Horticulture, Landscape & Sportsturf Management (HLS1)

This degree programme includes Sportsturf Management, Landscape Management and Social Horticulture.

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This programme in Horticulture, Landscape & Sportsturf Management provides students with the education and skills to enable them to attain leadership roles, and to both set and maintain professional standards of excellence within horticulture in Ireland and globally. Graduates can become professional horticulturists and horticultural scientists who utilise their scientific education to provide sustainable management of horticulture enterprises, services and organisations. They have the capacity to be educators, to influence and direct policy and governance at corporate, local, national and international level for the betterment of their enterprise or services and the wider community. Dissemination of knowledge by engagement with the various industry sectors and horticultural services is a key activity for staff and students. Student education is informed by active internationally recognised research where engagement in learning is through formal lectures, practical classes, scenario based learning, group and individual research project work. Teaching and learning activities are conducted in an atmosphere of fairness, quality, and excellence, which is supported by an assessment process, which includes the submission and critique of reports, continuous assessment, individual and group project presentations and end of module examinations, designed to provide students with a record of their academic progress. Their educational experience is enriched by intensive interaction with staff as part of our community of scholars and by their participation in study abroad opportunities, professional work placement and within-module industry/site visits. This programme enables students to develop critical thinking capabilities, to be confident and competent individuals who have the ability to acquire the knowledge necessary for professional decision-making and to advocate for horticulture in a global context. The programme facilitates the progression of students from other horticulture courses and welcomes mature applicants.


1 - Describe and communicate multiple examples of the importance of plants for human health and well-being..
2 - Evaluate and demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of horticultural systems including an understanding of the art, science, business, technology and sustainability of intensive plant cultivation for human use.
3 - Evaluate and demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the growth, development and protection of plants for food, leisure, sports, environmental use and health benefits.
4 - Demonstrate knowledge of Irish, European and global horticulture, landscape and sportsturf industries.
5 - Apply the principles underpinning sound horticultural practice acquired in the following key areas: Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Plant Biology, Plant Physiology, Microbiology, Soil Science, Plant Pathology, Entomology, Statistics and Agribusiness,
6 - Apply the principles underpinning sound horticultural practice acquired in the following key areas: Plant Identification and Appropriate Use of Plant Material, Horticulture Food Production, Landscape Design.
7 - Apply the principles underpinning sound horticultural practice acquired in the following key areas: Sports Turf Construction and Management, Nursery Stock Production and Sales, Information and Communication Technology.
8 - Apply practical horticultural skills and techniques such as plant selection, propagation, cultivation and plant protection required in food, environmental and social & therapeutic horticulture.
9 - Devise scientific investigations and identify relevant accurate information and synthesise knowledge to generate effective solutions to problems within the horticulture industry.
10 - Research, combine and apply the interpretation and application of new scientific, technological & business knowledge to their horticultural practice.
11 - Create, plan and realise sustainable management of biological, human, financial, and social resources, to ensure the success of commercial and non-commercial horticulture enterprises.
12 - Apply relevant scientific evidence and other knowledge, to effect horticultural policy, evaluation and analysis.
13 - Use a range of communication and advocacy techniques to interact effectively with all relevant stakeholders.
This degree programme includes Horticulture, Sportsturf Management, Landscape Management and Social & Therapeutic Horticulture.

Horticulture is the art and science of plant cultivation for human use. It is a topic that covers a vast and interesting range of modules, including all of the sciences, plant protection (pests and diseases), environmental studies, business, management and communications and of course growing plants.

Sportsturf Management focuses on the science behind developing and maintaining Ireland's golf courses, tennis courts, and football, rugby and other sports pitches.

Nursery, Garden Centre and Ornamental Plant Production concentrates on the booming business of growing plants for housing developments, road construction and other projects.

Social & Therapeutic Horticulture looks at the interaction between humans and plants and the use of horticulture to develop social capital and its use in therapy. This area would be of interest for those individuals who like working with people and plants.

Fresh Produce Production studies food production, food supply and globalisation and its impact on food supply, safety and quality.

The objectives of this degree are to give you: 

- An appreciation of the importance of plants for human existence

- Knowledge of the growth, development and protection of plants and use of plants for food, leisure, sports, social and environmental benefits

- An understanding of horticultural plant production systems and how their components are integrated and managed in an environmentally friendly and sustainable manner

- Knowledge of the horticulture, landscape and sportsturf industries in Ireland
STAGE 1
Stage 1 will ensure that you have a good knowledge of the core sciences, e.g. biology, chemistry and physics. You will also undertake Introduction to Horticulture, Landscape & Sportsturf Management, which provides a good insight of the degree programme in the subsequent stages.

STAGE 2
In Stage 2 you will go on to cover the applied sciences such as Chemistry, Soil Science and Plant Physiology as well as modules and electives in Business Management and Fundamentals of Horticulture.

