Ultimate Garden Maintenance Online Bundle, 10 Certificate Courses

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1. Garden Maintenance: Obtain a firm basis for maintaining a garden

This subject aims to provide you with a firm basis for maintaining a garden in a healthy and presentable state.

Garden maintenance is a diverse area of study, sometimes thought of as being the mundane side of horticulture, though in fact, it is today quite technical and a very critical area of concern.

2. Hydroponics: Understand This Scientific Art Of Hydroponics

Hydroponics is the cultivation of plants by placing the roots in a liquid nutrient solution rather than in soil. Many of us, have placed a plant cutting in water and noticed that it sprouts roots and begins to grow. This is a simple form of hydroponics. Unfortunately, most plants will not sprout roots and all you get is dead stems and smelly water. This course will teach you the fundamentals of what to feed your plants and how best to do it, hydroponically. 

Soon you will understand this scientific art and the course will break down the technical terminology and guide you through the process of successfully operating your own hydroponics set-up.

3. Garden Design: Learn to design the gardens of your dreams

Explore the art of garden design in our comprehensive garden designing courses. You will learn the fundamental elements of style, basic techniques and professional tricks necessary to design the gardens of your dreams.

Professional garden design is something that is inspirational and is essentially solving the various logistical problems associated with what you have to work with, where to position such items as pathways, swimming pools, tennis courts, water features, flower beds and which plants would be most suited. Good garden design adds these ingredients to create a style in keeping with the site, the house and your client's requirements.

The whole process of design begins long before you put pen to paper. Your initial job is to find out just what you have and then what you want to achieve based on this initial fact finding.

Once this basic analysis is completed, you can then move on to the fun job of preparing the design.

4. Interior Design: Develop Practical Interior Design Skills

Interior design takes training as well as talent, and this Certificate in Interior Design Online Course will give you the know-how you need to design a room from floor to ceiling. You’ll delve into color theory, industry trends, spatial arrangements, floor plans, traditional and modern interior design ideas, and other basics. In addition, you’ll explore a range of careers in interior design and get insider tips for entering this exciting field. 

Because interior design is constantly evolving, you’ll also learn about some of the latest trends affecting the industry. You’ll investigate “green” sustainable design, and you’ll find out how to modify your designs for people with special needs.  

As you master design skills step-by-step, you’ll complete your first project: a fully developed room design complete with spatial layout, lighting, and finish selections. Your new knowledge and hands-on practice will give you the confidence you need to start creating beautiful residential interiors for yourself and others.

5. Interior Plant Care: Obtain The Knowledge Needed To Ensure Your Indoor Plants Thrive

Looking after those plants in the home or office to ensure they grow and produce the best effect for the home or office environment is a skill most of us wish we had. The course helps you to gain these skills and obtain the knowledge needed to ensure your indoor plants thrive.

6. Hotel Management: Learn About All The Aspects Of Hotel Management

The hospitality industry is booming at an incredible rate, and now is the time to prepare yourself for a major role in the business. New hotels and resorts are developed every year and there are now an amazing variety of employment opportunities.

This course will introduce you to all the aspects of hotel management from food and beverage to front office and sales.

The course will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to find a top position in this wonderful industry and develop your self confidence and management skills.

7. Eco Building Design: Learn to establish a balance between technology, culture and biology

Building biology, bio-house design, biological architecture and ecological building all refer to the construction of a building along lines of more natural, renewable resources and health of the occupants. In other words buildings become more people-friendly. It aims to establish a balance between technology, culture and biology.

Ensuring a building is constructed to meet the environmental needs of the area takes not only construction knowledge, but also skills in the art of eco-design. This course goes a long way to help provide these added skills and knowledge.

8. Ecology: Learn the relationship between plants and animals

Ecology is the study of the relationship between plants and animals and their physical and biological environment. The field of ecology is a distinct scientific discipline, it does contribute to the study and understanding of environmental problems.

Our Ecology course will provide a detailed explanation on many aspects of the eco balance in an easy to understand format and help you to understand how all parts of the environment work together.

9. Operations Management: Learn the ways of achieving the most efficient use of an organisation's resource

Operations management is concerned with the ways of achieving the most effective and efficient use of an organisation's resources, such as its financial and human resources, its capital resources and its raw materials.

It is concerned with making a better product or service and with making it more efficiently or at lower cost. Operations management is therefore centrally concerned with the achievement of organisational objectives and ultimately with the achievement of business success.

Although the course presents operations management as a specialist business function, it will become clear that many of the ideas and techniques are relevant to many other management specialists.

As you will see throughout this course there are many parts to the discipline of operations management and the course is likely to be of value to any manager in any business.

10. Project Management Advanced: Learn the fundamental aspects of project management

Students will learn the fundamental aspects of project management, in detail, including principles and approaches to project management and the stages of project initiation and planning. The course also aims to develop the skills necessary for managing the project life cycle, project finance and resources, quality and risk, and the people and communications involved.

This Advanced Project Management course is ideal for those who have completed our Project Management course and want to progress their training further. It is also suitable for those who want to gain a solid foundation in project management in order to further their job skills.

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The Ultimate Garden Maintenance 10 Course Bundle includes the following courses, below is a summary of each course: 

Course 1 - Garden Maintenance

Planning and Managing a Garden

  • A proficient gardener will plan his/her work program carefully
  • The main criteria to consider when deciding on a maintenance programme are:
  • is the area located in a prominent position
  • The major areas of parks maintenance work are outlined below
  • Departmental Organisation
  • Staffing
  • Works Programming

Furnishings and Machinery

  • A broad overview of Machinery for Parks Maintenance
  • Mowers
  • Aerators/Power Rakes
  • Fertiliser Spreaders
  • Chippers
  • Leaf Rakes/Vacuums
  • Seeders
  • Hydraulic Pruners
  • Spray Units
  • Irrigation
  • Power Tools – Tool Maintenance
  • Bush Cutters
  • Mowers
  • Manual (Push) Mowers
  • 2 Stroke Petrol Mowers
  • Electric Mowers
  • Hover Mowers
  • Ride On Mowers
  • How to Mow – the Rules
  • Mulchers
  • Outdoor Furniture

Feeding Plants

  • Plant Care – Nutrition
  • Nutrition of Plants in Containers
  • Fertilizers
  • Solid Fertilizers in the Mixture
  • Top Dressing
  • Foliar Sprays
  • Rates of Application
  • Ways of Improving Soils
  • Cation Exchange Capacity
  • Soil pH
  • Nutrient availability and pH

Weed Control

  • Introduction
  • Weed Control Methods
  • Plant Competition
  • Weed Control with Fire
  • Chemical Weed Control
  • Chemical Classification of Weedicides
  • Mulching
  • Some Common Groups of Weeds
  • Weed Control in Greenhouses

Commonly used Chemicals

  • Pesticides
  • Fungicides
  • Types of Herbicide Chemicals
  • Treating Problems

Natural Pest Control

  • Natural Sprays
  • Diatomaceous Earth
  • Soapy Water
  • Companion Planting (examples of unfavourable combinations)
  • The following examples perform well together
  • Ways to Control Pests and Diseases
  • Pests and Diseases
  • Diseases
  • Plant Viruses
  • Virus Control
  • Pests

Safety Procedures and Chemicals

  • Golden Rules
  • Keeping Records
  • What Information should be kept
  • Steps involved in Chemical Treatments
  • Summary of Pesticides
  • Read Labels thoroughly
  • Toxicity
  • Spectrum of Activity
  • LD50
  • Persistence
  • Volatility
  • Repellency
  • Flushing Action
  • Knockdown Action
  • Phytotoxicity
  • Systemic or Not

Turf Care

  • Turf Varieties in Parks and their Maintenance
  • Turf Grass Varieties
  • Lawn Grass Mixtures
  • Environmental Problems
  • Methods of Controlling Weed Problems
  • Some Turf Weedicides

Irrigation Systems

  • Irrigation systems for broadacre and landscaped areas can be classified under five basic types
  • Travelling Sprinkler Systems
  • Quick Coupling Valve System
  • Manually Operated
  • Semi Automatic
  • When selecting any of the above mentioned systems, consideration should be given to the following
  • Once these questions have been answered, selection of the type of system should be possible, other factors that then need to be considered are
  • Types of Sprinkler Equipment
  • Irrigation
  • Properly Planning your Irrigation System
  • Sprinkler Systems
  • Trickle System
  • How to use a Watering System
  • Automatic Systems
  • Maintenance of Watering Systems
  • Watering Plants

Maintenance of Plants

  • Plants, which are attended to, and have routine maintenance carried out on them w ill maintain good health and live longer
  • Plant Care – General: Pruning
  • Bonsai
  • Topiary
  • Physical Plant Protection Methods
  • Layout of Drains
  • Outlet
  • Gradients
  • Distance between Drainage Pipes
  • Types of Drains

Course 2 - Hydroponics

INTRODUCTION

  • Understand the structure of a plant
  • Define the term 'Hydroponics' and outline the different types
  • Outline the advantages and disadvantages of hydroponics

PLANT GROWTH REQUIREMENTS

  • Understand the requirements for plant growth

BASIC CHEMISTRY AND PLANT NUTRITION

  • Understand basic chemistry
  • Explain what nutrition plants need to thrive

NUTRIENT SOLUTIONS

  • Understand how and why formulae are required
  • Identify the nutrients required for plant nutrition
  • Explain the effect of pH on nutrients

PLANT DOCTOR

  • Recognise the threats to plants
  • Plan to take preventative measure to protect plants
  • Identify common pest problems
  • Identify fungal diseases on plants

CLASSIFICATION OF HYDROPONIC SYSTEMS

  • Understand the variable of a system
  • Outline how to grow vegetables hydroponically

