Starting A Vegetable Garden Online Bundle, 3 Certificate Courses

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1. Starting A Vegetable Garden: Know More About Garden Skills!

Grow delicious, nutritious fruit and vegetables in your own backyard! In this course, you'll learn how to give your garden a healthy start and keep it growing strong all season.

You'll begin by figuring out which type of garden is right for you. Not everyone has the same amount of time, space, or sunshine, so the first step to a great harvest is selecting the right crops. You'll explore climate considerations, learn how to read a zone hardiness map, and find out how to spot a micro-climate in your yard.

After that, you'll discover how to properly prepare a garden bed so your crops have the best opportunity to thrive. Since healthy soil is the key to a great garden, you'll see how to identify problems in pH and drainage and fix them. You'll even learn to understand fertilizers and make compost!

Along the way, you'll delve into the variety of crops you can select: leafy greens, root vegetables, fruit, herbs, and more. Each type of crop has specific needs, so you'll get tips on starting seeds, transplanting, pruning, and using container gardens and support structures. In addition, you'll learn what to watch out for so you can spot pests and diseases before they destroy your bounty. And you'll take the guesswork out of watering your garden as you explore a variety of irrigation options.

Whether you want to provide your family with nutritious food, save money, get some exercise, or just be more self-sufficient, this course will give you the skills and knowledge you need to be on your way to a successful harvest.

2. Introduction to Chemistry: This Will Give You Basic Principles of Chemistry

In this Certificate in Introduction to Chemistry Online Course, you'll gain a solid foundation in the basics of chemistry. Along the way, you'll learn how everything that goes on in your body depends on a chemical reaction. This course also prepares you for a health-related career or for success in a college chemistry course.

The course begins with a discussion of matter and energy. You'll learn about the particles that make up matter and the different states matter can take. You'll also discover the differences between potential and kinetic energy, examine different ways to measure energy, and explore endothermic and exothermic reactions.   

Once you've mastered these basics, you'll move on to the study of the atom and its subatomic particles. You'll learn about ions and isotopes, and their very important uses in medicine. As you study the periodic table of elements, you'll grasp why atoms combine with each other, why some chemical bonds are strong and some are weak, and what they have in common with romantic relationships. 

In the lessons that follow, you'll learn more about chemical reactions and see how to interpret and balance chemical equations. You'll find out why chemicals react with each other and what can be done to speed those reactions. You'll also master stoichiometric calculations—a powerful way to figure out the relationship between the chemicals you start out with in a reaction and what you'll end up with.  

The course concludes with a discussion of solutions, inorganic molecules, and organic molecules. You'll study the differences between solutes and solvents; unsaturated and saturated solutions; and acids, bases, and salts; and examine the four types of bioorganic molecules in your body.  

Along the way, you'll gain interesting insights about your body's use of food, the role of isotopes in the diagnosis and treatment of disease, nutritional deficiencies, the importance of enzymes, and the function of many specific chemicals in your body.

Even if chemistry tormented you in high school or college, you can master its principles!

3. Introduction to Networking: Learn How to Perform Basic Networking

A brief introduction to networking history provides context, explaining how networks have become so important to businesses and individuals. The course emphasizes networking fundamentals, explaining the software and hardware that makes networking possible. The course stresses understanding how and why networks work, rather than focusing on memorization of terms or numbers.

Upon completion of the Certificate in Introduction to Networking Online Course, you will be capable of performing basic computer networking tasks, such as DSL connectivity or configuring connections to an Internet Service Provider. This course will give you the foundation you need to begin training for CCNA Certification or employment in a computer networking career.

Certificate in Introduction to Networking Online Course explains computer networking basics in terms that you can easily understand, using concepts common to everyday, non-computing experience.

For comprehensive information on units of study click the units of study tab above.

This is an incredible opportunity to invest in yourself and your future, sharpen your training skills and learn what it takes to create your own success with Courses For Success Today!

Course Fast Facts:

  1. This course is delivered 100% on-line and is accessible 24/7 from any computer or smartphone
  2. Instructors lead each course and you will be able to interact with them and ask questions
  3. You can study from home or at work at your own pace in your own time
  4. You can download printer friendly course material or save for viewing off line
  5. You will be awarded a certificate at completion of this course

How to study online course?

Upon enrolment an automated welcome email will be sent to you (please check your junk email inbox if not received as this is an automated email), in order for you to access your online course, which is Available 24/7 on any computer or smart mobile device. New courses start every month to ensure that we have the correct ratio of students to tutors available, please ensure you select a starting date when you go through our shopping cart, at checkout. The course is easy to follow and understand.

Recognition & Accreditation

All students who complete each course receive a certificate of completion per course, with a passing score (for the online assessment) and will be issued a certificate via email.

The Starting A Vegetable Garden Online 3 Course Bundle includes the following courses, below is a summary of each course: 

Course 1 - Certificate in Starting A Vegetable Garden Online Course

There are 12 units of study

Why Grow Your Own Garden?
In this first lesson, we'll begin by discussing the many great benefits of growing your own food. You’ll discover why food from your garden is likely to have more nutrients than the food you can purchase from the grocery store, and we'll talk about ways to keep your costs down and options for designing your garden beds. By the end of this lesson, you'll be prepped and ready to begin planning your own edible garden!
    
