Science Courses

BIOCHEMISTRY I - PLANTS BSC102 Duration icon 100 hours Qualification icon Statement of Attainment Lessons icon 9 lessons

This course concentrates on the chemistry of the plants. 

Lessons cover: Biochemical substances and terms, carbohydrates, lipids, amino acids, proteins, metabolism, the nitrogen cycle, photosynthesis, respiration, transpiration, acidity and alkalinity, nutrition, hormones, chemical analysis and biochemical applications in industry.

Student Comment: 'Having not finished high school myself and never studied biochemistry my confidence is a little low but the encouragement I am receiving from Honor [tutor] is a tremendous help and making it easier for me as I go. [The course] is helping me realize what I am actually capable of and that I am smarter than I thought. Thank you for making it possible for me to study my passion while still being able to work.' Melissa Smith, Australia, Biochemistry 1 (Diploma in Horticulture).

Some secondary school chemistry will be helpful though it is not essential.

Learning methods available: This course can be studied via Correspondence Correspondence This course can be studied Online Online This course can be studied through E-Learning E-Learning Read more & enrol: BIOCHEMISTRY I - PLANTS BSC102

BIOCHEMISTRY II - BSC203 Duration icon 100 hours Qualification icon Statement of Attainment Lessons icon 9 lessons

Learn about the many of the important building blocks of life including: Amino acids, proteins, sugars,
polysaccharide s, lipids, enzymes, vitamins, homones, RNA and DNA.
 
This course focuses on biochemical molecules. Students would normally have completed Plant or Animal 
Biochemistry I, before attempting this module

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Learning methods available: This course can be studied via Correspondence Correspondence This course can be studied Online Online This course can be studied through E-Learning E-Learning Read more & enrol: BIOCHEMISTRY II - BSC203

BIOCHEMISTRY III (Plants) Duration icon 100 hours Qualification icon Statement of Attainment Lessons icon 11 lessons

Expand your understanding of plant biochemical process.

Plant biochemistry unpins our understanding of horticultural processes including the use of plant hormones, growing conditions and propagation.  This course will help you understand this important principles.

Learn about a range of common biochemical processes in plants including: glycolysis, movement through membranes, electron transport, oxidative phosphorylation, sugar and polysaccharide metabolism, lipid metabolism, photosynthesis, nucleotide metabolism, enzyme activity and reproductive processes in plants.

Learning methods available: This course can be studied via Correspondence Correspondence This course can be studied Online Online This course can be studied through E-Learning E-Learning Read more & enrol: BIOCHEMISTRY III (Plants)

BOTANY I - PLANT PHYSIOLOGY AND TAXONOMY BSC104 Duration icon 100 hours Qualification icon Statement of Attainment Lessons icon 10 lessons

An introduction to plant physiology and taxonomy, including general botany; morphology and anatomy. 

It satisfies the Royal Horticulture Society’s Module B of the Advanced Certificate in Horticulture.

Learning methods available: This course can be studied via Correspondence Correspondence This course can be studied Online Online This course can be studied through E-Learning E-Learning Read more & enrol: BOTANY I - PLANT PHYSIOLOGY AND TAXONOMY BSC104

BOTANY II BSC204 Duration icon 100 hours Qualification icon Statement of Attainment Lessons icon 10 lessons

Learn the principles and practices of plant physiology for a deeper insight into how plants function,  their growth, factors that promote development and which hinder growth. This course is for people that work or wish to work with plants or as a scientis (eg. for nursery personnel, technicians and researchers and science students wishing to further their knowledge in plant physiology).

Pitcher Plant -How Does it Grow?

Learning methods available: This course can be studied via Correspondence Correspondence This course can be studied Online Online This course can be studied through E-Learning E-Learning Read more & enrol: BOTANY II BSC204

CELL BIOLOGY (BSC110) Duration icon 100 hours Qualification icon Statement of Attainment

An understanding of cell biology is important in many areas of study, for the cell is the building block of all living forms. Learn about: chemical composition and processes in cells, genetics, membranes, the nucleus, protein structure and function, bioenergetics, cell signaling or communication; the cell cycle or lifespan and how cells combine to form different types ofr tissues.
Learning methods available: This course can be studied via Correspondence Correspondence This course can be studied Online Online This course can be studied through E-Learning E-Learning Read more & enrol: CELL BIOLOGY (BSC110)

