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Botany A (Introduction) Online Course

From: $50.00 / week for 16 weeks

Duration 100 hrs / 12 months to complete
Exam Optional
Tutor Support Yes unlimited by email
Qualification Careerline Certificate
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About this course

Learn PLANT PHYSIOLOGY AND TAXONOMY with expert tutor support

You will learn the essential plant physiology and taxonomy.  This course will give you a sound introduction to plant morphology and anatomy; in agriculture, horticulture, environmental or plant science. Base knowledge for careers in teaching, pharmaceuticals or for those seeking a pathway to undergraduate plant specialist courses.

Though it is a stand alone course, in order to fully take advantage of this knowledge pathway, the Careerline course; ‘Botany II’ should be studied next.

Course Aims:

  • Understand the relationship between the scientific principles of this unit and horticultural practices
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of the Plant Kingdom and understanding of the taxonomic hierarchy
  • Identify and describe the different types of plant cells and tissues, their structure and function
  • Determine the role and function of specific vegetative parts of the plant
  • Determine the role and function of the reproductive parts of the plant
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the role and function of the seed in the life cycle of the plant
  • Explain the mechanism and the role of photosynthesis in the metabolism of plants and relate to plant growth in controlled environments
  • Explain the mechanism and the role of respiration in the metabolism of plants
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the role of water in the plant
  • Review the movement of water, solutes and assimilates through the plant
  • Understand the effects of tropisms and other plant movements on growth and development

Detailed Course Outline

This course is made up of 10 lessons or units.  Each of these has self assessment questions, a set task (practical homework) and an assignment which you can upload online.  Click below to read about each of the lessons and what you will learn.

What you will learn

There are 10 lessons in this course:

  1. Taxonomic Classification of Plants
    • Plant Taxonomy – Botanical/Horticultural Nomenclature
    • The Binomial System
    • Botanical Classification
    • Plant Families and Species
    • Hybrids, Varieties and Cultivars
    • Botanical Keys – How to use a botanical key
    • Key to Plant Groups
    • Key to Plant Phyla
  2. Cells and Tissues
    • Plant Cells – types of plant cells
    • Plant Tissues
    • Primary and Secondary Plant Growth
  3. Specific Vegetative Parts of a Plant
    • Stems – Different Stem Forms
    • Leaves – Leaf Structure and Arrangement
    • Roots – Root Structure (tap root, adventitious roots)
    • Common Botanical Terms
  4. Flowers and Fruit
    • The flower – inflorescence (panicle, umbel, composite head)
    • Fruits – Simple, Aggregate, Multiple
    • Reproductive Growth and Development
    • Pollination
    • Fertilization
    • Fruit setting
  5. Seed and the Developing Embryo
    • Seed Structure
    • Seed Coats
    • Food Storage Organs
    • Embryo
    • Seed Germination – Germination Requirements
    • Stimulation and Inhibition of Germination
    • Plant Reproduction -Propagation of Plants
  6. Photosynthesis and Growing Plants
    • Photosynthesis – the Photosynthetic Apparatus
    • Light transformation into energy
    • Photosynthetic process
    • Gas Exchange with the Atmosphere
  7. Respiration
    • Stages of Respiration
    • Krebs Cycle
    • Electron Transport Chain
    • Rate of Respiration
    • Control of ATP Production in Respiration
  8. The Role of Water
    • Osmosis
    • Water Movement from Soil to Root
    • Development of Root Pressure
    • The Transpiration Stream
    • Transpiration and Environmental Conditions
  9. Movement of Water and Assimilates through a Plant
    • Mechanisms of Nutrient Uptake
    • Absorption and Transport of Mineral Nutrients
    • Translocation of Sugars
    • Adaptations for Water Storage
    • Food and Water Storage Organs
  10. The Effects of Tropisms and Other Growth Movements
    • Plant Hormones
    • Tropisms
    • Phototropism
    • Geotropism
    • Thigmotropism
    • Other Growth Movements
    • Chemical Growth Modifications

When you have completed your lessons you have the option of taking the optional exam. It's ok if you don't want the exam, we still issue your Careerline Certificate.

Course Tutor(s)

Barbara Tremain BSc. (Hons) Horticulture, RHS Adv. Cert,. RHS General, City & Guilds Garden Design, Permaculture Level 3 (UK)

Barbara brings to Careerline a wide range of horticultural experience and knowledge Barbara has a keen interest in herbalism, edible wild plants and has lead into studies of many plant based complementary medicinal systems, qualification as a Bach Flower remedy practitioner and studying Ethnobotany. Barbara has practiced and studied horticulture as well as combining it with her love of travel in many countries including the UK, US and Australia and has also studied Permaculture and runs her own horticulture business. Within the past two years she have also worked for Groundwork SW with 18-24 year old unemployed people, this work and the mentoring scheme has allowed me to teach informally. It has been a delight to nurture the interests of keen learners in horticulture and garden design. Meanwhile the business has covered a variety of Garden Design projects, from wildflower gardens to seaside situations, and has included some work with Chelsea Gold multi-winner John Moreland.

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F.A.Q.'s

Can I pay in installments?

Yes! We offer great payment plans, however full payment up front is the cheapest. You can choose the best payment plan for you from the course page.

Can I study from anywhere in the world?

We have many international students. Careerline range of courses are suitable for any one, basically anywhere in the world.

Do I get a discount if I enrol in a second course?

Yes. You may claim a 5% fee discount when you enroll in a second course, and a further 10% off a three-course package.

Do I have to sit an Exam?

No. If you are enrolled in a Certificate course (100hrs), the exam is optional. You will be issued with a certificate which proves that you are competent in all units, if you choose not to sit the exam.

Do you have set start dates?

There are no set start dates, you may start at any time. Our courses are all self-paced. As our home page says, ‘Courses for Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime’. ‘Anytime’ includes the start time of your choice. However, we do encourage our students to submit assignments on a regular basis. Wherever possible, we suggest developing a study routine.