SRJC Course Outlines

6/22/2024 8:42:26 AMHORT 91 Course Outline as of Fall 2005

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Discipline and Nbr:  HORT 91Title:  LANDSCAPE CONST/ESTIM  
Full Title:  Landscape Construction/Estimation
Last Reviewed:4/26/2021

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled2.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled35.00
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled3.0017.5 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: 

Catalog Description:
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Introduction to the field of landscape contracting, including the Contractor's Law Book and cost estimating and bidding procedures. Course includes hands-on experience with tools, materials, and methods used in the construction of wood and simple concrete and masonry landscape features. Projects are designed to develop the skills necessary for successful performance on the C-27 landscape contractor's licensing exam. This course is equivalent to HORT 91.1 and HORT 91.2; students successfully completing those courses are not eligible to enroll in this course.


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100.

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Introduction to landscape contracting, Contractor's Law Book, cost estimating and bidding. Hands-on experience with tools, materials, and methods used in construction of wood and masonry landscape features. This course is equivalent to HORT 91.1 and 91.2; students successfully completing those courses are not eligible to enroll in this course.
(Grade or P/NP)

Recommended: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


Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 2004Inactive:
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Certificate Applicable Course


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. Evaluate careers in the landscape industry.
2. Summarize landscape contracting laws.
3. Describe C-27 licensing requirements.
4. Interpret landscape plans in order to construct a specific landscape
5. Select lumber, tools, and materials for basic landscape construction
6. Estimate the cost of materials and labor for basic landscape
  construction projects.
7. Describe the various materials that can be used to construct a fence.
8. Design basic wood landscape features utilizing a variety of styles.
9. Calculate riser to tread ratios for step construction.
10. Construct a simple wood landscape structure.
11. Mix, pour, and finish concrete to form a patio or walkway landscape
12. Compare alternate pavings for patio and walkway areas.
13. Estimate the cost of materials for simple concrete and masonry
   landscape features.
14. Design basic masonry landscape features and select materials for
15. Construct a simple landscape feature using brick or paving materials.

Topics and Scope
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1. Introduction
2. Scope of the landscaping contracting industry
  a. Scope
  b. Careers and jobs
3. California state contractors laws, rules, and regulations
  a. Licensing
  b. C-27 exam
  c. Fees
  d. Requirements
  e. Scope of license
  f. Exempt
4. Estimating procedures
5. Lumber and its uses
6. Fence design
  a. Purpose
  b. Construction elements
    1. Post & rail spacing
    2. Footings
    3. Fasteners
  c. Styles
7. Gate design
  a. Relationship to the fence
  b. Frame construction
  c. Hardware/fasteners
  d. Hanging techniques
8. Deck design
  a. Purpose
  b. Construction elements
  c. Ground level vs. raised (comparisons)
  d. Decking options
  e. Fastener options
9. Garden step design
  a. Purpose and uses
  b. Riser/tread ratios
  c. Construction elements
  d. Fastener options
10. Retaining wall design
  a. Purpose
  b. Material selection
  c. Construction specifications
  d. Drainage concerns
11. Masonry elements
  a. Uses
  b. Characteristics
  c. Industry specifications
12. Walkway and patio design
  a. Construction elements
  b. Industry specifications
  c. Site preparation
  d. Installation procedures
     1. Headers
     2. Base
     3. Dry vs. wet
13. Raised planter and retaining wall design
  a. Construction elements
  b. Industry specifications
  c. Site preparation
  d. Installation procedures
     1. Foundation
     2. Unit courses
     3. Mortar techniques

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1. Read 3 trade articles.
2  Write 1 trade article summary/response paper (1 page).
3. Demonstrate proper use of hand and power tools.
4. Prepare material and cost estimates.
5. Design, construct, and install simple wood landscape structures.
6. Design a concrete patio and walkway.
7. Design masonry patio and walkway.
8. Design masonry retaining wall.
9. Construct and install simple concrete and/or masonry landscape
10. Three quizzes, one exam.
11. Assigned readings in textbooks, 25 - 40 pages per week.

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
5 - 15%
Reading reports
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
20 - 30%
Homework problems, Cost estimates.
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
30 - 40%
Class performances
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
20 - 30%
Multiple choice, True/false, Matching items, Completion
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 0%

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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State Contracting Board, California Contractors License Law & Reference.
Sacramento, CA: 1998.
All About Decks. Ortho Books, 2000.
All About Fences & Gates. Ortho Books, 2001.
Sauter, David. Landscape Construction. Del Mar, 2000.
California Landscape Standards. CLCA, 1989.
All About Patios. Ortho Books, 2000.
All about Masonry. Ortho Books, 2000.

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