SRJC Course Outlines

12/9/2022 7:29:37 AMVIT 131 Course Outline as of Fall 2022

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CATALOG INFORMATION

Discipline and Nbr:  VIT 131Title:  FRUIT QUALITY ASSURANCE  
Full Title:  Working with Your Winemaker - Fruit Quality Assurance
Last Reviewed:9/13/2021

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum1.00Lecture Scheduled9.002 max.Lecture Scheduled18.00
Minimum1.00Lab Scheduled02 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total9.00 Contact Total18.00
 
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  36.00Total Student Learning Hours: 54.00 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
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Formerly: 

Catalog Description:
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The primary aspects of wine grape quality improvement will be covered. The student will write a detailed plan to improve fruit quality in the vineyard, and then assess and evaluate the degree of improvement achieved. This short course also addresses enhanced communication skills between the grower and the winemaker or grape buyer.

Prerequisites/Corequisites:


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
Description: Untitled document
The primary aspects of wine grape quality improvement will be covered. The student will write a detailed plan to improve fruit quality in the vineyard, and then assess and evaluate the degree of improvement achieved. This short course also addresses enhanced communication skills between the grower and the winemaker or grape buyer.
(Grade or P/NP)

Prerequisites:
Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100
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:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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1. Identify, assess and recommend vineyard practices that will improve wine grape quality.
2. Develop a written farming plan for the
implementation of fruit quality improvement practices.3. Evaluate the effectiveness of the farming plan.
4. Describe the roles of grower, winemaker and grape buyer.
 

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In order to achieve these learning outcomes, during the course students will:
1. Identify and describe how specific vineyard practices can improve fruit quality.
2. Develop and write a detailed vineyard farming plan to implement fruit quality improvement practices.
3. Develop and write an assessment plan to quantify and evaluate the level of fruit quality improvement.
4. Explain how fruit quality assessment plans can be effective.
5. Explain the different roles of grower, winemaker and grape buyer in grape contract negotiation.

Topics and Scope
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I. Overview of Wine Grape Quality Assurance Practices
    A. Canopy management
    B. Deficit irrigation
    C. Vine nutrition
    D. Use of technology, e.g., Normalized Differential Vegetative Index (NDVI), remote imagery, canopy sensors, leaf pressure chambers
II. Identification Vineyard Problems that Limit Fruit Quality
    A. Non-uniform ripening
    B. Poor irrigation/fertilization
    C. Vine vigor imbalance
III. Writing a Vineyard Management Plan
    A. Specific vineyard problems requiring attention
    B. Farming practices that address the specific problems
    C. Appropriate timing of the farming practices
IV. Evaluation and Assessment of Wine Grape Quality
    A. Targeting specific wine styles
    B. Fruit parameters that result in a specific wine style
    C. Post-harvest wine evaluation
    D. Determination of which specific vineyard practices contributed to specific wine flavor/color/aroma characteristics
V. Writing a Wine Grape Quality Assessment and Evaluation Plan
    A. Correlate vineyard practices to fruit parameters at harvest
    B. Correlate vineyard practices to wine quality
    C. Evaluation of the level of fruit quality improvement
VI. Communication with Winemakers and Grape Buyers
    A. Roles of grower, winemaker, and grape buyer
    B. Identification of shared goals
    C. Solicitation and utilization of feedback
VII. Grape contract negotiations
    A. Different types of contracts
    B. Fruit parameters
    C. Timing
    D. Delivery
    E. Price (per ton vs. per acre)
VIII. Determination of optimum time/conditions for harvest
    A. Winery tank space and capacity
    B. Picking bin size options
    C. Trucking
    D. Night harvest vs. day harvest

Assignments:
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1. Write a vineyard management plan that incorporates various fruit quality assurance practices (6-10 pages)
2. Write one plan for assessment, implementation and evaluation of vineyard management plan (5-7 pages)
3. Research multiple grape contracts and summarize pertinent negotiation points (2-3 pages)
4. Quizzes (2)

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
45 - 60%
Vineyard management plan and assessment plan
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
15 - 25%
Research multiple grape contracts and summarize pertinent negotiation points
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
None
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
20 - 30%
Quizzes
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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Instructor prepared materials
The Code of Sustainable Winegrowing Practices Workbook. 4th ed. Wine Institute of California and the California Association of Wine Grape Growers. 2020.

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