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Conifers 100 Hours Certificate Course
Learn About Conifers
Conifers course online. Develop a detailed understanding of conifers! Eight lessons provide you with a systematic understanding of the way conifers are classified, show you how to identify the differences between types and develop your understanding of cultural requirements common to the whole group and differences in cultural techniques needed for specific types of conifers. Sections of this course look in detail at trees (e.g. Pines, Spruce), small shrubs, medium shrubs, native conifers and rarer varieties.
Lesson Structure: Conifers BHT230
There are 9 lessons:
- Review the system of plant identification, general characteristics of the conifer plant group, information contacts you can use (ie: nurseries, seed, clubs, etc).
- Planting, staking, mulching, watering, pest & disease, feeding, pruning, protection from wind, salt air, propagation, etc.
- Conifers that reach tree proportions, their characteristics and requirements, how to grow conifers by seed propagation and grafting techniques.
- Common Medium Size Shrubs
- Many conifers fall into this height category. Some of the popular conifers are Chamaecyparis, Juniperus and Thuja. How to prune conifers.
- Small Shrubs
- How to choose small and prostrate conifers and their care. How to care for seedlings up to planting out stage.
- Australian Native Conifers
- Araucaria, Callitris, Podocarpus are three good conifers for use. The importance of environmental zones in Australia and how it can effect plant growth.
- Rarer Conifers
- Hemlocks, Podocarpus, Larches and leaf characteristcs of Cephalataxus.
- Using Conifers
- As timber, oils, edible seed, christmas trees, etc.
- Landscaping with Conifers
- Developed in conjunction with the Rural Industries Industry Training Board in Queensland and accredited from 1995-2000 as an Advanced Diploma Module. Notes are continually upgraded to maintain relevance to current and future needs.
Learning Goals: Conifers BHT230
- Distinguish between different types of conifers in cultivation, including twenty-five different genera and fifty different varieties.
- Specify the general cultural requirements of different conifer genera.
- Determine specific cultural requirements for some commonly cultivated conifer species.
- Specify specific cultural requirements for some lesser grown conifers, including Australian native and uncommon species.
- Determine different commercial applications for conifers in horticulture.
- Prepare a planting design using conifers.
Practical (Set Tasks)
- Describe the binomial system used for naming plants, using examples of two conifers.
- Distinguish, using labelled illustrations, between different conifer families, including: Pinaceae, Taxodiaceae, Cupressaceae, Podocarpaceae, Araucariaceae and Taxaceae.
- Use a botanical key to identify two different conifer genera.
- Compile a resource information guide for conifers, including scope of operation and contact information (ie: address, phone, fax), for 30 different contacts, including:
- product suppliers
- other organisations
- Prepare reviews of fifty conifers, not collected elsewhere, each including:
- a photo, drawing or pressed specimen
- plant names (scientific and common)
- cultural details
- Propagate five different conifers, using at least three different techniques.
- Determine the preferred soil requirements, for typical conifers, in your locality.
- Prepare a potting media suitable for container growing an advanced conifer, in a tub.
- Explain the planting requirements which are common to most conifers in your locality.
- Explain irrigation techniques appropriate for conifer culture, in your locality.
- Explain the nutrition requirements of two different conifer species, from different families.
- Explain five health problems common to conifers, including identifying features, significance to the plant, and control.
- Describe how to prune two different conifer species, in your locality.
- Determine two routine cultural procedures, to be undertaken in each month of the year, with conifers in your locality.
- Describe ten conifer species, growing in a specified locality, including:
- plant description
- preferred habitat
- growing requirements
- Compare the cultural requirements of ten commonly grown conifer species.
- Explain why it is often difficult to grow other plants beneath the canopy of conifers.
- Determine procedures for successfully establishing two specified conifer species on a specific site which you survey.
- Determine any native conifers endemic to your locality or nearby localities.
