Science Courses

Applied Electronics Duration icon 100 hours Qualification icon Statement of Attainment Lessons icon 8 lessons

Learn to understand the basics of electronics.

Electronics underpins the operation of many types of machinery used in horticultural practices. Lawn mowers to tractors and computer controlled irrigation to refrigeration of produce: equipment used by horticulturists uses electricity.

Learning methods available: This course can be studied via Correspondence Correspondence This course can be studied Online Online This course can be studied through E-Learning E-Learning Read more & enrol: Applied Electronics

BIOCHEMISTRY I - PLANTS Duration icon 100 hours Qualification icon Statement of Attainment Lessons icon 9 lessons

This course concentrates on the chemistry of the plants. 

Lessons cover: Biochemical substances and terms, carbohydrates, lipids, amino acids, proteins, metabolism, the nitrogen cycle, photosynthesis, respiration, transpiration, acidity and alkalinity, nutrition, hormones, chemical analysis and biochemical applications in industry.

Student Comment: 'Having not finished high school myself and never studied biochemistry my confidence is a little low but the encouragement I am receiving from Honor [tutor] is a tremendous help and making it easier for me as I go. [The course] is helping me realize what I am actually capable of and that I am smarter than I thought. Thank you for making it possible for me to study my passion while still being able to work.' Melissa Smith, Australia.

Some secondary school chemistry will be helpful though it is not essential.

Learning methods available: This course can be studied via Correspondence Correspondence This course can be studied Online Online This course can be studied through E-Learning E-Learning Read more & enrol: BIOCHEMISTRY I - PLANTS

BIOCHEMISTRY II Duration icon 100 hours Qualification icon Statement of Attainment Lessons icon 9 lessons

Learn about the many of the important building blocks of life including: Amino acids, proteins, sugars,
polysaccharide s, lipids, enzymes, vitamins, hormones, RNA and DNA.
 
This course focuses on biochemical molecules. Students would normally have completed Plant or Animal 
Biochemistry I, before attempting this module

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Learning methods available: This course can be studied via Correspondence Correspondence This course can be studied Online Online This course can be studied through E-Learning E-Learning Read more & enrol: BIOCHEMISTRY II

BIOCHEMISTRY III (Plants) Duration icon 100 hours Qualification icon Statement of Attainment Lessons icon 11 lessons

Expand your understanding of plant biochemical process.

Plant biochemistry unpins our understanding of horticultural processes including the use of plant hormones, growing conditions and propagation.  This course will help you understand this important principles.

Learn about a range of common biochemical processes in plants including: glycolysis, movement through membranes, electron transport, oxidative phosphorylation, sugar and polysaccharide metabolism, lipid metabolism, photosynthesis, nucleotide metabolism, enzyme activity and reproductive processes in plants.

Learning methods available: This course can be studied via Correspondence Correspondence This course can be studied Online Online This course can be studied through E-Learning E-Learning Read more & enrol: BIOCHEMISTRY III (Plants)

BOTANY I - PLANT PHYSIOLOGY AND TAXONOMY Duration icon 100 hours Qualification icon Statement of Attainment Lessons icon 10 lessons

Learn about plant physiology and taxonomy, including general botany, morphology and anatomy. A suitable course for anyone working with plants, including horticulturalists, agriculturalists, environmental managers and plant scientists.

 

Learning methods available: This course can be studied via Correspondence Correspondence This course can be studied Online Online This course can be studied through E-Learning E-Learning Read more & enrol: BOTANY I - PLANT PHYSIOLOGY AND TAXONOMY

BOTANY II Duration icon 100 hours Qualification icon Statement of Attainment Lessons icon 10 lessons

Learn the principles and practices of plant physiology for a deeper insight into how plants function,  their growth, factors that promote development and which hinder growth. This course is for people that work or wish to work with plants or as a scientist (e.g. for nursery personnel, technicians and researchers and science students wishing to further their knowledge in plant physiology).

Learning methods available: This course can be studied via Correspondence Correspondence This course can be studied Online Online This course can be studied through E-Learning E-Learning Read more & enrol: BOTANY II

CELL BIOLOGY Duration icon 100 hours Qualification icon Statement of Attainment Lessons icon 10 lessons

An understanding of cell biology is important in many areas of study, for the cell is the building block of all living forms. Learn about: chemical composition and processes in cells, genetics, membranes, the nucleus, protein structure and function, bioenergetics, cell signaling or communication; the cell cycle or lifespan and how cells combine to form different types ofr tissues.
Learning methods available: This course can be studied via Correspondence Correspondence This course can be studied Online Online This course can be studied through E-Learning E-Learning Read more & enrol: CELL BIOLOGY

Certificate in Applied Biochemistry Duration icon 600 hours Qualification icon Certificate Modules icon 6 modules

Learn how to Apply a Knowledge of Biochemistry to Growing and Managing Plants
Learning methods available: This course can be studied via Correspondence Correspondence This course can be studied Online Online This course can be studied through E-Learning E-Learning Read more & enrol: Certificate in Applied Biochemistry

ENGINEERING APPLICATIONS (ENGINEERING II) Duration icon 100 hours Qualification icon Statement of Attainment Lessons icon 9 lessons

Solve Problems in the garden or on the farm. Learn easier ways to do the job with the proper machinery and equipment.