BERRY FRUIT AND ORNAMENTAL PLANTS

  • Understand the process for growing berries
  • Outline the ideal conditions for growing ornamental plants

NUTRICULTURE SYSTEMS

  • Identify the advantages and disadvantages of nutriculture systems
  • Identify the symptoms of nutrient deficiency

CULTURE AND MANAGEMENT OF SOME GREENHOUSE CROPS

  • Outline the conditions to monitor in the greenhouse that might influence performance of plants

Course 3 - Garden Design

Introduction – Garden Design Influences

  • British Garden Designers
  • Brown, Lancelot 
  • Crowe, (Dame) Sylvia
  • Farrer, Reginald 
  • Jekyll, Gertrude 
  • Jellicoe, Geoffrey 
  • Kent, William 
  • Le Notre 
  • London, George 
  • Lorraine, Claude 
  • Lutyen, (Sir) Edwin 
  • Mollet, Claude
  • Paxton, (Sir) Joseph 
  • Peto, Harold
  • Price, (Sir) Uvedale 
  • Repton, Humphrey 
  • Robinson, William 
  • Rose, John 
  • Sackville-West, Vita 
  • Switzer, Stephen 
  • Wise, Henry 
  • Famous American Landscape Designers
  • Church, Thomas 
  • Downing, Andrew Jackson 
  • Jefferson, Thomas 
  • Olmsted, Frederick Law 
  • Steele, Fletcher 
  • London Landscape Designers
  • Abercrombie, Sir Patrick
  • Agar, Madeline
  • Bridgeman, Charles 
  • Brown, Lancelot ‘Capability’
  • Brown, Michael
  • Chamberlain, Powell and Bon
  • Chambers, Sir William 
  • Colvin, Brenda
  • Colvin and Moggridge
  • Crowe, Dame Sylvia
  • Darbourne and Darke
  • Derek Lovejoy and Partners
  • Gibberd, Sir Frederick
  • GLC Parks Department
  • Hicks, Philip
  • Holden, Robert
  • Jacobsen, Preben
  • Jellicoe, Sir Geoffrey
  • Kent, William 
  • Lancaster, Michael
  • Land Use Consultants
  • Le Notre, Andre
  • Liversedge, Jamie
  • London and Wise
  • Lutyens, Edwin
  • Mawson, Thomas
  • Paxton, Joseph
  • Page, Russell
  • Pickering, Maurice
  • Repton, Humphrey
  • Rowbotham, Rick
  • Shepherd, Sir Peter
  • Tibbalds Monroe
  • Turner, Tom

The Client-Designer Relationship - The Basic Principles of Garden Design

  • Client-Designer Relationship
  • Initial Meeting
  • Follow-up Meeting
  • Budget
  • Presenting the Budget
  • Key to a Successful Job
  • Basic Principles of Garden Design
  • Unity
  • Balance
  • Colour
  • Natural Transition

Planning the Garden

  • Planning a Garden
  • Main Spaces
  • Garden Utilities
  • Recreation Areas
  • Structural Features
  • Storage Requirements
  • Plumbing, Electrical, Drainage
  • Pets
  • Special Places
  • Garden Ornaments
  • Glossary
  • Accent Plants
  • Annual Gardens
  • Balance

Base Map

  • Base Plan
  • Balance
  • Border Planting:
  • Bubble Diagram
  • Client or Family Interview
  • Clients
  • Commercial Grounds

Completed Landscape Design

  • Concept Lines
  • Concept Plans
  • Corner Plantings
  • Cost Effectiveness
  • Draft Designs
  • Easements
  • Elements of Design
  • Emphasis
  • Foundation Plantings
  • Freestanding or Group Plantings
  • Functional
  • Hard-Goods
  • Hardscaping
  • Height and Width
  • Imaginary Lines
  • Implementation
  • Key Plants
  • Landscape
  • Landscape Architect
  • Landscape Designer
  • Landscape Design Process
  • Landscape Design Program
  • Landscape Design Sequence
  • Maintainability
  • Mass Plantings
  • Micro-Manage
  • Module
  • Needs Assessment
  • Patio Garden
  • Perennial Gardens
  • Photographic View
  • Plant Groupings
  • Plan View or Plan View Drawings
  • Primary Elements of Design
  • Principles of Design
  • Professional Landscape Designer
  • Public Grounds
  • Residential Grounds
  • Scale
  • Screen Plantings
  • Seasonal Interest or Colour:
  • Secondary Elements of Design

Sequence

  • Simplicity
  • Site Analysis
  • Site Plan
  • Site Survey
  • Spaces
  • Specimen Plants
  • Sub-module
  • Sustainable Landscape
  • Texture
  • Trees
  • Unity
  • Variety
  • Visualisation Exercise
  • Visually Pleasing

Taking Measurements

  • Triangulation
  • How to Measure Changes in Level or a
  • Preparing A Scale Drawing

Drawing the Plan

  • Outline Design
  • Preparing Structural Plan
  • Making a Planting Plan
  • Structural Planting
  • Ground Cover Planting
  • Ornamental Planting
  • Functional Planting
  • Design Principles
  • Style
  • Flow
  • Scale
  • Rhythm or Repetition
  • Paths
  • Focal Points

Light & Shade

  • Terminology
  • Summing up Garden Design Process
  • Initial Consultation
  • Survey
  • Analysis and Sketch Designs
  • Structure Plan

Planting Plan

  • Construction
  • Preparing the Garden
  • Aspect
  • Drainage
  • Erosion
  • Using Different Levels – Shaping &
  • Cut & Fills
  • Coping with Slopes
  • Marking Out
  • Marking Out from Offsets

Equipment, Tools, Soil and Irrigation

  • Equipment & Tools
  • Crowbar
  • Cultivator
  • Dibbers
  • Fertiliser Spreader
  • Forks
  • Gloves
  • High Pruners
  • Hoes
  • Ladder
  • Lawn Roller
  • Lines
  • Lopping Pruners
  • Mattock
  • pH Testing Equipment
  • Pick
  • Pruning Saw
  • Rakes
  • Secateurs
  • Shovel
  • Sieves
  • Spades
  • Wheelbarrows
  • Soil
  • pH Scale
  • Soil Improvers
  • Clay
  • Sandy
  • Too Alkaline Soils
  • Too Acid Soils
  • Compost
  • Irrigation
  • Pipes
  • Drip Irrigation
  • Sprays and Sprinklers
  • Moveable Sprinklers
  • Oscillator Sprays
  • Water Tractors
  • Fan Sprayers
  • Fixed Sprinklers
  • Fixed systems and micro sprays
  • Mini Sprinklers
  • Impact Sprinklers
  • Pop-up Sprinklers & Fixed Riser Spray
  • Emitter Choice

Surfaces

  • Paving The Way
  • Surfaces
  • Natural Stone
  • Granite
  • Slate
  • Marble
  • Cobbles and Boulders
  • Sand
  • Paver Bedding Sand
  • Brickies Loam
  • Washed Pit Sand
  • White Silver Sand
  • Fill Sand
  • Medium River Sand
  • Gravel & Chippings
  • Brick
  • Patio & Walks
  • Bases
  • Drainage
  • Brick Bonding Patterns
  • Stretcher Bond
  • Herringbone
  • Basket weave
  • Stack Bond Bricks
  • Diagonal Dutch
  • Quartered Stable Pavers
  • Laying a Brick Path
  • Tiles
  • Concrete Blocks
  • Concrete Laid on Site
  • Trims & Edges
  • Bricks
  • Metal Strips
  • Concrete Curb Edgings
  • Granite Sets
  • Precast Concrete Slabs
  • Tiles
  • Rope Edgings
  • Timber
  • Boards
  • Round Sawn Logs
  • Unsawn Logs
  • Heavy Logs
  • Railway Sleepers
  • Natural stone

Lawns and Steps

  • Lawns
  • Lawns Step-by-Step
  • Steps
  • Tread
  • Riser
  • Nosing
  • Pitch
  • Top & Bottom Landings
  • Intermediate Landing
  • Side Wall(s)
  • Foundation
  • Riser/Tread Ratios
  • Materials & Designs
  • Rock Steps
  • Vertical Log Steps
  • Fully Recessed Stone Steps
  • Three directional Stone Steps
  • Partially Recessed Stone Steps
  • Projecting Brick Steps
  • Sawed Wood Risers
  • Horizontal Log Risers
  • Cantilevered Steps
  • Ramps
  • Using Wood to Build Ramps
  • Tools
  • Earth Handling Tools
  • Useful Portable Power Tools
  • Fasteners
  • Nails
  • Screws
  • Bolts
  • Connectors
  • Footings
  • Railings

Planting

  • Planting
  • Basic Planting Procedures for
  • Planting Procedures for Bare-rooted
  • Pre-Planting Fertiliser
  • Staking
  • Time of Planting
  • General Plant Care
  • Watering
  • Feeding
  • Foliar Feeding
  • When to Feed with Fertiliser
  • Using Organic Material
  • Protection from Pests & Diseases
  • Pruning
  • Removing Dead or diseased Wood
  • Controlling Type of Growth
  • Flower/Fruit or Vegetative Buds
  • Controlling the Shape & Size
  • Pollarding
  • Rejuvenating
  • Basic Rules of Pruning
  • Time of Pruning
  • Dead Heading
  • Special Notes on Tree Care
  • Keeping Trees Healthy

