SRJC Course Outlines

12/6/2021 4:42:21 PMVIT 120 Course Outline as of Fall 2022

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CATALOG INFORMATION

Discipline and Nbr:  VIT 120Title:  VINEYARD PRUNING  
Full Title:  Vineyard Pruning
Last Reviewed:9/27/2021

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum.25Lecture Scheduled1.002 max.Lecture Scheduled2.00
Minimum.25Lab Scheduled4.001 min.Lab Scheduled8.00
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total5.00 Contact Total10.00
 
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  4.00Total Student Learning Hours: 14.00 

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 281.7

Catalog Description:
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In this course, students will learn the theory and practice of pruning head, cane vines and cordon vines. Course emphasizes the grapevine's response to pruning, training young and mature vines, and introduces terminology and equipment.

Prerequisites/Corequisites:


Recommended Preparation:

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
Description: Untitled document
In this course, students will learn the theory and practice of pruning head, cane vines and cordon vines. Course emphasizes the grapevine's response to pruning, training young and mature vines, and introduces terminology and equipment.
(Grade or P/NP)

Prerequisites:
Recommended:
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:
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:Effective:Inactive:
 
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. Competently prune head, cane vines and cordon vines.
2. Identify problems related to vine pruning and recommend techniques to resolve the problems.
3. Explain the relationship between pruning and wine grape quality.
 

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In order to achieve these learning outcomes, during the course students will:
1. Identify parts of the vine important to pruning.
2. Select the appropriate pruning method to achieve desired results.
3. Judge the level of pruning required to produce quality grapes.
4. Utilize correct terminology to discuss grapevine pruning.
5. Select and properly care for pruning tools.
6. Explain safety protocols for use of pruning tools.
7. Determine appropriate training method for new and established vines.
8. Compare and contrast various pruning methods.
9. Troubleshoot pruning problems and recommend solutions.
10. Correlate pruning to resultant vine growth and fruit quality the following season.

Topics and Scope
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I. Introduction
    A. Scope of pruning
    B. Purposes of pruning
    C. Pruning principles
II. Grapevine Anatomy and Physiology in Relation to Pruning
    A. Internal and external structures
    B. Photosynthesis capacity of vine canopy and its relationship to pruning
III. Tool Selection and Care*
    A. Selection of proper pruning tools
    B. Sharpening and tool care
    C. Safety protocols
IV. Pruning and Training
    A. Dormant season training of young vines
    B. Pruning mature grapevines
    C. Training young vines after budburst
    D. Types of wood in pruning
    E. Pruning units
    F. Growth advantage points
    G. Balancing the vine using various formulas
    H. Pruning for light quality and quantity
V. Pruning Methods
    A. Minimal pruning
    B. Pre-pruning
    C. Mechanical pruning
    D. Modern pruning concepts
VI. Pruning Types
    A. Cane systems
    B. Cordon systems
    C. Hybrid systems
VII. Pruning-related Diseases
    A. Eutypa lata
    B. Other permanent wood fungal diseases
    C. Techniques to avoid pruning related disease problems
 
*Topic included in Lab only.
 
All other topics are covered in both the lecture and lab portions of the course.

Assignments:
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Lecture-related assignment
1. Reading assignments before attending class (approximately 4 hours)
 
Lab-related assignments
1. One skill demonstration of pruning practices
2. One performance 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
0 - 0%
None
This is a degree applicable course but assessment tools based on writing are not included because skill demonstrations are more appropriate for this course.
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
0 - 0%
None
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
55 - 55%
Pruning skills demonstration
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
45 - 45%
Performance final exam
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 0%
None


Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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From Vines to Wines- The Complete Guide to Growing Grapes. Cox, Jef. Storey Books. 2015 (classic)
American Society for Enology and Viticulture Journal (current)
Australian Journal of Viticulture and Enology (current)
Instructor prepared materials.

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