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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
2.5 hours lecture, 1.5 hours laboratory. (48 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • demonstrate, on manipulative examinations, the correct use of surveying tools used in landscape construction projects.
  • demonstrate, on written examinations, knowledge of estimating techniques used in landscape construction.
Description -
Technical aspects of landscape construction projects. Landscape surveying & grading techniques, surface & subsurface hydraulics, landscape drainage systems, erosion control & soil conservation, fences & gates, and building codes. Estimating landscape materials, construction costs, and preparation of project bids and contracts.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate, on manipulative examinations, the correct use of surveying tools used in landscape construction projects.
  2. demonstrate, on manipulative examinations, the correct use of estimating tools in bidding landscape construction projects.
  3. demonstrate, on written examinations, knowledge of surveying and estimating techniques used in landscape construction.
  4. demonstrate, on written examinations, a knowledge of surface and subsurface hydraulics, grading and drainage, erosion control and soil conservation, low voltage lighting, and building codes.
  5. exhibit an understanding of different landscape construction practices around the world.
  6. exhibit an understanding of general building codes and permitting practices.
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, architectural scale, and calculator.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Surveying and grading techniques
    1. Plane and Geodetic surveys
    2. Laser plane, builders level, and transit
    3. Taping and leveling
  2. Surface and subsurface hydraulics and drainage
    1. Grading practices
    2. Drainage systems
    3. Drainage installation techniques
  3. Erosion control and soil conservation
    1. Biotechnical Erosion Control Systems (BEC)
    2. engineered erosion control solutions
  4. Fencing & gates
    1. equipment and materials
    2. installation of fences & gates
  5. Building codes and restrictions as applied to landscape projects
  6. Estimating and bidding
    1. estimating landscape materials and costs
    2. use of planimeter and electronic estimating tools
    3. producing bids and contracts
  7. International landscape construction practices
  8. Guest speakers from industry: technical aspects of landscape construction
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Midterm exam
  2. Manipulative tests:
    1. demonstrate knowledge and use of survey equipment
    2. correctly complete basic calculations for preparing material and cost estimates used in bidding landscape construction projects
  3. 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. Surveying lab: Field practice in the use of surveying equipment on a residential lot.
  2. Cost estimating lab: Students use a variety of estimating equipment to develop cost estimates for a typical residential landscape.
  3. Surface drainage and grading lab: Field visits to witness drainage and grading applications. Installation of drainage systems. The application of grading as it applies to the proper drainage of a site.
  4. Plan reading lab: Following a lecture on plan reading, using a variety of landscape plans, students practice interpreting plans.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Reading assignments will include reading approximately 35 pages per week from the assigned texts with supplemental reading from a course reader. Out of class reading/assignments is approximately 5 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 lecture and demonstration.