The aim of this module is to provide the student with the knowledge and understanding of the relationships between the client brief, context appraisal and design process that relate to the design of open spaces. Students will explore the social, cultural and psychological issues relating to the site context as well as apply site investigative techniques to a range of sites. Site investigative techniques include: vegetative surveys; technical and functional surveys; and appraising, evaluating and communicating information through drawings, reports, presentations and design projects. Students will explore the relationships between analytical and conceptual design processes and formulate aesthetic and functional messages and meaning for the development of landscape and garden design projects. The AutoCAD skills taught in this module will be used in the second and third years of the course preparing students for working in the landscape architecture and garden design industry.