Ecological Principles and Planting Theory Part I - (15 Credits)

This module provides students with knowledge and practical application for appraising the contextual issues of wider landscapes, The importance of ecological principles, specifically soil and plant sciences are explored. The module also introduces the student to the concepts and practices associated with the management of plants within a wide range of landscape situations. 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 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 landscaping 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.