CLlMATE SCIENCE Duration icon 100 hours Qualification icon Statement of Attainment Lessons icon 8 lessons

Learn to understand Climate Science

Climatic conditions affect how plants grow.
A horticulturist or farmer who better understands climate science; will be better able to manage the plants they are growing; and prepare for changes that occur in weather patterns.
Learning methods available: This course can be studied via Correspondence Correspondence This course can be studied Online Online This course can be studied through E-Learning E-Learning Read more & enrol: CLlMATE SCIENCE

ENGINEERING APPLICATIONS (ENGINEERING II) BSC205 Duration icon 100 hours Qualification icon Statement of Attainment Lessons icon 9 lessons

Solve Problems in the garden or on the farm. Learn easier ways to do the job with the proper machinery and equipment.

This course complements Engineering I, developing skills to apply appropriate and innovative engineering solutions, to improve efficiency and productivity in agriculture and horticulture. It covers: surveying, earthworks, water management, environmental control (eg. heating, cooling, ventilation, etc.), fencing, chemical applications, mechanising manual tasks, improving engineering efficiency/operations and developing engineering solutions to different workplace tasks/problems.

Learning methods available: This course can be studied via Correspondence Correspondence This course can be studied Online Online This course can be studied through E-Learning E-Learning Read more & enrol: ENGINEERING APPLICATIONS (ENGINEERING II) BSC205

GENETICS Duration icon 100 hours Qualification icon Statement of Attainment Lessons icon 9 lessons

Genetics is the Foundation for Breeding an Selecting Better Plants.
 
Genetics is set to change the way we go about horticulture over the coming decades; and an understanding of this area of science may well be critical to being able to take advantage of developments in the industry and get the jump on your competitors in the future. 
Learning methods available: This course can be studied via Correspondence Correspondence This course can be studied Online Online This course can be studied through E-Learning E-Learning Read more & enrol: GENETICS

MACHINERY and EQUIPMENT (ENGINEERING I) BSC105 Duration icon 100 hours Qualification icon Statement of Attainment

An introductory subject which aims to develop an ability to manage the selection, operation and maintenance of tools and machinery, with particular reference to agriculture and horticulture. Learn the use and operation of tools, equipment and machines.
Learning methods available: This course can be studied via Correspondence Correspondence This course can be studied Online Online This course can be studied through E-Learning E-Learning Read more & enrol: MACHINERY and EQUIPMENT (ENGINEERING I) BSC105

PHYSICS Duration icon 100 hours Qualification icon Statement of Attainment Lessons icon 10 lessons

We live in a physical world where everything you see, hear, feel and touch is affected by physics.
When you understand physics better, you can also do most things better.
 
Physics allows us to work more efficiently.
Without an understanding of physics we wouldn't have effective tools and equipment; and the work we do on farms and in gardens would be much more limited. 
Learning methods available: This course can be studied via Correspondence Correspondence This course can be studied Online Online This course can be studied through E-Learning E-Learning Read more & enrol: PHYSICS

PLANT ECOLOGY - (BEN302) Duration icon 100 hours Qualification icon Statement of Attainment Lessons icon 8 lessons

Studying plant ecology can help you understand how plants respond differently in different environments; and that can improve your plant cultivation skills.

  • Study Plant Ecology as a stand alone course to expand and deepen your perspective on how the world around you works.
  • Study this as a module within a certificate or diploma in horticulture, environmental management or science
Learning methods available: This course can be studied via Correspondence Correspondence This course can be studied Online Online This course can be studied through E-Learning E-Learning Read more & enrol: PLANT ECOLOGY - (BEN302)

STATISTICS - BSC304 Duration icon 100 hours Qualification icon Statement of Attainment Lessons icon 10 lessons

Study statistics to be better at research, more effective as a planner or more profitable in business.
 
This course assumes a basic knowledge of Statistics, at least to the level covered by our Research Project I course.
A 100 hour course such as this will not make you into a statistician, but it will provide the most essential knowledge and skills required by consultants and researchers in a wide variety of disciplines taught by ACS Distance Education.
Learning methods available: This course can be studied via Correspondence Correspondence This course can be studied Online Online This course can be studied through E-Learning E-Learning Read more & enrol: STATISTICS - BSC304