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A One-of-a-Kind diploma that combines training in landscape design with plant science and horticulture
Strong partnership with National Parks Board to offer outdoor practical lessons at the Singapore Botanic Gardens and Clementi Woods Park
Broad-based curriculum opens doors to further studies in botany, horticulture, environmental science, urban agriculture, landscape architecture and architecture
This module is part of the Education and Career Guidance framework to provide students with the tools and resources necessary for their career and/ or further education. In this first module, students will undergo personal discovery and exploration of industry and career prospects. Students will learn how to plan and set achievable goals in preparation for their future. Students will also learn the importance of passion and professionalism, along with basic teamwork and interpersonal skills.
In this module, students will study the basic concepts of chemistry, including the nature, properties, and transformations of matter; stoichiometry and equilibria of chemical reactions; acids and bases; redox reactions; and the fundamentals of organic chemistry.
This module equips students with the basic skills of Computer-Aided Design (CAD) drafting and Building Information Modelling (BIM) to create 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional plans, elevation and section drawings to support the landscape design and construction processes. Appropriate CAD and BIM software and their applications will be taught to model landscape elements and topography.
This module is designed to provide the knowledge and foundation on the tools of landscape design and design vocabulary. Students will learn to generate abstract diagrams to communicate design ideas as well as applying scale and generate plans, sections and elevations in landscape drawings.
This module explores the structural and functional features of plant cells, types of cells and tissues, anatomy and morphology of roots, stems and leaves, and the anatomical development of seeds. Other topics include differences between monocots and dicots, flower structure and plant reproductive cycle.
English Language Express aims to give you a better grounding in the English Language and to strengthen the written and oral communications skills that you will need in your academic and professional careers. You will be engaged in writing, reading, listening and speaking activities that will develop your ability to speak and write grammatically, coherently and clearly. You will also hone your reading and listening comprehension skills.
In this module, students will learn and apply techniques to produce landscape drawings manually and to communicate their designs through these graphics and plant symbols. Topics include drafting and rendering techniques, lettering conventions in creating landscape plans, sections, elevations and sketching using freehand representation.
This module trains students to use the terms Hardscape & Softscape in communication about landscape, and identify and use design metaphors in their design approach. It enables students to come up with design ideas through the process of creative thinking and communicate their design ideas in verbal presentation.
This module covers the basics of soil science and provides an introduction to soil properties, its physics and chemistry, the study of interactions between soil microorganisms and their natural environment. Students will study these properties in relation to managing plant growth in an urban context.
This module surveys the principles of plant taxonomy, the relationship among plants, and the classification and biology of algae, fungi, bryophytes, gymnosperms and angiosperms. Other topics include the identification, use, origin and cultural requirements of trees, shrubs, vines and ground covers used for horticultural practices. The emphasis is on common landscape plants used in Singapore.
This module covers aspects of sustainable environmental management, biodiversity and its conservation, successions, water management, environmental pollution, and discusses how plants are used to restore habitats and enhance the biodiversity in an urban environment.
In this module, students will be introduced to materials used for landscape design, designing and detailing hardscape elements as an extension of hardscape design and as a means of conveying design intent. Students will apply Computer-Aided Design (CAD) techniques to prepare hardscape working drawings.
This design studio module enables students to apply a systematic approach to project site survey and analysis throughout a landscape design project. It introduces students to ideas on regenerative landscape design, and allows them to understand typology of water sensitive urban design and their solutions in the urban context. It also heightens ecological awareness specific to landscape design and planning.
This module covers the basic processes of photosynthesis and respiration in plants, the influence of plant growth regulators and environmental factors like water, light, soil and air on plant growth & development and postharvest. In plant breeding, students will learn the organization and expression of nuclear and plastid genomes of plants, cell division, Mendelian genetics and various techniques in breeding of asexually and sexually propagated crops.
This module trains students in the site preparation, selection, installation and maintenance of shrubs, turf and trees, including preparing a maintenance schedule and troubleshooting a landscaped site for problems, defects, hazards and devising remedial actions. Students will demonstrate their competence in basic arboriculture, horticulture and turf management practices through substantial field sessions.
