Learning Outcomes

The faculty has identified four themes that include 12 critical student learning outcomes (SLO) essential for students to achieve the LA program goals. The outcomes are multifaceted and interrelated.

Theme One: Define and refine design problems and questions
Upon successful completion of the BLA at WSU, students will be able to
1. Identify and characterize the complex nature of problems and questions associated with human/ landscape interactions across a broad range of scales;
2. Articulate an understanding of identified problems and questions within the theoretical and historical context of the profession of landscape architecture;

Theme Two: Discover and determine appropriate design processes
Upon successful completion of the BLA at WSU, students will be able to
3. Identify appropriate methods of design inquiry and problem solving processes to produce creative solutions to identified problems and questions;
4. Identify, collect, and analyze necessary information using appropriate technologies and analytical techniques as they relate to the identified problem or question;
5. Explore and critically analyze alternative design or planning solutions to the identified problem or question;
6. Engage in assessment and evaluation practices throughout the entire design process;

Theme Three: Explore and develop communication skills
Upon successful completion of the BLA at WSU, students will be able to
7. Justify and defend the proposed design or planning solution within the context of aesthetic, social, political, economic, and environmental conditions;
8. Communicate the entire problem solving process or method of inquiry in written, oral, and graphic ways using appropriate media;

Theme Four: Cultivate awareness of professional practices
Upon successful completion of the BLA at WSU, students will be able to
9. Understand multiple aspects of practice;
10. Show a capacity for collaboration;
11. Integrate and apply diverse perspectives to design solutions;
12. Possess knowledge and understanding about allied fields and the value of interdisciplinary design.