SRJC Course Outlines

6/22/2024 9:48:26 AMHORT 50.1 Course Outline as of Fall 2002

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  HORT 50.1Title:  INTRO HORTICULTURAL SCI  
Full Title:  Introduction to Horticultural Science
Last Reviewed:12/14/2015

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum1.50Lecture Scheduled3.009 max.Lecture Scheduled27.00
Minimum1.50Lab Scheduled08 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total27.00
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  54.00Total Student Learning Hours: 81.00 

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 90

Catalog Description:
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Introduction to horticulture with an emphasis on the basics of plant growth and development, plant descriptions and classification, plant propagation, soils, fertilizers, and water management. This is the first half of a two-part series exploring (1) horticulture as an applied science and (2) horticultural careers.


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100.

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Introduction to horticulture, emphasizing the basics of plant growth and development, plant descriptions and classification, plant propagation, soils, fertilizers, and water management. First of a 2-part series.
(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 1981Inactive:Fall 2023
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. Assess the important roles played by green plants in our lives and the
  earth's ecosystem.
2. Describe the natural classification system for the plant kingdom.
3. Identify the parts of a typical higher green plant and describe their
4. Define the processes of photosynthesis, respiration, and transpiration.
5. Summarize the environmental factors that affect plant growth.
6. Differentiate between sexual and asexual reproduction in plants and de-
  scribe the characteristics of each process.
7. Distinguish between mitosis and meiosis in plants and describe the
  processes of each.
8. Describe the contributions of Mendel to the science of genetics.
9. Classify and describe plants using plant keys, taxonomic terms, and
  botanical nomenclature.
10. Demonstrate techniques of propagation using various media and by a
   variety of methods, such as cuttings and seeds.
11. Differentiate among types of soils and explain how and why they
12. Describe the four components of soils, the major soil separates, and
   soil textural and structural characteristics.
13. List the available forms of the elements essential to plant growth and
   describe their functions and deficiency symptoms in plants.
14. Define soil acidity and alkalinity in terms of pH.

Topics and Scope
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1. Definition and History of Horticulture
2. Plant Growth and Development
    a. Parts of a plant
    b. Structure of plant parts
    c. Juvenility and maturity
    d. Major plant processes
    c. What plants need for growth
3. Plant Reproduction
    a. Defined
    b. Sexual and asexual reproduction
4. Plant Classification
    a. Plant taxonomy
    b. Horticultural descriptions
    c. How plants are identified
    d. Visual descriptions
5. Plant propagation methods
    a. Sexual
    b. Asexual
6. Soils
    a. Soil separates
    b. Texture
    c. Structure
    d. Water holding
    e. Porosity
    f. pH
7. Fertilizers and Fertilization Methods
    a. Essential nutrients
    b. Organic & synthetic characteristics
    c. Methods of application
    d. Analysis & fertilizer label

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1. Chapter reviews.
2. Worksheets for videos and lectures.
3. Plant classification exercises.
4. Plant propagation activities.

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
10 - 30%
Written homework, Essay exams
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
10 - 20%
Homework problems, Quizzes, Exams
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
5 - 10%
Class performances, Performance exams
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
40 - 60%
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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