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Course Description

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This course provides an overview of plant anatomy and physiology and explores a variety of plant care and plant growth concepts. Topics include plant form and function, soil management, and insect, disease and weed management practices. The growing requirements and cultural practices for trees and shrubs are identified and discussed, which include fertilizing, pruning, and control options for pests.

Designed For

Learners wishing to enhance their understanding of basic plant anatomy and physiology and how it applies to plant health and growth.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the learner should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the components of plant taxonomy;
  2. Differentiate and utilize basic terminology to describe plant parts;
  3. Apply the basics of plant identification using botanical keys and herbaria;
  4. Investigate how various environmental factors and conditions influence desired plant growth; and
  5. Recognize and identify the two sources of health problems in herbaceous and woody plants: plant diseases/disorders and problems caused by pests.

Course Topics

  • Plant Anatomy and Physiology
  • Soils
  • Arboriculture
  • Diseases, Disorders and Insects
  • Weed Control


Assessment Item Weight
Assignments (3 x 20%) 60%
Discussions (2 x 15%) 30%
Quiz 10%
Total 100%

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

*Course details are subject to change.


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