Landscape Principles and Practice - (30 credits)

This module introduces the student to the concepts and practices associated with the management plants within a wide range of landscape situations. In doing this, it sets out to explore the way in which humans have continually interacted with landscapes through history; the variety of ways in which urban and rural settings have been have been perceived through history, and the resultant motivations behind the creation and styles of landscapes and gardens. The selection, establishment and maintenance of plants as components of the landscape are key aspects to this module. Students familiarize themselves with the importance of selection in relation to function and design intent, and especially with regard to the site and sustainability. The ability to accurately identify plants based upon their physical characteristics is developed alongside the capacity to apply plant knowledge relating to their growing preference(s) and maintenance needs in a variety of contexts. Tutor led practical sessions provide students with experience of a range of practical horticultural and landscape skills. Students are encouraged to further develop these skills through the completion of further project work in relation to independently evaluating a site and carrying out works therein as part of a small team. Practical skills are also assessed as part of a skills based assessment that enables them to demonstrate their ability to combine both the theoretical and practical skills gained through the course of study.