Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines

Biological and Health Sciences Division
HORT 10ENVIRONMENTAL HORTICULTURE & THE URBAN LANDSCAPEFall 2012
4 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory.5 Units

Total Quarter Learning Hours: 84 (Total of All Lecture, Lecture/Lab, and Lab hours X 12)
 
 Lecture Hours: 4 Lab Hours: 3 Lecture/Lab:
 Note: If Lab hours are specified, see item 10. Lab Content below.

Repeatability -
Statement: Not Repeatable.

Status -
 Course Status: ActiveGrading: Letter Grade Only
 Degree Status: ApplicableCredit Status: Credit
 Degree or Certificate Requirement: Certificate of Achievement,   AS Degree,   Foothill GE
 GE Status: Natural Sciences (w/laboratory)

Articulation Office Information -
 Transferability: BothValidation: 11/6/11

1. Description -
Environmental horticulture encompasses the planning, design, construction, and management of the urban landscape. Relevant topics include ecosystem restoration and management, landscape ecology, sustainable landscape management, sustainable use of natural resources, urban horticulture, and urban landscape design. This course is required for Horticulture certificates and degrees, and is intended for students in the horticulture program but members of the public and professional community are invited to enroll.This course is approved for IGETC AREA 5 and for CSU GE AREA B-2.
Prerequisite: None
Co-requisite: None
Advisory: None

2. Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. Describe the scientific method and explain its uses and limitations as it pertains to environmental biology and restoration ecology.
  2. Exhibit an understanding of the history of environmental horticulture, the application of ecological principles, and its impact on both American and international cultures.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the evolution of ecological concepts.
  4. Describe the process for planning, design, construction, and management of landscapes and gardens that follow ecological guidelines.
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of the impact of urban activities on environmental systems.
  6. Recognize the attributes of sustainable landscapes and methods for restorative practices in urban landscapes.
  7. Investigate theories in environmental horticulture through reading, research, practice, and use of scientific analysis.
  8. Evaluate theories and practices in environmental horticulture.
  9. Share ideas and discoveries with students and clients using design, written documents, and oral presentations.
  10. Participate in group projects regarding data collection and analysis.
  11. Gather information using environmental science laboratory techniques.
3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Horticultural laboratory, sustainable garden, on-campus natural areas and related horticultural facilities and equipment. Off-site facilities for data collection and analysis.

4. Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Utilize the scientific method to examine environmental biology, restoration ecology, and sustainability hypotheses.
    1. Evaluate the principles of sustainability.
    2. Compare and contrast the sustainability of current landscape practices.
    3. Examine the sustainability of historic cultures.
    4. Examine local developments regarding sustainability.
  2. Examination of the history of environmental horticulture and the urban landscape, the application of ecological principles, and its impact on both American and international cultures.
    1. Overview of the planning, design, construction, and management of urban landscapes.
    2. Global, local, and cultural context for urban and sub-urban communities.
    3. Sustainable urban environments.
  3. Landscape ecology of urban environments and the evolution of ecological concepts.
    1. Ecosystem structure and function (plant, animal, environmental relationships).
    2. Sustainable resources (land, water, energy, food, etc.).
    3. Energy flow in ecosystems.
    4. Controlling system inputs and outputs.
    5. Population growth.
    6. Overview of ecosystem restoration and management.
  4. Planning, design, management, and construction of landscapes and gardens that follow ecological guidelines.
    1. Urban design issues.
      1. City streetscapes.
      2. Parks.
      3. Commercial landscapes.
      4. Residential landscapes and gardens.
    2. Environmental audits and planning for growth.
    3. Legal, cultural, and economic issues.
    4. Regulatory processes and mitigation measures.
    5. Designing the urban forest.
      1. Street tree programs, tree ordinances, and urban forest preservation.
      2. Heritage trees.
    6. Wetlands restoration.
    7. Community gardens.
    8. Restorative gardens (horticultural therapy).
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of the impact of urban activities on environmental systems.
    1. Changes in ecosystem components.
      1. Pollution.
      2. Erosion.
      3. Development.
    2. Development of human support systems.
      1. Parks and green spaces.
      2. Utility systems.
      3. Social networks.
      4. Housing.
  6. Investigate and identify methods and practices for sustainable landscape management and restorative practices in urban landscapes.
    1. Sustainable urban landscape management
    2. Vegetation, insect, and disease management
    3. Water resource management
    4. Recycling and composting
    5. Hazardous materials management
  7. Investigate theories in environmental horticulture through reading, research, practice, and use of scientific analysis.
    1. Examine theories supporting Integrated Pest Management.
    2. Review data on pesticide use.
    3. Survey plant material types and useage in habitats.
    4. Survey habitat classifications in natural areas.
  8. Evaluate theories and practices in environmental horticulture.
    1. Identify root causes of the environmental crisis.
    2. Examine current philosophies of sustainable horticulture.
  9. Share ideas and discoveries with students and clients using design, written documents, and oral presentations.
    1. Classroom discussion on current events.
    2. Develop design processes for review by class charettes.
  10. Participate in group projects regarding data collection analysis.
    1. Identify salient topics regarding sustainability.
    2. Collect data regarding selected topics.
    3. Prepare a group presentation on the pros and cons of the selected topic.
  11. Field trips illustrating environmental issues - representative examples include:
    1. DeAnza Kirsch Center environmental study area
    2. Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council Gardens
    3. Coyote Point Natural History Center
    4. Various Bay Area wetlands
    5. Hewlett Foundation (LEED certified structure and site)
    6. Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve
  12. Gather information using environmental science laboratory techniques. (see lab activities)
5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.
 
6. Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Participation in class
  2. Final examination
  3. Term projects and reports
  4. Lab skills activities
  5. Project preparation and presentation to class
7. Representative Text(s) -
Chiras, Daniel D., Environmental Science, 8th ed., Sudbury, MA, Jones and Bartlett, 2006.

8. Disciplines -
Environmental Horticulture & Design
 
9. Method of Instruction -
  1. Lectures.
  2. Participate in discussions.
  3. Engage in lab activities.
  4. Guest speakers.
  5. Engage in small group discussions.
  6. Read assigned reading activities.
  7. Perform self-guided research.
 
10. Lab Content -
  1. Application of the scientific method to biological ,restoration ecology and sustainability.
  2. Use of microscopes and other data evaluation methods to examine organisms collected during field labs.
  3. Techniques for identifying plants used in site mitigations.
  4. Analysis of site restoration projects.
  5. Use of library and internet resources to gather information on assigned environmental research projects.
  6. In-class discussions and debates on issues concerning the ecology and sustainability of natural resources in urban areas.
  7. Site surveys of natural areas or restoration projects in urban settings to assess the affects of pollution and monitor progress/effectiveness of mitigation measures.
  8. Evaluate and compare urban development sites.
  9. Compare and contrast landscapes using principles of sustainability.
  10. Evaluate the effectiveness of "green building" principles using LEED standards.
 
11. Honors Description - No longer used. Integrated into main description section.
 
12. Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
Typical reading assignments will include 1 to 2 readings per week (approximately 30 pages of reading) in representative text and similar text books, including:
  1. Garrett Eckbo, People in the Landscape
    1. Chapter 12, Urban Culture, pp. 56-60
    2. excerpt, Nationalism and Ecological Reconstruction, p. 96
  2. Ian McHarg, Design With Nature
    1. Nature in the Metropolis, pp. 55-65
  3. John Tillman Lyle, Design for Human Ecosystems
    1. Chapter 1, Introduction: Where Mind and Nature Meet, pp. 1-21
13. Need/Justification -
This course is a required core course for the AA degree and Certificate of Achievement in Environmental Horticulture and Design and satisfies the Foothill GE Requirement for Area III, Natural Sciences. This course is also approved for IGETC AREA 5 and for CSU GE AREA B-2.


Course status: Active
Last updated: 2014-03-12 11:53:30


Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines