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Course Description

Soils and Plant Growth provides an overview of basic plant biology and soil science. Students will learn the fundamentals of plant growth and development as well as the many different properties of soil. Focus will be on the practical application of these topics to real-life horticulture scenarios and landscape design projects.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, you should be able to:

  1. Explain how photosynthesis and respiration cycles contribute to plant growth and development;
  2. Describe the anatomy of a plant and explain the functions of selected plant parts;
  3. Explain the required nutrients for plants and recommend the best methods for fertilizing plants to promote growth and for maintenance;
  4. Discuss the role of water in plant health and soil management;
  5. Recall the main physical and chemical properties of soil;
  6. Apply knowledge of soils (physical and chemical properties) and methods of soil improvement to improve plant growth; and
  7. Explain how soil properties impact site drainage.



Course Topics

  • Plant Structure
  • Photosynthesis and Respiration
  • Plant Growth
  • Plant Development
  • Hormones
  • Reproduction
  • Soli Physical Properties
  • Soil Water
  • Soil Life
  • Soil Chemical Properties
  • Plant Nutrition
  • Fertitlity and Fertilizers

Additional Requirements

  • This course is designed for adult learners who are at least 18 years of age.
  • You can expect to spend a minimum of 6 - 10 hours per week to complete the course material, activities, discussions, and assignments.
  • There is no required textbook and materials will be made available on the course website.
  • This course is offered every semester.


Assessment Item Weight
Quizzes 30%
Introduction 5%
Article #1 20%
Article #2 20%
Discussion Topics 10%
Plant Assessment 15%

Please note assessment items and weights are subject to change. 


Applies Towards the Following Certificates

*Course details are subject to change.


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