SRJC Course Outlines

10/27/2020 8:08:56 AMHORT 51 Course Outline as of Fall 2019

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CATALOG INFORMATION

Discipline and Nbr:  HORT 51Title:  INTRO HORTICULTURE  
Full Title:  Introduction to Horticulture
Last Reviewed:1/28/2019

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled2.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled35.00
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled3.008 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: 

Catalog Description:
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An introduction to environmental horticulture with an emphasis on nursery operations, landscaping, turf management, and floral industries. Topics include: basic botany; plant identification and classification; cultural practices; propagation; structures and layout; pest management; planting; container gardening and houseplants; landscape design; floral design; turfgrass installation and care, and survey of career opportunities in the industry.

Prerequisites/Corequisites:


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100; AND CS 5 or proficiency in basic productivity software including word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
Description: Untitled document
An introduction to environmental horticulture with an emphasis on nursery operations, landscaping, turf management, and floral industries. Topics include: basic botany; plant identification and classification; cultural practices; propagation; structures and layout; pest management; planting; container gardening and houseplants; landscape design; floral design; turfgrass installation and care, and survey of career opportunities in the industry.
(Grade or P/NP)

Prerequisites:
Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100; AND CS 5 or proficiency in basic productivity software including word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP

ARTICULATION, MAJOR, and CERTIFICATION INFORMATION

Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
 Area:
 
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 2018Inactive:
 
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:
 
C-ID:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Both Certificate and Major Applicable



COURSE CONTENT

Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
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1.  List and describe the major structures of plants and their functions
2.  Identify various horticultural occupations and their employment requirements
3.  Demonstrate safe use of common tools and equipment used for plant propagation and
    landscaping

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Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:
1.   Name and explain how the major markets of the environmental horticulture industry function
      within Sonoma County and California
2.   List ways that the field of Environmental Horticulture contributes to a more sustainable
      environment
3.   Demonstrate safe use of common tools and equipment used for plant propagation and
      landscaping
4.   List and describe the major structures of plants and their functions
5.   Formulate soils and container media following a given recipe
6.   Propagate plants utilizing both sexual and asexual methods
7.   Explain the requirements needed for healthy plant growth, including watering, fertilization,
      and pest control
8.   Explain fertilizer analysis, ratios, and applications following label directions
9.   Compare the various types of horticultural structures used for growing crops
10. Describe and compare various horticulture occupations, their employment requirements,
      and their basic business structure and operations
11. Demonstrate how to plant and care for given horticultural crops
12. Demonstrate an understanding of basic plant identification and nomenclature
13. Perform common turf and landscape maintenance practices

Topics and Scope
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I. The Environmental Horticulture Industry in Sonoma County and California
    A. History
    B. Current scope
    C. Future growth/employment
II. Awareness of Environmental Issues and Sustainable Solutions
    A. Waste
    B. Water
    C. Fertilizers
    D. Pesticides
III. Horticultural Occupations and Their Employment Requirements
    A. Nursery
    B. Landscape
    C. Turf
    D. Floral design
    E. Education
    F. Public service
IV. Tools, Equipment, and Safety Practices
    A. Use of tools, specialized equipment, and nomenclature
    B. Safety in handling equipment
    C. Safety in handling pesticides
V. Plant Structures and Functions
    A. Stems
    B. Leaves
    C. Flowers
    D. Fruit/Seeds
    E. Roots
VI. Soils and Container Media
    A. Types of soils
    B. Soil reactions
    C. Amending soils
VII. Plant Propagation
    A. Seeds
    B. Cuttings
VIII. Requirements of Plant Growth
    A. Light
    B. Air
    C. Water
    D. Mineral
    E. Anchorage
IX. Irrigation and Fertilizing
    A. Plant needs
    B. Deficiency symptoms
    C. Methods of application/techniques
    D. Application Rates
    E. Fertilizer schedules
X. Pest and Disease Overview
    A. Pests/disease identification
    B. Damage assessment
    C. Control measures
XI. Horticultural Structures
    A. General layout
    B. Greenhouses
    C. Propagation units
    D. Systems - heating/cooling, irrigation/mist
XII. Environmental Horticulture Business Types
    A. Retail nursery and garden centers
    B. Wholesale production nursery
    C. Landscape contractor
    D. Landscape designer/Landscape architect
    E. Landscape maintenance/gardening company
    F. Flower shop
    G. Interiorscape company
    H. Arboriculture company
XIII. Nursery and Greenhouse Crops - Planting and Care
    A. Planting - propagation by sexual and asexual means
    B. Transplanting larger sizes
    C. Pruning and maintenance of container stock
XIV. Plant Identification and Nomenclature
    A. Basic plant identification, terminology, and techniques
    B. Grouping of plants according to horticultural characteristics, e.g., size, rate of growth, ideal
         environmental
    C. Shrubs, trees, ground covers, vines, annuals-perennials, house plants
XV. Common Turf and Landscape Practices
    A. Lawn planting
    B. General care
XVI. Basic Floral Design
    A. Introduction to floristry
    B. Various types of floral arrangements
 
All topics covered in lecture will also be covered in lab.

Assignments:
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Lecture-Related Assignments:
1. Research paper on a topic related to a specific horticultural career path (3 - 5 pages)
2. Reading and homework in assigned text (20-30 pages/week)
3. Quizzes (2 - 10), mid-term, and final exam
4. May include field trips
 
Lab-Related Assignments:
1. Exercises and worksheets related to plant structures and functions, requirements of plant
    growth, irrigation and fertilization, pests and diseases, horticultural structures, and
    horticultural business types
2. In-class exercises requiring demonstration of plant identification and nomenclature, plant
    propagation, and safe and appropriate use of landscape tools and equipment

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%
Homework, research paper
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
10 - 20%
Exercises and worksheets: plant structures and functions, requirements of plant growth, irrigation and fertilization, pests and diseases, horticultural structures, and horticultural business types
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
10 - 30%
In-class exercises requiring demonstration of: plant identification and nomenclature, plant propagation, and safe and appropriate use of landscape tools and equipment
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
30 - 50%
Midterm, quizzes and final exam
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 20%
Attendance and participation, including field trip


Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Principles of Horticulture. 6th ed. Adams, Charles and Early, Mike. Routledge. 2011 (classic)
Plant Science: Growth, Development, and Utilization of Cultivated Plants. 5th ed. McMahon, Margaret and Kofranek, Anton and Rubatzky, Vincent. Pearson. 2011 (classic)
Practical Horticulture. 7th ed. Rice, Laura and Rice, Robert Jr. Pearson. 2010 (classic)

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