Courses & Units

Science of Gardening 2 KPZ003


This unit aims to develop your awareness of the ecological processes operating in your garden, to assist informed decision making about garden design and management. You will explore the environmental parameters of your garden (e.g. macro and microclimate, geology, and soils), the nature of the complex interrelationships between garden organisms (including pollinators, herbivores, and pathogens), and how the origins and adaptations of plants determine their suitability to your purpose. This exploration of underlying ecological principles will inform your garden design in terms of preferred style, purpose, and practicability.


Unit name Science of Gardening 2
Unit code KPZ003
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Biological Sciences
Coordinator Doctor Beatriz Contreras Planesas
Available as an elective? No
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Online 11 Week Session Apr Off-Campus International Domestic
Online 11 Week Session Oct Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
11 Week Session Oct 30/9/2024 17/10/2024 8/11/2024 15/12/2024
11 Week Session Apr 8/4/2024 23/4/2024 16/5/2024 23/6/2024

* 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 (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Identify the major environmental constraints of plant growth for your situation.
  • Evaluate the suitability of a range of plant species or varieties for a particular environment.
  • Explain how different plant species can interact in a competitive or complementary manner.
  • Propose measures to attract desired organisms and to minimize unwanted organisms into an ecosystem.
  • Articulate a rationale for your garden design in terms of your identified priorities and limitations.

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
050101 $555.00 $555.00 not applicable $2,596.00

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KPZ001 Science of Gardening 1


Teaching Pattern

5 online modules

AssessmentShort Answer Question (20%)|Quizzes (x5) (25%)|Assignment (55%)
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