STAGES 3 & 4
Later stages cover the core modules including:
- Nursery / Garden Centre Management and Retail Horticulture
- Protected Food Crops and Mushroom Production
- Fruit Growing
- Potato and Vegetable Crops
- Landscape Trees and Shrubs
- Sportsturf Management
- Landscape Management
- Garden Design

PROFESSIONAL WORK EXPERIENCE
Professional Work Experience is an important element of your degree and gives you the opportunity to further develop your skills in a real-life environment. Five months work experience is taken in your area of interest between Stages 3 and 4 of your degree.
All or part of your Professional Work Experience can be taken abroad. EU-funded exchange programmes may be available to facilitate study abroad, or you can consider Australia and the USA. Studying abroad for an entire semester is also possible.
This degree maintains strong links with the horticulture industry. Career opportunities include management, technical advisory, consultation, research, quality assurance and sales/marketing positions, working for companies or within your own business. Opportunities also exist in state, semi-state, EU and international organisations. Your transferable skills will make you highly employable in other industries. Master’s and PhD degrees are also available.

UCD Agriculture and Food Science Programme Office,
Agriculture and Food Science Centre,
Belfield,
Dublin 4
Tel: +353 1 716 7194
Email:agandfoodprogrammes@ucd.ie
Web:www.ucd.ie/agfood

Stage 2

In addition to the 50 credits of core modules, students must take elective credits amounting to ten (10) credits. Please note these credits can be taken in either Autumn or Spring Trimesters.

Stage 3

In addition to the 50 credits of core modules, students must take elective modules amounting to ten (10) credits or the option module provided below amounting to five (5) credits and elective credits amounting to five (5) credits. The elective/option module is to be taken in the Autumn Trimester only. A period of Professional Work Experience is mandatory and must be undertaken in Stage 3.

Stage 4

In addition to the 55 credits of core modules, students must take an elective credit (five (5) credits). Please note this elective can only be taken in the Autumn Trimester.

Module ID Module Title Trimester Credits
Stage 1 Core Modules
     
CHEM00020 Introductory Chemistry Autumn

5

MATH10230 Mathematics for Agriculture I Autumn

5

PHYC10180 Physics for Ag. Science Autumn

5

RDEV10030 Introduction to Agricultural Economics and Business Autumn

5

BIOL10010 Animal Biology and Evolution Spring

5

BIOL10030 Cell and Plant Biology Spring

5

CHEM10010 Introduction to the Chemistry of Biomolecules Spring

5

HORT10020 Plants and People Spring

5

MATH10240 Mathematics for Agriculture II Spring

5

PHYC10190 Aspects of Physics for Ag. Sci Spring

5

Stage 1 Core Modules
     
Stage 1 Options - A)2OF:
It is recommended that students select options in the Autumn trimester for a balanced workload.
     
AESC10010 Land Use and the Environment Autumn

5

FOR10020 Trees and Forests in Ireland Autumn

5

RDEV10020 Information Skills Autumn

5

FDSC10010 Food Diet and Health Autumn and Spring (separate)

5

ANSC10010 Introduction to Animal Science Spring

5

Stage 1 Options - A)2OF:
It is recommended that students select options in the Autumn trimester for a balanced workload.
     
Stage 2 Core Modules
     
AERD20030 Business Management Autumn

5

AESC20060 Soil Science Basics Autumn

5

FDSC20010 Food Macronutrients Autumn

5

HORT20070 Agricultural Botany Autumn

5

MICR20010 Agricultural Microbiology Autumn

5

BSEN20010 Engineering and Surveying Spring

5

CPSC20040 Physiological Plant Ecology Spring

5

FDSC20100 Agricultural Biochemistry Spring

5

HORT20020 Fundamentals of Horticulture Spring

5

RDEV20140 Health, Welfare & Safety in Agriculture Spring

5

Stage 2 Core Modules
     
Stage 3 Core Modules
     
AESC30210 Plant Protection - Pests Autumn

5

AESC30220 Soil Science Applications Autumn

5

BIOL30010 Plant Diseases: Biology and Control Autumn

5

HORT30050 Landscape Trees and Shrubs Autumn

5

AESC30010 Scientific Writing and Review Spring

5

HORT20060 Sportsturf Construction Spring

5

HORT30020 Elements of Landscape Design Spring

5

HORT30040 Landscape Management Spring

5

HORT30070 Professional Work Experience Spring

10

Stage 3 Core Modules
     
Stage 3 Options - A)MIN0OF:
Options
     
HORT30270 Horticulture Seminar Autumn

5

Stage 3 Options - A)MIN0OF:
Options
     
Stage 4 Core Modules
     
AERD30020 Enterprise Development Autumn

5

FOR20100 Applied Biostatistics Autumn

5

HORT40090 Nursery Production & Management Autumn

5

HORT40110 Food Production: Vegetable Crops Autumn

5

HORT40120 Food Production: Protected Crops Autumn

5

HORT30190 Food Production: Fruit and Post Harvest Physiology Spring

5

HORT30260 Sportsturf Management Spring

5

HORT40080 Research Project Spring

15

RDEV30060 Professional Communications Spring

5


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