RHS Master of Horticulture BHT011

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This is an Exceptional Qualification for Horticultural Managers..... a highly regarded degree in horticulture, from the Royal Horticultural Society! This is a horticultural management oriented qualification for anyone with diploma or higher qualifications in horticulture or a related discipline (or equivalent).

Gain a degree in horticulture! Examined, Awarded and Recognised by the RHS!

This is an Exceptional Qualification for Horticultural Managers..... a highly regarded degree in horticulture, from the Royal Horticultural Society!This is a horticultural management oriented qualification for anyone with diploma or higher qualifications in horticulture or a related discipline (or equivalent).

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This is an Exceptional Qualification for Horticultural Managers..... a highly regarded degree in horticulture, from the Royal Horticultural Society! This is a horticultural management oriented qualification for anyone with diploma or higher qualifications in horticulture or a related discipline (or equivalent).

Gain a degree in horticulture! Examined, Awarded and Recognised by the RHS!

This is an Exceptional Qualification for Horticultural Managers..... a highly regarded degree in horticulture, from the Royal Horticultural Society!This is a horticultural management oriented qualification for anyone with diploma or higher qualifications in horticulture or a related discipline (or equivalent).

By Course Work -we supply more than just self guided studies, or mentoring from tutors. The program involves working through a series of 100 hour correspondence courses aligned with the RHS curriculum. You will undertake lots of practical work, submit routine assignments and receive regular feedback on your progress from our team of more than a dozen expert, experienced and highly qualified horticulturists; ocated across both the UK and Australia.

The qualification is awarded upon satisfactorily completing a series of exams conducted by the Royal Horticultural Society; most of which can be arranged to be undertaken anywhere in the world. It may be necessary however to make one visit to the UK to finalize practical assessments.

The satisfactorily completion and asessment in eight modules, which are conducted by the RHS is necessary in order to be awarded the qualification. The final Practical Assessments and Dissertation may need to be examined in the UK (so students should plan to make a visit to the UK at the end of their course to undertake the final assessments). Other theoretical exams can be undertaken anywhere in the world.

Assessments are mostly closed book exams, but also include some face to face assessments. Closed book exams can be arranged to be sat in most parts of the world. Face to face assessments are able to be undertaken in the UK; and may be able to be undertaken elsewhere.

Fees for these assessments are payable to the RHS, and are in addition to fees levied by the institution with whom you study.

The exams cannot be attempted unless the student has first been registered with the RHS as a candidate for the qualification.

Enrolment: Before an enrolment can be finalised, you must first apply to be registered as a candidate with the RHS.

This academy can assist you with preparing and submitting your application for Candidacy to the RHS which must include:

1. Proof that you meet the RHS Entry requirements
2. Two passport size photographs
3. A current and comprehensive CV
4. Copies of documentation to support claims made in the CV (e.g. Transcripts from studies, proof of current or past employment)

ADL will charge a fee to assist you in making this application.

Alternatively, you may apply direct to the RHS for candidacy; and provide ADL with proof of accepted candidacy before enrolling with us.

If the RHS rejects candidacy, they will indicate what additional studies must be undertaken before candidacy may be accepted.

Pre-requisites

Candidates are expected to satisfy one of the following:

* Have graduated from the RHS Diploma in Horticulture
* Have graduated from a Higher Diploma, foundation Degree or Degree in Horticulture or a related discipline
* Have alternative qualifications equal to one of the above, which includes equivalence to Module C of the RHS Advanced Certificate (ie. Practical Horticulture I) AND Module I of the RHS Diploma (ie. “Planning Layout & Construction of Ornamental Gardens”, and “Restoring Established Ornamental Gardens”)

Course Structure

The RHS has broken this course into eight (8) modules, each with a nominal duration of 200 hours.

ADL has created 14 modules, each 100 hours duration, to align with seven of these (ie. You complete two ADL modules to satisfy each RHS module).

The final module is a 200 hour dissertation, which can only be attempted upon completing all other modules.

First year modules must be completed before second, and second before third: otherwise, work can be paced faster or slower according to your capacity to work.

Modules may be undertaken for credits toward other ADL courses if you wish; however, an additional ADL exam may be required in order to attain a credit for use within ADL.