What Should You Grow in Your Garden?
Not sure what you want to plant in your garden? That's good! Because there are lots of practical considerations that you should be aware of before you make that decision. Considerations such as personal taste, time, space, and the local climate will all impact your plant selection. Today, we'll discuss what you need to think about before planning your garden, and you'll start to learn the basics about climate zones and the types of plants that grow well in your area.
    
Preparing Your Garden
In this lesson, we'll look at strategies to keep your garden looking as good as it tastes! We'll begin by considering layout, style, flowers, and all of the little extras that make your garden unique. Then, you'll learn how to prepare your containers, raised beds, and in-ground gardens. We'll walk through the steps of placing, measuring, and building your garden to give your plants a healthy place to grow and thrive. We'll look at some time-saving tips and discuss when you should begin preparation and what method might be best for your garden.
    
Your Garden Soil
A whole lesson devoted to soil! Don't worry—this is actually much more interesting than it sounds. And what you learn today will prepare you to create the perfect foundation for your edible garden. We're examining soil up front, because you'll need to have a good understanding of your garden soil before you begin planting the delicious crops we'll discuss in the upcoming lessons. Today, we'll discuss your unique soil type. You'll find out about the drainage, pH, and nutrients in your soil. And you'll learn about soil amendments to create healthy soil that will nourish your garden.
    
Leafy Greens
Leafy greens are easy to grow, but they can get bitter if you aren't careful. In this lesson, you'll learn how to keep your leafy greens healthy and delicious. We'll start with an introduction to some of the varieties you can find and the benefits of each. Then, we'll look at important topics that affect your leafy greens, like bolting and slugs. Finally, you'll learn a technique to extend your growing season that can be applied to lots of vegetables, not just greens—starting your seeds indoors!
    
Root Vegetables
In today's lesson, we'll discover the vegetables that lie beneath the soil. We'll explore different types of these special veggies, including carrots, potatoes, and beets. You'll learn how to grow and harvest your crops. And finally, we'll discuss how to make the perfect seed bed for your root vegetables to flourish.
    
Vine and Bush Vegetables
In this lesson, we're going to take your garden up into the air by exploring vine and bush vegetables. You'll learn about lots of great edible options for adding height to your garden, including beans, peas, and tomatoes. We'll discuss important information about heirlooms and hybrids, as well as pests and diseases. Then, we'll explore the many ways that you can support your vertical vines as they grow up!

Fruits and Berries
Today's lesson will satisfy your sweet tooth as you learn about growing fruits and berries. We'll discuss some of your options like apples, grapes, and blueberries. Then, we'll cover the specifics of planting, pollination, and pests. And you'll also learn about the importance of pruning and how to make a proper cut.
    
Herbs
Today's lesson is all about herbs. You'll learn some specifics about herbs, like which ones are invasive and which ones need extra-deep containers to grow well. Then, we'll explore ways to harvest your herbs and still keep them producing. Finally, we'll go more in depth about how to grow crops indoors so you won't have to leave your kitchen to collect your harvest!
    
Irrigation and Your Garden
Watering has the potential to be one of the most time-consuming parts of caring for your garden. And it's often the part that beginning gardeners skimp on or overdo, resulting in a less-than-desirable crop. In this lesson, you'll learn about the various irrigation methods for different types of gardens, and we'll discuss the best approach for your edible garden.
    
Collecting Seeds and Preserving Your Harvest
Today, we're going to talk about ways to use your excess bounty so that it doesn't go to waste. You'll learn how to collect seeds from your crops, which seeds you should collect, and what to expect when you grow them next year. We'll also discuss ways to preserve the rest of your harvest through freezing, drying, canning, and pickling so that you can enjoy your surplus later.
    
End-of-Season Cleanup
Congratulations! You've grown a delicious, nutritious garden, and now it's time to put the garden down for the season. In this lesson, we'll discuss how to make sure your garden is properly prepared for the winter and how to get a head start for the spring. You'll also learn how to care for your tools so that your investment will last for many years.

Course 2 - Certificate in Introduction to Chemistry Online Course

There are 12 units of study

Understanding Matter

We'll start this course with a discussion of matter. Matter is anything that has mass and takes up space, so every structure in your body consists of matter. You'll learn about the three main states of matter (solids, liquids, and gases), where they are in your body, and how they change from one state to another. You'll also learn about the particles that make up matter, the differences between elements and compounds, and physical and chemical characteristics of substances. We'll end the lesson with a discussion of surface tension and its effect on premature babies.

Understanding Energy

In this lesson, we'll go over the very interesting topic of energy—the ability to perform some sort of activity or generate heat. You'll learn the difference between potential and kinetic energy. You'll also learn about three different types of temperature scales and how to convert temperature readings from one scale to another. We'll discuss joules and calories, two other units that measure energy, and we'll talk about the kilocalorie (Calorie), a way to measure the energy value in food. We'll examine the topic of specific heat, and you'll learn why the high specific heat of water is so important to your body. We'll end the lesson with a discussion of endothermic and exothermic reactions and how they relate to the food that you eat. Along the way, you'll perform some activities to help you understand the material in this lesson.

