SRJC Course Outlines

7/16/2024 2:47:14 AMHORT 80 Course Outline as of Fall 2024

Changed Course
CATALOG INFORMATION

Discipline and Nbr:  HORT 80Title:  SUSTAINABLE LANDSC MGMT  
Full Title:  Sustainable Landscape Management
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 Scheduled3.006 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 93

Catalog Description:
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This course prepares students to evaluate and improve the function and aesthetic value of public and private landscapes by applying appropriate maintenance techniques. Topics include planting, pruning, watering, soil fertility, pest management, weed control, proper use and care of hand tools, and basic landscape maintenance business practices. Sustainable landscape practices will be emphasized throughout the course.

Prerequisites/Corequisites:


Recommended Preparation:

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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This course prepares students to evaluate and improve the function and aesthetic value of public and private landscapes by applying appropriate maintenance techniques. Topics include planting, pruning, watering, soil fertility, pest management, weed control, proper use and care of hand tools, and basic landscape maintenance business practices. Sustainable landscape practices will be emphasized throughout the course.
(Grade or P/NP)

Prerequisites:
Recommended:
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 1981Inactive:
 
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:
 
C-ID:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Both Certificate and Major Applicable



COURSE CONTENT

Student Learning Outcomes:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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1. Evaluate and make recommendations to improve the function and aesthetic value of public and private landscapes by applying appropriate sustainable industry maintenance techniques.
2. Describe sustainable practices for planting, pruning, watering, soil management, and basic landscape maintenance business practices.
3. Demonstrate safe and appropriate use of tools commonly used in the landscape maintenance industry.
 

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At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
1. Describe landscape maintenance careers and employment opportunities in the local area
2. Demonstrate safety consciousness in dress/apparel, tool use, job site demeanor, and use of personal safety equipment
3. Identify, maintain, and describe the use of various hand tools from a provided list
4. Select and safely use appropriate hand tools for a variety of landscape operations
5. Identify, select, and safely operate various types of landscape maintenance power equipment
6. Describe and demonstrate basic pruning techniques applied a variety of landscape plants such as: shade trees, shrubs, vines, perennials, roses, and fruit trees
7. Describe how to maintain and improve soil conditions with amendments and fertilizers
8. Identify the parts of an irrigation system and demonstrate how to make basic repairs and adjustments
9. Demonstrate how to program a controller for a water-efficient irrigation schedule
10. Identify common turf grasses for the region and recommend proper care of each
11. Plant container, balled and bur lapped, and bare root plants; ground covers and bedding plants
12. Recommend appropriate staking/guying methods for trees
13. Recognize symptoms of plant damage by at least fifteen common pests and diseases
14. Identify at least ten common insect pests and five beneficials
15. Identify at least forty-five common landscape weeds and recommend control measures for each
16. Describe integrated pest management (IPM) methods for controlling selected pests and diseases
17. Understand how to mix and apply selected pesticides and fertilizers according to label directions
18. Summarize state license requirements applicable to commercial landscape pest control
19. Create an annual maintenance calendar for a selected landscape
20. List the top ten landscape maintenance practices that contribute to more sustainable landscape
21. Present a cost estimate and contract proposal for landscape maintenance service of a given site

