HORT20020 Fundamentals of Horticulture

Academic Year 2020/2021

Introduction to the principles and concepts of Horticulture through an understanding of the scientific basis of horticultural practice. Areas covered include:
Importance of site selection for plant production under field and protected environments;
Greenhouse structures and function, design, construction, heating, ventilation and environmental control;
Growing media and production systems are introduced;
Propagation techniques (raising plants from seed and vegetative propagation), and training and pruning techniques for food and amenity plant uses are covered in laboratory, glasshouse and field sessions;
Criteria governing the selection of plant species for a range of landscape situations;
An outline of Plant Protection Methods is presented.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

Students should understand:
1 The scientific basis of horticultural practice;
2 The importance of site selection for horticultural developments;
3 Principles of the operation of greenhouses and protected structures;
4 Plant growing media including soilless, peat and peat-free media;
5 Practical techniques used in horticulture;
6 The selection process for plant materials in landscape horticulture.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Includes self-assessment

Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:


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Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Examination: Three question must be answered out of a choice of six 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Graded No


Practical Examination: Practical lab write ups Unspecified n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Not yet recorded
Name Role
Dr Caroline Elliott-Kingston Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Mary Harty Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Mr David Brogan Tutor
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.

Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31 Wed 10:00 - 10:50
Practical Offering 1 Week(s) - 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31 Wed 15:00 - 17:50