Short Title:Plant Identification & Classif
Full Title:Plant Identification & Classification
Module Code:HTSC H1013
ECTS credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Contributor:Ciarnad Ryan
Module Description:The student will acquire knowledge of a wide a range as possible of plants and learns the naming systems and taxonomy necessary to carry out confident plant identification. The knowledge acquired here forms the basis for the students’ continued engagement with plant identification throughout the degree and also throughout their careers as horticulturalists.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to
  1. Describe plant taxonomy and in particular the binomial system in plant identification.
  2. Be familiar with the usage of botanical Latin and how it may relate to a plant's origin, shape, form colour and smell.
  3. Identify a plant based on their knowledge of the system of plant identification keys, appearance and characteristics.
  4. Describe the importance of the original plant hunters and the emergence of the designed landscape.
  5. Be familiar with the use of conifers, evergreen trees and shrubs and other plants known for autumn foliage and winter interest.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Plant Identification-Autumn and Winter
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.
Plant taxonomy and classification
The taxonomic hierarchy and Linnaeus's Binomial system. The classification of plants by Division, Class, Order, Family, Genera, Species, sub-species, variety. The rules for construction of plant names. Dealing with Hybrid plants. Botanical nomenclature and scientific names and common names. Epithets for Origins, Habitats, habits, describing leaves, colours, flowers and commemorative. Using botanical Latin.
Autumn and Winter Plants
The study of a wide range of evergreen trees and shrubs, conifers, bedding and other plants selected for winter interest. Caring for plants in the winter. Autumn herbaceous perennials and bulbs and plants with vivid autumn foliage.
Indicative Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work Assessment %50.00%
Final Exam Assessment %50.00%
Course Work Assessment %
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation 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. 2,3,5 10.00 Week 3
Practical/Skills Evaluation Second Plant ID Test from the second range of plants 2,3,5 10.00 Week 8
Practical/Skills Evaluation Final Plant ID Test from the final range of plants 2,3,5 10.00 Sem 1 End
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 2,5 20.00 Sem 1 End
Final Exam Assessment %
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2,4,5 50.00 End-of-Semester
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
  • H. D Harrington 1957, How to Identify Plants, Swallow Press Ohio US
  • Christopher D. Brickell 2008, The Royal Horticultural Society Encyclopaedia of Plants and Flowers, 5th edition Ed., Dorling Kindersley London
  • Christopher Brickell 2012, RHS Encyclopedia of Gardening, Dorling Kindersley London [ISBN: 978-1409383949]
  • Francis Rose 2006, The wild flower key, Frederick Warne London [ISBN: 978-0723251750]
  • D. G. Hessayon, The tree & shrub expert [ISBN: 978-0903505178]
  • A.T. Johnson, H.A. Smith 1986, Plant Names Simplified, Landmans Bookshop Ltd. [ISBN: 0900513047]
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] 1 Mandatory
BN_SHTSC_7 Bachelor of Science in Horticulture [180 ECTS credits] 1 Mandatory