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Associate Degree in Urban Horticulture (A-URBHORT)

Associate DegreeYear: 2019 Delivered: On Campus

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Overview

Award titleAssociate Degree in Urban Horticulture
Year & campus2019
CRICOS code086007D
Fees informationSubject EFTSL, level, discipline and census date
Study level & typeUndergraduate Coursework
AQF level 6
Credit points200 credit points
Duration24 months full time

This course has been discontinued, and there will be no further intakes.

This course is a two-year full-time course offered at the Burnley campus of the University. The course is designed to provide vocational outcomes in the area of arboriculture, nursery management, landscape design, and urban parks and gardens management.

Entry requirements

1. In order to be considered for entry, applicants must have completed: one of

(a) the Victorian Certificate of Education including

  • VCE Units 3 and 4 – either a study score of at least 25 in one of English, English Language or Literature or a study score of at least 30 in English as an Additional Language;

(b) the International Baccalaureate Diploma including

  • at least Grade 4 in English or English B (Standard Level or Higher Level);

(c) a senior secondary program, foundation studies program or equivalent approved by the Academic Board including appropriate English language studies.

Meeting these requirements does not guarantee selection.

2. In ranking applications, the Selection Committee will consider:

  • prior academic performance

3. The Selection Committee may seek further information to clarify any aspect of an application in accordance with the Academic Board rules on the use of selection instruments.
4. For applicants who have not completed the Victorian Certificate of Education or the International Baccalaureate Diploma, the undergraduate English language requirements (http://futurestudents.unimelb.edu.au/admissions/entry-requirements/language-requirements must be met.

Note. For applications through the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre, “middle-band” selection adjustments are made only on the basis of eligibility for Access Melbourne.

Entry into undergraduate degrees is usually via applications through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC). Full details regarding the VTAC application process may be found on the VTAC website or by purchasing the VTAC Guide from newsagencies

Core participation requirements

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Objectives, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student’s participation in the University’s programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and the Disability Liaison Unit: http://www.services.unimelb.edu.au/disability

Intended learning outcomes

Students who have completed this course should have acquired the ability to:

  • understand plant structure and function, taxonomy, ecology and gain specialist knowledge in the identification, use, culture, maintenance and management of plants;
  • have the ability to apply sound theoretical, technical and practical principles and practices in the broad field of Urban Horticulture;
  • appreciate the significance horticulture can play in the development and well-being of a creative and vibrant city and community;
  • be able to analyse, interpret and evaluate information in order to initiate creative solutions when designing landscapes, producing plants, or maintaining and managing urban environments;
  • interact with peers, clients and the community with confidence and in a professional manner;
  • initiate and foster continuing education and training in Horticulture or a related field; and
  • act ethically in the performance of duties relevant to industry standards

Generic skills

This course encompasses particular generic skills. On completion of the course students should have:

* An awareness of, and ability to utilise appropriate communication technology and methods for the storage, evaluation and analysis of information from a range of sources

* Ability to work effectively as an individual and participate as a member of a team

* Ability to plan work, problem-solve, use time effectively and manage small projects

* A capacity for creativity and innovation, through the application of skills and knowledge

* Well developed communication skills to allow informed dialogue and liaison with individuals and groups from industry, government and the community

Graduate attributes

On completion of the course students should have:

  • an awareness of, and an ability to utilise appropriate communication technology and methods for the storage, evaluation and analysis of information from a range of sources;
  • ability to work effectively as an individual and participate as a member of a team;
  • ability to plan work, problem-solve, use time effectively and manage small projects;
  • a capacity for creativity and innovation, through the application of skills and knowledge;
  • well developed communication skills to allow informed dialogue and liaison with individuals and groups from industry, government and the community.

Course structure

Students must complete 200 points of core subjects to qualify for the Associate Degree in Urban Horticulture.

Subject options

Year 1

Students must complete the following core subjects during the first year of the course.

Code Name Study period Credit Points
HORT10013
HORT10007
HORT10009
HORT10012
HORT10014 Soils and Growing Media
Semester 2
12.5
HORT10015 Urban Water Management
Semester 2
12.5
HORT10011 Vegetation Establishment and Maintenance
Semester 2
12.5
HORT10016 Plant Biology 2
Semester 2
12.5

Year 2

Students must complete the following subjects during the second year of the course:

Code Name Study period Credit Points
NRMT20016 Plant Protection
Semester 1
12.5
HORT20026 Designing with Plants
Semester 1
12.5
HORT20014 Landscape Design 1
Semester 1
12.5
HORT20029 Urban Horticulture Internship
Semester 1
12.5
HORT20028 Landscape Technology
Semester 2
12.5
HORT20013 Horticulture for Sustainable Communities
Semester 2
12.5
HORT20017 Landscape Design 2
Semester 2
12.5
HORT20019 Urban Tree Management
Semester 2
12.5

Further study

Students may wish to continue their studies and undertake a Bachelor degree or articulate into the Bachelor of Environments. Articulation into the Bachelor of Environments may result in subject credits granted from studies undertaken in the Associate Degree in Urban Horticulture. Applications are usually submitted through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC). Full details regarding the VTAC application process may be found on the VTAC website or by purchasing the VTAC Guide from newsagencies.

Last updated: 9 November 2018