Garden Features

  • Gazebos
  • Statuary
  • Gates & Arches
  • Sundials & Birdbaths
  • Garden Furniture
  • Urns, Pots & Tubs
  • Paths & Pavers
  • Traditional Water Features
  • Pergolas, Pleached Alleys & Arbours
  • Pleached Alleys
  • Bowers & Arbours
  • Lawns
  • Lawns are Beneficial
  • Lawn Shape & Design
  • Garden Edges
  • Using Edging to the Best Effect
  • Types of Edging
  • Timber
  • Brick
  • Concrete
  • Use of Pavers Stone & Gravels
  • Methods of Laying Pavers
  • Concrete
  • Choosing a Water Garden
  • Location
  • Cost
  • Size
  • Ease of Setting Up
  • Moving or Still Water
  • Plants & Animals to Use
  • Keeping Water In
  • Concrete
  • Brick or Stone
  • Fibreglass
  • Pool Liners
  • Waterproofing the Ground
  • Clean Water
  • Filters
  • Hints
  • Walls
  • Brick
  • Coping
  • Expansion Joints
  • Concrete
  • Fencing
  • Close Board Fencing

Costing and Estimation

  • Irregular Areas
  • Radical Method
  • Grid Method
  • The Dot Method
  • The Planimeter
  • Working our Hourly Rates
  • Terms
  • Salary
  • Operating Costs
  • Bulk Time Rate
  • Chargeable Hours
  • Hourly Charge-Out Rate

Course 4 - Interior Design

There are 12 units of study

Module One: The Vast World of Interior Design

This first module will open your eyes to all the career possibilities available to you in the world of interior design, and particularly in the realm we'll be focusing on: residential design. You'll explore the wide range of opportunities and challenges you'll encounter as you design these spaces, whether you're creating a comfortable family room or outfitting a sleek urban penthouse. Then you'll take a look at the other side of design, the commercial sphere, where interior designers create everything from exclusive boutique hotels to Madison Avenue retail storefronts. This module also explains the differences between interior design and interior decoration so that you can choose the discipline that suits you best. By the end of this module, you'll be familiar with many types of careers you probably never knew existed. With this introduction, you'll be on your way to becoming part of the design community.

Module 2: Tools of the Trade

In module 2, I'll introduce you to the specialized drawing tools interior designers use to help them create and present their designs. Then we'll explore some fundamental concepts—the elements of design—that will serve as the building blocks of all the compositions you create. Finally, we'll review the principles of design—guidelines for combining these elements into beautiful compositions. If you already feel confident in your abilities to design, this module will give you a checklist to make sure your designs work visually. And if you're a bit nervous or insecure about creating your designs, these skills will provide a safety net to assure that your designs are harmonious and beautiful.

Module 3: You Gotta Have Style

This module takes you on a journey throughout the past and present, and prepares you for your future designs as we explore a plethora of design styles. We begin in the Renaissance in Italy and move throughout Europe, from England to Germany, and learn about the progression of interior spaces into the modern age. We then discover the latest trends of today and see which styles are the most popular in cutting-edge homes. And finally, we go around the world and look at how our global world and unique cultures can help us create unique styles we can incorporate into homes today.

Module 4: Colors of the World

In module 4, we'll be covering one of my favorite topics of interior design—color! We'll start off by briefly exploring the science behind color and why we see the way we do. Then I'll show you a tool to help you start building harmonious color palettes. Next, we'll take a look at some of the surprising things that can happen when you put the wrong colors together. By knowing about these unexpected optical illusions, you'll be able to prevent mistakes in your own designs. And finally, you'll learn about the various cultural associations people have with color and discover how you can influence the mood of others through the colors you select for your designs.

Module 5: Plans, Elevations, and Details—Oh My!

As an interior designer, you can let your imagination run wild—but how can you make sure that the ideas in your head materialize in the space you're designing? That's where architectural drawings come in. They communicate the designer's vision to the clients, the contractors, the architect, and others. In this module, you'll get an overview of the kinds of drawings interior designers use throughout the design process. You'll learn to identify and read various types of technical drawings, including floor plans, elevations, sections, and details.  Then you'll explore drawings in three-dimensions as we discuss axonometric, one-point, and two-point perspective presentation drawings

Module 6: Plan That Space!

Sharpen those pencils because this module is going to get down to the nitty-gritty of design. We're talking feet and inches as we look at the guidelines and standard measurements that are the industry-wide rules of thumb when planning spaces. Before you can think three-dimensionally, you've got to start with a simple piece of paper and an architect's scale and make sure that you can get all the necessities to fit within a space—where they're comfortable without being tight and spacious without feeling empty.

Module 7: Living in a Material World

So, your space is all laid out. But your clients won't be living in a graph paper world! In this module, we'll be exploring the various types of materials available you can use to achieve beautiful interiors. We'll be looking into a wide range of finishes, which include natural materials (including stone and wood), synthetic materials (tile, laminate, and resilient flooring to name a few), and carpet. By the end of this module, you'll have the knowledge to start transforming your pencil-and-paper notions into a full-color, textural space

Module 8: The Fabrics of Our Lives

As an interior designer, you'll spend a lot of time dealing with textiles. Fabrics, after all, cover our interior world—from bedding to window treatments to upholstery. In this module, you'll get an introduction to the various types of fibers available, as well as their various strengths and weaknesses, so you can make best selections for each application.  After mastering the various types of textile goods, you'll take a closer look at where you'll be using these fabrics, starting with the various styles of bedding and pillows.  You'll finish up the module with windows—or, more precisely, window treatments—and get some pointers on how to successfully design draperies that will beautifully frame the transition between your stunning interior design and nature's beauty of the outdoors.

Module 9: Lights, Camera, Action!

Light is one of the most important but also one of the trickiest elements to get right in an interior space.  This module will explain the psychology behind good lighting design and help you create the right effect in your space while making it visually interesting without becoming overwhelming or flat and dull.  You'll also become familiar with the various types of light fixtures available to use in your designs and learn how to select from the many types of artificial light sources available on the market today.

Module 10: Design for All

With the implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act, barriers were literally removed, allowing a previously excluded population access to spaces meant for everyone.  In this module, you'll explore how to incorporate some of the requirements of this act into the home, creating spaces that allow retirees to age gracefully in their homes.  And for users with more specific disabilities, you'll learn how to adapt their spaces to allow them to maintain their independence through your design choices.

Module 11: It's Not Easy Being Green

Increasingly, people in the world are becoming aware that we have limited resources at our disposal.  Many in the interior design industry are pioneering new ways of designing that look at the life cycle of a product and consider the environmental implications.  In this module, you'll learn about green design, which is the art of creating beautiful spaces that are efficient in their use of energy and natural resources.  You'll learn about various types of green certification so you aren't mislead by false claims and explore specific things you'll want to consider when dealing with certain types of products.

Module 12: Taking Care of Business

In this module, the course culminates with practical advice on how to set up and run your own interior design business.  You'll get some suggestions on how to set up your studio by determining the legal business structure, advice on how to look the part, and practical recommendations for outfitting your space. Then, you'll move on to the fine art of getting and serving clients, including suggestions on marketing yourself and setting your pricing structure so you can make money doing what you love.  Finally, I'll offer some advice as you navigate the construction process with your contractors, clients, and vendors

Course 5 - Interior Plant Care

Introduction

  • Plant Names
  • A Review Of Some Important Indoor Plant Families
  • Pronunciation Of Plant Names

Culture

  • Indoor Plants
  • Potting
  • Punt Containers
  • Comparing Materials
  • Aesthetics
  • When You Go Away
  • Preventing Moss And Algae In Pots
  • Potting Up Plants
  • Soils
  • Naming The Soil
  • Improving Soils
  • Soil Mixes
  • Plant Nutrition
  • Nitrogen
  • Phosphorus
  • Potassium
  • Magnesium
  • Calcium
  • Iron
  • Deficiencies And Toxicities
  • Indicators Of Deficiency And Toxicity
  • Plant Health
  • Avoiding Frost
  • Avoiding Wet
  • Avoiding Wind
  • Pruning Indoor Plants
  • Basic Rules Of Pruning
  • Watering Your Plants
  • Symptoms Of Water Deficiency
  • Symptoms Of Water Excess
  • Maintaining Appropriate Water Levels
  • Soil Type
  • Drainage
  • Fertiliser Type
  • Ideal Temperature Range
  • Ideal Light Conditions
  • Pruning Requirements
  • Choosing A Container
  • Caring For Plants In Containers
  • Potting Up
  • Indoor Plants

Propagation

  • Methods Of Propagating Plants
  • Equipment And Materials
  • Seed Propagation
  • Sowing Seeds
  • Pregermination Treatments
  • Cutting Propagation
  • Factors Affecting Rooting Of Cuttings
  • Striking Cuttings

Foliage Plants

  • Some Commonly Grown Foliage Plants
  • Caladium
  • Calathea
  • Codiaeum (Syn. Croton)
  • Coleus
  • Cordyline
  • Dieffenbachia
  • Dracaena
  • Iresine
  • Philodendron
  • Sansevieria
  • Growing Ferns
  • Ferns As Indoor Plants
  • Getting To Know Your Ferns
  • Terrestrial Tree Ferns
  • Rock Ferns
  • Epiphytes
  • Other Ferns
  • Palms
  • Simple Culture Requirements
  • Common Problems With Palms
  • Palm Genera For Indoors
  • Some Of The Best Palms For Indoor Plants

Flowering Plants

  • Anthurium
  • Heliconia
  • Hippeastrum
  • Impatiens (Balsam)
  • Spathiphyllium
  • Orchids
  • Fertilisers
  • Potting Mix
  • Pests And Diseases
  • Orchid Varieties
  • Cattleya
  • Crucifix Orchids (Epidendrum Sp.)
  • Cymbidiums
  • Dendrobium
  • Odontoglossum
  • Oncidium
  • Paphiopedilum (Slipper Orchids)
  • Phalaenops1S (Moth Orchids)
  • Pleione (Indian Crocus)
  • Vanda
  • General Rules For Growing Orchids
  • Varieties Which Will Grow In An Unheated Greenhouse In Melbourne
  • Varieties That Will Grow Outdoors In S.E.Qld

