Specialist Certificate - Green Roofs and Walls

Course Specialist Certificate in Green Roofs and Walls
Course Code SC-Green
Partner Faculty Faculty of Science
Background Green roofs and walls are increasingly being built to provide ecosystem services and multiple social and economic benefits. This is a rapidly growing industry with increasing levels of government policy, investment and guidelines providing incentives for green roof and wall construction. Whilst there are University programs offered in the northern hemisphere (USA, Canada and Europe) to date there has been no equivalent formal training offered in Australasia. As a world leader in green roof research, and with the construction of the new Green Roofs Centre at the Burnley Campus in 2013, the University of Melbourne is ideally positioned to offer a unique, inter-disciplinary study program in Green Roofs and Walls. The Specialist Certificate in Green Roofs and Walls has been developed in response to industry demand, and is a postgraduate coursework program that provides a research-educated, industry driven curriculum delivered by academics and industry experts. It has been designed to provide a thorough understanding and knowledge of green roofs and walls through analysis and evaluation of current research and advances in:
  • Policy and planning
  • Design and specification
  • Implementation and construction
  • Monitoring and management
Course Description The 25 point Specialist Certificate is made up of two compulsory subjects delivered as week-long intensives at the Burnley Campus and supported online. At the face to workshop delivery in Burnley, hands-on experience in substrate and plant selection and how design choices influence performance, management and maintenance will be experienced. Case-studies and lectures by leading professionals and researchers will be used in both subjects and provide exposure to a broad range of projects and applications and a thorough understanding of how design influences function.
Delivery Mode The course is delivered face to face over two six day intensive workshops (one six day workshop per subject). Face to face delivery is supported by materials accessible on-line through a secure log-in.
Who Should Apply This course has been designed for professionals in the built environment and landscape sector and others seeking to gain experience and qualifications in green roofs and walls technologies including urban planners, landscapers, landscape architects, urban ecologists, horticulturalists, environmental managers, builders and developers, designers and others interested in gaining practical and hands on experience in the development of green roof and wall technologies.
Subjects The Specialist Certificate in Green Roofs and Walls requires successful completion of two x 12.5 point subjects:
  1. Designing Green Roofs and Walls - HORT50001 - 12.5 points - This subject explores the design and specification of green roofs and walls. Using current research and local and international case studies you will examine different types of green roofs and walls, the requirements for successful design and the development of specifications, also construction and maintenance requirements. The aim is to gain a thorough understanding of green roof and wall design and function, the benefits provided to cities and people through the introduction of green walls and roofs and gain hands on experience through practical activities and visits to local project sites.
  2. Managing Green Roofs and Walls - HORT50002 - 12.5 points - This subject explores the management and maintenance of green roofs and walls. The content includes guidelines and policies supporting green roofs and walls, maintenance requirements, the development of management plans, and local and international case studies. A thorough understanding of the importance of maintenance will be gained through lectures from expert practitioners and visits to local project sites.
Assessment Each subject is formally assessed to meet the requirements of University accreditation. Assessment is designed to be practical and relevant to industry professionals.
  • 1 x 500 word practical report due during the workshop, 10%
  • 1 x 2000 word assignment due 3 weeks after the workshop, 30%
  • 1 x Case study equivalent to 2500 words due 6 weeks after the workshop, 60%
Pathways to Further Study Students who successfully complete the Specialist Certificate in Green Roofs and Walls may be eligible for credit into Masters courses offered by the Faculty of Science
Academic and Teaching Team The Specialist Certificate in Green Roofs and Walls is delivered by staff from Faculty of Science and external experts. The team includes: Dr Claire Farrell - Claire is a lecturer in green infrastructure and based at the Burnley Campus of The University of Melbourne. Her primary research focus is on using plants to make cities more liveable. Since 2010 Claire's research has used substrate design and plant selection to maximise the benefits of green roofs, particularly for reducing stormwater runoff. As green roofs are difficult places for plant to survive, much of her research has focused on plant drought tolerance and how to design green roof substrates to improve water and nutrient retention for stormwater management and plant performance. Mr John Rayner - John is a senior lecturer in urban horticulture at Burnley Campus, University of Melbourne. John's teaching and research interests are in the design and management of urban landscape plantings, including green roofs, vertical greening, climbing plants, ground covers, children's and therapeutic landscapes. His design work has been brought into the public domain through exhibition with five award winning displays at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show. Together with Nick Williams, John established a research program to develop green roofs suitable for Australian conditions as a climate change adaptation strategy. John is actively involved in contracted research projects and consulting, particularly in relation to green roof substrates and plant selection for green walls. Dr Nick Williams - Nick is an ecologist who works predominantly in urban areas because he believes that while cities cause of many of the world's environmental problems they offer one of humanity's best hopes for a sustainable future. In 2007 together with John Rayner, he established a research program to develop and evaluate the benefits of green infrastructure, particularly green roofs, as a climate change adaptation strategy for Australian cities. This has evolved into one of the world's largest green roof research programs, making significant progress developing substrates, identifying suitable plant species and evaluating the hydrological, energy and social benefits of green roofs. Mr Edmund Snodgrass - Ed is president and founder of Emory Knoll Farms Inc. and Green Roof Plants, North America's first nursery specializing in green roof plants and horticultural consulting. Since its inception, Emory Knoll Farms has supplied plants for over 1000 green roof projects throughout the United States and Canada. Edmund collaborates on green roof research with academic institutions worldwide and advises botanic gardens, including the Singapore Botanic Garden and the U.S. Botanic Garden, on green roof installations. Edmund is the co-author of Green Roof Plants: A Resource and Planting Guide (Timber Press, 2006), The Green Roof Manual: A Professional Guide To Design, Installation and Maintenance. (Timber Press 2010) and Small Green Roofs: Low-Tech Options for Greener Living (Timber Press 2011).
Entry Requirements The Selection Committee will evaluate the applicant's ability to complete the course successfully using the following criteria:
  • Completion of a bachelor's degree OR
  • Completion of a relevant TAFE or Higher Education Advanced Diploma or equivalent and 3 years full-time, documented work experience or equivalent OR
  • Completion of a relevant TAFE Diploma and 4.5 years full-time, documented work experience, or equivalent OR
  • Completion of 6 years relevant full-time, documented work experience, including at least 3 years in a supervisory role
International applicants must meet the University's English language entry requirements, which require either recent previous postgraduate study completed entirely in English, or an IELTS overall score of 6.5 (with no band less than 6.0) or equivalent. The Selection Committee may conduct interviews and tests and may call for referee reports or employer references for evidence of criteria fulfilment.
Course Fees Tuition Fees in 2015 are $7,000 ($3,500 per subject).
Fee Inclusions Fees include tuition, course materials and access to on-line resources during intensive delivery of subjects. As enrolled students of the University of Melbourne, students have access to a range of facilities and amenities provided by the University of Melbourne.
FEE HELP FEE-HELP is available for this course of study. Fee help is a loan given to eligible fee paying students to help pay part or all of their tuition fees.
Key Dates
Subject Key Delivery Dates
Designing Green Roofs and Walls Sunday 28 June - Friday 3 July, 2015
Managing Green Roofs and Walls Monday 30 - Friday 4 December, 2015
Delivery Venue The University of Melbourne Burnley campus
Contact 13MELB (136352)