Sustainable Horticultural Management

Subject HORT20013 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 hours lectures and 24 hours practical work
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:


Melbourne School of Land & Environment Student Centre
Ground Floor, Melbourne School of Land & Environment (building 142)

Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)

Subject Overview:

Sustainable Horticultural Management deals with the relationship between horticulture and the environment. The subject examines ways to minimise the environmental impacts of horticulture in both public and private landscapes. At the same time, the positive contribution of horticulture to natural resource management, nature conservation and urban agriculture is explored. Topics covered in this subject include: consumer horticulture and gardening inputs; amenity landscapes and climate change; ecological restoration and horticulture; and community and therapeutic horticulture.


The objectives of this subject are to extend the participant's ability to:
1. Think critically about sustainability challenges faced in horticultural organisations and enterprises;
2. Understand practical techniques and solutions that allow horticulture to improve quality of life in an urban context
3. Successfully utilise the scientific literature that investigates sustainability and horticulture


One two-hour examination worth 40% of final marks and two assignments equivalent to 2,000 words, worth 30% of final marks each

Prescribed Texts:


Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • Exercise problem-solving skills (developed through practical exercises and lecture discussions),
  • Think critically, and organise knowledge (from consideration of the lecture material),
  • Expand from theoretical principles to practical explanations (through observing practical work),
  • Plan effective work schedules (to meet deadlines for submission of assessable work),
Related Course(s): Associate Degree in Environmental Horticulture

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