SRJC Course Outlines

6/13/2024 1:08:38 AMHORT 54 Course Outline as of Fall 2005

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  HORT 54Title:  PLANT MATERIALS: SU/FALL  
Full Title:  Plant Materials: Summer/Fall
Last Reviewed:12/12/2023

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled2.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled35.00
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled3.0017.5 min.Lab Scheduled52.50
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total5.00 Contact Total87.50
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  70.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 

Catalog Description:
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Identification, growth habits, culture and ornamental use of landscape and indoor plants adapted to California climates. Includes an introduction to plant taxonomic system and botanical nomenclature. Emphasis on plants listed in the current California Association of Nurserymen (CAN) and Associated Landscape Contractors of America (ALCA) Certification Tests Plant Lists. Presentation of those plants best observed and studied in the summer and fall of the year through field lectures on SRJC grounds and at other locations. This course is equivalent to HORT 55.1 and HORT 55.2; students successfully completing those courses are not eligible to enroll in this course.


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100.

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Identification, growth habits, culture & ornamental use of plants adapted to California climates. Intro. to plant taxonomic system & botanical nomenclature. Field lectures on SRJC grounds and at other locations. This course is equivalent to HORT 55.1 and 55.2; students successfully completing those courses are not eligible to enroll in this course.
(Grade or P/NP)

Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100.
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 2004Inactive:
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 2006Inactive:
 CID Descriptor: AG - EH 112L Plant Materials and Usage II SRJC Equivalent Course(s): HORT12 OR HORT8

Certificate/Major Applicable: Certificate Applicable Course


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate correct usage of botanical nomenclature.
2. Correctly pronounce botanical and common plant names.
3. Classify plants based on the binomial method of plant nomenclature.
4. Identify a range of native and exotic plants by leaf, bark, flower,
  fruit, and growth habit.
5. Evaluate the growth habits and soil and water requirements of different
6. Select plants according to desired function, growth habits, climate,
  exposure, and maintenance requirements.
7. Determine and recommend to a client cultural practice for plants in
  the landscape that will promote plant health and endurance.
8. Assess plants for landscaping purposes to provide desired foliage,
  flower, and form characteristics and make recommendations to clients.
9. Evaluate plants based on their suitability for water efficient
10. Use plant keys to identify specimens.
11. Demonstrate proper plant materials collection and preservation

Topics and Scope
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1. Introduction to plant taxonomic system and botanical nomenclature
        a. Family, genus, and species
        b. Classification below species level
           1. cultivars
           2. varieties
           3. subspecies
        c. Interspecies and intergeneric hybrids
        d. Conventions for writing botanical names
2. External structures used in identification of plants
        a. Leaves
        b. Buds
        c. Stem
        d. Bark
        e. Flowers
        f. Fruit
3. Identification by sight memory of 100-125 plants best observed in the
  summer and/or fall (from the CAN and ACLA plant lists):
        a. Indoor plants
        b. Annuals
        c. Perennials
        d. Vines
        e. Ground covers
        f. Trees
4. Growth habits and requirements
        a. Origin and climatic range
        b. Form of growth
        c. Rate of growth
        d. Ultimate growth height and spread
        e. Leaf structure
        f. Flower color and season
        g. Fruit type
        h. Exposure
           1. sun
           2. shade
           3. half sun/shade
        i. Soil and water requirements of the plants studied
        j. Pruning to fit the landscape requirements
        k. Landscape use
        l. Significant pests and diseases

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Representative assignments:
1.  Written (lab) report (2-3 pages) and oral presentation on selected
   plant or plant group.
2.  Conduct research on plant requirements and compile information.
3.  Construct plant care signs and create labels for SRJC nursery and
4.  Participate in horticulture program plant sale activity.
5.  Using plant ID key, identify and collect plant specimens in the field.
6.  Properly prepare and mount specimens and label them with appropriate
   identification labels.
7.  Quizzes (7), midterm, and final exam covering plant identification and
   cultural requirements.
8.  Assigned reading 15 - 20 pages per week.

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
10 - 20%
Report on a selected plant or plant group.
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
15 - 50%
Field work
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
15 - 30%
Oral report and plant sale participation.
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
20 - 40%
Multiple choice, True/false, Completion
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 0%

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Publishing Group, 2001.
IDENTIFICATION. Modesto, CA: D. Wait, 1994.
3. American Horticulture Society, A-Z ENCYCLOPEDIA OF GARDEN PLANTS. NY:
DK Publishing, 1996.
4. Dirr, M.A., MANUAL OF WOODY LANDSCAPE PLANTS. Champagne, IL: Stipes
Publishing Co., 1998.

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