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Horticultural Research Management
Horticultural Resource Management 100 Hours Certificate Course
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Horticultural Resource Management Course Online
The Horticultural Resource Management Course Online is relevant to all areas of horticulture including nurseries, parks, private gardens, market gardening and fruit production.
Understand and manage a horticultural business or enterprise.
Help your business thrive with this online home study resource management course! Resource management for successful horticulture businesses.
Planning for efficient and economical management in horticulture includes such things as work procedures and programming, budgeting and staff supervision.
Lesson Structure: Horticultural Resource Management BHT203
There are 10 lessons:
1 Horticultural Business Structures
- The Legal Structure of Business
- Business Names
- Points to Watch
- Marketing Guide
2 Management Theories and Procedures
- The Role of Management
3 Horticulture & The Law
- Quality Management Systems
- Legislation of Small Businesses
- The Law & Business
- Protection of Consumers
- Stamp Duty
- Managing Staff
- Interviewing, Recruitment & Staff Induction
- Interviewing Prospective Staff
- The Induction Process
- Staff Training
- Visual Aid Resources for Induction and Training
- Job Descriptions
5 Financial Management
- The Role of the Supervisor
- Communication with Employees
- Communication Barriers
- Improving Leadership Skills
6 Staff Management
- Introduction to Financial Management
- Financial Assistance
- Costing Jobs in the Landscape Industry
- Summary of Market for Landscape Services
- The Cost of Employing Labour
- Two Ways to Being in Business: Start to Buy
- Starting Compared to Buying
7 Improving Plant Varieties
- Where Cultivars Come From
- Plant Variety Rights (PVR)
- Owning Plant Names
- Genetics & Plant Breeding
8 Productivity and Risk
- Improving Productivity
- Problem Solving & Decision Making
- Planning Time
- Sensitivity Analysis
- Insuring the Business
9 Managing Physical Resources
- Managing Physical Resources
- Using Flow Charts to Improve Productivity
- What Sorts of Records do you Need to Keep?
- Record Keeping
- Keeping Records of your Business Activities
10 Developing an Horticultural Business Plan
- Developing a Business
- Manage your Growth
- Example of a Business Plan for a Nursery
- Marketing Guide for Gardening and Landscaping Businesses
Learning Goals: Horticultural Resource Management BHT203
- Compare the organisational structure of different horticultural enterprises.
- Determine the value of a business plan to a specific horticultural business.
- Determine the significance of consumer law to a specified horticultural business.
- Determine the duties of different supervisors, in a specific horticultural enterprise.
- Describe how a budget is applied to managing a specific horticultural enterprise.
- Determine the criteria for selecting staff to work in an horticultural enterprise.
- Explain the system for controlling the collection of royalties on a plant which is covered by plant variety rights.
- Monitor and recommend improvements to a specified work task in a horticultural enterprise.
Practical (Set Tasks)
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.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Here is a list of the most often asked FAQ’s.
Q. Why should I enrol with the Academy for Distance Learning?
A. Here at ADL, our students are our priority – we treat everyone as a unique individual.
Q. Do I need to buy text books?
A. No, as each module has been written by highly qualified industry professionals. The content of the material is presented in such a way that text books are not required. However, if you require additional reading your tutor will be able to supply a list.
Q. What happens if I have to stop studying for a while? (eg. become sick, go on holidays, have a baby, move house, etc)
A. It’s OK to take a break and start up your study at a later point in time. Just let us know.
Q. Is there an age limit?
A. There is no maximum age limit. We do however, have a minimum age limit of 18 years. Below that age parental consent would be required.
Q. Are your courses up-to date?
A. Our courses are revised and updated on a rotation system.
Q. Do you have a Cancellation policy?
A. Yes. We have a cancellation policy that is fair and equitable. For further details please click here.
Q. Will I have any opportunity to engage with other students?
A. We have a Student Community group based on facebook! If you don’t have a facebook account already, you could make one just for talking with fellow students on the group.
Q. When can I enrol/start?
A. You may enrol and start at any time of the year – it’s all self- paced.
Q. Can I study from anywhere in the world?
A. Our courses are available to anyone, anywhere in the world from the comfort of your own home. The course content is relevant to any country, culture or economy.
Q. How long do I have to complete the course?
A. You complete the course at any time that is convenient for you.
Q. Completing a 100 hour module – how long will it take?
A. For some students a 100 hour module will take approximately to 3- 6 months to complete. Others take less time and some even longer.
Q. Assessment – how does it work?
A. For each 100 hour module you are assessed by assignments (at the end of each lesson) and a final one and a half hour exam (or you may elect to complete a Project, instead of sitting the exam) – the choice is yours – you sit for the exam in your own location.
Q. I don’t cope well with exams – what can I do?
A. You may elect to undertake a Project (set by your tutor) instead of sitting the exam. Projects are completed from your home and can usually take a couple of weeks to complete.
Q. If my assignment is not up to standard is there an opportunity to resubmit my work?
A. Yes –
Q. How many assignments do I need to complete for each module?
A. At the end of each lesson, there is an assignment – so if a course has say, 10 lessons, there would be 10 assignments.
Q. I am having difficulty attending workshops/industry meetings, what can be done?
A. If your course requires attendance at workshops, conferences, or industry meetings; alternative arrangements can be made in your country.
