Chatham University


Landscape Management (MLM) Curriculum

The Master of Landscape Management (MLM) is an interdisciplinary professional program consisting of 48 credit hours. The goal of this degree is to educate and train qualified persons who can serve the green industry and related landscape specializations such as landscape contracting, landscape management and the design/build sector. The curriculum provides a foundation in landscape design, construction and horticulture while emphasizing business management and entrepreneurial strategies.

Program Requirements

+ Master of Landscape Management (MLM)

Degree Requirements (48 Credit Hours)
Required Courses (39 Credits) including:
BUS507 Accounting Essentials

This course is a basic overview of accounting and financial management issues and techniques to provide insight into the financial performance of organizations. The course provides a survey of the preparation, interpretation, analysis, and use of accounting statements and financial information. In addition, managerial accounting issues such as employee performance, efficiency, product rates and customer satisfaction stats will be covered.

BUS508 Marketing Essentials

This course will introduce student to marketing concepts relevant in any sector of busines. Topics will include market analysis, product strategy, the marketing mix, and managing the marketing program. Course material will be resented through online dicussion, collaborative activities, assigned readings, and team creation of a comprehensive marketing plan.

BUS571 Business Communication

This course targets key aspects of business communication: persuasive presentation skills, writing skills and listening skills. Students will be more effective in "selling" ideas to others, developing a more effective and adaptable communication strategy, and aligning objectives with those of the audience.

BUS573 Strategy and Entrepreneurship

The course requires the student to take the Chief Executive Officer's (CEO) perspective and consider strategies to develop resources and capabilities needed to gain and sustain competitive advantage for both established firms and entrepreneurial ventures. Strategic analyses employed in this course critically examine the direction and goals of an organization, the social, political, technological, economic, and global factors in the business environment, industry structure, market dynamics, and firm strengths and weaknesses. The skills to develop and successfully implement strategy in different types of firms across industries are refined through case analyses and simulations, with a particular emphasis on entrepreneurship.

BUS574 Corporate Finance

This course deepens an understanding of financial analysis tools and concepts. Students will learn how and when to use the financial-analytical tools required to make effective business and policy decision. Functional areas addressed are assessing financial health, planning financial performance, interpretation of data and recommendations, supply-chain management. Pre-requisite: ACT222; 3 credits

LAR508 Media I: Landscape Graphic Communication

This course develops graphic literacy as a language and philosophy for observation, analysis, expression, and presentation of landscape architectural designs. Students are introduced to a number of techniques used by landscape architects for completing plan, section, and perspective drawings Both mechanical drafting and freehand sketching methods are covered to teach drawing, color rendering. lettering, and presentation methods.

LAR516 Plant Identification: Trees and Shrubs

This course introduces students to the skills needed to identify woody landscape plants. Emphasis is placed on natives and cultivators of native plants, focusing on their uses in the landscape with sustainable site design. This course predominantly uses field work with limited classroom lecture. Students successfully completing the course will: be able to correctly identify 160 woody landscape plants and be familiar with their site requirements, acquire a practical knowledge of plant nomenclature, plant morphology, and taxonomic terminology; use proper scientific and common names for plants studied, learn to identify plants by their physical characteristics, and learn site requirements for plants covered in course.

LAR521 Planting Design

This course introduces students to the craft of designing space in landscapes with plant materials. This is explored through the examination of the experience of spaces that people observe and occupy and through the experimentation with the characteristics of the plants used to create those experiences.

LAR541 Design I: Fundamentals

This is the first in a sequence of design studios focusing on concepts, skills, and methods of design. This course introduces the student to the basic vocabulary and theoretical principles of the design process, with oral, written and graphic project presentations relative to the natural environment. This studio includes a sketchbook and models for the development of three-dimensional spatial concepts in form, sequence, relationships, scale, color, textures, and values within the context of sustainable landscape architecture. Additional Fee(s): Course Computing Fee.