The modules are:

First Year

RHS MODULE

RHS MODULE

(You are assessed by the RHS in these)

ADL MODULES

(You study these with ACS to prepare for the RHS Assessments)

Module 001

Horticulture and Research

  • Horticulture and Research I
  • Horticulture and Research II

Module 002

Options: Module 002A (Amenity Horticulture) or Module 002B (Production Horticulture)

  • Amenity Horticulture I (Nature & Scope of Amenity Horticulture)
  • Amenity Horticulture II (Planning for Amenity Horticulture)

Module 003

Management Case Study

  • Operational Business Management I (Economics, Planning and Marketing)
  • Operational Business Management 2 (Legal, Contractual & Staff Management)

Second Year

RHS MODULE

(You are assessed by the RHS in these)

ACS MODULES

(You study these with ACS to prepare for the RHS Assessments)

Module 004

A written assessment

  • The Role of Horticulture in Modern World
  • Horticulture and Technology in Modern World

Module 005

Options: Module 005A (Gardens and Designed Landscapes) or Module 005B (Urban Landscapes) or Module 005C (Production Horticulture 3)

  • Garden History and Managing Notable Gardens OR
  • Significance of Green Landscapes in Urban Design and Management of Green Landscapes in Urban Environments OR
  • Critical Assessment of New Technologies for Crop Production and Critical assessment of New Post Production Technologies and Practices

Module 006

Strategic Management in Horticultural Business Environments

  • Organisational Management of Horticultural Business
  • Marketing Management of Horticultural Business

Module 007

Technical Competence Assessment

  • Advanced Horticulture Practices I
  • Advanced Horticulture Practices II


Module 8

- Dissertation (The dissertation proposal is submitted prior to completing module 7)
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SUBJECT CONTENT

Module: Horticulture and Research I

The course contains seven lessons:

1. Determining Research Needs
2. Searching for Information
3. Research Methods
4. Using Statistics
5. Conducting Statistical Research
6. Research Reports
7. Reporting on a Research Project

For many students, their first experience with research occurred in school where they were required to prepare a research report or a presentation on a particular subject. This is the fundamental level of research, and its aim is to gather information on a topic, which is later to be presented to an intended audience (a class, teacher etc). Examples are research on a particular country, animal, or political system.

Another level of research aims at answering a research question (often called the thesis question). The information that is gathered and presented is chosen in order to answer that question. Examples of research questions are: What main social and political factors contribute to poverty in country X? Why is the Madagascan lemur an endangered species? How was language used to justify and maintain the Cold War last century? Well formulated and pertinent questions can lead to meaningful research projects that can greatly increase our understanding of the world and ourselves. The problem with this kind of research, though, is that it can be very difficult to know what questions to ask.

Module: Horticultural Research II

There are 7 lessons in this module as follows:

1. Identifying research issues and determining research priorities
2. Acquisition of technical information
3. Specialised research techniques
4. Research planning and designing
5. Statistics
6. Conducting research
7. Writing reports.

WHAT to RESEARCH?

Research can be valuable, contributing to our understanding of what factors are influencing observed outcomes, which need changing, and what specific changes may be needed. On the other hand, irrelevant or needless research, no matter how well done or how detailed, can waste time, energy and money that could have been much better applied elsewhere.

Therefore, the first step in doing relevant, worthwhile research is to identify areas, social groups, markets, or organisations that might benefit from research, and the kind of information that might be useful. This is a vital step as much of the governmental and private funding today is tied to these constraints.

The second step is to arrive at a specific topic for research, one that clearly articulates the aim of the research, and defines the focus for the research. It defines clearly the goals: what are we doing the research for?

The third step is to consider whether the proposed research is realistic. This is a necessary step on the analysis as it will help determining the strategies, how we will approach and study the problem. Can it be done in a realistic time frame? Has it already been thoroughly researched by someone else? Are there still important questions to be asked? Is there enough information? Steps two and three may need to be repeated several times before the final research topic is identified.

Module: Amenity Horticulture I - (Nature & Scope of Amenity Horticulture)

Aim: Explain the nature and scope of providing, establishing and managing amenity horticulture sites.

There are 7 lessons in this module as follows:

1.
Nature and Scope of Amenity industry
2.
Global Variations Nature and Scope of Amenity industry in different countries
3.
Benefits of Amenity Horticulture
4.
Amenity Horticulture Management Options
5.
Influences (Legal, Social etc)
6.
Determining Best Practice
7.
Preparing for the Future: PBL

Module: Amenity Horticulture II - (Planning for Amenity Horticulture)

Aim: Explain planning for amenity horticulture, including appropriate measures to ensure all relevant concerns are identified and appropriately considered.