Q. What qualification will I receive?
A. For individual modules, you would be awarded a Certificate endorsed by TQUK (Training Qualifications, UK), providing you complete all assignments and the exam. If you just want to complete only the assignments and not sit for the exam or finish a Project, then a Letter of Achievement would be awarded. For more details on qualifications available please click here.
Q. Can I customize my diploma/higher qualification?
A. Not all educational institution’s certificates /diplomas meet everyone’s needs. The opportunity to Design Your Own Diploma at the Academy (subject to our approval) is an added bonus, not found at other colleges. You choose modules that you think will help you in achieving your goal.
Q. What do I get when I complete the course? Will I receive a transcript?
A. At the completion of all courses and providing all assignments and exam requirements have been met, you will receive your Award and a Transcript.
Q. Our tutors – who are they?
A. We appoint Tutors and require that they must be currently active in their industry, with at least 5 years’ experience in their chosen profession.
Q. Can I contact my tutor at any time?
A. Yes – you have unlimited access to your tutor via email through our Online Classroom. You can always leave a message with ADL requesting your tutor to contact you. You decide on how much or how little contact you wish to have.
Q. Practical work – How is this done?
A. To find out more about this part of the course please visit the section on How Our Courses Work here.
Excerpt From The Course
The key to success of any organisation is good management. Management aims to exercise control; and
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It is important for management to have a workforce that is motivated towards achieving the organisation’s
objectives. To this end, financial reward (from income) is obviously very important for motivating workers,
but so too, are job satisfaction and job security.
Job satisfaction can be achieved in the following ways:
- Improving the work environment – this may include restructuring the organization.
- Job design – matching jobs to people’s skills, so that the right people are doing the jobs they are trained to do.
- Job enrichment – making jobs more interesting and challenging, without being so difficult that the employees are struggling to do them.
- Staff training – to improve the company’s productivity and to give employees better skills for future employment.
- Improving leadership style.
- Staff participation in the decision-making processes.
- Recognition of achievements by individuals and groups in the workplace.
Many companies are looking to new ways to manage staff, some of which are based on successful Japanese management techniques. The concepts of Total Quality Management (TQM), Quality
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Different managers/supervisors will lead their subordinates in different ways. Here are just a few of the
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- Domineering: “I am the boss and you do what I say or else!”
- Laissez-faire: “Let’s just roll along, do a reasonable job and don’t rock the boat.”
- Democratic: “Let’s work together and make decisions together.”
- Autocratic but humanistic: “I give the orders, but suggestions are welcome.”
There are of course many other different ways of classifying leadership types.
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- Scope of management
CHAPTER 2 MANAGE YOURSELF FIRST
- Ineffective management
- Health management – mental & physical
CHAPTER 3 ORGANISATIONS AND STRUCTURES
- Making decisions
CHAPTER 4 CONTROL
- Maintaining focus and control
- Managing conflict
- How much control?
CHAPTER 5 MANAGING PEOPLE
- Getting the right staff
- Maintaining the workforce
- Giving staff feedback
CHAPTER 6 DOING WHAT IS RIGHT
- What is the right thing to do?
CHAPTER 7 MANAGING IMPROVEMENT
CHAPTER 8 MANAGING CHANGE
- Improve the staff you already have
CHAPTER 9 MANAGEMENT CAREERS AND JOBS
- How important is studying?
- Types of management roles
FAQ - RHS Theory Qualifications
If you require further details about any of the RHS industry recognised qualifications please, call one of our friendly RHS Course Advisors on +44 (0)1227 789 649 or email: [email protected]
Q: When can I Enrol/Start My RHS Course With ADL?
A: Anytime, Anywhere. There are no enrolment deadlines.
Q: I live Overseas. Can I Study From Overseas?
A: You can study any of the RHS theory qualifications overseas. All courses are offered in English. You will need to email RHS Qualifications direct to arrange sitting for your examination overseas.
Q: Is There a Time Limit for Completing an RHS Qualification?
A: At present there are no time limits. However, RHS is contemplating in the future, the introduction of course time-lines.
Q: Are There Any Entry Requirements (Pre-Requisites)?
A: The RHS Theory courses do not require prerequisites, previous experience or any knowledge of horticulture. You just need passion for all things horticulture.
Q: What Course Should I Start With First? I Am New To RHS Qualifications.
A: We highly recommend that you start with Level 2 – Principles of Garden Planning, Establishment and Maintenance.
Q: What Does ADL Course Material Include?
A: Includes Power Point Presentations, Videos and written course lessons.
Q: When Do Exams Take Place?
A: Exams are held on fixed dates in February and June of each year. You should register as a candidate at least 3 months before these dates, so please do not leave exam registration to the last minute
Q: Where Do I Take My Exams?
A: UK: You take the exams at the RHS Wisley Centre, located between Cobham and Ripley in Surrey or at other authorised RHS centres around the UK.
Overseas: please email RHS qualifications direct for centre information.
Q: Exam Pass Marks?
A: Module – pass 50%. Commendation 70%.
Qualification: 50% pass for all modules.
Commendation awarded for all modules.
Each question carries a value of 10 marks.
Q: I’m Not Happy With My Exam Results?
A: You have the opportunity to re-sit your exam at the next opportunity.
There are no restrictions on the number of re-sits you can take. The highest mark you achieve will remain.,