SRJC Course Outlines

5/25/2024 2:27:39 PMSUSAG 130 Course Outline as of Fall 2004

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  SUSAG 130Title:  SUS GDNS & LANDSCP  
Full Title:  Sustainable Gardens and Landscapes
Last Reviewed:4/19/2004

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum1.00Lecture Scheduled3.006 max.Lecture Scheduled18.00
Minimum1.00Lab Scheduled02 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 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
Also Listed As: 
Formerly:  AG 297.62

Catalog Description:
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An integrated approach to designing a functional landscape/garden system that promotes sustainable practices. Emphasis on enhancing the garden ecosystem while keeping costs, maintenance and impact on natural resources to a minimum.


Recommended Preparation:

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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An integrated approach to designing a functional landscape/garden system that promotes sustainable practices. Enhance the garden ecosystem while keeping costs, maintenance and impact on natural resources to a minimum.
(Grade or P/NP)

Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
CSU Transfer:Effective:Inactive:
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Both Certificate and Major Applicable


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1. Compare and contrast the features of a typical garden with those of an
ecologically designed garden.
2. Determine microclimates at a given site and adapt plant choices
3. Identify important California native and Mediterranean plants suitable
for the local landscape.
4. Describe techniques for microclimate modification.
5. Identify edible plants requiring lowest inputs of labor and materials.
6. Summarize principles of soil health and fertility and explain how they
relate to plant health.
7. Discuss principles of water conservation for the landscape.
8. Compare and contrast a variety of irrigation products.
9. Describe IPM (integrated pest management) assessment strategies.
10. Evaluate pest damage and select appropriate treatment.
11. Describe proper pruning techniques for overall tree health.
12. Evaluate landscape elements for multi-functionality.

Topics and Scope
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I. Introduction to the Ecological Garden
 A. Gardens that work with nature
 B. Permaculture principles
 C. Ecological vs. traditional gardens
II. Microclimates
 A. How to determine microclimates on a site
 B. Selecting appropriate plants for a microclimate
   1. Plant identification
   2. Plant selection and use
 C. Techniques for microclimate modification
III. Plants Appropriate to Local Landscape
 A. California natives
 B. Mediterranean
 C. Edibles
   1. Edible landscaping
   2. Identifying attractive and productive plants
   3. Techniques for proper growth, maintenance, and harvest
 D. Evaluating plants for specific sites and needs
IV. Soils and Fertility
 A. Principles of soil health
 B. Fertility
 C. Relationship between soil fertility and plant health
V. Water Conservation
 A. Principles of water conservation for the landscape
 B. Irrigation products
 C. Low water use plants
 D. Techniques to conserve soil moisture
VI. Integrated Pest Management
 A. Assessment strategies
   1. Determine quantity and kind of damage
   2. Evaluate least toxic control methods
   3. Appropriate treatments
 B. Establishing a habitat for beneficials
VII. Pruning and Tree Care
 A. Basic pruning techniques
 B. Tree care
VII. Multi-functional Garden Design
 A. Rationale for multi-functional gardening
 B. Elements of the multi-functional garden

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Representative assignments:
1. Reading, 15 - 25 pages per week.
2. Explore neighborhood/community to observe sustainable and non-
sustainable landscape practices. Record observation notes for 2-3 sites in
a 5-page paper (may include other recorded information, such as sketches
or photos).
3. Develop a schematic drawing for a sustainable, multi-functional
landscape, with 1-2 pages of explanatory text.

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 - 40%
Observation paper.
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
20 - 40%
Schematic drawing and text.
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
0 - 0%
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
20 - 40%
Attendance and participation.

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Metamorphic Press, 1986.
Green Pub Co., 2001.

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