Horticultural Research II
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Horticultural Research II
Horticultural Research II course online. Advance Your Horticultural Research. A module from the RHS M.Hort (based on curriculum developed by the Royal Horticultural Society).
This can be taken either as part of the M.Hort Program, as a module in one of our other qualifications or as a stand alone course (Ideal for use as a Professional Development program for persons working in the horticulture industry anywhere in the world).
Learn to conduct your own research project!
- research techniques
- observational techniques
- report writing
Lesson Structure: Horticultural Research II BHT241
There are 7 lessons in this course:
- Identifying Research Issues and Determining Research Priorities
- Introduction: first, second, third steps
- Finding research ideas
- Steps to brainstorming
- Mind maps
- How to mind map
- Concept mapping
- Determining research priorities
- Beginning your research
- Formulating a research topic
- Is the reseach feasible
- Formulating a hgypothesis
- Acquisition of Technical Information
- Literature review
- Research methods
- Basic methods of collecting information: experimental, correlation, questionnaires, surveys, tests, document review
- Naturalistic observation
- Focus groups
- Case studies
- Specialised Research Techniques
- Selecting a research method
- Fishbone diagrams
- Applications for cause and effect diagrams
- Lateral thinking
- Lateral thinking techniques
- Pareto analysis
- Root cause analysis
- Research Planning and Designing
- Project planning
- Defining the problem, possible solutions and objectives
- Problem tree analysis tool
- SWOT analysis
- Prioritise objectives and define activities
- Allocate resources
- Results and assessment
- Data presentation
- Measures of central tendancy
- Conducting Research
- Collecting and logging data
- Developing a data base structure
- Data transformations
- Analyzing data
- Managing data
- Analytical procedure
- Writing Reports
- Reporting results
- Report structure
- Contents of a research report (example)
- Pitfalls to avoid
Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.
This course is taught by:
BSc. (Hons) Horticulture, (University of Bath); RHS General Examination; FI Hort; MIfpra.
An experienced and professional horticulturist with extensive management skills gained internationally; experienced in landscape management, staff supervision and management, written and oral communication, horticultural knowledge and application, supported by organisational and administrative skills and attention to detail.
Katie brings 20 years experience in Horticulture and is an accomplished lecturer, horticulture consultant and freelance writer. Katie is a judge for the International Awards for Liveable Communities in the Whole City Category.
Katie also worked for the Commonwealth War Graves Commission in France for approx 5 years first as a Sector Manager and then as an Area Manager; management of the cemeteries, peripatetic teams of gardeners (UK & French nationality) for the constructed cemeteries and memorials and static French nationality gardeners for small town/village plots.
BSc in Applied Plant Biology (Botany) Univ. London 1983.
City and guilds: Garden Centre Management, Management and Interior Decor (1984)
Management qualifications in training with retail store. Diploma in Hort level 2 (RHS General) Distinction.
Susan Stephenson is a passionate and experienced horticulturist and garden designer. She has authored three books, lectures at 2 Further and Higher Education Colleges, teaching people of all ages and backgrounds about the wonders of plants and garden design, and tutors many students by correspondence from all over the world.
Susan studied botany at Royal Holloway College (Univ of London) and worked in the trading industry before returning to her first love plants and garden design. She is therefore, well placed to combine business knowledge with horticulture and design skills. Her experience is wide and varied and she has designed gardens for families and individuals. Susan is a mentor for garden designers who are just starting out, offering her support and advice and she also writes, delivers and assesses courses for colleges, introducing and encouraging people into horticulture and garden design.
Susan is a Professional Associate and exam moderator and holds the RHS General with Distinction. She continues to actively learn about horticulture and plants and (as her students will tell you) remains passionate and interested in design and horticulture.
She also supervised the Area Arboriculture Team and was Exhumations Officer in charge of collecting discovered remains and arranging identification (if poss) and interment of same.
Learning Goals: Horticultural Research II BHT241
- Determine areas where there is a valid need to research processes relevant to horticultural research in today’s social, economic, political and environmental context.
- Acquire and demonstrate skills in locating and reviewing scientific and technical information.
- Develop and explain alternative research and observational techniques for a particular Horticultural research study.
- To design a quality and focused research project addressing a social, technological, environmental and/or economic issues that impact on Horticulture today. The research component must allocate resources needed (time, financial and human resources).
- Demonstrate and explain basic statistical knowledge used for research with emphasis on your ability to present and monitor given data.
- Conduct a quality and focused research project addressing a social, technological, environmental and/or economic issue that impact on Horticulture today.
- Demonstrate skills in report writing
Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the Academy, marked by the Academy's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.
|Course Start||Anytime, Anywhere|
|Recognised Issuing Body||TQUK - Training Qualifications UK, an Ofqual Approved Awarding Organisation.|
|Course Prerequisite||No, start at anytime|
|Course Qualification||Level 4 Certificate in Horticultural Research II|
|Exam Required?||Finalised with an exam/test|
|UK Course Credits||10 Credits|
|US Course Credit Hours||3 Credit Hours|
|Study Support||You'll be allocated your own personal tutor/mentor who will support and mentor you throughout your whole course. Our tutors/mentors have been specifically chosen for their business expertise, qualifications and must be active within their industry. Tutors are contactable by e-mail, telephone and through our Moodle Student Support Zone online. Tutors are there to provide assistance with course material, discuss, explain and give advice and support throughout the whole programme. Their feedback is vital to your success.|
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