Getting started with...Botany
This fully online short course takes a broad look at the amazing world of plants. We look at the basic ‘toolkit’ plants use to survive, and how they have adapted in countless incredible ways. Tips on plant identification and an introduction to the investigative skills of a botanist help prepare you for the big botanical world out there. Self-guided through PropaGate Learning, RBGE’s online learning environment, this course is an ideal grounding for many of our certificated courses.
What does the course cover?
The topics covered are plant diversity, seeds, plant processes, roots and stems, leaves, plant reproduction (flowers & fruits) and botanical classification. The course also covers tips on plant identification and an introduction to the investigative skills a botanist requires.
When can I start?
Any time after 1st March 2018.
What is the format of the course?
The course consists of a welcome activity and 9 topics which you can work through at your own pace. We recommend about 20 hours to complete this course e.g. 2 hrs per week for 10 weeks. Alongside online resources and activities, there will be interesting practical tasks to complete. You will have access to the course for 6 months so you will have plenty of time to refer back to the course if you wish to.
Do I need any prior knowledge of botany?
No, this is a beginners' course!
How much does the course cost?
This course costs £80. If you have completed the 'How plants fight back' course and submitted a discount code, we will ensure this is applied when we process your payment. If you would like to complete the How plants fight back course, click this link and login as a guest.
What support will I get?
Online technical and tutor support will be available via the discussion forums in the course.
What do I need?
We recommend that you purchase a hand lens and wildflower key (we recommend A Pocket Guide to Wildflowers by Faith Anstey) if you don't already have one. You will also need seeds to dissect and sow. A good selection would be broad bean, French bean or pea, sweetcorn, onion.
You will need a computer with reliable online access with a connection capable of streaming videos and downloading documents. Most resources will be compatible with a tablet. An up-to-date browser is the main piece of software you will need along with a PDF viewer e.g. Adobe Reader will be required for viewing notes.
To brush up on any computer skills please use the Digital Skills Check. This will help you to make the most of your online course.
This course will involve navigating around web-pages, viewing resources, viewing videos, participating in online forums and uploading photographs. Help is always at hand from our PropaGate Learning Team and from your tutor!
How do I apply?
Please apply using the form below. You will be sent a payment link once your application has been received. Your log-in details will then be sent to you. Alternatively, you can call the Education Office 0131 248 2937 to book.
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