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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 Plant Science
Coordinator Doctor Robert Wiltshire
Available as student elective? No
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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
11 Week Session Apr 5/4/2021 23/4/2021 17/5/2021 27/6/2021
11 Week Session Oct 27/9/2021 14/10/2021 4/11/2021 12/12/2021

* 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).

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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.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
010900 $993.00 $993.00 not applicable $2,354.00
  • Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
  • HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
  • FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4

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Teaching Pattern

5 online modules

AssessmentQuizzes (x5) (25%)|Short Answer Question (20%)|Assignment (55%)
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