Develop a deeper understanding of plant ecology and apply that knowledge to horticulture and the cultivation of plants. You’ll discover a new view of the plant world, whether you’re a landscaper, farmer or environmental manager!
Certificate of Plant Ecology is an online professional development program that will provide you with an in-depth understanding of plant life and its relationship to other plants, animals and the physical world.
Throughout this plant ecology course, you will learn about ecosystems, ecological principles, how plants respond to environmental stressors, the importance of abiotic environmental factors, soil, geography, weather and climate in horticulture.
You will also learn to evaluate meteorological records in relation to plant growth and development, understand how xerophytes, hydrophytes and halophytes can be used in gardening and landscaping situations and how planning, environmental assessment and impact analysis contribute to conservation.
On completion of this course, you will have developed a comprehensive understanding of the important principles in plant ecology.
Unit - Plant Ecology
Unit 1 – Introductory Ecology
Constituents of the ecosystem
Energy flow through an ecosystem
The web of life
The food web
Habitat and niche
Unit 2 – Plant Communities
Classification of plant communities
Open and closed plant communities
Tropical rainforest biome example
Location and characteristics of biomes
Structure of layers
Succession of plant communities
Community stability and equilibrium
What can happen at “edges”
Unit 3 – Plants and their Environment
Development, structure and function
Environmental factors (climate, light, temperature, fires and wind)
Monitoring of abiotic factors
Introduction to environmental assessment
Pre purchase inspection of a site
Flora and fauna surveys
Open space management plans
Compliance with specific license conditions
Detection of pollutants
Use of plants
Remediation of a polluted site
Unit 4 – Plants, Soils & Climate
Natural conditions and plants distribution
Climate of the Australia and British Isles
Circulation features of the Pacific Ocean
The walker circulation
The southern oscillation (soi)
Global effects of El Niño
El Niño climate clues
The carbon dioxide cycle
Soil fertility/nutrient availability
Major types of soil problems
Water and wind erosion
Salinity (control methods)
Soil structural decline
Soil acidification and chemical residues
Unit 5 – Plant Adaptations to Extreme Environments
Ecological groups of plants
Hydrophyte and xerophyte
Mesophyte and halophyte
Horticultural application of ecological groups of plants
The significance of xeromorphy
Gardening in different environmental conditions
Foliage burn (treatment)
Lack of water
Cold weather checklist
Hail and shade
Protecting plants with shade cloth
Humidity and temperature
Managing temperature in a domestic garden
Wind / windbreaks
Mulching in winter
Coastal sites and growing plants
What to plant in damp spots
Creating a bog garden
Selecting a greenhouse
Avoiding problems in the greenhouse
Unit 6 – Manipulating Plant Environments
Controlling environmental conditions
Plants have varying tolerance levels
Too much attention is not always a good thing
Selecting the right plants
Ways of providing protection to plants
Greenhouses and shade-houses
Cold frames and cloches
Choosing windbreak plants
Unit 7 – Environmental Conservation
Water and soil pollution
Effects of horticulture
Pesticides and fertilisers
Loss of agricultural land
The loss of biological diversity
Endangered water supplies
The exhaustion of non-renewable resources
The greenhouse effect
The actual and potential effects
Introduction to recycling
Dumps and recycling
Recycling plastics and metals
Recycling glass, paper and rubber
What can individuals do to reduce waste?
Reducing waste in the home
Reusing waste and recycling waste
Unit 8 – Environmental Organisations, Assessment and Funding
Conservation of individual species
Ecosystems and communities conservation
Plant conservation funding
Estimated duration 50 hours
Course Delivery and Start
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Assessment will be comprised of written assignments and exercises, including short answer questions, reports, essays, research projects and reflective tasks. 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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We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply);
Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.
Are there any entry requirements or pre-requisites?
There are no entry requirements or pre-requisites for entry into this program.
How long will it take to complete this course?
The approximate study hours for this course is 50 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?
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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.
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I am an international student. Can I enrol into this course?
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