Did you know that plants have the potential to solve a variety of major world problems? They can be used to reduce global warming, to purify polluted soil and air, and to overcome food shortages. This course is ideal for anyone working with plants, from botanists, horticulturists, agriculturists and farmers to landscapers, nursery workers and even those in the ecotourism industry.
The Certificate of Botanyis an online professional development program that explores the basics of plant science, including plant physiology, morphology and anatomy.
In this online botany course, you will study the taxonomic classification of plants, the specific vegetative parts of a plant, photosynthesis, respiration and the phytochrome and photoperiodism systems.
You will also learn about growth regulators, the effects of plant associations and growth manipulation, and how to harvest, store, transport and improve the shelf life of edible plants.
On completion of this course, you will better understand how plants grow and flower, how to grow and maintain them, and how your knowledge can be used to solve some of the issues of our rapidly changing world.
Unit 1 – Taxonomic classification of plants
The binomial system
Plant families and species
Hybrids, varieties and cultivars
Key to plant groups
Key to plant phyla
Key to lamiaceae
Species and variety names and meanings
Unit 2 – Cells and tissues
Types of plant cells
Plant tissues – primary and secondary
Unit 3 – Specific vegetative parts of a plant
Leaf structure and arrangement
Root structure (tap root, adventitious roots)
Morphological changes due to maturation
Common botanical terms
Unit 4 – Flowers and fruit
Flower structure – inflorescence
Fruits – simple, aggregate, multiple
Pollination and fertilisation
Unit 5 – Seed and the developing embryo
Propagation of Plants
Unit 6 – Photosynthesis and Growing Plants
Chloroplasts in photosynthesis
Photosynthesis in controlled growing conditions
Light transformation into energy
The photosynthetic process,
Gas exchange with the atmosphere
Unit 7 – Respiration
Stages of respiration
Rate of respiration
Citric acid cycle (krebs cycle)
Electron transport chain
Unit 8 – The Role of Water
Water and plant growth
Water movement from soil to root
The transpiration stream
Transpiration and environmental conditions
Unit 9 – Movement of Water and Assimilates through a Plant
Mechanisms of nutrient uptake
Absorption and transport of mineral nutrients
Translocation of photosynthetic products
Translocation of sugars
Adaptations for water storage
Food and water storage organs
Unit 10 – The effects of tropisms and other growth movements
Chemical growth modifications
Estimated duration 50 hours
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Assessment will be comprised of written exercises, including short-answer questions, reflective tasks, short reports and/or projects. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment. As a result, you can complete training in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
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C. Robertson, Lesmurdie, WA | Certificate of Botany
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S. Stockwell, Derby, WA | Certificate of Botany
Assignment requirements were clear and easy to follow. Information sheets summarised the issues clearly and concisely.
Learning topics were relevant and gave me a good understanding on the basics of botany.
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