Short Title:Landscape Construction
Full Title:Landscape Construction
Module Code:HTSC H2015
ECTS credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Contributor:Joe Smith
Module Description:This module introduces the learner to the knowledge and skills required for good practice in hard landscape construction.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to
  1. Describe the features and components of buildings and hard landscape structures
  2. Identify those materials used in hard landscape construction work
  3. Have a good working knowledge of the methods of managing and treating drainage water from hard surfaces. Identify water types in drainage.
  4. Identify access chambers in already developed landscapes
  5. Perform small construction tasks such as build a wall and lay an area of paving

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Drainage and water
The extent and nature of Building regulations on drainage requirements and standards. Water types encountered on sites, including ground water, the dissolved components or suspended particles commonly encountered in water, post-use water from human activity, sewage water and the sources of these types. Types of access chambers, including manhole covered chambers and Armstrong junctions. Types of drainage systems and the materials and components used in their construction and maintenance. The methods used to treat water types, including septic tanks and treatment plants in the case of post-use and sewage water. Practical instruction will include: • The construction of access chambers • Laying a length of drainage
Component structures
The common component structures of features encountered in hard landscapes. Foundations, floors, pathways and bases. Walls and their features and types. Practical instruction will include the building of component structures on site.
Building and maintenance tasks
The details and theory behind batching and mixing concrete. Methods for verifying quality, including the silt test, cube test and slump test. Proportions and quantities in mixing mortars. Minimum specifications in materials used. The economics and costing of building work. The practical sessions will involve the students conducting the following work: • Squaring components of a landscape feature to a grid. • Transferring levels on building components • Building with concrete blocks and bricks • Setting up of gradients in features. • Estimating quantities of concrete used for particular features. • Quantifying for other materials • Using plan, elevation and section sketches. • Safe practices when working in construction • Identification and the correct use of building tools and materials. • Best practice for constructing a 100mm thick brick wall. • Best practice for laying basket weave & herringbone paving. • Best practice for constructing a 100mm thick block wall with piers.
Indicative Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work Assessment %50.00%
Final Exam Assessment %50.00%
Course Work Assessment %
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Practical Week 1,2,5 30.00 n/a
Project Project based on material covered 2 20.00 n/a
Final Exam Assessment %
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,3,4 50.00 End-of-Semester
Indicative Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.
Reassessment Description
100% Exam

ITB reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Indicative Module Workload & Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • 2006, BDA Guide to Successful Brickwork, Elsevier Burlington [ISBN: 978-0750664691]
  • Peter Cartwright, Bricklaying [ISBN: 0071392394]
  • Roy Chudley, Roger Greeno,, Building Construction Handbook, Seventh Edition [ISBN: 0750686227]
  • Patrick McAfee 1997, Irish stone walls, O'Brien Press Dublin [ISBN: 0-86278-478-6]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
BN_SHTSC_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Horticulture [240 ECTS credits] 3 Mandatory
BN_SHTSC_7 Bachelor of Science in Horticulture [180 ECTS credits] 3 Mandatory