Horticultural Research II

Course CodeBHT241
Fee CodeS3
Duration (approx)100 hours
QualificationStatement of Attainment
  
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Conduct your own research project!

Learn:
  • research techniques
  • observational techniques
  • statistics
  • report writing
This can be taken either as a module in one of our other qualifications or as a stand alone course (Ideal for use as a Professional Development program for persons working in the horticulture industry anywhere in the world).
 

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Lesson Structure

There are 7 lessons in this course:

  1. Identifying Research Issues and Determining Research Priorities
    • Introduction: first, second, third steps
    • Finding research ideas
    • Brainstorming
    • Steps to brainstorming
    • Mind maps
    • How to mind map
    • Concept mapping
    • Determining research priorities
    • Beginning your research
    • Formulating a research topic
    • Is the reseach feasible
    • Formulating a hgypothesis
    • Terminology
  2. Acquisition of Technical Information
    • Literature review
    • Research methods
    • Basic methods of collecting information: experimental, correlation, questionnaires, surveys, tests, document review
    • Naturalistic observation
    • Focus groups
    • Case studies
  3. Specialised Research Techniques
    • Selecting a research method
    • Fishbone diagrams
    • Applications for cause and effect diagrams
    • Lateral thinking
    • Lateral thinking techniques
    • Pareto analysis
    • Observations
    • Root cause analysis
  4. Research Planning and Designing
    • Project planning
    • Defining the problem, possible solutions and objectives
    • Problem tree analysis tool
    • SWOT analysis
    • Prioritise objectives and define activities
    • Allocate resources
    • Results and assessment
  5. Statistics
    • Introduction
    • Data presentation
    • Measures of central tendancy
    • Distributions
  6. Conducting Research
    • Collecting and logging data
    • Developing a data base structure
    • Data transformations
    • Analyzing data
    • Managing data
    • Analytical procedure
  7. Writing Reports
    • Reporting results
    • Report structure
    • Contents of a research report (example)
    • Pitfalls to avoid

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.

Aims

  • Determine areas where there is a valid need to research processes relevant to horticultural research in today‚Äôs social, economic, political and environmental context.
  • Acquire and demonstrate skills in locating and reviewing scientific and technical information.
  • Develop and explain alternative research and observational techniques for a particular Horticultural research study.
  • To design a quality and focused research project addressing a social, technological, environmental and/or economic issues that impact on Horticulture today. The research component must allocate resources needed (time, financial and human resources).
  • Demonstrate and explain basic statistical knowledge used for research with emphasis on your ability to present and monitor given data.
  • Conduct a quality and focused research project addressing a social, technological, environmental and/or economic issue that impact on Horticulture today.
  • Demonstrate skills in report writing

WHAT to RESEARCH?

Research can be valuable, contributing to our understanding of what factors are influencing observed outcomes, which need changing, and what specific changes may be needed. On the other hand, irrelevant or needless research, no matter how well done or how detailed, can waste time, energy and money that could have been much better applied elsewhere.

 

Therefore, the first step in doing relevant, worthwhile research is to identify areas, social groups, markets, or organisations that might benefit from research, and the kind of information that might be useful. This is a vital step as much of the governmental and private funding today is tied to these constraints.

The second step is to arrive at a specific topic for research, one that clearly articulates the aim of the research, and defines the focus for the research. It defines clearly the goals: what are we doing the research for?

The third step is to consider whether the proposed research is realistic. This is a necessary step on the analysis as it will help determining the strategies, how we will approach and study the problem. Can it be done in a realistic time frame? Has it already been thoroughly researched by someone else? Are there still important questions to be asked? Is there enough information? Steps two and three may need to be repeated several times before the final research topic is identified.

Why Study This Course?

This course is a natural follow-on form Horticulture Research I. It goes into a little more depth with regards to methods of research and statistical analysis and covers new ground. It is designed to round off research skills so that students will feel they are competent in undertaking and understanding key research strategies and methods.
This course is ideally suited to those who work in, or are planning to work in:

  • Horticulture research
  • Teaching
  • Horticultural science
  • Plant breeding
  • Botany
  • General horticulture

Horticulture research is also suited to people who have a genuine interest in learning more about their field of interest, and even to those with little background in horticulture.    


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Credentials

ACS is an Organisational Member of the British Institute for Learning and Development
ACS is an Organisational Member of the British Institute for Learning and Development

Member of the Institute of Horticulture Careers Advisory Bureau
Member of the Institute of Horticulture Careers Advisory Bureau

Member of Study Gold Coast, Education Network
Member of Study Gold Coast, Education Network

ACS Global Partner - Affiliated with colleges in seven countries around the world.
ACS Global Partner - Affiliated with colleges in seven countries around the world.

Member Nursery and Garden Industry Association
Member Nursery and Garden Industry Association

ACS is recognised by the International Accreditation and Recognition Council
ACS is recognised by the International Accreditation and Recognition Council



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