Other Indoor Plants

  • Rainforest Trees

Course 6 - Hotel Management

Accounting

  • Recording of Transactions
  • Double entry system
  • Trial Balance

Balance Sheet

  • Credit Purchases
  • Credit Sales
  • Cash Book
  • Petty Cash Book
  • Trial Balance
  • Final Accounts

The Hotel and Catering Industry

  • An Establishment
  • A Firm
  • The Industry
  • Franchising
  • Types of Competition
  • Economics
  • Demand for Hotel & Catering Services
  • Problems of Investment
  • Manpower Characteristics

Personnel Management

  • Objectives of Personnel Management
  • Scope of Personnel Management
  • Leadership
  • Motivation
  • Organisational Structure
  • Training
  • Development
  • Methods of Training
  • Training of Different Classes of Worker

Job Analysis, Description and Specification

  • Job Analysis
  • Use of Job Analysis
  • Recruitment
  • Factors Affecting Recruitment
  • Recruiting from within
  • External Recruiting
  • Procedure of Recruitment
  • Selection
  • The Interview
  • Final Selection

Worker/Employee Rights

  • Right to Work
  • Right of Association
  • Right to Collective Bargaining
  • Right to Withhold Labour
  • Right to be Protected
  • Right to be Trained
  • Rights of Employers
  • Trade Unions
  • Types of Trade Unions

Worker Representation

  • Communication
  • Works Councils
  • Grievance Procedures
  • Disciplinary Procedures

Organisation

  • Planning
  • Policy
  • Organisation
  • Classical View of Organisation -Webber
  • Human Relations View of Organisation
  • Systems Approach to Organisation
  • Organisation Structure
  • Relationships
  • Coordination
  • Communication

Sources and Storage of Information

  • Types of Control
  • Creating and Maintaining Information
  • Creating and Maintaining Control Systems
  • Types of Control
  • Work Study
  • Techniques
  • Method Study
  • Work Measurement

The Hotel Industry

  • Role of Accommodation Manager
  • Hotel Organisation
  • Organisation of the Front Office
  • Provision for Accommodation
  • Design Elements
  • Furniture
  • Sanitary Fittings

Equipment

  • Service Equipment
  • Domestic Equipment
  • Linen
  • Bed Linen & Bedding
  • Soft Furnishings
  • Restaurant Linen
  • Uniforms
  • Linen Room Organisation
  • Linen Cycle

Buildings

  • Building Exteriors
  • Sheeting Materials
  • Public Utility Services
  • Pipe Materials
  • Hot Water Supply
  • Drainage System
  • Heat Transference in Buildings
  • Room Heating by Individual Heaters
  • Types of Boilers

Classification of Accommodation

  • Classification of Accommodation
  • Reasons for Classifying Accommodation
  • Tariffs
  • Facilities & Services
  • Other Resident Services
  • Functions of the Front Office
  • Front Office Accounting
  • Communications

Course 7 - Eco Building Design

Introduction to building biology

  • Environmental considerations in a building
  • Building biology
  • Europe
  • Biology and health of buildings
  • Cleaning materials

Building materials

  • Dangerous building materials
  • Chemical effects on the body
  • Timber
  • Plastics
  • Masonry/bricks and concrete
  • Timber treatments
  • Gas appliances, heaters and fireplaces

Construction

  • Roofs and roofing materials
  • Roof construction
  • Floors
  • Pests in buildings

Services

  • Electricity
  • Circuits
  • Measuring electricity
  • Power and Ohm's law
  • Terminology
  • Supply systems
  • Safety with electricity
  • Waste disposal
  • Waste water treatment using reed-beds
  • Suitable plants
  • Temperature control
  • Heaters and coolers

Temperature: heating & cooling

  • Energy conservation
  • Solar energy
  • Applications and the nature of solar energy
  • Greenhouses

The internal environment: Ventilation

  • Children and the elderly
  • Controlling excess moisture
  • Mould and mildew
  • Humidifiers
  • Carbon monoxide risk
  • Radon
  • Air cleaners

Light

  • Lighting principles and terms
  • Types of lighting
  • Replacing fixtures
  • Day lighting
  • Optimising energy efficiency
  • Measuring light

Acoustics

  • Human requirements for sound insulation
  • Secondary sound transmission
  • Speech privacy
  • Reverberation time
  • Measuring sound insulation
  • Improving sound insulation

Ergonomic considerations

  • Form, shape and dimension of spaces
  • Furniture design
  • Layout of interiors
  • Potential injuries
  • Office landscaping

Psychological considerations

  • Colour
  • Psychology of building interiors
  • General principles for house design
  • Qualities of the components
  • Creating effects

Course 8 - Ecology

Ecosystems and Populations

  • Ecology
  • Biomes
  • Ecosystems
  • Major driving force of an ecosystem is solar energy
  • Interactions in the Community

The Development of Life

  • Evolution
  • Steps in Organic Evolution
  • Multicellular Organisms
  • Evolution of Sex
  • Differentiation and integration
  • Origins of Vertebrae
  • Emergence of Man
  • Population Genetics
  • Synthetic Theory
  • Trans-specific Evolution
  • Human Evolution
  • Lifespan

Animals, Parasites and Endangered Species

  • Animals
  • Origins & Relationships
  • Symmetry
  • Animals in the Human Community

Fungi, Tundra and Rain Forests

  • Fungi
  • Types of Fungi
  • Structure of Fungi
  • Reproduction of Fungi
  • Physiology of Fungus
  • Ecology of Fungus
  • Classification of Fungi
  • Tundra
  • Plant Life
  • Animal Life
  • Rain Forests
  • Ecology
  • Vegetation

Mountains, Rivers and Deserts

  • Mountains
  • Formation
  • Importance of Mountains
  • Rivers
  • Formation
  • Deserts
  • Formation

Shallow Waters

  • Estuaries
  • Estuary as a Nursery
  • Estuaries and People
  • Rocky Shores
  • Sandy Shores
  • Coral Reefs

The Greenhouse Effect, The Ozone Layer, Poisons and Waste Materials

  • Global Warming
  • Greenhouse Gasses
  • Ozone Layer
  • Causes of Ozone Depletion
  • Waste Materials
  • Reduction of Waste

Course 9 - Operations Management

Introduction to Operations Management

  • What is Operations Management
  • Continuing Challenges for Operations Managers
  • Three Fundamental Activities
  • Value Chain
  • Five Primary Activities
  • Four Essential Support Activities
  • The Systems View
  • Operations as Transformation Systems
  • Controlling Systems
  • The Six P’s of Operations Performance Objectives
  • Dimensions of Competitiveness
  • Product Life Cycle
  • Volume Variety Matrix and Produce Process Matrix
  • Job Shop
  • Batch Processes
  • Assemble Line
  • A Cell
  • Universal Principles

Product Planning and Positioning

  • Product Strategies
  • Making Decisions about the Product and the Market
  • Professor Eppink’s article deals with the need for strategic innovation
  • Product Planning Concept
  • Checklist Features
  • Production and Engineering Factors Research and Development
  • Stages of an R&D Programme
  • Product Rejuvenation
  • Marketing Factors
  • Financial Factors
  • Design Proposal
  • Reasons for failure of an R&D
  • Process used by Life Cycle Engineering
  • Value Analysis
  • Methodology of Value Analysis: The Six Phase Approach

Process Design

  • Process Type and Facilities
  • Types of Focus of Facilities
  • International Operations Strategy
  • Facilities Strategy Factors
  • Capacity Management
  • Capacity
  • Strategies
  • Active Strategies
  • Passive Strategies
  • Capacity and its Features
  • Design Capacity
  • Effective Capacity
  • Actual Output
  • System Efficiency
  • System Utilisation
  • Capacity Aspects
  • Facilities
  • Layout Principles within a Facility
  • Layout Problems
  • Types of Layouts
  • Special Applications
  • Systematic Layout Planning
  • Business Process Reengineering

Managing Demand and Supply of Materials

  • Demand Management
  • Order Management
  • Techniques for Order Management
  • Order Service
  • Forecasting
  • Forecasting Techniques
  • Material Requirements Planning
  • MRP Calculations
  • Requirements for Successful MRP
  • Features of MRP Systems
  • Independent Demand Inventory Control
  • Types of Inventory
  • Inventory is necessary
  • Inventory Decisions
  • How much to order: Economic
  • Limitations of the EOQ
  • The EOQ and the JIT philosophy
  • Quantity Discounts
  • Measure of Service Levels
  • Time Phased Order Point
  • Inventory Control

Project Management

  • Growth of Project Management
  • Participants in Project Management
  • Project Documentation
  • Network Planning Techniques
  • Network planning is used
  • Work Breakdown Structures
  • Project Requirements
  • Symbols used in Network Planning
  • Numbering the Network
  • Determining Activity Times
  • Activity Duration Times
  • Constructing the Network
  • Constructing the Overall Project Duration
  • Float
  • Using Computer Packages in Network Planning
  • Potential Problems of Computer Applications
  • Probability of Duration
  • Calculation of Load
  • Project Control
  • Project Status Reports
  • Milestones
  • Project Cost Scheduling
  • Crashing Activities
  • Cost/Time Curve
  • Controlling Variances
  • Factors which lead to project success
  • Factors which lead to project failure

Quality Management

  • Quality Views – John Guaspari
  • Quality Views –The Kano Model
  • Customer Expectations: Moments of Truth
  • Customer Expectations: Gaps Analysis
  • Quality Gurus and their Views
  • Marketing in Management
  • The ISO 9000 Systems
  • Quality Systems Requirements
  • Tools of Quality
  • Statistical Process Control (SPC)
  • Improvement Techniques
  • Reliability and Maintenance

Course 10 - Project Management

Module 1 – Project management principles and approaches

Learning Outcomes:

  • Describe the principles of project management
  • Describe different approaches to project management
  • Describe the use of technology in project management

Module 2 – Project initiation and planning

Learning Outcomes:

  • Describe how and why a feasibility study would be carried out
  • Explain how to prepare a business case for a project
  • Explain how project plan is prepared
  • Identify documentation for project planning and show how it can be used

Module 3 – Managing project finance and resources

Learning Outcomes:

  • Use forecasting techniques to show how project finances can be estimated
  • Describe how finances and resources for projects can be secured
  • Show how budgets can be used to control project finances
  • Describe reporting of project finance and resource use

Module 4 – Managing project quality and risk

Learning Outcomes:

  • Describe why it is important to identify and manage risk for a project
  • Identify risks in a given scenario and suggest how they might be minimised/managed
  • Describe approaches to quality management
  • Apply appropriate quality management solutions in given scenarios

Module 5 – Managing people and communications in project management and the Project Life cycle

Learning Outcomes:

  • Explain the importance of managing stakeholder expectations and how this can be achieved
  • Define the project team and team roles
  • Explain effective team management techniques for successful projects
  • Explain why effective communication is important successful team working and how this can be achieved
  • Describe the stages of the project life cycle
  • Describe approaches to project closedown and reporting
  • Explain how to evaluate the success of projects
  • Apply appropriate project management techniques to a given scenario


Entry requirements

Students must have basic literacy and numeracy skills.

