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  • Objectives
    The Horticulture Technician program is a two-year co-op program of study with the emphasis on the practical component of horticulture. The course develops the academic skill level in students that allow them to easily match a growing need in the green industry.
  • Practical experience
    Approximately 80% of the scheduled class time in second year is spent outside the classroom in courses such as Landscape Field Construction, Plant Production, Arboriculture and Garden and Landscape Maintenance. Students and faculty participate in practical lab sessions while redeveloping the grounds of the campus in real work situations. This two year program has two co-op work terms.
  • Academic Title
    Horticulture Technician Ontario College Diploma
  • Course description
    Level 1    Credits
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    • WRIT-1036    Reason & Writing 1-Art & Design     3.00
    • MATH-1159    Trade Calculations for Hort Tech     2.00
    • DESG-1061    Garden Design, Plan Interpretation & Sur     7.00
    • HORT-1011    Horticulture 1     2.00
    • LAND-1004    Soils for Horticulture     2.00
    • WOOD-1011    Woody Deciduous Plant Identification     2.00
    • HORT-1032    Arboriculture 1     2.00

    Level 2    Credits
    Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    • COMM-3023    Comm. for Designers, Planners, Techs     3.00
    • COMP-1013    Dynascape for Garden Design     3.00
    • MATS-1018    Landscape Materials     2.00
    • HORT-1014    Horticulture Pest Control & Licensing     2.00
    • HORT-1026    Horticulture 2-Greenhouse Management     2.00
    • MOTP-1001    Equipment Maintenance     2.50
    • MTNC-1013    Lndscpe Equip Operation & Wrkplc Safety     1.50
    • WOOD-1019    Woody Evergreen Plant Identification     2.00

    Level 3    Credits

    Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    • MTNC-1017    Landscape & Garden Maintenance-Intro     3.00
    • HORT-3014    Arboriculture 2     3.00
    • CONS-1039    Landscape Field Construction 1     3.00
    • BUSI-1067    This Business of Landscaping     2.00
    • HORT-1031    Greenhouse Plant Production 1     3.00
    • WOOD-3019    Herbaceous Plant Identification     2.00
    • HORT-1029    The History of Gardens     3.00

    Level 4    Credits
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    • CONS-3017    Landscape Field Construction 2     3.00
    • ENVR-3005    Integrated Pest Management     2.00
    • HORT-3015    Greenhouse Plant Production 2     3.00
    • HORT-3007    Annual & Tropical Plant Identification     2.00
    • HORT-3008    Turf Management     2.00
    • MTNC-3004    Landscape & Garden Maintenance-Inter     3.00

    Gen Ed - Electives

    Take 6 General Education Credits -
    Normally taken in Levels 2 and 3

    BUSI-1067 -  This Business of Landscaping
    An advanced course in operating a business in horticulture. This course focuses on developing techniques of business management including financial management, document control, marketing, asset acquisition and management, people management, compliance and your professional approach. The course examines the skills required in maintaining a successful operation.

    COMM-3023 -  Comm. for Designers, Planners, Techs
    Professional communication is designed to improve students’ writing, reading, and speaking skills for work-related purposes. Emphasis is placed on process writing, composing, researching, documenting, evaluating, and editing program-related materials. Students also prepare a résumé/cover letter package and deliver an oral presentation based on research.

    COMP-1013 -  Dynascape for Garden Design

    Dynascape is the leading computerized design program in the Ontario market. Commonly used by design build firms and garden centres, the learner will be exposed to its manipulation in the production of a landscape plan. This course will draw on landscape design and computer skills.

    CONS-1039 -  Landscape Field Construction 1

    Through a series of lectures and practical labs students will be exposed to precast concrete and natural stone products. The course will focus on their use in the landscaping industry as pavements and retaining walls. Industry standards set out by Pave Tech Incorporated, The Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute ( ICPI ), and The Canadian Nursery Landscape Association ( CNLA ) will be used as guidelines for proper installations. Strict workplace safety procedures will be followed at all times.

    CONS-3017 -  Landscape Field Construction 2
    Through a series of lectures and practical labs students will be exposed to landscape features constructed with wood and natural stone. To supplement the practical laboratory experiences the students will be involved in two major landscape display projects; one taking place at Landscape Ontario’s Congress in January 2009. Strict workplace safety procedures will be followed during all operations.

