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Effective: Fall 2011

Grade Type: Letter Grade, the student may select Pass/No Pass
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU
3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (72 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • correctly identify tools used in landscape construction.
  • demonstrate, on manipulative examinations, the implementation of basic landscape construction projects using a variety of building materials and hardware.
Description -
General practices of construction as applied to landscape projects. Basic tools and equipment, building materials and hardware, and installation techniques utilized in landscape construction. Focus is on hardscape applications including paving, walls, decks, and related wood structures. Review of safety practices, careers in landscape construction, and contractor licensing.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. list career opportunities in landscape construction.
  2. correctly identify tools used in landscape construction.
  3. demonstrate, on manipulative examinations, the correct use of tools, equipment, and appurtenant safety practices.
  4. demonstrate, on manipulative examinations, the implementation of basic landscape construction projects using a variety of building materials and hardware.
  5. demonstrate, on written examinations, a knowledge of contractor licensing, the correct use of tools and equipment, knowledge of landscape construction materials, and an understanding of the installation techniques used in landscaping projects.
  6. exhibit an understanding of different landscape construction practices around the world.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Design lab, horticultural facilities, and equipment. Students provide appropriate work boots and clothing for fieldwork, leather gloves, tool belt, hammer, tape measure, screwdrivers, torpedo level, pliers, utility knife, face mask, ear plugs, and architectural scale.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Introduction and scope of general landscape construction practices
  2. Career opportunities in landscape construction industry (local, national, global)
  3. Contractor licensing
  4. Selection and use of landscape construction tools and equipment
  5. Safety practices utilized with landscape construction tools and equipment
  6. Building materials, hardware, and finishes used in landscape construction projects
  7. Hardscape applications for paving, walls, decks, and fences
  8. Demolition and form-work
  9. Carpentry - installation techniques for:
    1. Decks, steps, and railings
    2. Hardware and fasteners
  10. Paving and masonry - installation techniques for:
    1. Flat-work
    2. Steps
    3. Walls
  11. International landscape construction practices
  12. Guest speakers from industry: general aspects of landscape construction
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Participation through attendance
  2. Midterm Exam
  3. Lab assessment
  4. Term project
  5. Final examination
Representative Text(s) -
Sauter, David. Landscape Construction - 3rd Ed.. Clifton Park, NY: Thomson Delmar, 2010
Cory, Steve. Complete Deck Book. Menlo Park, CA: Sunset Books, 2007.
Cory, Steve. Walks, Walls & Patio Floors - 5 Ed. Menlo Park, CA: Sunset Books, 2004.

Disciplines -
Environmental Horticulture & Design
Method of Instruction -
Lecture, Discussion, Laboratory, Demonstration, Field Trips, Speakers
Lab Content -
  1. Safety practices lab: With the instructor, students review the individual tools and their safe handling and operation.
  2. Tool lab: Students actively use a variety of landscape construction tools in typical landscape applications.
  3. Deck lab: Working in groups, students build a small wood deck from the ground up.
  4. Concrete & masonry labs: Students pour concrete paving, build masonry walls, and install unit pavers and flagstone.
  5. Landscape materials lab: Students visit one or more landscape suppliers to gain an understanding of what materials are available for use in landscape construction, how to manage and order the materials.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Reading assignments will include reading approximately 35 pages per week with supplemental reading from a course reader. Out of class reading/assignments is approximately 6 hours.
  2. Lectures will address reading topics and experiences of the instructor. Classroom discussion and demonstrations in support of lecture topics will be provided.
  3. Guest speakers from industry will provide supplemental lectures and demonstrations.