Minimum education

Open entry. Previous schooling and academic achievements are not required for entry into this course.

Computer requirements

Students will need access to a computer and the internet. 

Minimum specifications for the computer are:

Windows:

  • Microsoft Windows XP, or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Internet Explorer 8 or later, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

MAC/iOS

  • OSX/iOS 6 or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

All systems

  • Internet bandwidth of 1Mb or faster
  • Flash player or a browser with HTML5 video capabilities(Currently Internet Explorer 9, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

Students will also need access the following applications:

Adobe Acrobat Reader

About this Course

Get Garden Maintenance, Hydroponics, Garden Design, Interior Design, Interior Plant Care, Hotel Management, Eco Building Design, Ecology, Operations Management and Project Management Advanced in this Bundle

1. Garden Maintenance: Obtain a firm basis for maintaining a garden

This subject aims to provide you with a firm basis for maintaining a garden in a healthy and presentable state.

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Ecology is the study of the relationship between plants and animals and their physical and biological environment. The field of ecology is a distinct scientific discipline, it does contribute to the study and understanding of environmental problems.

Our Ecology course will provide a detailed explanation on many aspects of the eco balance in an easy to understand format and help you to understand how all parts of the environment work together.

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Operations management is concerned with the ways of achieving the most effective and efficient use of an organisation's resources, such as its financial and human resources, its capital resources and its raw materials.

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This Advanced Project Management course is ideal for those who have completed our Project Management course and want to progress their training further. It is also suitable for those who want to gain a solid foundation in project management in order to further their job skills.

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The Ultimate Garden Maintenance 10 Course Bundle includes the following courses, below is a summary of each course: 

Course 1 - Garden Maintenance

Planning and Managing a Garden

  • A proficient gardener will plan his/her work program carefully
  • The main criteria to consider when deciding on a maintenance programme are:
  • is the area located in a prominent position
  • The major areas of parks maintenance work are outlined below
  • Departmental Organisation
  • Staffing
  • Works Programming

Furnishings and Machinery

  • A broad overview of Machinery for Parks Maintenance
  • Mowers
  • Aerators/Power Rakes
  • Fertiliser Spreaders
  • Chippers
  • Leaf Rakes/Vacuums
  • Seeders
  • Hydraulic Pruners
  • Spray Units
  • Irrigation
  • Power Tools – Tool Maintenance
  • Bush Cutters
  • Mowers
  • Manual (Push) Mowers
  • 2 Stroke Petrol Mowers
  • Electric Mowers
  • Hover Mowers
  • Ride On Mowers
  • How to Mow – the Rules
  • Mulchers
  • Outdoor Furniture

Feeding Plants

  • Plant Care – Nutrition
  • Nutrition of Plants in Containers
  • Fertilizers
  • Solid Fertilizers in the Mixture
  • Top Dressing
  • Foliar Sprays
  • Rates of Application
  • Ways of Improving Soils
  • Cation Exchange Capacity
  • Soil pH
  • Nutrient availability and pH

Weed Control

  • Introduction
  • Weed Control Methods
  • Plant Competition
  • Weed Control with Fire
  • Chemical Weed Control
  • Chemical Classification of Weedicides
  • Mulching
  • Some Common Groups of Weeds
  • Weed Control in Greenhouses

Commonly used Chemicals

  • Pesticides
  • Fungicides
  • Types of Herbicide Chemicals
  • Treating Problems

Natural Pest Control

  • Natural Sprays
  • Diatomaceous Earth
  • Soapy Water
  • Companion Planting (examples of unfavourable combinations)
  • The following examples perform well together
  • Ways to Control Pests and Diseases
  • Pests and Diseases
  • Diseases
  • Plant Viruses
  • Virus Control
  • Pests

Safety Procedures and Chemicals

  • Golden Rules
  • Keeping Records
  • What Information should be kept
  • Steps involved in Chemical Treatments
  • Summary of Pesticides
  • Read Labels thoroughly
  • Toxicity
  • Spectrum of Activity
  • LD50
  • Persistence
  • Volatility
  • Repellency
  • Flushing Action
  • Knockdown Action
  • Phytotoxicity
  • Systemic or Not

Turf Care

  • Turf Varieties in Parks and their Maintenance
  • Turf Grass Varieties
  • Lawn Grass Mixtures
  • Environmental Problems
  • Methods of Controlling Weed Problems
  • Some Turf Weedicides

Irrigation Systems

  • Irrigation systems for broadacre and landscaped areas can be classified under five basic types
  • Travelling Sprinkler Systems
  • Quick Coupling Valve System
  • Manually Operated
  • Semi Automatic
  • When selecting any of the above mentioned systems, consideration should be given to the following
  • Once these questions have been answered, selection of the type of system should be possible, other factors that then need to be considered are
  • Types of Sprinkler Equipment
  • Irrigation
  • Properly Planning your Irrigation System
  • Sprinkler Systems
  • Trickle System
  • How to use a Watering System
  • Automatic Systems
  • Maintenance of Watering Systems
  • Watering Plants

Maintenance of Plants

  • Plants, which are attended to, and have routine maintenance carried out on them w ill maintain good health and live longer
  • Plant Care – General: Pruning
  • Bonsai
  • Topiary
  • Physical Plant Protection Methods
  • Layout of Drains
  • Outlet
  • Gradients
  • Distance between Drainage Pipes
  • Types of Drains

Course 2 - Hydroponics

INTRODUCTION

  • Understand the structure of a plant
  • Define the term 'Hydroponics' and outline the different types
  • Outline the advantages and disadvantages of hydroponics

PLANT GROWTH REQUIREMENTS

  • Understand the requirements for plant growth

BASIC CHEMISTRY AND PLANT NUTRITION

  • Understand basic chemistry
  • Explain what nutrition plants need to thrive

NUTRIENT SOLUTIONS

  • Understand how and why formulae are required
  • Identify the nutrients required for plant nutrition
  • Explain the effect of pH on nutrients

PLANT DOCTOR

  • Recognise the threats to plants
  • Plan to take preventative measure to protect plants
  • Identify common pest problems
  • Identify fungal diseases on plants

CLASSIFICATION OF HYDROPONIC SYSTEMS

  • Understand the variable of a system
  • Outline how to grow vegetables hydroponically

BERRY FRUIT AND ORNAMENTAL PLANTS

  • Understand the process for growing berries
  • Outline the ideal conditions for growing ornamental plants

NUTRICULTURE SYSTEMS

  • Identify the advantages and disadvantages of nutriculture systems
  • Identify the symptoms of nutrient deficiency

CULTURE AND MANAGEMENT OF SOME GREENHOUSE CROPS

  • Outline the conditions to monitor in the greenhouse that might influence performance of plants

Course 3 - Garden Design

Introduction – Garden Design Influences

  • British Garden Designers
  • Brown, Lancelot 
  • Crowe, (Dame) Sylvia
  • Farrer, Reginald 
  • Jekyll, Gertrude 
  • Jellicoe, Geoffrey 
  • Kent, William 
  • Le Notre 
  • London, George 
  • Lorraine, Claude 
  • Lutyen, (Sir) Edwin 
  • Mollet, Claude
  • Paxton, (Sir) Joseph 
  • Peto, Harold
  • Price, (Sir) Uvedale 
  • Repton, Humphrey 
  • Robinson, William 
  • Rose, John 
  • Sackville-West, Vita 
  • Switzer, Stephen 
  • Wise, Henry 
  • Famous American Landscape Designers
  • Church, Thomas 
  • Downing, Andrew Jackson 
  • Jefferson, Thomas 
  • Olmsted, Frederick Law 
  • Steele, Fletcher 
  • London Landscape Designers
  • Abercrombie, Sir Patrick
  • Agar, Madeline
  • Bridgeman, Charles 
  • Brown, Lancelot ‘Capability’
  • Brown, Michael
  • Chamberlain, Powell and Bon
  • Chambers, Sir William 
  • Colvin, Brenda
  • Colvin and Moggridge
  • Crowe, Dame Sylvia
  • Darbourne and Darke
  • Derek Lovejoy and Partners
  • Gibberd, Sir Frederick
  • GLC Parks Department
  • Hicks, Philip
  • Holden, Robert
  • Jacobsen, Preben
  • Jellicoe, Sir Geoffrey
  • Kent, William 
  • Lancaster, Michael
  • Land Use Consultants
  • Le Notre, Andre
  • Liversedge, Jamie
  • London and Wise
  • Lutyens, Edwin
  • Mawson, Thomas
  • Paxton, Joseph
  • Page, Russell
  • Pickering, Maurice
  • Repton, Humphrey
  • Rowbotham, Rick
  • Shepherd, Sir Peter
  • Tibbalds Monroe
  • Turner, Tom

