Undergraduate Module Descriptor

ANT2022: Permaculture and Gardening with Nature

This module descriptor refers to the 2019/0 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following themes with scope for individual students to focus on elements of their choice:

How to record information than could affect growing food successfully, such as soil testing and using exiting vegetation as a proxy for the land’s status

How to design a food production area

How to build up organic matter in soil, including traditional composting, no-dig, and permaculture methods

How to grow food using various methods, from raised beds to forest gardens

How to obtain food, from foraging, perennial and annual food resources, to typical garden flowers

How to plant particular crops, from annuals to perennials (including trees)

How to care for particular crops and prune perennials (particularly trees)

How to manage a productive area

How to develop a harvest plan

How to manage bee hives

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities 6030 x 2-hour sessions of supervised practical work in the garden
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities 15Fieldtrips
Guided independent study30Reading
Guided independent study 45Preparation of gardening journal and project presentation

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).

Useful Links:

Incredible Edible Movement http://incredibleediblenetwork.org.uk/

Grow it Yourself https://giy.ie/

The Orchard Project: www.theorchardproject.org.uk