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Effective: Fall 2012

Advisory: Advisory: HORT 54A strongly recommended.
Grade Type: Letter Grade Only
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU
1 hour lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (48 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • Construct specialized and advanced landscape projects.
  • Operate motorized landscape equipment.
Description -
The practical application of landscape construction practices to actual projects. Emphasis on field work which may include the design and construction of landscape amenities, carpentry, paving, or wall projects. Training on motorized equipment, such as tractors and backhoes used in landscape construction.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate, through project implementation, the safe construction of specialized and advanced landscape projects using a variety of building materials and hardware.
  2. Operate motorized equipment such as tractors, backhoes, & appurtenant equipment used i n landscape construction practices.
  3. Demonstrate, through lab participation, knowledge of specialized and advanced landscape construction practices. Includes safety practices, materials, hardware, implementation, and use of motorized equipment.
  4. 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. Review of landscape construction practices
    1. Physical exertion
    2. Utility safety
    3. Equipment safety
  2. Review of industry safety practices
  3. Use of motorized equipment (motorized carts, backhoe, and tractor with appurtenant attachments, etc.)
    1. Skidsteer operation
    2. Grading a site
    3. Site demolition equipment like sod cutter and jackhammer
    4. Power tool operation
  4. Applied general and technical practices in landscape construction to real projects.
  5. Instruction in and execution of landscape practices using masonry, concrete, carpentry, and hardware on advanced landscape projects (may include a variety of specialized projects)
    1. Wall construction
    2. Concrete pouring
    3. Carpentry and wood construction
    4. Specialty construction
  6. Managerial and supervisory techniques in the landscape construction industry
    1. Project planning
    2. Material estimation
    3. Project scheduling
    4. Construction supervision
  7. Guest speakers from industry (special aspects of landscape construction)
  8. International landscape construction practices
Methods of Evaluation -
Methods of evaluation used for this course will include:
  1. Practicums in the following areas:
    1. Completion of specialized and advanced landscape construction projects.
    2. Operation of motorized equipment such as tractors and backhoes.
Representative Text(s) -
Sauter, David, Landscape Construction, 3 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 -
Instructional methods to be used in this class will include:
  1. Lectures.
  2. Participate in discussions.
  3. Engage in lab activities.
  4. Read assigned reading activities.
Lab Content -
Lab content will include:
  1. Construction of paved areas.
    1. Concrete pouring
    2. Brick paving
    3. Stone paving
  2. Construction of wood structures.
    1. Deck construction
    2. Fence construction
  3. Construction of landscape walls.
    1. Installation of segmental concrete wall units
    2. Masonry wall construction
  4. Installation of landscape drainage.
    1. Installation of french drains
    2. Installation of minor storm sewer projects
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Reading assignments will include reading approximately 20-30 pages per week from assigned text. Supplemental reading will be provided in hand-out form or through reference to on-line resources.
  2. Lectures will address reading topics and experiences of instructor. Classroom discussion and demonstrations in support of lecture topics will be provided.
  3. Guest speakers from industry will provide supplemental lecture and demonstration.
  4. Writing assignments include:
    1. instructions for completing construction tasks