Topics and Scope
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I.  Landscape Maintenance Industry in California
    A. Scope of work of the maintenance industry
    B. Career and employment opportunities
    C. Licenses and permits
    D. Local ordinances such as: weed abatement, noise control, waste disposal
    E. Trends in sustainable landscape maintenance
II.  Safety
    A. Importance of safe work habits
    B. Clothing and shoes
    C. Vehicles, power equipment and hand tools
    D. Job site behavior
    E. Accident and injury procedures
         1. First Aid
         2. Workers' compensation
         3. Safety training and record keeping
III. Tool Identification, Care, and Safe Use
    A. Hand tool cleaning, sharpening, repair
         1. Shovels, spades, hoes, trowels, weeders
         2. Garden and lawn rakes
         3. Pruning shears, loppers, saws
         4. Wheelbarrows, carts, and miscellaneous implements
    B. Power equipment use and routine maintenance
         1. Mowers
         2. Edgers
         3. Leaf blowers
         4. String trimmers
         5. Hedge shears
          6. Rototillers
         7. Other: turf aerators, vertical mowers, etc.
IV.  Principles of Plant Growth
    A. Plant structures and their function
    B. Life cycles and seasonal changes
    C. Light, air, water, and mineral requirements
V.  Pruning
    A. Objectives
         1. Plant health
         2. Landscape function
         3. Flowers and fruit
         4. Aesthetics and special forms
    B. Plant types and pruning needs
         1. Deciduous trees and shrubs
         2. Evergreen trees and shrubs
         3. Conifers
         4. Roses
         5. Vines
    C. Pruning methods and systems
         1. Heading back
         2. Thinning
         3. Pinching
         4. Shearing
         5. Pollarding
    D. Plant responses to placement and timing of pruning cuts
         1. Identification of stem structures
              a. Terminal and lateral buds
              b. Vegetative and flower buds
              c. Bud scale scars and age of wood
         2. Importance of the branch collar and branch bark ridge
         3. 3-cut method of removing large diameter branches
         4. Shaping and directing growth with pruning cuts
VI.  Soil Amendments and Fertilizers
    A. Aeration and drainage characteristics of different soil types
    B. Amendments
         1. Organic
         2. Inorganic
    C. Mulches
         1. Organic
         2. Inorganic
    D. Fertilizers
         1. Selection of organic and inorganic fertilizers
         2. Nutrient needs of various plant types
         3. Fertilizer label
         4. Calculation of amounts required
         5. Spreader types and calibration
    E. Soil sampling and testing
VII. Planting Methods
    A. Container grown plants
         1. Nursery cans and boxes
         2. Flats and cell packs
    B. Bare root
    C. Balled and bur lapped
    D. Root barriers
    E. Tree staking and guying methods
VIII. Lawn Care
    A. Warm and cool season turf grass varieties
    B. Mowing, edging, watering, fertilizing
    C. Aerating and dethatching
    D. Repair of damaged and degraded turf
           1. Spot seeding and sodding
           2. Renovation and overseeding
IX. Introduction to Pests and Diseases of Landscape Plants
    A. Symptoms of pest and disease damage
    B. Pest and beneficial insects
    C. Weed identification
    D. Diseases caused by fungi, bacteria, and viruses
X. Landscape Pest Management
    A. Integrated pest management concept and other control practices
    B. Pesticides
         1.Insecticides, miticides, herbicides, fungicides, rodenticides, molluscicides
         2. Reading and following label directions
         3. Safety precautions and protective equipment
         4. Mixing and applying
         5. Sprayer use and maintenance
    C. Pesticide use regulations for landscape maintenance
         1. Qualified Applicator Certificate (QAC)
         2. Maintenance Gardener Pest Control Business License
         3. Qualified Applicator License (QAL)
         4. County Agricultural Commissioner registration
IX.  Professionalism in the Landscape Maintenance Industry
    A. Importance of proper business practices and licenses
    B. Public image and personal appearance
    C. Scheduling seasonal maintenance tasks annually
    D. Cost estimating and maintenance contracts
    E. Client relations and communications
    F. Certified Landscape Technician, Maintenance, or Irrigation exam
 
All topics are covered in the lecture and lab portions of the course.

Assignments:
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Lecture-Related Assignments:
1. Weekly reading
2. Case study assignment: evaluate and make recommendations to improve function and aesthetic value of a specified public and private landscapes by applying appropriate sustainable industry maintenance techniques.
3. Quizzes (2-8) Exams (1-2)
 
Lab-Related Assignments:
1. Field trip and lab reports
2. Lab exercises and field work
3. Attendance and participation

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%
Field trip and lab reports
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
10 - 20%
Case study assignment
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
25 - 50%
Lab exercises and field work
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
20 - 30%
Quizzes and exams
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 10%
Attendance and participation


Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Landscaping: Principles & Practices. 8th ed. Ingels, J. and Smith, Alissa. Cengage Learning. 2018.
National Association of Landscape Professionals, Landscape Maintenance Training Manual. National Association of Landscape Professionals. Herndon. 2011 (classic).
Sustainable Landscape Management. VanderZanden, Ann Marie and Cook, Thomas. Wiley. 2010 (classic).
Introduction to Landscaping: Design, Construction, and Maintenance. 3rd ed. Biondo, Ronald J. and Schroeder, Charles B. Vero Media Inc. 2002 (classic).
Instructor prepared materials.

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