Short Title:Plant & Landscape Skills
Full Title:Plant & Landscape Skills
Module Code:HTSC H1015
ECTS credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Contributor:Rachel Freeman
Module Description:The aim of this module is to provide the student with an early opportunity to develop the essential and fundamental practical skills associated with the horticulture profession. It gives the student opportunity learn, and practice core manual skills using a range of hand tools and equipment in a variety of settings. Good safety practices are embedded in the practical learning sessions to ensure students appreciate and demonstrate through their work, role of health and safety in horticulture.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to
  1. Describe a broad range of seasonal horticultural tasks
  2. Identify a range of manual horticultural tools and equipment including their use and maintenance requirements
  3. Perform a range of practical Horticultural skills using hand tools and equipment
  4. Identify the safety requirements pertinent to the Horticulture sector
  5. Demonstrate proficiency in a range of horticultural skills and techniques

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Horticultural skills
Describe a range of seasonal horticultural activities. Appropriate use, storage and maintenance of tools and equipment. Development of a range of fundamental horticulture skills and techniques To include: • Ground preparation including single digging, double digging, raking, hoeing and forking. Preparation of ground for planting • Planting of a range of plant types to include alpine and rock plants, succulents, bulbs, climbers and wall shrubs, roses, trees, shrubs, herbaceous, bedding plants, conifers and heathers, both in the ground and in ornamental containers. Planting will involve containerised, root balled and bare root specimens. Correctly interpreting instructions for individual plants planting requirements and ongoing maintenance • Mulching of planted beds and containers with a variety of mulch types • Watering of newly planted and early establishing plants in the ground and in containers • Staking and the checking and adjustment of stakes and ties for a range of species to include trees, shrubs, herbaceous and climbers • Weeding including hand weeding with a trowel, hoe, spade, fork • Edging (maintain existing and create new) using edging shears, edging tool and spade • Dead heading of a range of plants including roses, herbaceous, bulbs, climbers and shrubs • Pruning of a range of plant types including climbers and wall shrubs, roses, young trees (formative), shrubs, herbaceous and heathers. In parallel with this, the students will learn about the hand tools and equipment required to perform these skills and the appropriate choice for given tasks. Clearing and disposal of horticultural waste with particular reference to composting and other recycling options.
Review the legal requirements for safety in the work place, including the Safety Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005. Identify the requirements of all stakeholders in the implementation of safety in Horticultural workplaces. Understand the compilation of safety statements for a range of horticultural environments. List the range of PPE (Personal protective equipment) required for horticultural tasks. Identify a hazard symbols and Safety signage. Interpreting hazard symbols and instruction labels on fundamental horticultural products including manual tools and equipment, composts, fertilisers, cleaning products other horticultural materials. Define Safety standards for horticultural work. Identify the factors involved in maintaining a safe working environment, and demonstrate safe methods of work including manual handling.
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 assignment based on practical work carried out each week. (5% each week) 2,4 50.00 Every Week
Other Field Trip 1 10.00 Week 7
Practical/Skills Evaluation Practical skills evaluation based on skills and techniques learnt during the semester 3,5 40.00 Sem 1 End
No Final Exam Assessment %
Indicative Reassessment Requirement
Coursework Only
This module is reassessed solely on the basis of re-submitted coursework. There is no repeat written examination.
Reassessment Description
100% Practical Skills Evaluation

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


Indicative Module Workload & Resources

Indicative Workload: Full Time
Frequency Indicative Average Weekly Learner Workload
Every Week 26.00
Every Week 26.00
Every Week 48.00
Recommended Book Resources
  • C. R. Adams, K. M. Bamford, M. P. Early 1993, Principles of horticulture, Butterworth-Heinemann London [ISBN: 0750617225]
  • editor-in-chief Christopher Brickell 1992, The Royal Horticultural Society encyclopedia of gardening, Dorling Kindersley London [ISBN: 9780863189791]
  • Geoff Hamilton, Gardeners World, Ted Smart [ISBN: 1856133656]
  • Ann Marie VanDerZanden, Thomas W. Cook 2011, Sustainable Landscape Management, 1st Ed., Wiley New Jersey [ISBN: 9780470480939]
  • Reader's Digest, A Garden for all seasons, London ; Reader's Digest Association, c1991. [ISBN: 027642011X]
  • Noel Kingsbury 1996, The Ultimate Planting Guide, Ward Lock Ltd [ISBN: 0706373707]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Lizzie Boyd 1991, Successful gardening: The Practical Gardener, The Readers Digest Association Ltd UK [ISBN: 027642042X]
  • Alan Mitchell, John Wilkinson 1995, Collins Pocket Guide to Trees of Britian and Ireland
  • A.T. Johnson, H.A. Smith, Plant Names Simplified, Old Pond Publishing Ltd [ISBN: 9781905523825]
  • Jonathan Edwards 2001, The Practical Garden Encyclopedia of Gardening Techniques, Lorenz Books Canada [ISBN: 13579108642]
Recommended Article/Paper Resources
Supplementary 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