Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines

Biological and Health Sciences Division
1 hour lecture, 3 hours laboratory.2 Units

Total Quarter Learning Hours: 48 (Total of All Lecture, Lecture/Lab, and Lab hours X 12)
 Lecture Hours: 1 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
 GE Status: Non-GE

Articulation Office Information -
 Transferability: CSUValidation: 11-11-11

1. 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.
Prerequisite: None
Co-requisite: None
Advisory: HORT 54A strongly recommended.

2. 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.
3. 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.

4. 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
5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.
6. 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.
7. 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.

8. Disciplines -
Environmental Horticulture & Design
9. 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.
10. 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
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 -
  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
13. Need/Justification -
This course is a restricted support course for the AS degree in Environmental Horticulture & Design.

Course status: Active
Last updated: 2014-03-12 12:23:44

Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines