemical, non-chemical, amelioration application and waste disposal procedures and processes are reviewed to select designs of minimal environmental consequence and minimise potential contamination of soils and ground water.

3.6. Implementation outline is reviewed for integration of approach to land and water management.

4. Audit the implementation for sustainability of use

4.1. All work materials, waste and debris from site works have low risk and energy efficient disposal methods.

4.2. Soil and ground water quality are sampled and tested and recommendations implemented.

4.3. Soil conservation measures and erosion sediment controls are confirmed.

4.4. Protection measures for specified trees, protected fauna and areas and objects of cultural significance are verified.

4.5. Biodiversity, heritage and cultural attributes, soil and water quality are maintained or improved.

4.6. Client is informed and provided with a report according to the brief or contractual requirements.

Qualifications and Skillsets

AHCDES501A appears in the following qualifications:

  • AHC50610 - Diploma of Landscape Design