This module is part of the Education and Career Guidance framework to provide students with the tools and resources necessary for their further career and/or education. In this module, students will explore basic job search strategies, practise writing effective resumes and cover letters, and learn interview skills. Students will also learn professional and intercultural communication skills to prepare them for a dynamic and diverse workplace.
Students will apply the skills and techniques learned in Computer-Aided Design and Information Modelling to digitally plan, draw and communicate their landscape designs. Students will further advance their presentation techniques and develop progressive skills in visual communication and digital representation in landscape design.
This module requires students to conceptualise a landscape design plan with Active, Beautiful, Clean (ABC) Waters features based on the data collected and site analysis done in Landscape Studio 2 - Design Process I. Students will learn about spatial conceptualization and visualization and is required to propose planting schemes and plant species for their project sites.
This module explores various plant pathogens and diseases as well as their classification and morphology. Topics covered include the biology of bacteria, fungi, nematodes and viruses attacking economic crops; etiology and the control of plant bacterial diseases; the biology of insect pests of horticultural plants; and the application of an integrated pest management system.
This module focuses on plant propagation using seeds, different plant parts, plant tissue culture techniques and nursery management. Topics include sexual and asexual propagation techniques, propagation media, plant growth management, nursery facility planning and work organisation, irrigation systems, nursery operations and management practices.
This module covers planting design and documentation for different scales of landscape. Topics include the recognition of the visual and ecological characteristics of plants used in landscape design and the basic principles of planting design. Students will apply CAD techniques to prepare softscape plans and planting plans. They will be introduced to bill of quantities, plant specifications and quantifying plants.
This module covers concepts of project management within the horticulture industry, work planning, cost analysis and risk management. Other topics include construction management, cost estimates and measurements, horticultural contract specifications, work supervision and schedules. Students will use project management software and analyse case studies.
In this module, students will undertake individual projects that involve the entire landscape design process, addressing various aspects of landscape design taught in the first and second year.
This module examines the philosophy, history, psychology, science and development in leisure and park management. It will also cover the principles, practices and economics of such management and some contemporary issues on recreation and leisure. Site visits will enable students to integrate theory with practice.
Students will work in groups and undertake developmental projects in an area that is of interest to them, either in horticultural research or landscape design, under the supervision of a staff member. In the course of their projects, students will acquire knowledge in literature research and gain technical expertise that will prepare them for working in the industry. They will submit a final year report and present their project through oral presentations.
This practical module introduces students to the potential technology of vertical agriculture or farming in the form of indoor cultivation on high-rise buildings to provide reliable and healthy produce to consumers living in a dense urban environment. The module includes topics on the use of controlled environment agriculture and hydroponic techniques with the aim of efficient utilisation of land, water, fertilizer and energy.
In this six-month programme, students will be attached to private companies or government bodies. They will be exposed to the rigours of the industry in a real-time environment and will receive valuable on-the-job training in areas of landscape implementation, cut flower retail, nursery management, turf management and horticulture management.
You can put your green thumbs to work at the two integrated resorts, three waterfront gardens at Marina Bay, country clubs, hotels and property developments across Singapore. As an LDH graduate, you can also find employment as a horticulturist, park officer, landscape designer, nursery supervisor or urban farmer. You can apply for courses such as architecture, business, landscape architecture, law, science and social studies at local universities. You may pursue a related degree course at overseas universities in Australia, the United Kingdom, New Zealand and the United States with exemption.
LDH has equipped me with the relevant skills and knowledge to kickstart my career in biodiversity conservation. My internship deepened my learning about Singapore’s diverse biodiversity, which has led me to pursue a career as a flora specialist to advocate for habitat and plant conservation.
The strong foundational skills and knowledge attained in the LDH course allowed me to develop myself in my career, first as a horticulturist and now as an arborist, with Mao Sheng. These specialised skills and knowledge increased my passion and interest in plants.
Candidates must have the following GCE 'O' Level examination (or equivalent) results.
You must also fulfil the aggregate computation requirements for the ELR2B2-D Aggregate Type.
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