Short Title:Plant Identification - Use & Management
Full Title:Plant Identification - Use & Management
Module Code:HTSC H1025
 
ECTS credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Contributor:Ciarnad Ryan
Module Description:In this module the student will acquire knowledge about selecting, using and managing plants in the landscape. It will build on knowledge acquired in the first semester. This knowledge will then allow the student to select plants for specified sites and usage while recognising common non-pathogenic conditions in plants.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to
  1. Identify the suitability of a wide variety of plants for particular sites.
  2. Understand the growing requirements of an identified plant, such as mulching, pruning, light, soil type and nutrition and drainage
  3. Identify how a non-native or exotic plant may be grown and maintained in Ireland
  4. Describe the cause and recognise the symptoms of common non-pathogenic plant problems and devise methods of reducing or eliminating their causes.
  5. Identify a range of plants based on their knowledge of the system of plant identification keys, appearance and characteristics.
  6. Be familiar with use of spring and summer flowering trees and shrubs, spring bulbs, alpines and herbaceous plants.
 

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Using Plants
Selecting plants correctly for a range of specific sites with different topographic, geological and micro-climate conditions, for example exposed coastal sites, poorly drained acidic soils, urban or street planting, planting for a small garden.
Spring and Summer Plants
The study of a wide range of flowering trees and shrubs, herbaceous perennials, spring and summer bulbs, wild flowers, aquatic plants, alpines and bedding. Caring for plants in spring and summer.
Plant Identification-Spring and Summer
Identifying plants from relevant characteristics; leaf, twig, bud, flower, berry and stem. The students will work on a range of plants from the categories and groupings of plants listed below: • Trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals, bulbous plants. • Herbs, weeds, interior plants, poisonous plants. • Native Irish plants and invasive species. The student will learn about the characteristics of each plant, their particular requirements for healthy growth and therefore the planting situation that optimises their growth. They will also learn the effect the plant will have on its immediate surrounds as it grows.
Managing Plants in the Landscape
How to recognise and minimise damage caused by non-pathological issues. Particular management regimes for certain trees, shrubs, bulbs, perennials, bedding, ferns, grasses and alpines.
Indicative Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work Assessment %100.00%
Course Work Assessment %
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Portfolio Individual record of the full range of plant and growing conditions encountered throughout the semester with evidence of further reading and self directed research 2,3,4 20.00 Sem 1 End
In-class test Plant identification will be assessed by means of practical identification exercises in which students will be required to recognise and describe the characteristics and uses of the various plants. 2,4,6 10.00 Week 4
In-class test Plant identification will be assessed by means of practical identification exercises in which students will be required to recognise and describe the characteristics and uses of the various plants. 2,4,6 10.00 Week 8
In-class test Plant identification will be assessed by means of practical identification exercises in which students will be required to recognise and describe the characteristics and uses of the various plants. 2,4,6 10.00 Sem 1 End
No Final Exam Assessment %
Indicative Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

ITB reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment

 

Indicative Module Workload & Resources

Resources
Recommended Book Resources
  • Linden Hawthorne, Rhs Plants for Places., DK Publishing (Dorling Kindersley) [ISBN: 1405362960]
  • Christopher Brickell, RHS Encyclopedia of Plants and Flowers, Dorling Kindersley Publishers Ltd [ISBN: 1405354232]
  • David Streeter, Collins Flower Guide, HarperCollins UK [ISBN: 0007183895]
  • Owen Johnson, Collins Tree Guide, Collins [ISBN: 0007207719]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
BN_SHTSC_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Horticulture [240 ECTS credits] 2 Mandatory
BN_SHTSC_7 Bachelor of Science in Horticulture [180 ECTS credits] 2 Mandatory