SRJC Course Outlines

5/27/2024 11:32:15 PMAGRI 20 Course Outline as of Fall 2009

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  AGRI 20Title:  INTRO TO PLANT SCIENCE  
Full Title:  Introduction to Plant Science
Last Reviewed:4/11/2022

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: 
Formerly:  AG 51

Catalog Description:
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An introductory course in plant ecology, fundamental botany and taxonomy with emphasis on plant structure and function. The principles and practices of horticultural crop production as they relate to plant, soil and climatic relationships will be stressed.


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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An introductory course in plant ecology, fundamental botany and taxonomy with emphasis on plant structure and function. The principles and practices of horticultural crop production as they relate to plant, soil and climatic relationships will be stressed.
(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:Fall 1981
Natural Sciences
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 B2Life ScienceFall 1981
 B3Laboratory Activity  
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 5BBiological SciencesFall 2019
 5CFulfills Lab Requirement  
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
 CID Descriptor: AG - PS 106L Introduction to Plant Science (with Laboratory) SRJC Equivalent Course(s): AGRI20

Certificate/Major Applicable: Both Certificate and Major Applicable


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, the student will be able to:
1. Discuss the significance of plants to humans and animals.
2. Describe the non-food uses of plants by humans.
3. List examples of the primary food crops: cereals, roots and tubers,
sugars, oils, fruits and vegetables.
4. Identify major crops grown in the USA, California and Sonoma County.
5. Describe the economic value of agriculture and horticulture.
6. List the levels of classification within the plant kingdom.
7. Apply the rules of botanical nomenclature to identify various crop
8. Describe the characteristics of gymnosperms and angiosperms, monocots
and dicots.
9. Identify and describe the components of the plant cell.
10. Describe the principle simple plant tissues.
11. Contrast the functions of xylem and phloem tissues.
12. Describe the morphology and function of roots, stems, leaves and
13. Compare the processes of photosynthesis and respiration and their role
in the carbon cycle.
14. Sow seeds and provide the conditions necessary for seed germination.
15. Apply Mendelian genetic principles to predict inherited traits in F1
hybrid crosses and F2 generations.
16. Discuss the significance of genetically modified crops in agriculture
17. Dissect, identify and describe the morphology and function of monocot
and dicot seeds, seedlings and plants.
18. Propagate plants by vegetative (asexual) methods.
19. Prune fruit trees and vines for optimum fruit production.
20. Describe production cycles for cool season and warm season crops.
21. Describe the effects of climate and weather on crops.
22. Analyze soil physical properties that influence plant growth.
23. Compare the properties of common soil amendments and fertilizers.
24. Compare conventional and sustainable methods of crop production,
including weed and pest control practices.
25. Describe the relationship of tillage systems and cover cropping to
crop production.
26. Use library and internet resources to research economic, production
and marketing data for a selected crop.

Topics and Scope
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I. Agriculture and Humanity
      A. Significance of plants to humans and animals
      B. Early agricultural activity
      C. Nonfood uses of plants
II. Crop Distribution
      A. General crop pattern of the USA
      B. Influence of environment in determining where crops will grow
         profitably in the US
      C. General crop pattern of California and Sonoma County
      D. Economic value of agriculture and Horticulture in California and
               Sonoma County
      E. Regulatory agencies: USDA (United States Department of
         Agriculture), CDFA (California Department of Food and
         Agriculture), and County Agriculture Commissioner
III. Crop Morphology and Physiology
      A. Structure and function of the plant cell
      B. Simple and complex tissues
      C. Root, stem, leaf and flower
      D. Conductive tissues and translocation
      E. Basic physiology of plant growth and food manufacture
      F. Classification of fruits
 IV. Crop production, Tillage, and Cover cropping
      A. Crop rotation in weed, disease and insect control
      B. Value and limitations of cover crops
      C. Local crop production practices
      D. Tillage systems and effects on soil quality
  V. Major Weed Pests and Control Methods
      A. Weed classification
      B. Biological, mechanical and non-chemical control methods
      C. Herbicide types and terminology
VI. Seed (sexual) Propagation
      A. Morphology of monocot and dicot seeds
      B. Factors affecting seed germination
      C. Seed Certification and label
VII. Vegetative (asexual) Propagation
      A. Characteristics of asexual propagation
      B. Methods: cuttings, layering, budding, grafting
      C. Micropropagation (tissue culture)
VIII. Crop Improvement and Plant Breeding
      A. Concepts and terminology
      B. Objectives and methods of crop improvement
      C. Mendelian genetic principles
      D. Impact of genetically modified crops
IX. Soil Environment of Plants
      A. Physical, biological and chemical characteristics of soil
      B. Improving soil conditions for plant growth
      C. Soil conservation practices
X. Fertilizers and Soil Fertility
      A. Factors affecting fertilizer use and selection
      B. Common terms in fertilizer industry
      C. Elements required by plants and their effect on plant growth
      D. Fertilizer label
XI. Climate Effects on Crop Production
      A. Influence of temperature, soil moisture, light intensity
      B. Accumulation of heat units
      C. Adaptation of crops to regions within California
      D. Effects of latitude and altitude
      E. Cardinal growth temperatures for representative crops
      F. Frost protection
XII. Sustainable and Organic Crop Production
      A. Comparisons with conventional production
      B. Certification regulations
      C. Consumer trends

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1. Plant collection of crop and weed plants.
2. Term paper (6 to 8 pages) on production of selected crop.
3. Lab activities.
4. Lab write-ups: drawing and labeling plant specimens, describing the morphology and function of dissections of seeds.
5. Reading, 20-30 pages per week.
6. Quizzes, midterm and final exam.

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 - 50%
Lab reports, Term papers
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
10 - 50%
Field work
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
10 - 60%
Multiple choice, True/false, Matching items, Completion, ESSAY, SHORT ANSWERS
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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Plant Science: Growth, Development, and Utilization of Cultivated Plants, 3rd edition. McMahon, Kofranek, Rubatzky. Prentice Hall, 2002.

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