Landscape Architecture and Site Planning - Basic Fundamentals

By Prof. Uttam Kumar Banerjee   |   IIT Kharagpur
Learners enrolled: 4188
In the event of rapid urbanization there is a trend of fast depletion of natural resources especially the vegetation.Depletion of natural ground-cover and Landscape is one of the major sources of natural hazards, such as Landslide, Flood, Heat Island, Soil erosion etc. There is growing interest in this field of knowledge.This course is tailored very effectively to introduce all aspects of Plant sciences, Planting design techniques, Garden maintenance and management. This course would be very useful for the students as well as practicing architects, planner, engineers and common people.The lectures would be supported with real-time illustrations through sketches and analysis, in addition to the digital illustrations time to time. These would result in easy comprehension by the students of different level of ability and Exposure. Multiple illustrations with case studies would be the strength of this course disseminated with lucid lectures.

INTENDED AUDIENCE : Interested Students
INDUSTRY SUPPORT : This course would be very useful for the Govt. or Private,Horticulture and Gardening departments, Plant Nurseries, any individual Landscape connoisseurs.
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 8 weeks
Category :
  • Civil Engineering
  • Architecture and Planning
Credit Points : 2
Level : Undergraduate
Start Date : 15 Feb 2021
End Date : 09 Apr 2021
Enrollment Ends : 15 Feb 2021
Exam Date : 24 Apr 2021 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1: Introduction to Landscape Design
Week 2: History of Landscape
Week 3: Landscape Elements
Week 4: Site Analysis
Week 5: User Analysis
Week 6: Landform Design
Week 7: Drainage Design
Week 8: Plant Sciences and Plant Maintenance

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Instructor bio

Prof. Uttam Kumar Banerjee

IIT Kharagpur
Uttam K. Banerjee is currently a senior Professor in the Department of Architecture & Regional Planning, as well as Joint-Faculty in the RCG School of Infrastructure Design and Management at the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, where he has served as the Head in both the departments from 2004 to 2007 and 2011 to 2014 respectively. He has graduated with Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch), post-graduated with Master of City Planning (MCP) and Ph.D. in Transportation system evaluation from Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur.

He has a wide spectrum of knowledge with academic, research and professional experience in the multiple domains associated with Architecture, Planning, Infrastructure management, Facility Planning and asset management, Landscape, Environment and Computer Applications.  Over the past years he had been constantly exposed to professional negotiations, interactions, as well as interviews. 

He has undertaken several architectural, Urban planning, and Landscape consultancy projects at the national level, e.g. Vindhyachal (NTPC), Korba (NTPC), Farakka (NTPC), New Town (Kolkata). Over the last two decades and till date he has been involved in the projects related to Environmental Management, National Land use Policy formulation, Climate Change Adaptation planning, infrastructure planning etc. sponsored by various international organizations as well as Govt. of India. He is currently involved in research on Climate Change Adaptation through Landscape planning, and Mega-scale residential projects.

He had been coordinator for the training program for architects, titled NPCBAERM (National Program for Capacity Building of Architects on Earthquake Risk Management), on behalf of IIT Kharagpur as National Resource Institute for a national mission sponsored by Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt. of India. He has undertaken several capacity building programs for the architects, planners, environmental engineers in the area of ‘Ecocity planning’ sponsored by the GIZ-Germany, and ‘Sustainable Land use Planning & Infrastructure’ sponsored by the World Bank Institute. He is an expert member of the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) for Smart City Guidelines formulation.

In the past he had offered a course on Marketing at the Vinod Gupta School of Management at IIT Kharagpur, on invitation, where his domain of expertise was on marketing, negotiation and sales. He has offered several lectures on non-verbal communications and body language in short-term courses conducted at IIT Kharagpur.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 24 April 2021 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 6 assignments out of the total 8 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Kharagpur .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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