University of Guelph 2001-2002 Diploma Program Calendar

X--Associate Diploma Programs, Independent Study / Distance Education

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 Diploma in Horticulture and the Ontario Diploma in Agriculture are each 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:

Independent Study/OAC ACCESS

University of Guelph, Guelph, ON N1G 2W1

FAX: 1-519-824-9813;

electronic mail:;

telephone registration: 1-519-767-5050

or 1-519-824-4120 extension 3375


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: 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)



2 Soils for Hort Crops



1 of:

138 Weed Control in Turf

66 Weed Control in Horticulture


8 Elementary Plant Propagation


37 Detailed Landscape Construction


16 Turf Management


70 Fundamentals of Garden Design


4 Ornamental Plant Protection


* only 2 of 51, 52, 53 may be taken for credit for the Associate Diploma

(each course listed below is equivalent to 1 elective course)

28 Landscape Planning of Large Areas

38 Golf Course Design

51 Urban Tree Management*

52 Tree Care Equipment*

53 Large Tree Care*

63 Starting a Green Business

64 The Naturalized Landscape

68 Landscape Graphic Techniques

73 The Home Gardener

74 Conserving Woodlands

75 Turfgrass Irrigation Components

76 Env. Mgnt. of the Golf Course

316 Weed Control in Horticulture

606 Viticulture

609 Wine Marketing: An Introduction for Canadians



335 Applied Plant Science


201 Soil Science


319 Math for Farm Managers


336 Financial Accounting


304 Forages


315 Weed Control in Agriculture


317 Communications


(each course listed below is equivalent to 1 elective course)

202 Business Management Principles

230 The Complete Beekeeper

305 Pet/Animal Care I

323 Animal Diseases and Parasites

324 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:



Any two of :

71 Woody Plants

54 Landscaping with Bedding Plants

192 The Horticulturist II


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



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

Distance Education / Open Learning

The Distance Education program, administered by the Office of Open Learning at the University of Guelph, supports the departments in offering degree credit courses to students who choose to study independently. Generally, each course comes with a manual that may be accompanied by videotapes, audiotapes, audio CD's, computer diskettes, CD-ROMs, etc., depending on the nature of the course. As well, many courses incorporate computer conferencing, e-mail, listservs, computer-based quizzes, and the use of the Internet. Distance education provides a contemporary means through which the University of Guelph continues its tradition of outreach and open learning opportunities.

The University of Guelph recognizes the importance of distance learning and is committed to providing opportunities for the off-campus learner. A wide range of subject areas and course levels are available.

Please consult the Office of Open Learning:

for an updated listing on courses available by distance education and when they are scheduled to be offered.

Note: Please check with the Office of Open Learning regarding the technology and resource requirements (e.g. computer, modem, VCR, audio cassette recorder etc.) for the specific course(s) in which you are interested.

Admission inquiries: Admission Services ~ ~ ~ General calendar inquiries: U.P.S.
Last revised: October 11, 2001.

© 2001 Office of Registrarial Services, University of Guelph