University of Guelph 1999-2000 Diploma Program Calendar

X--Associate Diploma Programs

Independent Study/Distance Learning

The University of Guelph has some 70 diploma-level courses and over 20 certificate programs in horticulture and landscaping and in agriculture and food available via OAC's Independent Study (I.S.) Division. There are over 40 diploma courses and one horticultural certificate program available in French via Teleformation at Collège d'Alfred. For both Independent Study and Teleformation, all courses are in the distance delivery mode.

Many of the I.S. diploma courses are directly transferable to agricultural college residential diploma programs. Independent Study courses are not recognized as part of the courseload for full- or part-time student status. Independent Study courses will appear as a transfer credit on the official transcript. Marks obtained in Independent Study courses are not included in the semester or cumulative average. Independent Study courses can also be taken to lead to the Ontario Diploma in Horticulture (ODH) and the Ontario Diploma in Agriculture (ODA). Both of these credentials are earned entirely via distance study.

The certificates available via Independent Study are industry-relevant. They include programs for the Canadian Feed Industry Association, The Canadian Animal Health Institute, the Ontario Independent Meat Packer and Processors, the Ontario Grape and Wine industry and the Canadian Plant Protection Industry. As well, there are more than 12 horticulture and landscaping certificates, including The Horticulturist, the flagship certificate of I.S. and the ODH Plus, a specialized post-diploma certificate.

The Ontario Diplomas in Horticulture and Agriculture are comprised of up to 15 courses, two qualifying examinations, a work experience report and a major project. The ODH has nine majors: Commercial Floriculture, Landscape Contracting, Landscape Design, Landscape Maintenance, Nursery Management, Ornamental Horticulture, Park Horticulture, Turf Management and Urban Forestry. The ODA has one major in General Agriculture.

The offices of Independent Study are located on the University of Guelph campus in Johnston Hall, Room 010. For a course catalogue and policy handbook, write:

The following I.S. courses are transferable to the Associate Diploma in Agriculture or Horticulture programs provided that permission to take I.S. courses is given by the program counsellor prior to registration in them:

Diploma Credit Courses Independent Study Courses (Equivalents)
DAGR*1300 2 Soils for Hort Crops
DHRT*4000 4 Ornamental Plant Protection
DHRT*2200 8 Elementary Plant Propagation
DHRT*3090 37 Detailed Landscape Construction
DHRT*3160 16 Turf Management
DHRT*2100 70 Fundamentals of Garden Design
Electives (each course listed below is equivalent to 1 elective course)
28 Landscape Planning of Large Areas
38 Golf Course Design
51 Urban Tree Management
64 The Naturalized Landscape
67 Arboriculture
68 Landscape Graphic Techniques
73 The Home Gardener
316 Weed Control in Horticulture
606 Viticulture

DAGR*1300 201 Soil Science
DAGR*1200 217 Introductory Crops
DAGR*2110 300 Farm Financial Management
DAGR*2200 304 Forages
DAGR*2210 315 Weed Control in Agriculture
DAGR*2600 317 Communications
DAGR*1600 319 Math for Farm Managers
Electives (each course listed below is equivalent to 1 elective course
202 Business Management Principles
230 The Complete Beekeeper
305 Pet/Animal Care I
342 Pharmacology
350 Certified Crop Protection Consultant

The following Independent Study Courses require two or more Independent Study Courses for one credit (elective) in the Diploma Program:

DHRT*1050 any two of :
5 Woody Plants
54 Landscaping with Bedding Plants
192 The Horticulturist II
DHRT*3300 12 Greenhouse Management
62 Commercial Floriculture
1 elective course Any two of:
191 The Horticulturist I
192 The Horticulurist II
193 The Horticulturist III
2 elective courses If all three #191, #192, #193
DAGR*2000 321 Livestock Production Systems
322 Animal Physiology
1 elective course 307 Feed Technology
308 Animal and Poultry Health
311 Feed Regulation
1 elective course 309 Animal Nutrition
310 Feed Formulation
1 elective course 314 Energy on the Farm
326 Field Sprayers
1 elective course 600 Meats I
601 Meats II
602 Meat Technology

1999-2000 Diploma Program Calendar
X--Associate Diploma Programs

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Last revised: January 1999.