Playground Design 100 Hours Certificate Course
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Playground Design 100 Hours Certificate Course
The course emphasises the design and construction of playgrounds and small community parks; but is equally relevant to homes, schools and child care centres.
Learn to Design Playgrounds and Understand the concepts behind designing children's playgrounds. This will help you learn to Create a Play Ground that is Sympathetic to the Play Experience.
This is an essential course for parks managers or landscape designers. It includes playground philosophy, design of play structures (for function & safety), materials selection, community participation and park design. Anyone (Parent to landscaper) who develops a landscape that is to be used by children, has a responsibility to understand the full implications of what they are creating. That involves understanding what play is, how children play, and then applying that knowledge to forming a play friendly environment.
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Lesson Structure: Playground Design BHT216
There are 8 lessons:
- Overview of Parks & Playgrounds
- Playground Philosophy
- Preparing a Concept Plan
- Park & Playground Structures and Materials
- Local and Neighbourhood Parks
- Community Participation In Park Development
- Special Assignment.
Learning Goals: Playground Design BHT216
- Determine the procedure to plan a park development, including a playground and other facilities.
- Prepare a concept plan for a park or playground.
- Assess the design of park components, including materials and equipment used in parks and playgrounds.
- Determine appropriate design characteristics for a local or neighbourhood parks.
- Determine legal implications involved in the design of a playground.
- Design facilities to cater for movement throughout a park or playground.
- Manage appropriate community participation in development of a park or playground.
- Explain how an understanding of play theory can be applied to the design of a playground.
- Explain how the concept of recreational planning may influence the design of a specified park.
- Determine factors which distinguish park design from home garden design.
- Compare different planning processes used for developing designs for public landscapes, including: advocacy planning, strategic planning and community participation.
- Explain historical influences upon park design, in your locality, including:
- local history
- national history.
- Evaluate the functional depreciation of a specified playground over a period of at least ten years.
- Explain the significance of demographic considerations on park design, in a specific locality.
- Evaluate the designs of two different established parks, and two established playgrounds, visited by you.
- Develop a brief for a park plan, through an interview with management of a specific site.
- Collect preplanning information for a proposed park design; through surveying the site and interviewing both managers of the site, and intended users of the site.
- Develop three alternative concept plans for a proposed park development; in accordance with a real design brief, either prepared by you with a client, or obtained as a brief for a job being put to tender.
- Compare three alternative concept plans in an interview with a client, or prospective client, for a proposed park development; recording the interview session on audio tape.
- Describe the design features of four different items of outdoor furniture intended for use in parks and playgrounds.
- Compare the suitability of different barriers, including bollards, fences, plantings and walls, used in three different parks and/or playgrounds; visited and inspected by you.
- Assess the design of garden constructions inspected by you in a childrens playground.
- Compare various ground surfacing materials in terms of their application in park or playground design.
- Explain design considerations for earth forming, in a specific park and playground.
- Design a park plan for a specified site of 1,000 to 10,000 square metres, incorporating a themed play area.
- Prepare a costing for the construction of a themed play area, designed by you.
- Compare the appropriateness of fifteen different plants for use in a playground in terms of different factors including:
- play possibilities
- Determine appropriate design criteria for the use of water in playgrounds.
- Determine appropriate functions for neighbourhood parks.
- Determine inappropriate functions for a neighbourhood park.
- Analyse two neighbourhood parks by both; surveying users and observing users.
- Evaluate the design of two different neighbourhood parks, visited and studied by you, against different criteria including:
- Maintenance requirement
- Environmental sympathy.
- Recommend design modifications for a surveyed neighbourhood park.
- Explain the significance of danger to the childrens learning experience.
- Determine how two different specific playground designs have been influenced by concerns about legal liability.
- Conduct a legal risk analysis of a playground which has been established for more than ten years.
- Develop guidelines for minimising legal liability in playground design, for an authority responsible for a specific playground.
- Determine design criteria for different types of trails in parks including: *Fun and fitness trails
- Environmental interpretation trails
- Cycle paths
- Linkages between parks
- Compare the construction of three different specified paths within parks with reference to:
- Maintenance requirements.
- Prepare a concept plan for a "specialist trail" in a park, such as; a fun and fitness trail, a cycle path or an environmental interpretation trail, following design standards in the industry.
- Determine factors which impact on the success of a park/playground development which involves community participation.
- Analyse community attitudes to a park or playground development, which has used community participation, by either:
- discussion with local Parks Department management.
- Explain how to promote community involvement in park development in a way which will optimise the chance of success.
- Determine a procedure to involve a community in the development of a park/playground facility, on a site visited by you.
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