The Client-Designer Relationship - The Basic Principles of Garden Design

  • Client-Designer Relationship
  • Initial Meeting
  • Follow-up Meeting
  • Budget
  • Presenting the Budget
  • Key to a Successful Job
  • Basic Principles of Garden Design
  • Unity
  • Balance
  • Colour
  • Natural Transition

Planning the Garden

  • Planning a Garden
  • Main Spaces
  • Garden Utilities
  • Recreation Areas
  • Structural Features
  • Storage Requirements
  • Plumbing, Electrical, Drainage
  • Pets
  • Special Places
  • Garden Ornaments
  • Glossary
  • Accent Plants
  • Annual Gardens
  • Balance

Base Map

  • Base Plan
  • Balance
  • Border Planting:
  • Bubble Diagram
  • Client or Family Interview
  • Clients
  • Commercial Grounds

Completed Landscape Design

  • Concept Lines
  • Concept Plans
  • Corner Plantings
  • Cost Effectiveness
  • Draft Designs
  • Easements
  • Elements of Design
  • Emphasis
  • Foundation Plantings
  • Freestanding or Group Plantings
  • Functional
  • Hard-Goods
  • Hardscaping
  • Height and Width
  • Imaginary Lines
  • Implementation
  • Key Plants
  • Landscape
  • Landscape Architect
  • Landscape Designer
  • Landscape Design Process
  • Landscape Design Program
  • Landscape Design Sequence
  • Maintainability
  • Mass Plantings
  • Micro-Manage
  • Module
  • Needs Assessment
  • Patio Garden
  • Perennial Gardens
  • Photographic View
  • Plant Groupings
  • Plan View or Plan View Drawings
  • Primary Elements of Design
  • Principles of Design
  • Professional Landscape Designer
  • Public Grounds
  • Residential Grounds
  • Scale
  • Screen Plantings
  • Seasonal Interest or Colour:
  • Secondary Elements of Design

Sequence

  • Simplicity
  • Site Analysis
  • Site Plan
  • Site Survey
  • Spaces
  • Specimen Plants
  • Sub-module
  • Sustainable Landscape
  • Texture
  • Trees
  • Unity
  • Variety
  • Visualisation Exercise
  • Visually Pleasing

Taking Measurements

  • Triangulation
  • How to Measure Changes in Level or a
  • Preparing A Scale Drawing

Drawing the Plan

  • Outline Design
  • Preparing Structural Plan
  • Making a Planting Plan
  • Structural Planting
  • Ground Cover Planting
  • Ornamental Planting
  • Functional Planting
  • Design Principles
  • Style
  • Flow
  • Scale
  • Rhythm or Repetition
  • Paths
  • Focal Points

Light & Shade

  • Terminology
  • Summing up Garden Design Process
  • Initial Consultation
  • Survey
  • Analysis and Sketch Designs
  • Structure Plan

Planting Plan

  • Construction
  • Preparing the Garden
  • Aspect
  • Drainage
  • Erosion
  • Using Different Levels – Shaping &
  • Cut & Fills
  • Coping with Slopes
  • Marking Out
  • Marking Out from Offsets

Equipment, Tools, Soil and Irrigation

  • Equipment & Tools
  • Crowbar
  • Cultivator
  • Dibbers
  • Fertiliser Spreader
  • Forks
  • Gloves
  • High Pruners
  • Hoes
  • Ladder
  • Lawn Roller
  • Lines
  • Lopping Pruners
  • Mattock
  • pH Testing Equipment
  • Pick
  • Pruning Saw
  • Rakes
  • Secateurs
  • Shovel
  • Sieves
  • Spades
  • Wheelbarrows
  • Soil
  • pH Scale
  • Soil Improvers
  • Clay
  • Sandy
  • Too Alkaline Soils
  • Too Acid Soils
  • Compost
  • Irrigation
  • Pipes
  • Drip Irrigation
  • Sprays and Sprinklers
  • Moveable Sprinklers
  • Oscillator Sprays
  • Water Tractors
  • Fan Sprayers
  • Fixed Sprinklers
  • Fixed systems and micro sprays
  • Mini Sprinklers
  • Impact Sprinklers
  • Pop-up Sprinklers & Fixed Riser Spray
  • Emitter Choice

Surfaces

  • Paving The Way
  • Surfaces
  • Natural Stone
  • Granite
  • Slate
  • Marble
  • Cobbles and Boulders
  • Sand
  • Paver Bedding Sand
  • Brickies Loam
  • Washed Pit Sand
  • White Silver Sand
  • Fill Sand
  • Medium River Sand
  • Gravel & Chippings
  • Brick
  • Patio & Walks
  • Bases
  • Drainage
  • Brick Bonding Patterns
  • Stretcher Bond
  • Herringbone
  • Basket weave
  • Stack Bond Bricks
  • Diagonal Dutch
  • Quartered Stable Pavers
  • Laying a Brick Path
  • Tiles
  • Concrete Blocks
  • Concrete Laid on Site
  • Trims & Edges
  • Bricks
  • Metal Strips
  • Concrete Curb Edgings
  • Granite Sets
  • Precast Concrete Slabs
  • Tiles
  • Rope Edgings
  • Timber
  • Boards
  • Round Sawn Logs
  • Unsawn Logs
  • Heavy Logs
  • Railway Sleepers
  • Natural stone

Lawns and Steps

  • Lawns
  • Lawns Step-by-Step
  • Steps
  • Tread
  • Riser
  • Nosing
  • Pitch
  • Top & Bottom Landings
  • Intermediate Landing
  • Side Wall(s)
  • Foundation
  • Riser/Tread Ratios
  • Materials & Designs
  • Rock Steps
  • Vertical Log Steps
  • Fully Recessed Stone Steps
  • Three directional Stone Steps
  • Partially Recessed Stone Steps
  • Projecting Brick Steps
  • Sawed Wood Risers
  • Horizontal Log Risers
  • Cantilevered Steps
  • Ramps
  • Using Wood to Build Ramps
  • Tools
  • Earth Handling Tools
  • Useful Portable Power Tools
  • Fasteners
  • Nails
  • Screws
  • Bolts
  • Connectors
  • Footings
  • Railings

Planting

  • Planting
  • Basic Planting Procedures for
  • Planting Procedures for Bare-rooted
  • Pre-Planting Fertiliser
  • Staking
  • Time of Planting
  • General Plant Care
  • Watering
  • Feeding
  • Foliar Feeding
  • When to Feed with Fertiliser
  • Using Organic Material
  • Protection from Pests & Diseases
  • Pruning
  • Removing Dead or diseased Wood
  • Controlling Type of Growth
  • Flower/Fruit or Vegetative Buds
  • Controlling the Shape & Size
  • Pollarding
  • Rejuvenating
  • Basic Rules of Pruning
  • Time of Pruning
  • Dead Heading
  • Special Notes on Tree Care
  • Keeping Trees Healthy

Garden Features

  • Gazebos
  • Statuary
  • Gates & Arches
  • Sundials & Birdbaths
  • Garden Furniture
  • Urns, Pots & Tubs
  • Paths & Pavers
  • Traditional Water Features
  • Pergolas, Pleached Alleys & Arbours
  • Pleached Alleys
  • Bowers & Arbours
  • Lawns
  • Lawns are Beneficial
  • Lawn Shape & Design
  • Garden Edges
  • Using Edging to the Best Effect
  • Types of Edging
  • Timber
  • Brick
  • Concrete
  • Use of Pavers Stone & Gravels
  • Methods of Laying Pavers
  • Concrete
  • Choosing a Water Garden
  • Location
  • Cost
  • Size
  • Ease of Setting Up
  • Moving or Still Water
  • Plants & Animals to Use
  • Keeping Water In
  • Concrete
  • Brick or Stone
  • Fibreglass
  • Pool Liners
  • Waterproofing the Ground
  • Clean Water
  • Filters
  • Hints
  • Walls
  • Brick
  • Coping
  • Expansion Joints
  • Concrete
  • Fencing
  • Close Board Fencing

Costing and Estimation

  • Irregular Areas
  • Radical Method
  • Grid Method
  • The Dot Method
  • The Planimeter
  • Working our Hourly Rates
  • Terms
  • Salary
  • Operating Costs
  • Bulk Time Rate
  • Chargeable Hours
  • Hourly Charge-Out Rate

Course 4 - Interior Design

There are 12 units of study

Module One: The Vast World of Interior Design

This first module will open your eyes to all the career possibilities available to you in the world of interior design, and particularly in the realm we'll be focusing on: residential design. You'll explore the wide range of opportunities and challenges you'll encounter as you design these spaces, whether you're creating a comfortable family room or outfitting a sleek urban penthouse. Then you'll take a look at the other side of design, the commercial sphere, where interior designers create everything from exclusive boutique hotels to Madison Avenue retail storefronts. This module also explains the differences between interior design and interior decoration so that you can choose the discipline that suits you best. By the end of this module, you'll be familiar with many types of careers you probably never knew existed. With this introduction, you'll be on your way to becoming part of the design community.

Module 2: Tools of the Trade

In module 2, I'll introduce you to the specialized drawing tools interior designers use to help them create and present their designs. Then we'll explore some fundamental concepts—the elements of design—that will serve as the building blocks of all the compositions you create. Finally, we'll review the principles of design—guidelines for combining these elements into beautiful compositions. If you already feel confident in your abilities to design, this module will give you a checklist to make sure your designs work visually. And if you're a bit nervous or insecure about creating your designs, these skills will provide a safety net to assure that your designs are harmonious and beautiful.