    DESG-1061 -  Garden Design, Plan Interpretation & Sur

    This course is designed to provide the student, through a series of projects, the design principles and practical skills necessary to develop a landscape plan. The student will be introduced to the process of assessing a site to determine the various elements that will impact on the development of an effective landscape solution, as well as learn basic drafting and technical skills. Classes will include practical field experience. Survey techniques and measuring tools will be used to inventory existing site conditions.

    ENVR-3005 -  Integrated Pest Management
    At the conclusion of this course students will have a working knowledge of integrated pest management (IPM). Students will learn about pests and diseases and monitoring, implementation and evaluation of IPM programs in Turf, Greenhouses, and Landscape settings.

    HORT-1011 -  Horticulture 1
    In this introductory course in horticulture the basics of plant anatomy, plant physiology, plant propagation, plant growth and production will be studied using lectures and videos.

    HORT-1014 -  Horticulture Pest Control & Licensing
    This course will prepare the student to write the Ontario Provincial Ministry of Environment landscape pest exterminator licensing exam. (Landscape Licence, this is optional). Topics of study include basic information on common pests of the landscape in Ontario, general information on pesticides, integrated pest management techniques, pesticides and the environment, pesticide application technology, legislation governing pesticides, and human health and safety issues relating to pesticides.

    HORT-1026 -  Horticulture 2-Greenhouse Management

    Learners in this course will experience a combination of greenhouse theory and off site practical in commercial facilities in preparation for running the Fanshawe facility in Year 2. Topics will include greenhouse structures, light, temperature, carbon dioxide and other gases, growing media, water, and nutrition and fertilizers. Practical sessions at off site commercial facilities will include studies in transplanting, propogation, stocking, watering and facility organization.

    HORT-1029 -  The History of Gardens
    This course explores the history of ornamental gardening, from the Paradise Gardens of Persia to the rooftop gardens of today's cities. Students will gain an understanding of the relationships among history, culture, psychology, and garden style, and discover both the consistency and the variety inherent in garden design around the world, through recorded history. Student presentations will be scheduled throughout the course.

    HORT-1031 -  Greenhouse Plant Production 1
    In this course horticulture students will participate in the production and marketing of a greenhouse crop such as poinsettias. Students will learn how to control the environmental conditions within the greenhouse using the Priva Computer Control System. Learners will apply plant production techniques, maintain the greenhouse facility, and perform sales and marketing activities in practical sessions including a weekend work assignment, a poinsettia sales duty and an interiorscape plant duty.

    HORT-1032 -  Arboriculture 1

    Urban forests are an integral part of the everyday landscape. Arboriculture will focus on our interaction with trees in this environment. Topics discussed will include tree structure and function. Site evaluation and planting and tree placement, species selection, transplanting and after care management. Topics will be demonstrated through in-class lectures, labs, site visits and project demonstrations.

    HORT-3007 -  Annual & Tropical Plant Identification
    Tropical houseplants, gift plants and annual plants will be identified through growth habits, foliage, flower and fruit characteristics. Plant use and culture will also be explored as the crop production cycle progresses in the greenhouse.

    HORT-3008 -  Turf Management

    Turf Management will explore the importance of turf and its culture in a horticultural environment. Topics will include turf use, establishment, and maintenance practices such as mowing, aerating, fertilizing, irrigation and pest control. The theory behind good turf quality will also be explored through discussion topics such as methods of preventing turf weeds, environmental factors on turf grass diseases, decisions affecting the selection of turf grass species and turf renovation verses re-planting.

    HORT-3014 -  Arboriculture 2

    An advanced course in arboriculture practices focusing on, hands on training. Through lectures, labs and practical field exercises students will gain experience utilizing the various pieces of specialized arboriculture equipment, and implementing tree maintenance techniques in the safest possible manner.

    HORT-3015 -  Greenhouse Plant Production 2

    Through hands on practical sessions in the greenhouse and lectures, learners will follow perform crop propagation and production through a full production cycle schedule. Students will be responsible for facility management for a weekend period from 8:00am - 5:00pm and according to a schedule set in the first class. Class each week will be 1 hour lecture followed by a 4 hour practical session in the greenhouse.

