HRT234 Horticultural Science (8)

The focus of this subject is the further development of the science behind the growth, development and management of horticultural plants. Plant manipulation to improve crop production and product quality are key areas of study. This subject reviews the development and maturation of horticultural products. Quality assessment of such products is an important area of study. The principles of postharvest science are introduced with the technologies for postharvest management of horticultural products.

Subject Outlines
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No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2019.

Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Agricultural and Wine Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

Students who have completed HRT110 cannot enrol into this subject


AGR156 or PSC102

Subject Relationships

HRT110 This subject has the same material

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate how to document a plant management system and discuss its component parts
  • be able to discuss the plant and environmental factors that affect plant processes
  • be able to itemise and discuss the dynamics of plant growth and recognise the physiology behind such growth
  • be able to accurately assess and demonstrate how to manage plant growth
  • be able to accurately describe the importance of plant improvement in horticulture
  • be able to demonstrate how to balance plant growth for product yield, quality and longevity
  • be able to demonstrate how to define techniques and methods of maintaining the post harvest quality of horticultural produce so as to ensure a minimum loss of quality between producer and consumer
  • be able to assess the maturity and quality of horticultural produce.


This subject will cover the following topics:

Module 1: Dynamics of plant growth - Plant growth - Plant improvement - Plants and their environment Module 2: Plant growth management - Plant growth coordination - Flower initiation - fruit set - Fruit growth and maturation - Plant growth control Module 3: Postharvest science and technology - Quality and maturity evaluation - Storage principles - Harvesting, handling and marketing

Residential School

This subject contains a 2 day Compulsory Residential School.The Residential school provides a hands on approach to; Bud, Flower and Fruit development. Fruit Maturation Postharvest Management Plant Growth and Cycles Quality and Maturity Assesment Quality Assurance.


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 334 733 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2019 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: September 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.