Learn to Design, Create and Care for Water Features in a Garden
Water features have been a prominent part of gardens since time immemorial. The ancient oasis gardens of Egypt featured water as a central theme because of its association with life and fertility. It continued as a theme for Hispanic and Arabic gardens, right through those of the Italian Renaissance, France, England and today water remains an enchanting feature of many landscapes - public and private.
In this course you will learn about all aspects of incorporating water into landscapes and the components and design principles which underlie them:
- Fountains and Waterfalls
- Ponds and Lakes
- Swimming Pools
- Pumps, pipes, plants and animals...and more
What the Course Covers
There are eight lessons as follows:
- Introduction: Scope and Nature of water features, water quality, plants & animals in water, etc.
- Equipment: Pumps, Lights, Filters etc.
- Ponds, watercourses, bog gardens, dams –Design and Aftercare.
- Spas and Swimming Pools –Design & After care
- Water Features –Indoor & Outdoor –Fountains, Waterfalls, Fish tanks, ponds etc
- Water Plants
- Aquatic Animals
Study when, where and however much you want. For most students, the course can be completed with a total of around 100 hours of study; and a commitment close to that may be needed to achieve desired learning outcomes.
The following books, available through this web site mau be interesting supplementary reading for this course
- Water Gardeming
- Tropical Landscaping
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 enrolment. This does not apply after the first assignment has been submitted and marked; or after the two weeks has expired.
How This Course Could Help You
This course is aimed at those seeking specialised information in how to design and create water features in landscape settings. It can be studied by itself or along with other horticulture modules as part of a certificate or higher level qualification. It may be of value to professionals, such as landscape gardeners and garden designers, as well as home gardeners looking for a little extra expertise.