Measurements in Chemistry

Today, we'll explore measurements in chemistry. We'll focus on volume, length, mass, and density and compare the United States' system of measurement with the metric system of measurement. You'll learn why scientists and health care professionals primarily use the metric system and how to convert from one system to another. We'll also discuss the difference between mass and weight, and I'll introduce you to the topics of density and specific gravity. In the last chapter, we'll take a look at a sample lab report to tie all these topics together.

The Structure of an Atom

In this lesson, you'll learn about the structure of an atom. We'll talk about the three major subatomic particles—protons, neutrons, and electrons. You'll learn about their location, electrical charges, and relative sizes, and how chemists count how many subatomic particles are present in an atom of an element. We'll also talk about the difference between atoms and ions, and you'll learn which subatomic particles can vary in number in the atoms of an element. We'll also discuss the way electrons fill energy levels around the nucleus of an atom, and we'll end the lesson with a discussion of the use of radioactive isotopes in medicine.

The Periodic Table of the Elements

In this lesson, we're going to explore the organization of the Periodic Table of the Elements. You'll learn about a famous Russian scientist who's known as the father of the modern periodic table, and why the development of this table was so important. We'll talk about the three major classes of elements—metals, metalloids, and non-metals, and you'll learn about their major characteristics. We'll also discuss some specific elements and some of the roles they play in the function of your body. We'll revisit the topic of valence electrons, and you'll discover why they determine whether or not atoms of an element will combine with other atoms. Finally, we'll discuss the very important role that the element iron plays in your body, and you'll learn about a condition called iron deficiency anemia.

Chemical Bonds

In today's lesson, we'll cover four types of chemical bonds—true covalent, polar covalent, ionic, and hydrogen bonds. You'll learn what these bonds have in common with romantic relationships, and you'll discover which of these bonds are strong and which are weak. We'll also talk about different ways that scientists represent molecules, and you'll learn about molecular, structural, and electron-dot formulas. We'll study the concept of electronegativity, and you'll find out how differences in electronegativity determine the types of bonds that are formed.

Chemical Equations

Today, we'll explore the language of chemical equations. You'll learn how to interpret the letters, symbols, and numbers we use to write chemical equations. We'll talk about the differences between reactants and products, and you'll come to understand the importance of the Law of Conservation of Mass. I'll take the mystery out of balancing chemical equations, and we'll go over a step-by-step method for balancing them yourself. We'll also discuss the importance of reversible reactions, and I'll introduce you to the topic of chemical equilibrium.

Chemical Kinetics

In today's lesson, we'll explore the fascinating topic of chemical kinetics. We'll talk about the different factors that cause chemicals to react with each other. And you'll learn how the temperature, physical nature, orientation, concentration, and pressure of the reactants affect the speed of chemical reactions. You'll also learn about a concept called activation energy—the minimum amount of energy needed for a chemical reaction to occur. We'll then discuss catalysts—chemicals that speed up chemical reactions but aren't changed themselves. You'll learn how important enzymes (biological catalysts) are for the function of your body, and we'll talk about what can go wrong when an enzyme is missing.

Stoichiometry: The Arithmetic of Chemistry

In this lesson, we're going to explore the topic of stoichiometry—this fancy word simply means the quantitative relationship between reactants and products. One type of stoichiometry calculation, for example, tells you how much product you can make if you have a certain amount of reactants. Another type tells you the reverse—how much of a reactant you need if you want to make a certain amount of product. To learn how this is possible, you have to know about a special number called "Avogadro's number," and that's something else you'll find out about in this lesson. This number tells you how many particles of a substance are contained in a "mole," and you'll discover how these units allow you to perform many stoichiometric calculations. We'll end the lesson with a discussion about the importance of oxygen in your body and how it limits the amount of energy you can generate from the food you eat.

Solutions

In this lesson, we'll go over some basic information about solutions. We'll start out with a discussion of different types of mixtures, and then we'll spend the rest of the lesson on the topic of solutions, which is a special type of mixture. Solutions are important to understand because almost all chemical reactions that occur in the human body occur in a solution, and many medications are administered in a solution as well. You'll learn the difference between solutes and solvents, and you'll find out why chemists call water the universal solvent. Water can't dissolve every kind of substance, though, and you'll learn the reason why that's true. We'll also talk about conditions that affect how easy it is to make a solution, and you'll discover the difference between unsaturated and saturated solutions. I'll teach you how to solve some basic concentration problems, and we'll end the lesson with an interesting discussion about water-soluble and fat-soluble vitamins.

Acids, Bases, and Salts

In today's lesson, we're going to review chemicals called acids, bases, and salts. You'll learn about their behavior in water and about their unique characteristics. We'll discuss the differences between concentrated and dilute solutions, and between strong acids and bases. You'll also discover how buffers work to reduce the level of acidity in a solution. The pH scale measures the level of acidity in a solution, so we'll spend some time on that. You'll learn that the pH of fluids in your body must stay within a certain range and what happens when it doesn't. We'll end the lesson with a discussion of several disorders that may occur when the levels of ions get out of balance.

