HORT20020 Fundamentals of Horticulture

Academic Year 2023/2024

Introduction to the principles and concepts of Horticulture through an understanding of the scientific basis of horticultural practice. Areas covered include:
Importance of site selection for plant production under field and protected environments; Growing media; Propagation techniques (seed and vegetative propagation); Training and pruning techniques for food and amenity plants; Selection and use of different plant species for a range of landscape situations; Outline of Plant Protection Methods.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

Students should understand:
1 The scientific basis of horticultural practice;
2 The importance of site selection for horticultural developments;
3 Plant growing media including soil-less, peat and peat-free media;
4 Practical techniques used in horticulture;
5 Selection process and use of plant materials in landscape horticulture.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours




Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
This module support students in exploring themes and topics for their masters thesis. It involves preliminary project research and writing.
Face to face with some online lectures. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:


Learning Exclusions:


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Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Lab Report: Practical and field reports. Throughout the Trimester n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Examination: Three questions must be answered out of a choice of six questions. 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment

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Name Role
Dr Caroline Elliott-Kingston Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Mary Harty Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Aisling Reilly Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Wed 10:00 - 10:50
Practical Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Wed 15:00 - 17:50