Learn Plant Ecology and How Plants Thrive in Diverse Environments
'Ecology' is derived from the Greek words for home and study. In this course you'll learn about plants in their 'home', their environmental context. You'll learn how they grow and thrive in diverse environments and how we can manage the environment to ensure optimum results. What's more, you'll gain a new, broader perspective on plants within the ecosystem, and how complex plant communities grow and develop.
What Will I Learn?
There are 8 lessons in this course:
- Introductory Ecology
- Plant Communities
- Plants and their Environment
- Plants, Soils & Climate
- Plant Adaptations to Extreme Environments
- Manipulating Plant Environments
- Environmental Conservation
- Environmental Organisations, Assessment and Funding
To achieve your learning goals and really gain from your studies, we suggest you allow around 100 hours to complete this course. Some people will need a little less, some a little more, depending on your personal circumstances.
Self Assessment Tests are presented throughout the course. These are essentially an automated quiz. When you undertake a "SAT" or "Self Assessment Test", you will be able to see what you got correct, and what was incorrect; and in that way, you can identify your weaknesses.
Assignments are given at the end of each lesson. You should complete this assignment, paying careful attention to follow what is asked of you. It can be just as important to learn to work to specification, as it is to learn about the topic you are studying. Graduates who develop a habit of working to specification in the field of human behaviour, will impress employers, and will be more efficient when self employed.
A Final Exam is offered upon satisfactory completion of all assignments. This is optional. If you choose to apply for and do this exam, you will have the possibility of obtaining a "formal credit" or "Pass Certification" for this course. A fee applies. The exam may be sat under prearranged conditions anywhere in the world. This college will award you a formal transcript, upon successful completion of the exam, as proof of your results.
Recognition and Ethics
This college is a member of the ACS Affiliates Network; a group of colleges from several countries, affiliated with each other through ACS Distance Education.. Courses are developed with input from all of these colleges, aspiring to reflect internationally accepted standards and needs.
A strict "No Plagiarism" and "No fraud" policy exists. Assignments are checked for plagiarism, and assignments will not be deemed to have been completed, if work is not your own original creation, and is found to have been copied from elsewhere. If the person doing the course is discovered to be different to the name enrolled, the enrolment and any results will be recorded as invalid and any fees paid will be forfeited.
A full refund less expenses (up to 15% of fees applied) is provided to anyone wishing to withdraw from a course, within 2 weeks of enrollment. This does not apply after the first assignment has been submitted and marked; or after the two weeks has expired.
Why Should You Study With Us?
We believe that we have an ethical responsibility to make good use of the fees you pay and the time you invest into an education through our college. To this end, our first priority is always your learning. This comes before issues such as formal accreditations, speculative marketing and bureaucratic processes which all too often add considerable costs to the running of colleges, and take resources away from the provision of more valuable services to the student.
This college focuses on facilitating your learning and support to optimise that learning. We recognise that learning is all about improving knowledge and skills in your long term memory. While some colleges may focus on getting you to pass exams, by committing knowledge to short term memory; we understand that such an approach is not true education, and does little to improve your long term career or business prospects.
Where Will This Course Take Me?
Already working in environmental sciences? This course can give you the depth of insight to make wise decisions based on a deeper understanding of the relationships of plants to their environment. New to this area of study? The understanding you'll gain will provide a firm foundation to build a career in the areas of botany, ecology or environmental management more generally.
Study this course by itself or along with other environment and conservation studies to improve your understanding and skills in this field.