Organic Molecules

In our final lesson, we'll go over four types of bioorganic molecules—carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, and nucleic acids. You'll first come to know the difference between inorganic and organic molecules, and you'll find out why the unique structure of carbon atoms makes it possible for millions of different organic molecules to exist. We'll then move on to discuss the chemical structure of the four types of bioorganic molecules. You'll learn about their chemical building blocks and how these building blocks come together to form these large molecules. You'll also learn about their important functions and how much your body depends on their presence.

Course 3 - Certificate in Introduction to Networking Online Course

There are 12 units of study

History of Networking

Have you ever wondered how networks started? We're surrounded by networks, whether they're computer networks, networks of roads, or the network of telephones that allow us to communicate every day. In our first lesson, you'll learn how networks have evolved over the last hundred years. You'll also find out why every additional device that connects to a network greatly increases the value of the network. By the time you've completed this lesson, you'll have a framework of knowledge that will take you through the rest of the course.

How Networks Operate

In today's lesson, you'll jump right into networks and networking, and learn how they work. We'll use examples from our everyday experience. You'll learn how to tell the difference between a network and networking, and realize that computer networks are a lot like freeway networks. You'll never look at an interstate the same way again! You'll also find out why shipping your data from one computer to the next is a lot like sending your distant uncle a new coffee mug for his birthday. Believe it or not, freeways and shipped gifts have a direct correlation to how networks and networking operate!

Peer-to-Peer versus Client/Server

Have you ever heard someone refer to a computer as a server? Maybe you've heard someone talk about connecting computers in a peer-to-peer environment. Understanding the difference between client/server and peer-to-peer networks really helps you learn about computers and networking. So in today's lesson, you'll learn how to tell the difference between client/server and peer-to-peer networks, and when to use one instead of the other.

Network Types and Topologies

Many people have heard of Ethernet, but what does that mean exactly? In this lesson, you'll learn all about Ethernet, and a whole lot more. Here you'll find out the difference between a star topology and a bus topology, and the advantages of each. Is Ethernet or Token Ring the best modern network technology, and why? In this lesson, you'll get those answers and many more!

Segmentation and Routing

In today's lesson, we'll explore how routers operate, and you'll see why routers operate a lot like how a receptionist in a growing company handles telephone calls. In this lesson, we'll build on information you learned in previous lessons, then you'll find out how a single interconnected network (the Internet) can actually span the entire globe. A global network is an amazing feat, accomplished by interconnecting network segments and routing data! When you've completed this lesson, you'll understand how routing helps our data to cross the city, state, or an entire ocean.

Protocols

When people communicate, they speak a language—such as English—to exchange information. Computers communicate similarly over a network, but instead of speaking a language, they use something called a protocol. Protocols are similar to languages, and in this lesson, you'll learn about the protocols used in networking. You'll also learn which protocol has emerged as the dominant computer protocol, and why!

TCP/IP

In today's lesson, you'll learn how the networking protocol TCP/IP operates. TCP/IP is a collection of protocols, and today you'll learn how TCP/IP divides its tasks. We'll go over how TCP/IP uses addresses to direct data to its rightful owner—it's similar to how we use street addresses.

Name Resolution and Services

Have you ever wondered how your computer converts a World Wide Web address into a Web site that appears on your screen? In this lesson, you'll learn how the Domain Name System (DNS) translates names into numeric addresses, and how all that allows your favorite Web site, e-mail, or file to appear on your computer screen. You'll also learn how the entire computer industry comes to a consensus about how the Internet should work.

Wide Area Networks (WANs)

Today, we'll take a look at Wide Area Networks (WANs) and how they compare to Local Area Networks (LANs). You'll learn all about how data gets sent over long distances, and how the Internet changed expensive, long-distance network connections. You'll also learn how Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP) secures those Internet connections from prying eyes.

Remote Access

If you connect to the Internet, you use remote access. In today's lesson, we'll explore the traditional means of connecting to remote LANs, and talk about exactly how dial-up Internet access works. Then we'll discuss modern means by which many people connect to the Internet, including DSL and cable modems.

Making Internet Connections

In this lesson, you'll apply many of the concepts you've learned so far in this course. We'll walk through the process of making an Internet connection, and you'll see the step-by-step process of creating a dial-up connection. Each step of the way, you'll come to understand what's going on behind the scenes. From there, we'll jump to connecting to the Internet using broadband connections, such as DSL or cable modems.

Review and Conclusion

In our final lesson, we'll tie all the previous lessons together, clarifying how new information about networks and networking can be quickly understood. You'll learn three categories into which networking knowledge can be placed, and see examples to apply your newfound network categories. By the end of this lesson, your understanding of networking will be solid as a rock, and you'll be well-prepared for a lifetime of continued learning about networking!

Entry requirements

Students must have basic literacy and numeracy skills.

Minimum education

Open entry. Previous schooling and academic achievements are not required for entry into this course.

Computer requirements

Students will need access to a computer and the internet. 

