Would you like to learn how a landscape can influence the physical and mental health of people? Biophilia means ‘love of nature’, and biophilic design is a philosophy of combining natural elements and systems into a landscape to increase a sense of wellbeing.
The Certificate of Biophilic Landscaping is an online course that will provide you with the knowledge and skills required to incorporate biophilic philosophy into your landscape design.
In this professional development course, you will learn how to evaluate how a landscape impacts on the physical and mental wellbeing of people who exist in a landscape. You will also determine how a landscape can be made more people-friendly.
You learn about the relationship between outdoor environments and human wellbeing. You will also discover essential landscaping techniques and methodologies that can be used to benefit human wellbeing and encourage the use of public spaces.
On completion of this course, you will have a solid foundation in understanding how biophilic design incorporates a connection with nature to promote positive health benefits.
Unit 1 - Relationship between outdoor environments and human wellbeing
What is biophilia?
Health problems of biophobic design
Urban heat island effect
Psychological and physiological stress
Breakdown of ecosystems
Health benefits of biophilic design
Theories of stress recovery
The value of green space
Unit 2 - Design considerations
Learning from past mistakes
Failure to involve the local community
Isolation from nature
Good biophilic design
Connection with nature
Sense of place
Long term sustainability
Beneficial user experience
Consideration of outcomes
Looking at the future
Unit 3 - Patterns and principles in urban design
Terrapin bright green criteria
Nature in the space patterns
Natural analogue patterns
Nature of the space patterns
Relationship to health
Strongest empirical support
Application of patterns
Unit 4 - Components of the landscape
Hard landscape components
Stone and brick surfaces
Soft landscape components
The relationship between health and design components
Direct experience of nature
Air, water, plants animals and weather
Natural landscapes and ecosystems
Indirect experience of nature
Experience of space and place
Prospect and refuge
Some natural components in more detail
Vegetation and animals
Water quality issues
Unit 5 - Providing services to people
Five principles of healthy places
Improve air, water and soil quality,
Overcome health inequalities and can promote healthy lifestyles.
Increasing social interaction and reducing anti-social behaviour, isolation and stress.
Opportunities for working, learning and development.
Uplifting and healing for both physical and mental health conditions.
Water harvesting, retention and reuse
Stormwater, rainwater and urban runoff
Integrated urban water management (IUWM)
Unit 6 - Affecting the individual
Biophilia in different environments
General adaptation syndrome
Physiological effects of stress
Biophilia in the workplace
Noise levels and temperature
Conclusions for biophilic design
Unit 7 - Affecting environmental and climate conditions
Water contaminants and water chemical problems
Water quality for aquaria and ponds
Legionnaires disease in soil and potting media
Using plants to extract contamination
Growing plants on contaminated soil
Biological filters for water pollution and waste water
Roof and wall gardens to improve air quality and aesthetics
Accessibility and safety
Roof gardens and vertical gardens
Decorative plant supports
Types of installations for roof gardens
Design considerations and plant selection
Building and components of a green roof
Dealing with heights
Plants which cause damage
Plants suited to roof and vertical gardens
Unit 8 - Assessing and analysing existing landscapes
Assessing the landscape
Creating buffer zones for pollution
Using windbreaks, hedges and screens
Creating and landscaping shaded areas
Designing a home garden using biophilic design principles
Create a natural approach to gardening
Avoiding problem materials
Disposing of waste
How to make good compost
Simple design procedure
Unit 9 - Integrating biophilic design into existing landscape
Retrofitting green walls and roofs
Using hydroponics for a vertical wall NFT system
Redevelopment of public institutions
Adding biophilic elements
Water chemistry of runoff
Quality of urban runoff
Annual pollutant loadings from runoff
Water quality in urban compared with non-urban (rural) areas
Improving water quality of runoff and recycled water in the biophilic context
Reducing the use of pest control chemicals in gardens
Summary of chemical weedicides
Unit 10 - Working in/ improving urban development
Challenges for design
Using swales for water retention
Working in urban development
When you study with Australian Online Courses you will be assessed using a competency-based training method. Competency-based training focuses on a learner’s ability to receive, respond to and process information to achieve a competency result. As such, skills-based and knowledge assessments are geared towards attainment to meet industry-defined standards.
Assessment will be comprised of written assignments and exercises, including short answer questions, reports, essays, research projects and reflective tasks. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment. As a result, you can complete training in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
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We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply);
Certificate of Attainment/Completion issued for your CV (hard copy provided); and
Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.
How long will it take to complete this course?
The approximate study hours for this course is 50 hours. We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply).
Can I purchase optional printed materials?
While printed materials are not available for purchase, PDF copies are available for download and self-printing for this program.
When can I start this course?
You can start within 60 minutes during business hours when you enrol and pay in full with a credit card!
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Will I receive a certificate upon completion of this course?
Yes! You will receive a Certificate of Attainment upon successful completion of your assessment.
Do I need to attend classes or undertake any work placements?
No. All courses are delivered online via our e-learning system and there are no work placement requirements in this course.
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I am an international student. Can I enrol into this course?
Yes! We accept enrolments from individuals both within Australia and internationally; location is no barrier to entry into our programs.