SRJC Course Outlines

9/28/2020 8:35:50 PMVIT 53 Course Outline as of Fall 2015

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CATALOG INFORMATION

Discipline and Nbr:  VIT 53Title:  ADV VINEYARD PRODUCTION  
Full Title:  Advanced Vineyard Practices for Quality Production
Last Reviewed:11/17/2014

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled017.5 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total 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 57E

Catalog Description:
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Course presents principles and cultural practices utilized in the vineyard to produce high quality North Coast wines. A thorough look at the practices of fertilization, irrigation, trellis design, and canopy management as they relate to wine quality factors. Includes lectures, guest speakers, and field trips to local vineyards and wineries.

Prerequisites/Corequisites:


Recommended Preparation:
Completion of VIT 52, and Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
Description: Untitled document
Course presents principles and cultural practices utilized in the vineyard to produce high quality North Coast wines. A thorough look at the practices of fertilization, irrigation, trellis design, and canopy management as they relate to wine quality factors. Includes lectures, guest speakers, and field trips to local vineyards and wineries.
(Grade or P/NP)

Prerequisites:
Recommended:Completion of VIT 52, and Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100
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 1987Inactive:
 
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.  Critique various vineyard management practices and discuss their resulting effects on fruit and wine quality.
2.  Identify and explain current technologies and strategies utilized to produce premium quality wine grapes.
3.  Develop a fruit quality assurance plan.
 

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Upon completion of course, students will be able to:
1. Identify factors affecting vineyard yield and wine quality.
2. Summarize principles for the production of wine grape quality.
3. Evaluate the effects of trellis design and canopy management on wine quality.
4. Identify and describe the most important canopy management systems in use around the world.
5. Calculate and apply formulas for pruning and balancing the vine.
6. Classify basic wine markers in grape varieties.
7. Summarize the principles of fertilization and irrigation management for premium wine production.
8. Show the relationship between grapevine physiology and grape quality.
9. Adopt quality assurance procedures to improve wine quality.

Topics and Scope
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I. Introduction
 A. Quality winemaking starts in the vineyard
 B. Factors affecting vineyard yield and wine quality
 C. Principles for the production of wine grape quality
 D. Managing for quality
II. Trellis Design and Wine Quality
III. Canopy Management and Wine Quality
 A. Physiological basis for canopy management
 B. Effect of sunlight
    1. Vine photosynthesis
    2. Fruit ripening
    3. Bud initiation
    4. Other yield concerns
 C. Optimal utilization of available sunlight
 D. Deleterious effects of canopy shade on wine grape composition
 E. Canopy microclimate effects on important diseases
    1. Botrytis bunch rot
    2. Powdery mildew
 F. Choice and management of wine grape training systems
   1. Most important canopy management systems in use around the world
      today
       a. VSP (vertical shoot position) systems
       b. Vertically split systems
       c. Horizontally split systems
   2. Designs to improve yield and quality
   3. Designs to reduce shoot vigor
   4. Designs to facilitate mechanization
   5. Guidelines for selecting a training system
IV. Advanced Pruning Techniques
 A. Cordon pruning
   1. Balancing crop load
   2. Fine tuning the vine
     a. traditional formulas
     b. contemporary formulas
     c. trunk diameter formula for training and pruning young vines
 B. Cane pruning
   1. Balancing crop load
   2. Fine tuning the vine
     a. traditional formulas
     b. contemporary formulas
     c. trunk diameter formula for training and pruning young vines
V. Fertilization (Nutrition Management) for the Production of Premium
   Wines
VI. Irrigation Management for the Production of Premium Wines
VII. Grapevine Physiology and Wine Quality
 A. Grapevine physiology
   1. Relevance to grapevine performance and grape quality
   2. Growth cycle stages
 B. Berry physiology
VIII. Grape Varieties and Wine Markers
IX. Vineyard Quality Assurance
 A. Record keeping requirements of modern viticulture
 B. Quality assurance procedures to improve quality
X. Future Industry Trends
XI. Special Topics
 A. Using climatic data for determining grape varieties to plant
 B. Soils for premium grape quality
 C. Mildew control programs and winery concerns
 D. Other  

Assignments:
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1. Four written reports (2-3 pages each) on premium wine grape production
and cultural practices.
2. Research report (2-3 pages) on future trends in viticulture.
3. Homework problems: pruning formulas.
4. Oral presentation of research report findings.
5. Complete lecture summary forms (or compile lecture notes) for each
guest speaker.
6. Approximately 15-20 pages per week of reading.
7. Midterm and final exam.
8. Written report on the practices that are implemented on the site visits
(field trips)

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
20 - 50%
Research and other reports; lecture notes.
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
10 - 20%
Homework problems, Pruning formulas.
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
30 - 40%
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 - 30%
Participation; Oral presentation.


Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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California Code of Sustainable Winegrowing, 3rd. edition, Wine Institute, 2013.
A Vineyard Odyssey- The Organic Fight to Save Wine, John Kiger, Rowan and Littlefield Publishers, 2013.

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