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Science of Gardening KPZ001



View the Science of Gardening landing page for information on this unit and the Diploma of Sustainable Living.

Science of Gardening is for people who love plants and gardens, people with dirt under their fingernails; people who want to know how and why plants grow, and how to become better gardeners. Why are plants arranged into families, what features do they share? What are plants made of, and how do they grow? How do seeds know when to germinate, and how does the environment shape the way seedlings grow? What are the crucial factors determining when plants flower and set seed? We all know that soil type and nutrients affect plant health, but why? Let's look at the scientific basis of gardening.

The unit consists of six modules, with each module delivered online as a short introductory video to raise topics for discussion in a number of short (10-15 minute) presentations.

These topics will include the questions listed above, which are essentially an introduction to: plant systematics and taxonomy, plant structure and function, and plant development; but all presented with a focus on familiar and applied aspects of gardening. Recommended reading and short online quizzes will support learning in each module. Three additional assessment tasks will develop an understanding of: the scientific method (observation, experimental design, hypothesis testing, analysis of results); plant characteristics and classification; and soil characteristics and plant growth.

Enrolment in this foundation level unit will be within the Diploma of General Studies.  Domestic students* will receive a full HECS (Higher Education Contribution Scheme) scholarship for the unit and will also receive a waiver for the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

*Domestic students include Australian citizens or students holding Permanent Humanitarian Visas or with Permanent Resident Status. Citizens of countries outside of Australia, including New Zealand, are not eligible to study this unit.


Unit name Science of Gardening
Unit code KPZ001
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Plant Science

Dr Rob Wiltshire

Level Foundation
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Winter school (late) Off-Campus International Domestic
Hobart 12 Week Session Dec Off-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Winter school (late) 22/6/2020 10/7/2020 3/8/2020 13/9/2020
12 Week Session Dec 30/11/2020 17/12/2020 11/1/2021 21/2/2021

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2020 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2020 will be available from the 1st October 2020.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
2 2020: $1,190.00 2020: $2,354.00 010903

Fees for next year will be published in October. The fees above only apply for the year shown.

Please note: international students should refer to this page to get an indicative course cost.



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