    LAND-1004 -  Soils for Horticulture

    In this course students will develop an understanding of the proper management and conservation of the root environment and how it is essential for the successful cultivation of plants. Conventional soils play a critical role in plant production and in the cultivation of plants and turf in the landscape. Artificial growing media now widely used in the greenhouse and nursery industries for plant production will also be examined.

    MATH-1159 -  Trade Calculations for Hort Tech

    Numeracy skills are considered an essential employability skill in the Horticulture Industry. In this course students will learn to accurately perform calculations typically used in the horticulture industry with particular attention to the way these concepts apply to problems encountered by horticulture technicians in job situations.

    MATS-1018 -  Landscape Materials

    This course introduces the student to the materials they will encounter when constructing and designing landscape projects. Landscape Materiala explores the qualities and applications of aggregates, wood, concrete, masonry, natural stone, geo-textiles, landscape lighting, metals, plastics and glass. The learner will be able to identify, describe and understand how each material could be used in various landscape projects, its durability and subsequent maintenance.

    MOTP-1001 -  Equipment Maintenance
    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to identify and protect themselves from the safety hazards presented by powered landscaping equipment. Students will also have demonstrated the ability to set up, maintain, and perform minor repairs to outdoor power equipment used in the landscaping industry.

    MTNC-1013 -  Lndscpe Equip Operation & Wrkplc Safety

    Specific workplace safety training including proper lifting and carrying, ladder training, fuel training and WHMIS and Worksmart will be covered in this course. Learners will perform pre-use inspection, select and wear proper personal protective clothing and equipment, and use hand held powered landscape tools in a safe fashion. Learners will perform circle checks, select and wear proper personal protective equipment, and operate a landscape purpose tractor and skid steer.

    MTNC-1017 -  Landscape & Garden Maintenance-Intro

    Landscape and garden maintenance is a very profitable and often under utilized section of the landscape industry. Through intensive practical hands-on sessions, students will be involved in actual landscape installations and maintenance of existing landscapes and gardens. The practicum will cover: site preparation for new landscapes, perennial care, tree transplanting and planting of containerized nursery stock, bulbs, wrapping shrubs and general winterization of the landscape.

    MTNC-3004 -  Landscape & Garden Maintenance-Inter
    A continuation of Landscape and Garden Maintenance, this course will concentrate on the advanced levels of garden and landscape maintenance and site preparation . Topics will focus on site evaluation, development of a maintenance schedule and tender document, Equipment needs and evaluation, spring garden maintenance and landscape preparation. This course will be delivered through a series of practical sessions and lectures with a portion of the practical evaluation done at Landscape Ontario and possibly Canada Blooms in March.Some units of instruction will reflect the Certified Horticulture Technician testing standards. Note: The class will be delivered via a one hour lecture and a practical for group A in the am and a practical following the lecture in the pm for group B.

    WOOD-1011 -  Woody Deciduous Plant Identification
    This course will provide the student with an introduction to plant naming systems and taxonomy as an aid in plant identification. Through woody plant walks, plants will be viewed and studied in site, either in a cultured or natural environment. At the conclusion of the course the learner will be able to identify and give basic cultural information on over 150 hardy decidious trees, shrubs and vines for a USDA Zone 5 landscape.

    WOOD-1019 -  Woody Evergreen Plant Identification

    This course will provide the student with an introduction to plant naming systems and taxonomy as an aid in plant identification. Through woody plant walks, plants will be viewed and studied in site, either in a cultured or natural environment. At the conclusion of the course the learner will be able to identify and give basic cultural information on over 100 hardy evergreen trees, shrubs and groundcovers for a USDA Zone 5 landscape.

    WOOD-3019 -  Herbaceous Plant Identification

    Developing and maintaining complex and intricate plantings requires a comprehensive knowledge of the various herbaceous plants such as perennials, annuals and weeds and their association with the woody species in the landscape. Learners will explore herbaceous plant identification, taxonomic detail, culture and maintenance through lectures and plant walks. Classes will often occur off campus.

    WRIT-1036 -  Reason & Writing 1-Art & Design

    This course will introduce art and design students to essential principles of reading, writing, and reasoning at the postsecondary level. Students will identify, summarize, analyze, and evaluate multiple short readings and write persuasive response essays to develop their vocabulary, comprehension, grammar, and critical thinking. This course will also introduce students to selected topics and concepts in art and design.

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