- Describe the different features of six specific native conifer species, including:
- plant description
- natural habitat
- growing requirements
- Describe different features of five specified uncommonly grown conifer cultivars, including:
- foliage colour
- foliage shape
- preferred site
- Determine two different “non standard” propagation techniques, that may be successful in propagating “rare” and uncommonly cultivated conifer species.
- Formulate a schedule of cultural tasks to be undertaken over a twelve month period, to establish new plantings of a conifer species not commonly grown in your locality.
- Determine ten conifer varieties, including at least five different species, suitable for pot culture.
- Determine five conifer varieties suitable for hedging.
- Compare cultural techniques required for growing two specified conifers in containers with growing them in the ground.
- Describe the culture of conifers in different situations, including:
- as topiary
- as bonsai
- as a hedge
- as a rockery planting
- as screening
- Determine conifer species which have commercial value as a plantation crop, including:
- essential oils
- foliage/filler for florists
- Evaluate the use of conifers, in a garden with both conifers and flowering plants, using a supplied checklist of design criteria.
- Evaluate the use of conifers, in a garden which is either all, or predominantly conifers, using a supplied checklist of design criteria.
- Design a conifer garden bed of thirty square meters, which incorporates at least ten different conifer varieties, and satisfies both aesthetic and cultural requirements of a specified site, that you survey.
Assessment is based on a combination of completing all assignments and sitting for a final short one and a half hour exam, in your own location.
If you don’t cope well with exams then you may elect to undertake a project instead. This is a popular option.
In addition, most modules have a Set Task at the end of each lesson placed before the assignment. This is an opportunity to undertake practical work to help you acquire knowledge and skills and practical experience. This ADL feature is an added bonus not found at most online schools. Set Tasks are not required for assessment.
Some courses also have optional Self-Tests which are available on our online learning platform. These are not available by correspondence or by USB, and do not form part of your overall grade.
How our courses work
- Choose Your Learning Method
You choose how you would like to receive your course material, i.e., Online, USB or Correspondence. The choice is yours. You may also work on online or offline.
- Tutor Allocation
Every student is assigned their own dedicated tutor who is an expert in their subject area. They provide as much or as little individual contact as you require. You can contact your tutor whenever you need – your hours are not limited.
- Feedback and Assignments
Tutor Feedback is an essential component in helping you understand the subject matter. Tutor feedback is given in the form of notes written on the assignment. We encourage you to contact your Tutor where help with clarification and understanding of course material may be required.
Your assignments are located at the end of each lesson. You submit them for marking whenever you are ready. There is no time limit.
- Set Tasks and Self-Tests
Most modules have a Set Task at the end of each lesson before for the assignment. This is where you get the opportunity to undertake practical work to help you acquire knowledge, skills and practical experience. Many modules also have short Self-Tests.
Once all assignments have been completed you may then elect to sit for a one and half hour exam in your own location. If you prefer not to take the exam you do have the option to undertake a project instead.
Once the exam or project part of the course is completed, your Certificate is then processed. Please allow approximately 4 weeks for this.
- Design Your Own Qualification
ADL offers students the flexibility to self-design their own qualification – bundling together a combination of 100-hour modules into a qualification higher than a certificate.
What your tuition fees include
- All Course Material via Online, USB or Correspondence
- Assignments Marked
- Professional Tutor Feedback
- Set Tasks - Practical Exercises to help you develop skills
- Self-Tests – multiple choice questions at the end of lessons in most modules
- Unlimited Personal Tutor Support – via our student classroom
- Committed and Friendly Admin Support – vital to your success
- ADL Ebook where relevant
- All ADL Exam or Project fees (exception RHS exams)
- Qualification Certificate
- Official Transcript with assignment grades
- Student Manual
- Academic Writing course (optional - 10 hours only)
- Critical Thinking course (optional - 10 hours only)
- Job Seekers Careers Guide
- Study Tips on How To Study Better
- Career Counselling by ADL Staff
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