Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines

Biological and Health Sciences Division
.75 hours lecture, .5 hours laboratory.1 Unit

Total Quarter Learning Hours: 15 (Total of All Lecture, Lecture/Lab, and Lab hours X 12)
 Lecture Hours: .75 Lab Hours: .5 Lecture/Lab:
 Note: If Lab hours are specified, see item 10. Lab Content below.

Repeatability -
Statement: Not Repeatable.

Status -
 Course Status: ActiveGrading: Letter Grade with P/NP option
 Degree Status: ApplicableCredit Status: Credit
 Degree or Certificate Requirement: Certificate of Achievement,   AS Degree
 GE Status: Non-GE

Articulation Office Information -
 Transferability: CSUValidation: 10/17/13

1. Description -
Introduction to the aesthetics of garden water features and the techniques used in their design, construction, and maintenance. Use of fish, plants, and other natural systems in garden ponds and pools.
Prerequisite: None
Co-requisite: None
Advisory: None

2. Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. discuss the general types and uses of garden ponds and pools.
  2. compare and contrast different water feature systems and their design.
  3. describe and/or demonstrate mastery of the methods of pool and pond construction.
  4. prepare a list of plants suitable for use in garden water features.
  5. describe the short and long-term maintenance requirements for garden water features.
  6. discuss the cultural use of ponds and pools.
3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Design laboratory and related horticultural facilities and equipment. Students provide pruning shears with sheath, work boots, leather gloves, rubber gloves and clothing for field work.

4. Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Garden ponds and pools
    1. Biotic vs. abiotic systems (Lec)
    2. Pros and cons of water features in the landscape (Lec)
    3. Cultural use of pools and ponds around the world (Lec)
  2. Design
    1. Aesthetic and/or functional purpose (Lec)
    2. Location (Lec)
    3. Water circulation (Lec)
    4. Aeration and filtration (Lec)
  3. Construction
    1. Layout and grading (Lab)
    2. Plumbing and electrical (Lab)
    3. Liners (Lab)
    4. Reinforcing and protective veneers (Lab)
    5. Start-up and operation (Lab)
  4. Planting techniques and plant selection in ponds and pools (Lab)
  5. Maintenance issues
    1. Water quality (Lab)
    2. Fish health (Lab)
    3. Plant health (Lab)
    4. System cleaning (Lab)
  6. Cultural uses for ponds and other garden water features (Lec)
5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.
6. Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Lab practical skills tests will include pond and/or water feature construction.
  2. Examination on basics of pond and water feature maintenance.
7. Representative Text(s) -
Editors of Sunset Garden Pools, Fountains & Waterfalls: Design Ideas and Installation Techniques for Natural Looking Water Features - 4 Ed. Menlo Park, CA: Sunset Pub., 2007.

8. Disciplines -
Ornamental Horticulture
9. Method of Instruction -
  1. Lecture presentations on garden feature design and construction.
  2. In-Class discussions on garden water features.
  3. Discussions on maintenance procedures and practices
  4. Examination of the impacts water features have on different cultures.

10. Lab Content -
  1. Lab work and field installations which demonstrate water feature construction.
  2. Practical demonstrations of water feature components and optional features utilized in their construction.
  3. Demonstrations on practices used for for maintaining water features (plants, fish, animals, pests, algae, etc.).
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 assignment will include weekly reviews of concepts pertaining to the theory and practice of water feature design and installation. This involves approximately 20 pages of reading per week.
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 12:31:31

Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines