Course code ValoP305

Credit points 2

Professional German I

Total Hours in Course80

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes32

Independent study hours48

Date of course confirmation21.03.2017

Responsible UnitLanguage Centre

Course developers

author lect.

Oksana Mališeva

Mg. philol.


Diana Svika

Mg. paed.

Course abstract

The course is aimed at the acquisition of knowledge and skills in professional German language with the express purpose of extending the students` professional qualification and improving their communication skills with foreign students and specialists (including work placement abroad, participation in guest lectures, work in joint venture companies, etc.). The study course envisages mastering of language skills in various forms and levels of communication – reading, speaking, listening and writing, focusing on the terminology of landscape architecture and planning and related fields.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

Students have acquired the terms in the following fields: aspects of landscape architect’s profession, the concept, perception and types of landscape, landscapes forming elements, landscape and garden art in ancient Egypt and Greece, preservation of landscape identity (Test.No 1);
Basic principles in landscape planning (balance, harmony, proportion,etc.); gardens, parks and plantings used there, Baroque and Renaissance gardens (Test No 2).
Students are able to apply professional terminology and skills: in writing essays, annotations; orally in discussions, dialogues, role plays, giving a presentation.
The assessment according to the 10 point scale.

Course Content(Calendar)

1. Introduction to Professional German.
2. Dictionaries and glossaries used in landscape architecture and planning.
3. Latvia University of Life Sciences and Technologies. Studies at the Faculty of Environment and Civil Engineering.
4. Profession - landscape architect and the scope of work in this field.
5. The concept of landscape. Perception of landscape. Types of landscape and its elements.
6. Preservation of landscape identity. Latvian landscape.
7. Architecture, landscape and garden art in ancient Egypt and Greece.
8. Test.
9. World famous landscape architects and their projects.
10. Basic principles in landscape planning.
11. Achieving harmony, proportion, symmetry and asymmetry in landscape planning. The colour wheel.
12. Parks and their functions. The choice of plants for plantings in gardens and parks.
13. Baroque and Renaissance gardens. Andre Le Notre and his contribution to designing Baroque parks.
14. Decorative elements in parks and gardens. The art of topiaries.
15. Test.
16. Presentation on the chosen theme in landscape architecture on world famous landscape architects and their projects.

Requirements for awarding credit points

Assessment: Test (pass/fail).
It is made up of cumulative assessment.
Successfully written 2 tests, the glossary of terms for each topic, timely completed home works, completed individual work (reading of professional texts, presentation on a selected topic, the glossary of terms). Tests and home works are with a positive evaluation. The number of missed classes shall not exceed 20%.

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

Individual work:
1. Reading of the independently chosen professional texts (the amount: 10 000 characters);
2. Prepared PPoint presentation and oral presentation (8-10 minutes) in front of the class;
Submitted glossary of terms (30 terms - translations, 20 - definitions).

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

The cumulative assessment (pass/fail) is composed of the grades in tests, home assignments, assessment during classes and a presentation of the individual work. The grade in tests is successful if at least 70% of the answers are correct.

Compulsory reading

1. Wilk S. Zeichenlehre für Landschaftsarchitekten. Handbuch und Planungshilfe. 1. Aufl. Verlag DOM publishers, 2015. 356 S. ISBN:978-3-86922-258-5.
2. Feldhoff St. Deutschlands letzte Paradiese: das Handbuch aller deutschen Natur- und Nationalparks. München: Bruckmann Verlag, 2014. 496 S. ISBN:978-3-7654-6771-4.
3. Gander M.Aussenraum Qualitäten – Aussenraum Realitäten. Gestaltungsprinzipien für Planung und Architektur. 1. Aufl. Vdf Hochschulverlag, 2015. 120 ISBN:978-3-7281-3669-5
4. Ruby S. Barockgarten Groβsedlitz. 1. Aufl. Verlag Edition Leipzig, 2013. 48 S. ISBN:978-3-361-00689-8.

Further reading

1. Borstell U., Hasselhorst Chr. Attraktive Terrassen und Sitzplätze. 100 Ideen für grüne Wohlfühlorte. 1. Aufl. Verlag DVA, 2015. 160 S. ISBN:978-3-421-03944-6.
2. Mertens E. Landschaftsarchitektur visualisieren. Funktionen, Konzepte, Strategien. 1. Aufl. Verlag Birkhäuser GmbH, 2009. 191 S. ISBN-10:3-7643-8788-2.
3. Rudolph A. Moderne Architektur. Entdeckungen an der Ostseeküste. 1. Aufl. Hinstorff Verlag, 2015. 224 S. ISBN: 978-3-356-01980-3.

Periodicals and other sources

1. Anthos [tiešsaiste] [skatīts 01.03.2017.]. Pieejams:
2. BOKU [tiešsaiste] [skatīts 01.03.2017.]. Pieejams:
3. RAUM [tiešsaiste] [skatīts 01.03.2017.]. Pieejams:


The course has been included in the compulsory part of the professional Bachelor’s degree programme “Landscape Architecture and Planning” of the Faculty of Environment and Civil Engineering