Landscape Principles and Practice - (30 credits)

This module introduces the student to the concepts and practices associated with the management of plants within a wide range of landscape situations and to the concept of biophila. In doing this, it sets out to explore the way in which humans have continually interacted with landscapes through history; perceptions of urban and rural settings, 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. Practical sessions provide students with experience of a range of practical horticultural and landscape skills applying horticultural knowledge to these tasks. Students are encouraged to develop these skills further through co-curricular activities and the completion of allocated mandatory duties and project work on the estate . Overt links will be made with the other level 4 modules in particular Plant Propagation, Growth and Production in relation to evaluating a site and plant selection. Working in small groups, students will take responsibility for the allocated work through the year, so contributing to short, medium and long terms plans for the estate. Through this they will gain introductory project management skills and gain an insight into design principles. Practical skills are also assessed as part of a skills-based assessment that enables students to demonstrate their ability to integrate the theoretical and practical skills gained throughout year one of the course.