Short Title:Horticultural Calculations & Measurements
Full Title:Horticultural Calculations & Measurements
Module Code:HTSC H1014
ECTS credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Contributor:Joe Smith
Module Description:This module seeks to introduce the student to basic principles of chemistry, the behaviour and transfer of heat. Maths involving the following: numeracy and metrology, areas & volumes, and the basics of descriptive statistics. These scientific ideas will form the necessary basis of the students’ progression through the science stream of the module.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to
  1. Perform basic arithmetical and mathematical functions and operations
  2. Comprehend the Cartesian coordinate system and its use for graphing functions
  3. Identfy statistical errors as random events
  4. Perform calculations on heat, energy and dilutions, including practical situations such as those required for machinery and fertilisers
  5. Analyse errors in data as a statistical phenomenon
  6. Perform calculations on areas and volumes, including regular and irregular geometric shapes

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Review of Basic units, derived units, dimensions. Resolution and sources of experimental errors.
Heat and temperature
Temperature scales and thermometers. Measurement of temperature in terms of expansion. The heat properties of materials, including specific heat capacity and latent heat (melting and evaporation).The transfer of heat; conduction, convection and radiation. The rate of transfer of heat. Expansion. Comparison of thermal properties of various materials.
Numeracy and Mathematics
Review of fractions, decimals percentages and ratios. Power laws. The areas of common geometric shapes, calculation of irregular areas. Volumes. The fundamental mathematical functions, including the logarithmic and exponential functions, the basic trigonometric functions. The Cartesian coordinate system and other systems. Lines and curves, including the graphs of linear, quadratic, logarithmic and exponential equations. Examples of Machinery calculations and Fertiliser calculations
The mean and median of data. Measures of dispersion including the variance and standard deviation. Grouped data, including the frequency mean and frequency standard deviation. The concept of a random variable and the binomial and normal distributions. Errors as a normal distribution.
Descriptive statistics
Graphs of frequencies and cumulative frequencies. Graphical estimates of the mean and standard deviation from graphs.
Coordinate Geometry
The x-y plane. Plotting linear equations and simultaneous equations. Properties of the line. Equation of the line.
Indicative Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work Assessment %40.00%
Final Exam Assessment %60.00%
Course Work Assessment %
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
In-class test Functions and operations 1 10.00 n/a
In-class test Areas, Volumes and Algebra 4,6 10.00 n/a
In-class test Statistics 3,5 10.00 n/a
Lab Workbook Complete a weekly worksheet based on the material covered in the lecture 1,2,3,4,5,6 10.00 Every Week
Final Exam Assessment %
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam n/a 1,2,4,5,6 60.00 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.
Reassessment Description
100% exam

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 2.00
Every Week 2.00
Recommended Book Resources
  • O. D. Morris 1992, Texts and Tests 3, The Celtic Press
  • K .A. Stroud, Engineering Mathematics, MACMILLAN
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Nick Christians, Michael L. Agnew, The Mathematics of Turfgrass Maintenance, John Wiley & Sons
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