Minimum specifications for the computer are:

Windows:

  • Microsoft Windows XP, or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Internet Explorer 8 or later, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

MAC/iOS

  • OSX/iOS 6 or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

All systems

  • Internet bandwidth of 1Mb or faster
  • Flash player or a browser with HTML5 video capabilities(Currently Internet Explorer 9, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

Students will also need access the following applications:

Adobe Acrobat Reader

About this Course

Get Starting A Vegetable Garden, Introduction to Chemistry, and Introduction to Networking in this Bundle

1. Starting A Vegetable Garden: Know More About Garden Skills!

Grow delicious, nutritious fruit and vegetables in your own backyard! In this course, you'll learn how to give your garden a healthy start and keep it growing strong all season.

You'll begin by figuring out which type of garden is right for you. Not everyone has the same amount of time, space, or sunshine, so the first step to a great harvest is selecting the right crops. You'll explore climate considerations, learn how to read a zone hardiness map, and find out how to spot a micro-climate in your yard.

After that, you'll discover how to properly prepare a garden bed so your crops have the best opportunity to thrive. Since healthy soil is the key to a great garden, you'll see how to identify problems in pH and drainage and fix them. You'll even learn to understand fertilizers and make compost!

Along the way, you'll delve into the variety of crops you can select: leafy greens, root vegetables, fruit, herbs, and more. Each type of crop has specific needs, so you'll get tips on starting seeds, transplanting, pruning, and using container gardens and support structures. In addition, you'll learn what to watch out for so you can spot pests and diseases before they destroy your bounty. And you'll take the guesswork out of watering your garden as you explore a variety of irrigation options.

Whether you want to provide your family with nutritious food, save money, get some exercise, or just be more self-sufficient, this course will give you the skills and knowledge you need to be on your way to a successful harvest.

2. Introduction to Chemistry: This Will Give You Basic Principles of Chemistry

In this Certificate in Introduction to Chemistry Online Course, you'll gain a solid foundation in the basics of chemistry. Along the way, you'll learn how everything that goes on in your body depends on a chemical reaction. This course also prepares you for a health-related career or for success in a college chemistry course.

The course begins with a discussion of matter and energy. You'll learn about the particles that make up matter and the different states matter can take. You'll also discover the differences between potential and kinetic energy, examine different ways to measure energy, and explore endothermic and exothermic reactions.   

Once you've mastered these basics, you'll move on to the study of the atom and its subatomic particles. You'll learn about ions and isotopes, and their very important uses in medicine. As you study the periodic table of elements, you'll grasp why atoms combine with each other, why some chemical bonds are strong and some are weak, and what they have in common with romantic relationships. 

In the lessons that follow, you'll learn more about chemical reactions and see how to interpret and balance chemical equations. You'll find out why chemicals react with each other and what can be done to speed those reactions. You'll also master stoichiometric calculations—a powerful way to figure out the relationship between the chemicals you start out with in a reaction and what you'll end up with.  

The course concludes with a discussion of solutions, inorganic molecules, and organic molecules. You'll study the differences between solutes and solvents; unsaturated and saturated solutions; and acids, bases, and salts; and examine the four types of bioorganic molecules in your body.  

Along the way, you'll gain interesting insights about your body's use of food, the role of isotopes in the diagnosis and treatment of disease, nutritional deficiencies, the importance of enzymes, and the function of many specific chemicals in your body.

Even if chemistry tormented you in high school or college, you can master its principles!

3. Introduction to Networking: Learn How to Perform Basic Networking

A brief introduction to networking history provides context, explaining how networks have become so important to businesses and individuals. The course emphasizes networking fundamentals, explaining the software and hardware that makes networking possible. The course stresses understanding how and why networks work, rather than focusing on memorization of terms or numbers.

Upon completion of the Certificate in Introduction to Networking Online Course, you will be capable of performing basic computer networking tasks, such as DSL connectivity or configuring connections to an Internet Service Provider. This course will give you the foundation you need to begin training for CCNA Certification or employment in a computer networking career.

Certificate in Introduction to Networking Online Course explains computer networking basics in terms that you can easily understand, using concepts common to everyday, non-computing experience.

For comprehensive information on units of study click the units of study tab above.

This is an incredible opportunity to invest in yourself and your future, sharpen your training skills and learn what it takes to create your own success with Courses For Success Today!

Course Fast Facts:

  1. This course is delivered 100% on-line and is accessible 24/7 from any computer or smartphone
  2. Instructors lead each course and you will be able to interact with them and ask questions
  3. You can study from home or at work at your own pace in your own time
  4. You can download printer friendly course material or save for viewing off line
  5. You will be awarded a certificate at completion of this course

How to study online course?

Upon enrolment an automated welcome email will be sent to you (please check your junk email inbox if not received as this is an automated email), in order for you to access your online course, which is Available 24/7 on any computer or smart mobile device. New courses start every month to ensure that we have the correct ratio of students to tutors available, please ensure you select a starting date when you go through our shopping cart, at checkout. The course is easy to follow and understand.

Recognition & Accreditation

All students who complete each course receive a certificate of completion per course, with a passing score (for the online assessment) and will be issued a certificate via email.

The Starting A Vegetable Garden Online 3 Course Bundle includes the following courses, below is a summary of each course: 

Course 1 - Certificate in Starting A Vegetable Garden Online Course

There are 12 units of study

Why Grow Your Own Garden?
In this first lesson, we'll begin by discussing the many great benefits of growing your own food. You’ll discover why food from your garden is likely to have more nutrients than the food you can purchase from the grocery store, and we'll talk about ways to keep your costs down and options for designing your garden beds. By the end of this lesson, you'll be prepped and ready to begin planning your own edible garden!
    
