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THE SYLLABUS FOR SKS(WILD FLOWERS) QUALIFICATION

SKS wild flower guides are guides who are operating as a field guide specializing in guided  wild flower experiences. The Wild flower guide has already attained a FGASA level 3 field guiding qualification. The objective of this qualification is to equip existing guides with the skills required to conduct a wild flower experience through the natural environment.

MODULE 1 CLASSIFICATION OF FLOWERS

The objectives
On completion of this module you will:

  • Know which kingdom flowers fall into
  • Know the desions of the major flower families occurring in South Africa


MODULE 2 FLOWER MORPHOLOGY AND STRUCTURE

The objectives
On completion of this module you will:

  • Know the different leaf arrangements encountered in wild flower
  • Know the different leaf margins encountered in wild flower
  • Know the different types of flowers and their component


MODULE 3 PLANT PHYSIOLOGY

The objectives
On completion of this module you will:

  • Have an understanding of the process of photosynthesi
  • Have an understanding of plant respiration
  • Be able to label a diagrammatical representation of a leaf
  • Be able to label a chloroplast
  • Know the different pigments, their resulting colours and their function in flower
  • Know the major toxins found in plant


MODULE 4 PLANT REPRODUCTION

The objectives
On completion of this module you will:

  • Be able to identify the different components and explain the function of the androecium and gynoecium
  • Have an understanding of meiosis and mitosi
  • Know the different agents used by flowers to ensure pollination
  • Be able to explain the development of seeds in plants


MODULE 5 SEED TYPES, DISPERSAL AND ASSOCIATION WITH OTHER PLANTS

The objectives
On completion of this module you will:

  • Know the different agents for seed dispersal
  • Know which plants use which methods of ensuring dispersal of their seeds
  • Have an understanding as to what agents prevent successful dispersal of seeds
  • Have an understanding of what is required to ensure successful germination of seeds
  • Understand different associations of plants including parasitism, commensalism and mutualism


MODULE 6 CARNIVOROUS PLANTS

The objectives
On completion of this module you will:
  • Know the methods of feeding and prey attraction of carnivorous plant
  • Know examples of carnivorous plants and their prey capture methods


MODULE 7 MEDICINAL PREPARATIONS AND USES

The objectives
On completion of this module you will:
  • Know what parts of plants are used for medicinal purpose
  • Know the different preparation methods used for extracting medicinal propertie
  • Know examples of plants that have medicinal uses and what ailments they are used to treat.



Exam results for the exam sitting of 18 October 2014 will only be available after THREE weeks.  Results will be available online under existing membership.






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