LAR542 Design II: Site Design Process

In this studio, students learn to analyze, synthesize, and assimilate contextual, site-specific diagramming into the development and presentation of creative and sustainable design solutions for specific landscape architecture projects. These projects lead to an understanding of design problem definition, program development, as well as a spatial appreciation of scale, site analysis and inventory as essential elements of the environmentally focused design process. Emphasis is placed on site analysis and conceptual diagramming. Model building is a component of this course. Prerequisite(s): LAR 541. Additional Fee(s): Course Computing Fee.

LAR651 Construction II: Landscape Construction Materials

Focus is on landscape construction methods and materials from masonry to wood. Students will learn construction and detailing of walls, fences, planters, walks, stairs, and paving, focusing on environmentally friendly and sustainable harvested materials. Students produce construction drawings and specific site details for various project types relevant to construction. Field trips to construction sites may be included. Additional Fee(s): Course Computing Fee.

LAR661 Seminar I

This course is an introduction to the interdisciplinary field of landscape architecture exploring its historical evolution, highlighting its interaction with arts and science, and examining its contemporary leaders.

LAR662 Seminar II

Critical readings, discussion and writing assignments on a range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary issues of public and professional policies related to the field of landscape architecture.

LAR665 Media III: Digital Implementation Graphics

This course builds on the techniques and practices covered in both Media I and Media II courses with 3D modeling, digital drafting and computerized rendering techniques. In addition to developing advanced technical skills, this course instills a critical attitude toward using digital visualization in practice and development of implementation graphics.

LNS601 Landscape Operations and Management

This course develops literacy in the field of landscape contracting. It introduces the methods and techniques used in the landscape construction industry during the implementation and the maintenance stages. Technical skills used in bidding and managing landscape projects are introduced, including: estimating costs, bidding procedures, preparing contract documents, managing projects, and scheduling field activities. Prerequisite(s): LAR 651 & LAR 516

Elective Courses (9 credits) selected from:
BUS576 Sustainable Human Capital

This course cultivates theoretical examinations of human behavior in organizations, and ethical and practical skills for managing human capital. Organizational behavior is explored at the individual, group, and organizational levels of analysis focusing on topics of motivation, communication, group dynamics, decision making, culture, power, and politics. Students will also explore the effectiveness of tools for talent acquisition and development, such as compensation, feedback, and assessment.

BUS578 Negotiation & Persuasion

The ability to negotiate successfully rests on a combination of analytical and interpersonal skills. This course presents a toolbox of analytical and process frameworks, strategies, and skills that can be used to better analyze negotiations, prepare more systematically and engage more strategically. Rhetoric, persuasion techniques and other interpersonal skills will be covered.

BUS579 Creativity/Innovative Thinking

Students will be introduced to various models exploring ecreativity and the work place. Students will work with executives and engage in discussions on the issues of creative thinking, as well as interacting with artists both in class and at the studios to help understand how artistically creative people approach their art and craft. This course work will provide students with a much asked for component of management - the ability to think and utilize creativity in practical ways.

BUS580 Business Ethics and Corporate Responsibility

This course provides an intellectual framework in which to consider the ways society and organizations affect an individual's and corporation's ethical decision making. Students apply ethical decision tools to the numerous moral challenges confronting them in their professional careers. The global context of ethical decision making is examined.

BUS609 Business and Sustainability

This course covers basic questions concerning sustainability and the challenges in reconciling free-market capitalism with the need for more sustainable business practices. Among topics covered will be: the need to translate real-world sustainability challenges into future business opportunities, and the economic moral challenges involved with the creation of a sustainable world.

LAR512 Media II: Digital Illustrative Graphics

This course is an introduction to digital representation and the principles of graphic design and composition. Digital software, techniques and products appropriate for presenting conceptual illustrative graphics during the initial stages of the design process will be reviewed and applied.

LAR514 Landscape Ecology

In this course students will examine the role of ecology in landscape architecture and land use planning. The course will begin with an overview of general ecological principles and then move into the study of landscape ecology. Finally, students will use ecological principles to develop a conservation-based regional plan.

