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HORT207 – Irrigation Systems

Module code
Module title
Irrigation Systems
The aim of this module is to develop student’s skill and knowledge of irrigation systems used in horticulture.
  • SX1701
NZQA Level
Level 2
NZQA Credits
Delivery method
  • Web-Supported
Learning hours
Total learning hours
Resources required
Learning Outcomes
1. Describe the importance of irrigation in horticulture production.
2. Identify and describe the range of irrigation systems used in New Zealand horticulture.
3. Describe a typical irrigation system.
4. Demonstrate knowledge of water sources for irrigation systems
- Plant water requirements in relationship to plant growth and processes.
- Seasonal rainfall variation within New Zealand and importance of water storage.
- Effects of over watering on plant growth
- Use of water budgets in terms of how much irrigation should be applied
- Irrigation systems, covering; mist, trickle, overhead, capillary, hand, rain gun, low pressure and high pressure systems.
- Characteristics of systems and how they function
- Advantages and disadvantages of systems for horticulture irrigation, comparing
- Production horticulture irrigation systems, covering sectors; amenity, and landscape
- Layout of typical irrigation system, covering; water source, filters (2 types) water flow valve, water tank, headers, laterals, emitters (3 types) joiners.
- Uses of suitable equipment for irrigation systems, covering; pumps, filters, header line, valves, lateral lines.
- Irrigation system maintenance.
- Water sources or irrigation systems, covering; river/stream, city water supply, lake, dam, artesian bore, roof, springs.
- Advantages and disadvantages or sources
- Water permit regulations, and environmental importance
- Water conservation methods, and applying to horticultural practices, covering; water recycling, water storage.

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