Fruition Diploma in Horticulture Production

The programme leads to the, NZ Diploma in Horticulture Production Process Improvement (Level 6).

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  • Production Enhancement
  • Performance Management
  • Technology Trends
  • Product Innovations
  • Production Systems
  • Continuous Improvement

The aim of this course is to develop students’ knowledge and skills in critical data analysis to understand historical production enhancements and forecast trends within horticulture at an industry and enterprise level.

Topics include:

• Analysis of key industries in New Zealand horticulture including timeline, performance analysis and strategic factors instrumental in their relative success.
• Using analysis to identify opportunities for performance improvement of industries and enterprises.
• Understanding and managing environmental aspects of horticultural enterprises.
• Methods and tools for analysis of spotlighted industries and enterprises including use of quantitative and qualitative data.
• Principles and tools for industry forecasting.

This course will include a compulsory 3-day fieldtrip and workshop programme covering a range of horticultural operations and presentations from leading growers, industry and processor representatives. Assessment will be via a key project and presentation, which may relate to the learners’ workplace, field trip reports and a workplace journal.

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This course will develop students’ knowledge and skills enabling them to problem-solve performance issues and analyse products or technologies to improve performance within horticulture industries or enterprises.

Topics include:

• Performance-focussed leadership and culture.
• Strategic planning and responses.
• Applying tools and innovative technologies to problem-solving.
• Team approaches to implementing solutions.

Assessment will be via a report and presentation for a key project and minor project, which may relate to the learners’ workplace, and a workplace journal..

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This course will develop students’ ability to critically analyse products or technologies and successfully introduce them into a horticultural workplace.

Topics include:

• Technology trends in key horticultural industries or enterprises.
• Strategic response to technology trends.
• Business case development for recommending new technology including economic analysis and risk.
• Models and planning for successful technology adoption.

Assessment will be via a report and presentation for a key project and minor project, which may relate to the learners’ workplace, and a workplace journal.

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This course will develop students’ knowledge and skills to design and implement research leading to product innovation in horticulture.

Topics include:

• Principles and processes for market-led and supply-driven product innovations.
• Case studies for effective and unsuccessful product innovations in horticulture Industries and enterprises.
• Development and funding of product innovations.
• Effective research design to support product innovation within an industry or enterprise.

Assessment will be via a report and presentation for a key project and minor project, which may relate to the learners’ workplace, and a workplace journal.

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This course will develop students’ knowledge and skills to analysis and understand horticultural production systems from ‘paddock’ to plate and the impact of systems on product quality and wider social and environmental issues and assurances.

Topics include:

• Production systems and post-harvest performance in horticultural industries and enterprises
• Analysis of inputs and outputs and key systems for assurance of quality, environmental and social impacts from ‘paddock’ to plate.
• Processes for product improvement including designing, funding and conducting research.

Assessment will be via a report and presentation for a key project and minor project, which may relate to the learners’ workplace, and a workplace journal.

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This course will develop students’ knowledge and skills to implement processes for continuous improvement within horticultural industries or enterprises.

Topics include:

• Systems for quality management and continuous improvement, such as ‘Lean Manufacturing’, within horticultural industries and businesses.
• Market-and legislative drivers for continuous improvement within horticultural systems.
• Environmental, social and community sustainability within horticulture systems, industries and enterprises.
• Implementation of continuous improvement within horticulture systems, industries and enterprises.

This course will include a compulsory 3-day fieldtrip and workshop programme covering assurance systems and continuous improvement at a range of horticultural operations and presentations from leading growers, industry and/or processor representatives. Assessment will be via a key project report and presentation, which may relate to the learners’ workplace, field trip reports and a workplace journal.

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