LAR515 Geographic Information Systems

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are computerized systems designed for the storage, retrieval and analysis of geographically referenced data. GIS uses advanced analytical tools to explore at a scientific level the spatial relationships, patterns, and processes of cultural, biological, demographic, economic, geographic, and physical phenomena. The technical focus of the course includes computer lab tutorials and case studies using ArcGIS desktop GIS software from Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc. (ESRI.) Application areas covered in this course include city and regional planning, community planning, economic development, education, election, and environmental studies, housing and property evaluation, transit and transportation issues, land use, historic studies, crime analysis and policing, emergency management, public works utilities, census population and demographic studies, health, and business applications, including marketing, advertising, and site selection.

LAR518 Native Plants

Native Plants focuses on herbaceous flora of Northeastern US, with an emphasis on plant communities and the cultural conditions which give rise to them. Each major ecosystem of the area will be discussed, with emphasis on recreating these in the landscape. Field trips to typical habitat locations will reinforce these concepts.

LAR522 History of Landscape Architecture

This core course introduces students to historically significant designed landscapes of key world cultures with the aim of placing the contemporary profession of Landscape Architecture within the continuum of man's place making activities. The course will consist of a brief overview of ancient civilizations and their lasting influences on modern cultures followed by topics covering the major Western and Eastern landscape design movements and/or styles which have impacted and continue to impact design today. The second half of the course will address the evolution of the field in the U.S. continuing up to today's current global practices in Landscape Architecture.

LAR534 Soil Science

The focus of this course is to introduce students to the concept of soil as a natural resource, the basic physical, chemical and biological properties of soils; the management of soils for growth of terrestrial vegetation; the role of soils in buffering watersheds and aquifers from environmental pollutants; and the role of soils in natural and managed landscape and aquifer water budgets. The role of soils and associated vegetation in global carbon budgets will also be discussed. Emphasis is placed on soil as an influential factor in urbanized and disturbed settings.

LAR570 Principles of Sustainability

This course explores the fundaments of sustainability theory and practice. Students develop skills and fluency in evaluating the interrelationships between the human actions in the built and natural environment. Focus is placed on core philosophies of sustainable thought and decision-making approaches that satisfy environmental, economic, and social criteria. Practical alternatives are analyzed for more sustainable design, construction, landscape, and maintenance of the built environment. An experiential learning approach is used to develop facilities for assessing sustainability issues. Cross-listed as ENV 443.

LAR650 Construction I: Site Engineering

This course is the first in a series of construction courses that begin to look at the technical aspects of site design. This course specifically looks at landform as a design element. Landform is the base physical element for all landscape architectural designs. It can be utilized to accomplish both artistic and functional goals, such as managing storm water, establishing privacy, or providing accessibility in the landscape. Additional Fee(s): Course Computing Fee.

LAR664 LEED Principles and Strategies

This course provides essential knowledge of sustainable building concepts fundamental to all LEED rating systems. Defines "sustainable" as it relates to green building, describes the structure of LEED rating systems and certification process, describes key green building concepts, goals, strategies and measurements for achieving those goals, describes case studies that represent LEED best practices, and prepares students for the LEED Green Associate Exam.

LAR670 Portfolio

This course provides students with essential marketing principles and advanced desktop publishing skills to complete individual design portfolios. Analysis of professional portfolios and research of target firm's requirements are completed to establish a deliverable format. Using advanced tools in Adobe InDesign and other design applications, students learn how to implement their portfolios as both print and interactive formats. Topics such as selective content, innovative graphics, consistent layout, stylized copy, and creative packaging are covered. The portfolios created in this course are used to market individual talents to any sector of the design profession. Additional Fee(s): Course Computing Fee.

LAR683 Internship

The student will have the opportunity to work in an office environment to better understand the duties and responsibilities involved with sustainable landscape architectural design. A total of 120 hours is required for 3 credits.

LNG161 Introduction to Spanish Language and Culture I

An introduction to the four basic skills: comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing, with emphasis on the spoken language. This course also introduces students to the people and cultures of the Spanish-speaking world.

Other courses may be acceptable as electives upon permission of the Director of Landscape Architecture Program