What Should You Grow in Your Garden?
Not sure what you want to plant in your garden? That's good! Because there are lots of practical considerations that you should be aware of before you make that decision. Considerations such as personal taste, time, space, and the local climate will all impact your plant selection. Today, we'll discuss what you need to think about before planning your garden, and you'll start to learn the basics about climate zones and the types of plants that grow well in your area.
    
Preparing Your Garden
In this lesson, we'll look at strategies to keep your garden looking as good as it tastes! We'll begin by considering layout, style, flowers, and all of the little extras that make your garden unique. Then, you'll learn how to prepare your containers, raised beds, and in-ground gardens. We'll walk through the steps of placing, measuring, and building your garden to give your plants a healthy place to grow and thrive. We'll look at some time-saving tips and discuss when you should begin preparation and what method might be best for your garden.
    
Your Garden Soil
A whole lesson devoted to soil! Don't worry—this is actually much more interesting than it sounds. And what you learn today will prepare you to create the perfect foundation for your edible garden. We're examining soil up front, because you'll need to have a good understanding of your garden soil before you begin planting the delicious crops we'll discuss in the upcoming lessons. Today, we'll discuss your unique soil type. You'll find out about the drainage, pH, and nutrients in your soil. And you'll learn about soil amendments to create healthy soil that will nourish your garden.
    
Leafy Greens
Leafy greens are easy to grow, but they can get bitter if you aren't careful. In this lesson, you'll learn how to keep your leafy greens healthy and delicious. We'll start with an introduction to some of the varieties you can find and the benefits of each. Then, we'll look at important topics that affect your leafy greens, like bolting and slugs. Finally, you'll learn a technique to extend your growing season that can be applied to lots of vegetables, not just greens—starting your seeds indoors!
    
Root Vegetables
In today's lesson, we'll discover the vegetables that lie beneath the soil. We'll explore different types of these special veggies, including carrots, potatoes, and beets. You'll learn how to grow and harvest your crops. And finally, we'll discuss how to make the perfect seed bed for your root vegetables to flourish.
    
Vine and Bush Vegetables
In this lesson, we're going to take your garden up into the air by exploring vine and bush vegetables. You'll learn about lots of great edible options for adding height to your garden, including beans, peas, and tomatoes. We'll discuss important information about heirlooms and hybrids, as well as pests and diseases. Then, we'll explore the many ways that you can support your vertical vines as they grow up!

Fruits and Berries
Today's lesson will satisfy your sweet tooth as you learn about growing fruits and berries. We'll discuss some of your options like apples, grapes, and blueberries. Then, we'll cover the specifics of planting, pollination, and pests. And you'll also learn about the importance of pruning and how to make a proper cut.
    
Herbs
Today's lesson is all about herbs. You'll learn some specifics about herbs, like which ones are invasive and which ones need extra-deep containers to grow well. Then, we'll explore ways to harvest your herbs and still keep them producing. Finally, we'll go more in depth about how to grow crops indoors so you won't have to leave your kitchen to collect your harvest!
    
Irrigation and Your Garden
Watering has the potential to be one of the most time-consuming parts of caring for your garden. And it's often the part that beginning gardeners skimp on or overdo, resulting in a less-than-desirable crop. In this lesson, you'll learn about the various irrigation methods for different types of gardens, and we'll discuss the best approach for your edible garden.
    
Collecting Seeds and Preserving Your Harvest
Today, we're going to talk about ways to use your excess bounty so that it doesn't go to waste. You'll learn how to collect seeds from your crops, which seeds you should collect, and what to expect when you grow them next year. We'll also discuss ways to preserve the rest of your harvest through freezing, drying, canning, and pickling so that you can enjoy your surplus later.
    
End-of-Season Cleanup
Congratulations! You've grown a delicious, nutritious garden, and now it's time to put the garden down for the season. In this lesson, we'll discuss how to make sure your garden is properly prepared for the winter and how to get a head start for the spring. You'll also learn how to care for your tools so that your investment will last for many years.

Course 2 - Certificate in Introduction to Chemistry Online Course

There are 12 units of study

Understanding Matter

We'll start this course with a discussion of matter. Matter is anything that has mass and takes up space, so every structure in your body consists of matter. You'll learn about the three main states of matter (solids, liquids, and gases), where they are in your body, and how they change from one state to another. You'll also learn about the particles that make up matter, the differences between elements and compounds, and physical and chemical characteristics of substances. We'll end the lesson with a discussion of surface tension and its effect on premature babies.

Understanding Energy

In this lesson, we'll go over the very interesting topic of energy—the ability to perform some sort of activity or generate heat. You'll learn the difference between potential and kinetic energy. You'll also learn about three different types of temperature scales and how to convert temperature readings from one scale to another. We'll discuss joules and calories, two other units that measure energy, and we'll talk about the kilocalorie (Calorie), a way to measure the energy value in food. We'll examine the topic of specific heat, and you'll learn why the high specific heat of water is so important to your body. We'll end the lesson with a discussion of endothermic and exothermic reactions and how they relate to the food that you eat. Along the way, you'll perform some activities to help you understand the material in this lesson.

