Ecological Principles and Planting Theory - (30 Credits)

This module provides students with knowledge and practical application for appraising the contextual issues of wider landscapes. The importance of ecological principles, geomorphology, and specifically soil and plant sciences are explored. Students consider how to present survey and site information. Students will also explore intuitive responses which along with other qualitative and quantitative ways of engaging with place, form a basis for formulating aesthetic, and meaningful design proposals. The module also introduces the student to the concepts and practices associated with the maintenance and management of plants. The selection, establishment and maintenance of plants as components of the landscape are key aspects to this module. Students familiarise themselves with the importance of plant 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 preferences. Tutor-led sessions provide students with experience of a range of practical horticultural and landscaping skills. Practical skills are assessed through a journal that is compiled throughout the academic year.