Short Title:Horticulture in the Community
Full Title:Horticulture in the Community
Module Code:HTSC H1028
ECTS credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Contributor:Ciarnad Ryan
Module Description:This module aims to give students the opportunity to learn in the community on a collaborative horticulture project. Students will gain essential skills such as team-working, creative thinking, presentation and communication so they can conduct themselves professionally in a team based project. This module also aims to provide a supporting environment to the student so that they may develop intellectually, be capable of independence, and have a high self-esteem. Specifically this module aims to: • Develop the student’s core horticulture skills to a high standard. • Allow students to identify the key roles within a community project and gain team-working abilities. • Develop the students’ ability to make design and implementation decisions with regard to usability, accessibility, scope, compatibility, cost, and technical and practical feasibility. • Expose the student to issues surrounding community horticulture projects such as project management, environmental impact, economic cost and community development needs. • Develop the students’ ability to turn around projects with the most efficient use of time, facilities, equipment and skills. • Develop the students’ ability to critically analyse their work as a viable product.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to
  1. Pitch design or implementation ideas to an audience of their peers
  2. Plan, design, undertake and document a team-based project to a professional standard
  3. Plan and present an oral description and defence of their project to clients and peers
  4. Deliver a horticultural product to a professional standard
  5. Outline and cost a viable maintenance schedule for the project

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Indicative Syllabus
There is no formal syllabus since each project will be unique. However, the project should include activities such as the following: 1. Project proposal and scope. 2. Feasibility evaluation. 3. Review of relevant research and technical information. 4. Outline project plan to include milestones, strategies, task characteristics, task information, including specific responsibilities for each group member. 5. Detailed project plan to include resources/facilities dependencies, Gantt charts, possible ethical issues. 6. Presentation of initial designs and implementation schedule. 7. Implementation on site 8. Evaluation and analysis of project effectiveness. 9. Presentation of progress, conclusions and reflections. 10. Preparation of final report and supporting documentation.
Indicative Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work Assessment %100.00%
Course Work Assessment %
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Reflective Journal Individual written reflections of the entire project including photographs, notes and drawings where relevent 2,4,5 60.00 Sem 2 End
Presentation Group Presentation and Peer Review -concept, design and implementation plan. 1,2,3 20.00 Week 22
Presentation Group Presentation and Peer Review - progress report, completion plans and maintenance requirements 3,4,5 20.00 Week 29
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

Recommended Book Resources
  • Joe Sempick 2005, Growing Together-a practice quide to promoting social inclusion through gardening and horticulture, Policy press Bristol, UK [ISBN: 978-186134726]
  • Jeffrey Hou 2009, Greening Cities, Growing Communities, University of Washington Press [ISBN: 0295989289]
  • Peter Levin 2004, Sucessful Teamwork, Open University Press [ISBN: 0335215785]
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