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 program that explores the basics of plant science, including plant physiology, morphology and anatomy.
In this professional development 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
When you study with Australian Online Courses, you will be assessed using a competency-based training method.
Competency-based training focuses on the achievement of skills and knowledge against set criteria to meet industry-standard and is not benchmarked against other students’ work.
In this course, the assessment will be comprised of written assignments and exercises, which may include short answer questions, reports, essays, research projects and reflective tasks.
If you do not achieve a competency result on your first attempt, you have two more attempts to pass your assessment. So, you have three attempts in total to obtain a competency result.
In this way, you can complete your course in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
Why Choose Australian Online Courses?
Professional development that is widely recognised and respected;
Improve your employment opportunities;
Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
High-quality professional development programs written by industry experts;
No entry requirements;
All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
Unlimited tutor support;
Easy to understand course content;
We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply);
Certificate of Attainment/Completion issued for your CV (hard copy provided); and
Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.
How long will it take to complete this course?
The approximate study hours for this course is 100 hours. We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply).
Can I purchase optional printed materials?
While printed materials are not available for purchase, PDF copies are available for download and self-printing for this program.
When can I start this course?
You can start within 60 minutes during business hours when you enrol and pay in full with a credit card!
Credit card: Within 60 mins during business hours.
BPAY: Within 1-2 working days.
Internet Banking: Within 1-2 working days.
Cheque/Money Order: Upon receipt of mailed cheque.
Will I receive a certificate upon completion of this course?
Yes! You will receive a Certificate of Attainment upon successful completion of your assessment.
Do I need to attend classes or undertake any work placements?
No. All courses are delivered online via our e-learning system and there are no work placement requirements in this course.
What support can I expect from Australian Online Courses?
Unlimited tutor support is available throughout your studies via email during business hours Monday to Friday. Our Administrative team are available Monday to Friday via email, live chat and telephone.
I am an international student. Can I enrol into this course?
Yes! We accept enrolments from individuals both within Australia and internationally; location is no barrier to entry into our programs.