This course complements Engineering I, developing skills to apply appropriate and innovative engineering solutions, to improve efficiency and productivity in agriculture and horticulture. It covers: surveying, earthworks, water management, environmental control (eg. heating, cooling, ventilation, etc.), fencing, chemical applications, mechanising manual tasks, improving engineering efficiency/operations and developing engineering solutions to different workplace tasks/problems.

Learning methods available: This course can be studied via Correspondence Correspondence This course can be studied Online Online This course can be studied through E-Learning E-Learning Read more & enrol: ENGINEERING APPLICATIONS (ENGINEERING II)

GENETICS Duration icon 100 hours Qualification icon Statement of Attainment Lessons icon 9 lessons

Genetics is the Foundation for Breeding and Selecting Better Plants.
 
Genetics is set to change the way we go about horticulture over the coming decades; and an understanding of this area of science may well be critical to being able to take advantage of developments in the industry and get the jump on your competitors in the future. 
Learning methods available: This course can be studied via Correspondence Correspondence This course can be studied Online Online This course can be studied through E-Learning E-Learning Read more & enrol: GENETICS

MACHINERY and EQUIPMENT (ENGINEERING I) Duration icon 100 hours Qualification icon Statement of Attainment Lessons icon 8 lessons

Do You Need to Know More about The Machinery used in Your Trade?

An introductory subject which aims to develop an ability to manage the selection, operation and maintenance of tools and machinery, with particular reference to agriculture and horticulture (i.e. for crop farming, professional gardening, sports grounds, parks and gardens). Learn the use and operation of tools, equipment and machines.

Learning methods available: This course can be studied via Correspondence Correspondence This course can be studied Online Online This course can be studied through E-Learning E-Learning Read more & enrol: MACHINERY and EQUIPMENT (ENGINEERING I)

Mechanics Duration icon 100 hours Qualification icon Statement of Attainment Lessons icon 9 lessons

This course provides an understanding of machines. As such it forms a foundation for understanding the scope and nature of machines; possibilities for achieving more efficient work outcomes with machines; how to make better choices of what machine to use for what job, and how to manage and maintain machinery you use.
Machines include obvious things such as cars and garden equipment; but also machinery used in factories, offices and other workplaces, and machines used to make life easier in our houses, from kitchen appliances to vacuum cleaners. A kitchen food processor is a machine as are cars and robots. This course is relevant to all of these things.
When you better understand machines, you have a greater capacity to work in horticulture. 
 
Learning methods available: This course can be studied via Correspondence Correspondence This course can be studied Online Online This course can be studied through E-Learning E-Learning Read more & enrol: Mechanics

MICROBIOLOGY BSC209 Duration icon 100 hours Lessons icon 9 lessons

Learn Microbiology

Understanding microbiology is fundamental to managing plant pathogens, soil health, compost technology,  and many other aspects of horticulture.

This course is a comprehensive introduction to both theoretical and applied microbiology. It helps you to better manage plant production, workplace safety and much more.

Learning methods available: This course can be studied Online Online This course can be studied through E-Learning E-Learning Read more & enrol: MICROBIOLOGY BSC209

PHYSICS Duration icon 100 hours Qualification icon Statement of Attainment Lessons icon 10 lessons

We live in a physical world where everything you see, hear, feel and touch is affected by physics.
When you understand physics better, you can also do most things better.
 
Physics allows us to work more efficiently.
Without an understanding of physics we wouldn't have effective tools and equipment; and the work we do on farms and in gardens would be much more limited. 
Learning methods available: This course can be studied via Correspondence Correspondence This course can be studied Online Online This course can be studied through E-Learning E-Learning Read more & enrol: PHYSICS

PLANT ECOLOGY Duration icon 100 hours Qualification icon Statement of Attainment Lessons icon 8 lessons

Studying plant ecology can help you understand how plants respond differently in different environments; and that can improve your plant cultivation skills.

  • Study Plant Ecology as a stand alone course to expand and deepen your perspective on how the world around you works.
  • Study this as a module within a certificate or proficiency award in horticulture, environmental management or science
Learning methods available: This course can be studied via Correspondence Correspondence This course can be studied Online Online This course can be studied through E-Learning E-Learning Read more & enrol: PLANT ECOLOGY

STATISTICS Duration icon 100 hours Qualification icon Statement of Attainment Lessons icon 10 lessons

Study statistics to be better at research, more effective as a planner or more profitable in business.
 
This course assumes a basic knowledge of Statistics, at least to the level covered by our Research Project I course.
A 100 hour course such as this will not make you into a statistician, but it will provide the most essential knowledge and skills required by consultants and researchers in a wide variety of disciplines taught by ACS Distance Education.
Learning methods available: This course can be studied via Correspondence Correspondence This course can be studied Online Online This course can be studied through E-Learning E-Learning Read more & enrol: STATISTICS

Zoology (Vertebrates) Duration icon 100 hours Qualification icon Statement of Attainment Lessons icon 10 lessons

Study Vertebrate Animal Anatomy and Physiology
Learning methods available: This course can be studied via Correspondence Correspondence This course can be studied Online Online This course can be studied through E-Learning E-Learning Read more & enrol: Zoology (Vertebrates)