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Course Description

Explore ways to control the environment and growing conditions for greenhouse crops. Learn how the greenhouse environment—including light, temperature, humidity, water, atmospheric gases, and nutrients—impacts plant growth and development. Examine a variety of greenhouse design features and the types of technology used, from small-scale low-tech to large high-tech commercial operations. This course will build on your understanding of Integrated Pest Management so you can apply it to the greenhouse environment.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Recognize how plants in a closed environment respond to the environmental elements of light, temperature, carbon dioxide, water and humidity
  • Identify common greenhouse design features and the materials used to build them
  • Distinguish the types of environmental control systems used in closed environments—including heating, light, humidity, air circulation, venting, energy curtains, irrigation, fertilization, and carbon dioxide systems
  • Identify and apply fertilizing techniques used in a closed environment system
  • Calculate energy losses in a greenhouse
  • Identify greenhouse pests and diseases
  • Apply the principles of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) to make recommendations for pest and disease management in a greenhouse environment

Course Topics

  • An Introduction to the Greenhouse Environment
  • Heat and Light in the Greenhouse
  • Carbon Dioxide and Relative Humidity in the Greenhouse
  • Water and Irrigation in the Greenhouse
  • Greenhouse Structures
  • Growing Media and Fertility in the Greenhouse
  • Greenhouse Insects
  • Greenhouse Diseases
  • Greenhouse Heat Loss
  • Technology in the Greenhouse
  • Automation in the Greenhouse
  • Post-Harvest Horticulture

Additional Requirements

  • This course is intended for adult learners who are at least 18 years of age.
  • There are no prerequisites for this course
  • You can expect to spend 8 to 12 hours per week to complete the course content, readings, activities, discussions and assignments.

Greenhouse Management and Greenhouse Crop Production complete an area of focus in Greenhouse Production.

Do not enrol in this course if you have successfully completed Greenhouse Management (310-0014).

Assessment

Assessment Item Weight
Quizzes 30%
Assignments 70%
Total 100%

Please note that the course assessment is subject to change.

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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