Module 3: You Gotta Have Style

This module takes you on a journey throughout the past and present, and prepares you for your future designs as we explore a plethora of design styles. We begin in the Renaissance in Italy and move throughout Europe, from England to Germany, and learn about the progression of interior spaces into the modern age. We then discover the latest trends of today and see which styles are the most popular in cutting-edge homes. And finally, we go around the world and look at how our global world and unique cultures can help us create unique styles we can incorporate into homes today.

Module 4: Colors of the World

In module 4, we'll be covering one of my favorite topics of interior design—color! We'll start off by briefly exploring the science behind color and why we see the way we do. Then I'll show you a tool to help you start building harmonious color palettes. Next, we'll take a look at some of the surprising things that can happen when you put the wrong colors together. By knowing about these unexpected optical illusions, you'll be able to prevent mistakes in your own designs. And finally, you'll learn about the various cultural associations people have with color and discover how you can influence the mood of others through the colors you select for your designs.

Module 5: Plans, Elevations, and Details—Oh My!

As an interior designer, you can let your imagination run wild—but how can you make sure that the ideas in your head materialize in the space you're designing? That's where architectural drawings come in. They communicate the designer's vision to the clients, the contractors, the architect, and others. In this module, you'll get an overview of the kinds of drawings interior designers use throughout the design process. You'll learn to identify and read various types of technical drawings, including floor plans, elevations, sections, and details.  Then you'll explore drawings in three-dimensions as we discuss axonometric, one-point, and two-point perspective presentation drawings

Module 6: Plan That Space!

Sharpen those pencils because this module is going to get down to the nitty-gritty of design. We're talking feet and inches as we look at the guidelines and standard measurements that are the industry-wide rules of thumb when planning spaces. Before you can think three-dimensionally, you've got to start with a simple piece of paper and an architect's scale and make sure that you can get all the necessities to fit within a space—where they're comfortable without being tight and spacious without feeling empty.

Module 7: Living in a Material World

So, your space is all laid out. But your clients won't be living in a graph paper world! In this module, we'll be exploring the various types of materials available you can use to achieve beautiful interiors. We'll be looking into a wide range of finishes, which include natural materials (including stone and wood), synthetic materials (tile, laminate, and resilient flooring to name a few), and carpet. By the end of this module, you'll have the knowledge to start transforming your pencil-and-paper notions into a full-color, textural space

Module 8: The Fabrics of Our Lives

As an interior designer, you'll spend a lot of time dealing with textiles. Fabrics, after all, cover our interior world—from bedding to window treatments to upholstery. In this module, you'll get an introduction to the various types of fibers available, as well as their various strengths and weaknesses, so you can make best selections for each application.  After mastering the various types of textile goods, you'll take a closer look at where you'll be using these fabrics, starting with the various styles of bedding and pillows.  You'll finish up the module with windows—or, more precisely, window treatments—and get some pointers on how to successfully design draperies that will beautifully frame the transition between your stunning interior design and nature's beauty of the outdoors.

Module 9: Lights, Camera, Action!

Light is one of the most important but also one of the trickiest elements to get right in an interior space.  This module will explain the psychology behind good lighting design and help you create the right effect in your space while making it visually interesting without becoming overwhelming or flat and dull.  You'll also become familiar with the various types of light fixtures available to use in your designs and learn how to select from the many types of artificial light sources available on the market today.

Module 10: Design for All

With the implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act, barriers were literally removed, allowing a previously excluded population access to spaces meant for everyone.  In this module, you'll explore how to incorporate some of the requirements of this act into the home, creating spaces that allow retirees to age gracefully in their homes.  And for users with more specific disabilities, you'll learn how to adapt their spaces to allow them to maintain their independence through your design choices.

Module 11: It's Not Easy Being Green

Increasingly, people in the world are becoming aware that we have limited resources at our disposal.  Many in the interior design industry are pioneering new ways of designing that look at the life cycle of a product and consider the environmental implications.  In this module, you'll learn about green design, which is the art of creating beautiful spaces that are efficient in their use of energy and natural resources.  You'll learn about various types of green certification so you aren't mislead by false claims and explore specific things you'll want to consider when dealing with certain types of products.

Module 12: Taking Care of Business

In this module, the course culminates with practical advice on how to set up and run your own interior design business.  You'll get some suggestions on how to set up your studio by determining the legal business structure, advice on how to look the part, and practical recommendations for outfitting your space. Then, you'll move on to the fine art of getting and serving clients, including suggestions on marketing yourself and setting your pricing structure so you can make money doing what you love.  Finally, I'll offer some advice as you navigate the construction process with your contractors, clients, and vendors

Course 5 - Interior Plant Care

Introduction

  • Plant Names
  • A Review Of Some Important Indoor Plant Families
  • Pronunciation Of Plant Names

Culture

  • Indoor Plants
  • Potting
  • Punt Containers
  • Comparing Materials
  • Aesthetics
  • When You Go Away
  • Preventing Moss And Algae In Pots
  • Potting Up Plants
  • Soils
  • Naming The Soil
  • Improving Soils
  • Soil Mixes
  • Plant Nutrition
  • Nitrogen
  • Phosphorus
  • Potassium
  • Magnesium
  • Calcium
  • Iron
  • Deficiencies And Toxicities
  • Indicators Of Deficiency And Toxicity
  • Plant Health
  • Avoiding Frost
  • Avoiding Wet
  • Avoiding Wind
  • Pruning Indoor Plants
  • Basic Rules Of Pruning
  • Watering Your Plants
  • Symptoms Of Water Deficiency
  • Symptoms Of Water Excess
  • Maintaining Appropriate Water Levels
  • Soil Type
  • Drainage
  • Fertiliser Type
  • Ideal Temperature Range
  • Ideal Light Conditions
  • Pruning Requirements
  • Choosing A Container
  • Caring For Plants In Containers
  • Potting Up
  • Indoor Plants

Propagation

  • Methods Of Propagating Plants
  • Equipment And Materials
  • Seed Propagation
  • Sowing Seeds
  • Pregermination Treatments
  • Cutting Propagation
  • Factors Affecting Rooting Of Cuttings
  • Striking Cuttings

Foliage Plants

  • Some Commonly Grown Foliage Plants
  • Caladium
  • Calathea
  • Codiaeum (Syn. Croton)
  • Coleus
  • Cordyline
  • Dieffenbachia
  • Dracaena
  • Iresine
  • Philodendron
  • Sansevieria
  • Growing Ferns
  • Ferns As Indoor Plants
  • Getting To Know Your Ferns
  • Terrestrial Tree Ferns
  • Rock Ferns
  • Epiphytes
  • Other Ferns
  • Palms
  • Simple Culture Requirements
  • Common Problems With Palms
  • Palm Genera For Indoors
  • Some Of The Best Palms For Indoor Plants

Flowering Plants

  • Anthurium
  • Heliconia
  • Hippeastrum
  • Impatiens (Balsam)
  • Spathiphyllium
  • Orchids
  • Fertilisers
  • Potting Mix
  • Pests And Diseases
  • Orchid Varieties
  • Cattleya
  • Crucifix Orchids (Epidendrum Sp.)
  • Cymbidiums
  • Dendrobium
  • Odontoglossum
  • Oncidium
  • Paphiopedilum (Slipper Orchids)
  • Phalaenops1S (Moth Orchids)
  • Pleione (Indian Crocus)
  • Vanda
  • General Rules For Growing Orchids
  • Varieties Which Will Grow In An Unheated Greenhouse In Melbourne
  • Varieties That Will Grow Outdoors In S.E.Qld

Other Indoor Plants

  • Rainforest Trees

Course 6 - Hotel Management

Accounting

  • Recording of Transactions
  • Double entry system
  • Trial Balance

Balance Sheet

  • Credit Purchases
  • Credit Sales
  • Cash Book
  • Petty Cash Book
  • Trial Balance
  • Final Accounts

The Hotel and Catering Industry

  • An Establishment
  • A Firm
  • The Industry
  • Franchising
  • Types of Competition
  • Economics
  • Demand for Hotel & Catering Services
  • Problems of Investment
  • Manpower Characteristics

Personnel Management

  • Objectives of Personnel Management
  • Scope of Personnel Management
  • Leadership
  • Motivation
  • Organisational Structure
  • Training
  • Development
  • Methods of Training
  • Training of Different Classes of Worker

Job Analysis, Description and Specification

  • Job Analysis
  • Use of Job Analysis
  • Recruitment
  • Factors Affecting Recruitment
  • Recruiting from within
  • External Recruiting
  • Procedure of Recruitment
  • Selection
  • The Interview
  • Final Selection

Worker/Employee Rights

  • Right to Work
  • Right of Association
  • Right to Collective Bargaining
  • Right to Withhold Labour
  • Right to be Protected
  • Right to be Trained
  • Rights of Employers
  • Trade Unions
  • Types of Trade Unions

Worker Representation

  • Communication
  • Works Councils
  • Grievance Procedures
  • Disciplinary Procedures

Organisation

  • Planning
  • Policy
  • Organisation
  • Classical View of Organisation -Webber
  • Human Relations View of Organisation
  • Systems Approach to Organisation
  • Organisation Structure
  • Relationships
  • Coordination
  • Communication

Sources and Storage of Information

  • Types of Control
  • Creating and Maintaining Information
  • Creating and Maintaining Control Systems
  • Types of Control
  • Work Study
  • Techniques
  • Method Study
  • Work Measurement

The Hotel Industry

  • Role of Accommodation Manager
  • Hotel Organisation
  • Organisation of the Front Office
  • Provision for Accommodation
  • Design Elements
  • Furniture
  • Sanitary Fittings

