OLP103 - Landscape Plants - Ornamentals

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Subject Title
Landscape Plants - Ornamentals

Subject Description
Description Choosing and planting a variety of ornamental (non-native) plants.  The plant identification component emphasizes ornamental landscape plants including annuals, perennials, shrubs, deciduous and evergreen trees which are commonly used in the ornamental landscape for the temperate and colder northern hemisphere. Weed identification and arboriculture practices such as pruning: what, when and how, will also be covered as it relates to the different plant types.

This course partially satisfies the certificate requirements for the Gardening Expert Certificate program at Humber College and the diploma requirements for Organic Land Care program at Gaia College. Continuing Education Credits can also be earned to maintain industry certifications (ISA, CNLA, BCSLA, SOUL).

Credit Status
One credit (42 hours) toward the Organic Land Care Fundamentals – Level 1 Program

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Identify the plants on the study lists (including world biomes) using morphological characteristics.
  2. Select ornamental plants for different landscape applications (including containers) based on specific needs and ecological sustainability.
  3. Identify common weeds of the ornamental landscape for residential and public properties.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

OLP 102 Landscape Plants - Natives

Topic Outline
Module 1:  World Biomes
Module 2:  Plant Groupings
Module 3:  Plant Research: Evergreens & Deciduous Trees & Shrubs, Perennials, Annuals
Module 4:  Plant Selection and Handling
Module 5:  Specialty Pruning
Module 6:  Annuals in Containers
Module 7:  Invasive Plants, Weeds
Module 8:  Diversity in the Garden

Mode of Instruction
This course will be delivered via the internet. This involves the use of the online materials and/or text, possible group discussions and consultation with your instructor via the online course platform. Students will be responsible for completing all online activities and participating in group discussions and working through textbook readings, quizzes, assignments, as required.

Prescribed Texts

Title: The Botanical Garden Volume I Trees and Shrubs
Author: Roger Phillips and Martyn Rix
Publisher: Firefly Books Canada, 2002
ISBN: 1-55297-591-6
Title: The Botanical Garden Volume II Perennials and Annuals
Author: Roger Phillips and Martyn Rix
Publisher: Firefly Books Canada, 2002
ISBN: 1-55297-592-4

Reference Material

Required Supplies

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation

  • Assignments are due at the beginning of the class on which they are due.
  • A late penalty of 10% per day is assessed for late assignments, including those not handed in at the beginning of class when due.
  • Material will not be accepted after one week following the due date and/or when the marked material is returned to students, whichever comes first.
  • Assignments are to be prepared by computer.

Absenteeism and Exams/Tests
  • Students should be aware that absenteeism almost guarantees an inability to achieve satisfactory grades.
  • Students who are absent for an examination due to an emergency (e.g., motor vehicle accident, hospitalization or death in the family) may provide official documentation within five days of the missed exam and be provided a deferred exam at a later date.  Official documentation includes a death notice or an original doctor’s certificate identifying the date, length of time expected absence and the specific reason for the absence.  Examinations missed without official documentation and approval result in a grade of zero.
  • There are no deferred options for missed tests.  The value of missed tests, at the discretion of the Faculty, will be added to other evaluation components.

English Proficiency
  • All written work should demonstrate the following characteristics for clarity and conciseness:
-writing is consistent with the rules of English grammar
-spelling and punctuation are correct
-sentences are structured correctly
-main ideas are supported with specific, relevant examples and reasons
-work flows logically through supporting statements/paragraphs
-work is arranged in correct format (e.g., as a report, essay)
-up to 10% of the final grade may be deducted on all work if the above English competencies are not met.

Format for Assignments
  • Students must use the standard, APA style for quoting sources.   Help is available at:  http://library.senecacollege.ca

Grading is based on the following marking scheme:

Assignments and Grading

Detailed assignment pages will be available for each assignment.

Discussion Board Commentaries and Responses (3) 6%
Major Research Assignment (8) 52%
Field Work (3) 27%
Tests (1) 5%
Assignment  10%

A passing grade in this course requires a total of 100% for all tests (multiple attempts are encouraged) and a minimum of 75% for the total written assignments and a minimum of 75% for the discussion participation.  A certificate of completion with a final grading of Excellent (over 90%) or Satisfactory (75 – 89%) will be awarded when the minimum passing grade has been achieved. Below passing grade of 75% constitutes a failing grade (Unsatisfactory).

All the academic policies of the College at which you registered apply. This includes, but is not limited to policies related to grading, supplemental exams, deferred exams and accommodations.


Approved by: Denis Gravelle