SRJC Course Outlines

2/28/2024 2:18:43 AMFLORS 113 Course Outline as of Fall 2005

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  FLORS 113Title:  SYMPATHY DESIGN  
Full Title:  Sympathy Design
Last Reviewed:3/28/2022

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum2.00Lecture Scheduled1.5017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled26.25
Minimum2.00Lab Scheduled1.506 min.Lab Scheduled26.25
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  52.50Total Student Learning Hours: 105.00 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  39 - Total 2 Times
Also Listed As: 
Formerly:  FLORS 93

Catalog Description:
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Application of design theory to floral arrangements for sympathy occasions. Includes design for casket covers, standing and flat sprays, set work, sympathy arrangements, and lid pieces. Delivery and set-up discussed.

Course Completion of FLORS 83B

Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Application of design theory to floral arrangements related to sympathy occasions. Includes design for casket covers, standing and flat sprays, set work, sympathy arrangements, and lid pieces. Delivery and set-up.
(Grade or P/NP)

Prerequisites:Course Completion of FLORS 83B
Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:
Repeatability:39 - Total 2 Times


Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
CSU Transfer:Effective:Inactive:
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:

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 students will be able to:
1. Summarize the religious and ethnic requirements for sympathy work.
2.  Apply design theory to the design and creation of casket covers,
sympathy arrangements, sprays, and set pieces.
3. Utilize ribbon to enhance sympathy designs.
4. Properly prepare sympathy pieces for delivery.
5. Position and set-up floral displays at various sites.
6. Develop working relationships with mortuaries and cemeteries to
fulfill their needs and requirements while meeting the needs of family.
7. Discuss the principles of selling sympathy work.
8. Express empathy for the deceased's family while managing personal
9. Based on subsequent repeats, students will:
       a. work with different seasonal materials
       b. increase skill with assembly and design principles
       c. gain confidence and speed

Topics and Scope
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I. Introduction to Sympathy Work
 A. History of sympathy work
 B. Religious and ethnic requirements
 C. Overview of industry
II. Lid Pieces
 A. What they are
 B. Where they are used
 C. Who orders?
 D. Using pre-made forms
 E. Kinds and styles
   1. Hearts
   2. Pillows
   3. Crosses
   4. Rosary
   5. Free form
III. Arrangements
 A. Vase
 B. Standard
 C. Floor
 D. Home
 E. Sizes and shapes
 F. Containers
   1. Paper maiche
   2. Plastic
   3. Ceramic
   4. Basket
 G. Pricing
 H. Placement
IV. Sprays
 A. Kinds
   1. Standing
   2. Flat
 B. Incorporating Ribbon
   1. Lettering on ribbon
     a. Pens
     b. Paste-on letters
     c. Glitter pens
   2. Satin wrapping
   3. Braiding
 C. Use of easels
   1. Sizes
   2. Kinds
   3. Restoring used easels
 D. Spray packs
   1. Kinds
   2. Sizes
   3. Securing to easel
V. Set Pieces
 A. Kinds and styles
   1. Hearts
     a. Open
     b. Closed
   2. Cross
   3. Wreath
   4. Specialty pieces
 B. Colors and traditions
 C. Using Styrofoam shapes
   1. Benefits
   2. Disadvantages
   3. Wrapping for stability
   4. Transporting Styrofoam
   5. Repairing breakages
 D. Accent pack
   1. Effective use of feature
   2. Where to place finishing edges
     a. Paper
     b. Galex
     c. Ribbon
     d. Greens
     e. Flowers
     f. Other
VI. Casket Pieces
 A. Open or closed
 B. Kinds, shapes, and sizes
 C. Importance of securing foam to tray
 D. Importance of color of casket to flowers used
 E. Foliage
 F. Placing tray on casket
 G. Height of casket cover
 H. Space in hearse
VII. Delivery and Set-up
 A. Delivery
   1. Proper packing to avoid damage/breakage
   2. Supporting work in delivery vehicle
   3. Courtesy
   4. Timely delivery
   5. Professional appearance
     a. Delivery person
     b. Vehicle
 B. Positioning and set-up of floral displays
   1. Placement of family pieces
   2. Procedures in funeral homes and at cemeteries
     a. Fulfilling requirements
     b. Balancing requirements with family needs
VIII. Selling Sympathy Work
 A. Product knowledge
 B. Dealing with customer emotions
   1. Empathy
   2. Managing personal emotions
 C. Order taking

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1.  Design lid pieces for casket lid; free-form and using different
2.  Set up different kinds and sizes of easels.
3.  Design a flat spray.
4.  Design a standing spray.
5.  Design sympathy arrangements.
6.  Design casket cover for an open and closed casket.
7.  Field trips to mortuary and cemetery. Field notes: 2-3 pages per
8. Portfolio: photos of design projects with accompanying journal entries
  listing materials and describing methods for each project.
8.  Final exam.
9.  Final project: Design, construct, and set up a complete funeral
10. Reading, 5 - 10 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
5 - 10%
Field notes.
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
0 - 0%
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
50 - 70%
Performance exams, Creation of sympathy designs; portfolio.
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
10 - 25%
Multiple choice, True/false, Matching items, Completion, Short answer.
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
10 - 20%
Attendance and participation

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Instructor prepared materials.

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