This programme aims to provide students with the broad knowledge and skills necessary for employment and/or further study in the field of organic horticulture.
The programme is made up of the following modules:
COH101 Organic horticulture operations 1 – 20 credits from the following unit standards:
US 21039 – Demonstrate knowledge of the development of organic horticulture (Level 2) 10 credits
People credited with this unit standard are able to: describe the basic relationships and characteristics of an organic system; describe the development of modern organic horticulture; describe the schools of thought that are credited with the development of the modern organic horticulture movement; describe the principles of a selected range of organic movements; and describe the roles of key organisations that have a strong influence on organic horticulture.
US 21041 – Demonstrate knowledge of permaculture and plan a site (Level 3) 10 credits
People credited with this unit standard are able to: describe the principles of permaculture; outline procedures used to analyse a site for permaculture; create a permaculture plan for a selected site; and describe considerations when implementing the permaculture plan.
COH102 Organic horticulture operations 2 – 20 credits from the following unit standard:
US 21043 - Demonstrate knowledge of the principles of organic horticultural production (Level 3) 20 credits
People credited with this unit standard are able to: demonstrate knowledge of: planning requirements for establishment and maintenance of an organic horticultural production system; soil management; factors that affect disease control in organic horticulture; weed management in organic horticulture; companion planting in organic horticulture; and describe pest control in organic horticulture.
Application criterion: COH101 is the pre –requisite for this module.
SUGGESTED STUDY PATH/COMBINATIONS
COH 101 and COH 102
First enrolment: COH101
Second enrolment: COH102
Students who have previously completed any of the above units at another learning institution can apply to have the unit(s) cross credited to their record of learning at SIT. This is done by filling in a cross credit application form and attaching proof of achievement. The cross credit application form is available on MySIT or from the Programme Administrator on 0800 748 257 ext. 3320.
LITERACY AND NUMERACY ASSESSMENT
The Tertiary Education Commission requires all learners enrolled in programmes at Levels 1-3 to complete literacy and/or numeracy testing. This is a Level 3 programme therefore you will be required to complete at least one reading or numeracy assessment during the course of your studies.
- As a guideline, one credit equates to approximately 10 hours study within an intake period. Click HERE to download a Study Load Calculator (spreadsheet).
- All papers selected within a particular intake must be completed within that intake unless a transfer is requested (conditions apply; see FAQs).
- Application forms are filled out on a year by year basis and students are welcome to apply for multiple intakes on the one application form. Further enrolment is the responsibility of individual students. There is no automatic enrolment rollover.
The assessments in this programme are typically short paragraph questions. You will also need to draft a permaculture plan.
The Zero Fees Scheme applies to this course, so there are no tuition fees as long as you are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident (residing in NZ), BUT there is a student direct material cost of $6.50 per credit of study undertaken, plus a non-refundable administration fee of $50.00 for each application processed, and the required textbook/s listed below. You must maintain satisfactory academic progress to retain your Zero Fees Scheme entitlement.
Zero Fees Scheme – applies to NZ citizens and permanent residents (residing in NZ)
2013 Cost (NZ$)
$6.50 per credit + admin fee $50.00 per application (totalling $310.00 for 40 credit course) - includes GST
$100.00 per credit (+GST for those living in NZ – no GST for those living offshore)
Fees must be paid by the due date shown on the invoice.
All SIT2LRN courses are approved by Studylink. Any queries regarding Studylink allowances, loans, and terms and conditions should be made directly to Studylink on 0800 88 99 00 or www.studylink.govt.nz.
All SIT2LRN courses require you to have a computer and internet access. Students are required to use their SIT webmail only for all SIT2LRN communications. All course materials and information, including assessments and due dates, are located on the online Blackboard system. Once you have been accepted into a programme you will receive a Welcome Kit that includes information that you can use to familiarise yourself with our online Blackboard learning environment. From the intake start date you will have access to the online course materials to work through.
Facilitator Assistance: During the enrolled intake period, students have email access to Facilitators, who endeavour to respond to emails within 48 hours (week days only). All students are required, within the first two weeks of an intake, to send an email to their Facilitator confirming their start on the programme of study. Students who have not emailed their facilitator or embarked upon their course of study by the end of the 2nd week of an intake, will be Faculty Withdrawn from the programme. Such withdrawals may impact on future access to SIT Zero Fees Scheme and Student Direct Material Costs are still liable for payment.
We recommend students new to SIT2LRN read through the ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ section of our website at http://www.sit.ac.nz/pages/FAQs for further study and enrolment information.
All applicants should demonstrate a keen interest in organic horticulture and possess academic attributes which demonstrate that applicants have a reasonable likelihood of successful completion of the programme.
For students to be considered to have satisfactorily completed this programme, and be eligible for the awarding of the qualification Certificate in Organic Horticulture (Level 3) they must have completed all scheduled course work requirements and assessments, successfully completed assessment requirements for all unit standards, and achieved a total of 40 credits as specified in the programme schedule.