There are 7 lessons in this module as follows:

1.
Adapting Amenity Horticulture to Changing needs
2.
Macro Panning for Amenity Land Provision
3.
Resources and Information.
4.
Environmental impacts
5.
Economic Impacts
6.
Community Involvement
7.
Developing a Management Plan

Module: Operational Business Management II - (Economics, Planning and Marketing)

Aim: Develop an ability to formulate and evaluate strategy as well as to ensure effective business performance in today’s fast changing social, political and economic environment, for horticultural enterprises within one sector of the horticulture industry.

There are 9 parts in this module as follows:

1.
The Economic Environment
2.
External Influences on Horticultural Enterprise
3.
Information Management for Horticulture
4.
Strategic Planning in Horticulture
5.
Implementing Strategies
6.
PBL Project: Developing a Business Plan
7.
Business Control Systems for Horticulture
8.
Evaluating Horticultural Marketing
9.
Marketing Strategies for Horticulture

Module: Operational Business Management 2 - (Legal, Contractual and Staff Management)

Aim: Develop an capacity to apply legal, contractual and staff management considerations to demonstrate informed interpretation and analysis, critical thought processes and an understanding of complex issues in relation to the management of a range of different sectors of the horticulture industry.

There are 7 lessons in this module as follows:

1.
The Law and Horticulture 10 hrs
2.
Contract Law 10hrs
3.
Employment Law 10hrs
4.
PBL Financial Management 20hrs
5.
Staff Performance Management 10hrs
6.
Motivating Employees in Horticulture 10 hrs
7.
PBL Management Case Study 30 hrs

Module: The Role of Horticulture in Modern World

Develop comprehensive knowledge of the economic and social significance and on the evolution of the Horticulture Industry in the world. This module has eight lessons:

1. An overview of Scientific Advances in Horticulture
2. The Flow of Knowledge & Technology around the World
3. The Economic Value of Horticulture
4. The Social Value of Horticulture
5. The Environmental Value of Horticulture
6. PBL –Developed country
7. PBL –Developing country
8. PBL –Undeveloped Country

Module: Horticulture and Technology in Modern World

In this module you will develop comprehensive knowledge of the environmental issues and on the evolution of the Horticulture Industry in the world

Module: Garden History

This module has eight lessons as follows:

1. Review of garden history; and the Scope and nature of garden conservation today
2. Development of Private Gardens
3. Development of Commercial and Public Landscapes
4. Great Gardens of the World
5. People who Influenced Gardens
6. Globalisation of Gardens
7. Scope and Nature of Modern Garden Conservation I
8. The Role of Organisations in Garden Conservation

Module: Managing Notable Gardens

This module has nine lessons as follows:

1. Role and Formulation of Conservation Management Plans;
2. Consult Public and Interested Parties, Statutory and Non-Statutory Consultees.
3. Role of Public and Other Sources of Funding; and Implications of grant aid Criteria.
4. Planning for Renewal of Plant Features
5. Developing New Features within Existing Landscapes
6. Programming Repair of New and Existing Hard Landscape Features.
7. Creating New Gardens and Landscapes.
8. Identifying Required Staff Skills
9. Adapt historic gardens and Designed Landscapes for Modern Use

Module: Organisational Management of Horticultural Business

Demonstrate a thorough understanding of organisational aims and objectives and evaluate the importance of management

Critically survey the development of organisational theory and assess the significance of effective team organisation, motivation and retention in a horticultural context

Module: Marketing Management of Horticultural Business

Using appropriate theory, tools and information, assess the contribution of marketing orientation, marketing activities, and marketing planning to the success of an organisation.

Analyse market behaviour, anticipate trends and prepare and present effective plans and recommendations to solve marketing problems.

Module: Advanced Horticulture Practices I

Advanced interpretation skills for plants, pests and diseases in horticulture.

Module: Advanced Horticulture Practices II

Demonstration and Interpretation of materials, techniques, processes etc.

Module: Dissertation

Select and define for approval a current and relevant horticultural issue for research.

Determine and plan an appropriate approach to the research in question

Apply research, investigative and analytical skills to a specific research issue
Demonstrate self motivation in an area of academic study
Present and discuss findings and supporting information in the required written format and verbally within the required time frame.

Please note: In order to be accepted as a candidate to sit exams with the RHS, Master of Horticulture (RHS), students must have an application approved by the RHS Examinations office. You will need to provide evidence of an appropriate professional qualification (eg. RHS Diploma in horticulture or an equivalent diploma), before being accepted and approved by the RHS.

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