Measurements in Chemistry

Today, we'll explore measurements in chemistry. We'll focus on volume, length, mass, and density and compare the United States' system of measurement with the metric system of measurement. You'll learn why scientists and health care professionals primarily use the metric system and how to convert from one system to another. We'll also discuss the difference between mass and weight, and I'll introduce you to the topics of density and specific gravity. In the last chapter, we'll take a look at a sample lab report to tie all these topics together.

The Structure of an Atom

In this lesson, you'll learn about the structure of an atom. We'll talk about the three major subatomic particles—protons, neutrons, and electrons. You'll learn about their location, electrical charges, and relative sizes, and how chemists count how many subatomic particles are present in an atom of an element. We'll also talk about the difference between atoms and ions, and you'll learn which subatomic particles can vary in number in the atoms of an element. We'll also discuss the way electrons fill energy levels around the nucleus of an atom, and we'll end the lesson with a discussion of the use of radioactive isotopes in medicine.

The Periodic Table of the Elements

In this lesson, we're going to explore the organization of the Periodic Table of the Elements. You'll learn about a famous Russian scientist who's known as the father of the modern periodic table, and why the development of this table was so important. We'll talk about the three major classes of elements—metals, metalloids, and non-metals, and you'll learn about their major characteristics. We'll also discuss some specific elements and some of the roles they play in the function of your body. We'll revisit the topic of valence electrons, and you'll discover why they determine whether or not atoms of an element will combine with other atoms. Finally, we'll discuss the very important role that the element iron plays in your body, and you'll learn about a condition called iron deficiency anemia.

Chemical Bonds

In today's lesson, we'll cover four types of chemical bonds—true covalent, polar covalent, ionic, and hydrogen bonds. You'll learn what these bonds have in common with romantic relationships, and you'll discover which of these bonds are strong and which are weak. We'll also talk about different ways that scientists represent molecules, and you'll learn about molecular, structural, and electron-dot formulas. We'll study the concept of electronegativity, and you'll find out how differences in electronegativity determine the types of bonds that are formed.

Chemical Equations

Today, we'll explore the language of chemical equations. You'll learn how to interpret the letters, symbols, and numbers we use to write chemical equations. We'll talk about the differences between reactants and products, and you'll come to understand the importance of the Law of Conservation of Mass. I'll take the mystery out of balancing chemical equations, and we'll go over a step-by-step method for balancing them yourself. We'll also discuss the importance of reversible reactions, and I'll introduce you to the topic of chemical equilibrium.

Chemical Kinetics

In today's lesson, we'll explore the fascinating topic of chemical kinetics. We'll talk about the different factors that cause chemicals to react with each other. And you'll learn how the temperature, physical nature, orientation, concentration, and pressure of the reactants affect the speed of chemical reactions. You'll also learn about a concept called activation energy—the minimum amount of energy needed for a chemical reaction to occur. We'll then discuss catalysts—chemicals that speed up chemical reactions but aren't changed themselves. You'll learn how important enzymes (biological catalysts) are for the function of your body, and we'll talk about what can go wrong when an enzyme is missing.

Stoichiometry: The Arithmetic of Chemistry

In this lesson, we're going to explore the topic of stoichiometry—this fancy word simply means the quantitative relationship between reactants and products. One type of stoichiometry calculation, for example, tells you how much product you can make if you have a certain amount of reactants. Another type tells you the reverse—how much of a reactant you need if you want to make a certain amount of product. To learn how this is possible, you have to know about a special number called "Avogadro's number," and that's something else you'll find out about in this lesson. This number tells you how many particles of a substance are contained in a "mole," and you'll discover how these units allow you to perform many stoichiometric calculations. We'll end the lesson with a discussion about the importance of oxygen in your body and how it limits the amount of energy you can generate from the food you eat.

Solutions

In this lesson, we'll go over some basic information about solutions. We'll start out with a discussion of different types of mixtures, and then we'll spend the rest of the lesson on the topic of solutions, which is a special type of mixture. Solutions are important to understand because almost all chemical reactions that occur in the human body occur in a solution, and many medications are administered in a solution as well. You'll learn the difference between solutes and solvents, and you'll find out why chemists call water the universal solvent. Water can't dissolve every kind of substance, though, and you'll learn the reason why that's true. We'll also talk about conditions that affect how easy it is to make a solution, and you'll discover the difference between unsaturated and saturated solutions. I'll teach you how to solve some basic concentration problems, and we'll end the lesson with an interesting discussion about water-soluble and fat-soluble vitamins.

Acids, Bases, and Salts

In today's lesson, we're going to review chemicals called acids, bases, and salts. You'll learn about their behavior in water and about their unique characteristics. We'll discuss the differences between concentrated and dilute solutions, and between strong acids and bases. You'll also discover how buffers work to reduce the level of acidity in a solution. The pH scale measures the level of acidity in a solution, so we'll spend some time on that. You'll learn that the pH of fluids in your body must stay within a certain range and what happens when it doesn't. We'll end the lesson with a discussion of several disorders that may occur when the levels of ions get out of balance.