Equipment

  • Service Equipment
  • Domestic Equipment
  • Linen
  • Bed Linen & Bedding
  • Soft Furnishings
  • Restaurant Linen
  • Uniforms
  • Linen Room Organisation
  • Linen Cycle

Buildings

  • Building Exteriors
  • Sheeting Materials
  • Public Utility Services
  • Pipe Materials
  • Hot Water Supply
  • Drainage System
  • Heat Transference in Buildings
  • Room Heating by Individual Heaters
  • Types of Boilers

Classification of Accommodation

  • Classification of Accommodation
  • Reasons for Classifying Accommodation
  • Tariffs
  • Facilities & Services
  • Other Resident Services
  • Functions of the Front Office
  • Front Office Accounting
  • Communications

Course 7 - Eco Building Design

Introduction to building biology

  • Environmental considerations in a building
  • Building biology
  • Europe
  • Biology and health of buildings
  • Cleaning materials

Building materials

  • Dangerous building materials
  • Chemical effects on the body
  • Timber
  • Plastics
  • Masonry/bricks and concrete
  • Timber treatments
  • Gas appliances, heaters and fireplaces

Construction

  • Roofs and roofing materials
  • Roof construction
  • Floors
  • Pests in buildings

Services

  • Electricity
  • Circuits
  • Measuring electricity
  • Power and Ohm's law
  • Terminology
  • Supply systems
  • Safety with electricity
  • Waste disposal
  • Waste water treatment using reed-beds
  • Suitable plants
  • Temperature control
  • Heaters and coolers

Temperature: heating & cooling

  • Energy conservation
  • Solar energy
  • Applications and the nature of solar energy
  • Greenhouses

The internal environment: Ventilation

  • Children and the elderly
  • Controlling excess moisture
  • Mould and mildew
  • Humidifiers
  • Carbon monoxide risk
  • Radon
  • Air cleaners

Light

  • Lighting principles and terms
  • Types of lighting
  • Replacing fixtures
  • Day lighting
  • Optimising energy efficiency
  • Measuring light

Acoustics

  • Human requirements for sound insulation
  • Secondary sound transmission
  • Speech privacy
  • Reverberation time
  • Measuring sound insulation
  • Improving sound insulation

Ergonomic considerations

  • Form, shape and dimension of spaces
  • Furniture design
  • Layout of interiors
  • Potential injuries
  • Office landscaping

Psychological considerations

  • Colour
  • Psychology of building interiors
  • General principles for house design
  • Qualities of the components
  • Creating effects

Course 8 - Ecology

Ecosystems and Populations

  • Ecology
  • Biomes
  • Ecosystems
  • Major driving force of an ecosystem is solar energy
  • Interactions in the Community

The Development of Life

  • Evolution
  • Steps in Organic Evolution
  • Multicellular Organisms
  • Evolution of Sex
  • Differentiation and integration
  • Origins of Vertebrae
  • Emergence of Man
  • Population Genetics
  • Synthetic Theory
  • Trans-specific Evolution
  • Human Evolution
  • Lifespan

Animals, Parasites and Endangered Species

  • Animals
  • Origins & Relationships
  • Symmetry
  • Animals in the Human Community

Fungi, Tundra and Rain Forests

  • Fungi
  • Types of Fungi
  • Structure of Fungi
  • Reproduction of Fungi
  • Physiology of Fungus
  • Ecology of Fungus
  • Classification of Fungi
  • Tundra
  • Plant Life
  • Animal Life
  • Rain Forests
  • Ecology
  • Vegetation

Mountains, Rivers and Deserts

  • Mountains
  • Formation
  • Importance of Mountains
  • Rivers
  • Formation
  • Deserts
  • Formation

Shallow Waters

  • Estuaries
  • Estuary as a Nursery
  • Estuaries and People
  • Rocky Shores
  • Sandy Shores
  • Coral Reefs

The Greenhouse Effect, The Ozone Layer, Poisons and Waste Materials

  • Global Warming
  • Greenhouse Gasses
  • Ozone Layer
  • Causes of Ozone Depletion
  • Waste Materials
  • Reduction of Waste

Course 9 - Operations Management

Introduction to Operations Management

  • What is Operations Management
  • Continuing Challenges for Operations Managers
  • Three Fundamental Activities
  • Value Chain
  • Five Primary Activities
  • Four Essential Support Activities
  • The Systems View
  • Operations as Transformation Systems
  • Controlling Systems
  • The Six P’s of Operations Performance Objectives
  • Dimensions of Competitiveness
  • Product Life Cycle
  • Volume Variety Matrix and Produce Process Matrix
  • Job Shop
  • Batch Processes
  • Assemble Line
  • A Cell
  • Universal Principles

Product Planning and Positioning

  • Product Strategies
  • Making Decisions about the Product and the Market
  • Professor Eppink’s article deals with the need for strategic innovation
  • Product Planning Concept
  • Checklist Features
  • Production and Engineering Factors Research and Development
  • Stages of an R&D Programme
  • Product Rejuvenation
  • Marketing Factors
  • Financial Factors
  • Design Proposal
  • Reasons for failure of an R&D
  • Process used by Life Cycle Engineering
  • Value Analysis
  • Methodology of Value Analysis: The Six Phase Approach

Process Design

  • Process Type and Facilities
  • Types of Focus of Facilities
  • International Operations Strategy
  • Facilities Strategy Factors
  • Capacity Management
  • Capacity
  • Strategies
  • Active Strategies
  • Passive Strategies
  • Capacity and its Features
  • Design Capacity
  • Effective Capacity
  • Actual Output
  • System Efficiency
  • System Utilisation
  • Capacity Aspects
  • Facilities
  • Layout Principles within a Facility
  • Layout Problems
  • Types of Layouts
  • Special Applications
  • Systematic Layout Planning
  • Business Process Reengineering

Managing Demand and Supply of Materials

  • Demand Management
  • Order Management
  • Techniques for Order Management
  • Order Service
  • Forecasting
  • Forecasting Techniques
  • Material Requirements Planning
  • MRP Calculations
  • Requirements for Successful MRP
  • Features of MRP Systems
  • Independent Demand Inventory Control
  • Types of Inventory
  • Inventory is necessary
  • Inventory Decisions
  • How much to order: Economic
  • Limitations of the EOQ
  • The EOQ and the JIT philosophy
  • Quantity Discounts
  • Measure of Service Levels
  • Time Phased Order Point
  • Inventory Control

Project Management

  • Growth of Project Management
  • Participants in Project Management
  • Project Documentation
  • Network Planning Techniques
  • Network planning is used
  • Work Breakdown Structures
  • Project Requirements
  • Symbols used in Network Planning
  • Numbering the Network
  • Determining Activity Times
  • Activity Duration Times
  • Constructing the Network
  • Constructing the Overall Project Duration
  • Float
  • Using Computer Packages in Network Planning
  • Potential Problems of Computer Applications
  • Probability of Duration
  • Calculation of Load
  • Project Control
  • Project Status Reports
  • Milestones
  • Project Cost Scheduling
  • Crashing Activities
  • Cost/Time Curve
  • Controlling Variances
  • Factors which lead to project success
  • Factors which lead to project failure

Quality Management

  • Quality Views – John Guaspari
  • Quality Views –The Kano Model
  • Customer Expectations: Moments of Truth
  • Customer Expectations: Gaps Analysis
  • Quality Gurus and their Views
  • Marketing in Management
  • The ISO 9000 Systems
  • Quality Systems Requirements
  • Tools of Quality
  • Statistical Process Control (SPC)
  • Improvement Techniques
  • Reliability and Maintenance

Course 10 - Project Management

Module 1 – Project management principles and approaches

Learning Outcomes:

  • Describe the principles of project management
  • Describe different approaches to project management
  • Describe the use of technology in project management

Module 2 – Project initiation and planning

Learning Outcomes:

  • Describe how and why a feasibility study would be carried out
  • Explain how to prepare a business case for a project
  • Explain how project plan is prepared
  • Identify documentation for project planning and show how it can be used

Module 3 – Managing project finance and resources

Learning Outcomes:

  • Use forecasting techniques to show how project finances can be estimated
  • Describe how finances and resources for projects can be secured
  • Show how budgets can be used to control project finances
  • Describe reporting of project finance and resource use

Module 4 – Managing project quality and risk

Learning Outcomes:

  • Describe why it is important to identify and manage risk for a project
  • Identify risks in a given scenario and suggest how they might be minimised/managed
  • Describe approaches to quality management
  • Apply appropriate quality management solutions in given scenarios

Module 5 – Managing people and communications in project management and the Project Life cycle

Learning Outcomes:

  • Explain the importance of managing stakeholder expectations and how this can be achieved
  • Define the project team and team roles
  • Explain effective team management techniques for successful projects
  • Explain why effective communication is important successful team working and how this can be achieved
  • Describe the stages of the project life cycle
  • Describe approaches to project closedown and reporting
  • Explain how to evaluate the success of projects
  • Apply appropriate project management techniques to a given scenario


Entry requirements

Students must have basic literacy and numeracy skills.

Minimum education

Open entry. Previous schooling and academic achievements are not required for entry into this course.

Computer requirements

Students will need access to a computer and the internet. 

Minimum specifications for the computer are:

Windows:

  • Microsoft Windows XP, or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Internet Explorer 8 or later, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

MAC/iOS

  • OSX/iOS 6 or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

All systems

  • Internet bandwidth of 1Mb or faster
  • Flash player or a browser with HTML5 video capabilities(Currently Internet Explorer 9, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

Students will also need access the following applications:

Adobe Acrobat Reader

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Course Summary

Course ID No.: 009OAGMD10CB
Delivery Mode: Online
Course Access: Unlimited lifetime
Time required: Study at your own pace
Assessments: Yes
Qualification: Certificate

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