Organic Molecules

In our final lesson, we'll go over four types of bioorganic molecules—carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, and nucleic acids. You'll first come to know the difference between inorganic and organic molecules, and you'll find out why the unique structure of carbon atoms makes it possible for millions of different organic molecules to exist. We'll then move on to discuss the chemical structure of the four types of bioorganic molecules. You'll learn about their chemical building blocks and how these building blocks come together to form these large molecules. You'll also learn about their important functions and how much your body depends on their presence.

Course 3 - Certificate in Introduction to Networking Online Course

There are 12 units of study

History of Networking

Have you ever wondered how networks started? We're surrounded by networks, whether they're computer networks, networks of roads, or the network of telephones that allow us to communicate every day. In our first lesson, you'll learn how networks have evolved over the last hundred years. You'll also find out why every additional device that connects to a network greatly increases the value of the network. By the time you've completed this lesson, you'll have a framework of knowledge that will take you through the rest of the course.

How Networks Operate

In today's lesson, you'll jump right into networks and networking, and learn how they work. We'll use examples from our everyday experience. You'll learn how to tell the difference between a network and networking, and realize that computer networks are a lot like freeway networks. You'll never look at an interstate the same way again! You'll also find out why shipping your data from one computer to the next is a lot like sending your distant uncle a new coffee mug for his birthday. Believe it or not, freeways and shipped gifts have a direct correlation to how networks and networking operate!

Peer-to-Peer versus Client/Server

Have you ever heard someone refer to a computer as a server? Maybe you've heard someone talk about connecting computers in a peer-to-peer environment. Understanding the difference between client/server and peer-to-peer networks really helps you learn about computers and networking. So in today's lesson, you'll learn how to tell the difference between client/server and peer-to-peer networks, and when to use one instead of the other.

Network Types and Topologies

Many people have heard of Ethernet, but what does that mean exactly? In this lesson, you'll learn all about Ethernet, and a whole lot more. Here you'll find out the difference between a star topology and a bus topology, and the advantages of each. Is Ethernet or Token Ring the best modern network technology, and why? In this lesson, you'll get those answers and many more!

Segmentation and Routing

In today's lesson, we'll explore how routers operate, and you'll see why routers operate a lot like how a receptionist in a growing company handles telephone calls. In this lesson, we'll build on information you learned in previous lessons, then you'll find out how a single interconnected network (the Internet) can actually span the entire globe. A global network is an amazing feat, accomplished by interconnecting network segments and routing data! When you've completed this lesson, you'll understand how routing helps our data to cross the city, state, or an entire ocean.

Protocols

When people communicate, they speak a language—such as English—to exchange information. Computers communicate similarly over a network, but instead of speaking a language, they use something called a protocol. Protocols are similar to languages, and in this lesson, you'll learn about the protocols used in networking. You'll also learn which protocol has emerged as the dominant computer protocol, and why!

TCP/IP

In today's lesson, you'll learn how the networking protocol TCP/IP operates. TCP/IP is a collection of protocols, and today you'll learn how TCP/IP divides its tasks. We'll go over how TCP/IP uses addresses to direct data to its rightful owner—it's similar to how we use street addresses.

Name Resolution and Services

Have you ever wondered how your computer converts a World Wide Web address into a Web site that appears on your screen? In this lesson, you'll learn how the Domain Name System (DNS) translates names into numeric addresses, and how all that allows your favorite Web site, e-mail, or file to appear on your computer screen. You'll also learn how the entire computer industry comes to a consensus about how the Internet should work.

Wide Area Networks (WANs)

Today, we'll take a look at Wide Area Networks (WANs) and how they compare to Local Area Networks (LANs). You'll learn all about how data gets sent over long distances, and how the Internet changed expensive, long-distance network connections. You'll also learn how Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP) secures those Internet connections from prying eyes.

Remote Access

If you connect to the Internet, you use remote access. In today's lesson, we'll explore the traditional means of connecting to remote LANs, and talk about exactly how dial-up Internet access works. Then we'll discuss modern means by which many people connect to the Internet, including DSL and cable modems.

Making Internet Connections

In this lesson, you'll apply many of the concepts you've learned so far in this course. We'll walk through the process of making an Internet connection, and you'll see the step-by-step process of creating a dial-up connection. Each step of the way, you'll come to understand what's going on behind the scenes. From there, we'll jump to connecting to the Internet using broadband connections, such as DSL or cable modems.

Review and Conclusion

In our final lesson, we'll tie all the previous lessons together, clarifying how new information about networks and networking can be quickly understood. You'll learn three categories into which networking knowledge can be placed, and see examples to apply your newfound network categories. By the end of this lesson, your understanding of networking will be solid as a rock, and you'll be well-prepared for a lifetime of continued learning about networking!

Entry requirements

Students must have basic literacy and numeracy skills.

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Computer requirements

Students will need access to a computer and the internet. 

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Windows:

  • Microsoft Windows XP, or later
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  • Flash player or a browser with HTML5 video capabilities(Currently Internet Explorer 9, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

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Course ID No.: 007SAVGOC3CB
Delivery Mode: Online
Course Access: 6-8 Weeks Per Course
Time required: 72 hours
Assessments: Yes
Qualification: Certificate

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