Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines

Biological and Health Sciences Division
9 hours lecture, 6 hours laboratory. This course meets 4 times per quarter.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: 1/27/11

1. Description -
The use of edible plants in residential landscapes. Practice and feasibility of integrating edible plants into landscape designs. Identification of ornamental plant materials which produce edible fruit, foliage, flowers or other edible parts.
Prerequisite: None
Co-requisite: None
Advisory: None

2. Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. identify edible, ornamental plants used in residential landscapes.
  2. list common applications for edible plants in the design of landscapes.
  3. demonstrate, through landscape designs or practical applications, the use of edible plants in built landscapes.
  4. discuss in small groups scenarios for using edible plants together or with other non-edible ornamental plantings.
  5. recognize the variety of ways edible plants are utilized by different cultures around the world.
3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Design laboratory with multimedia projection system, horticultural facilities, and arboretum. Students provide pruning shears with sheath, work boots, leather gloves, and clothing for field work.

4. Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Introduction to edible plants
    1. Edible plant identification
    2. Fruits, foliage, flowers and other edible parts
    3. Growth habits
    4. Environmental requirements and cultivation
    5. Pros and cons of using edible plants
    6. Applications using edible plants
    7. Use of edible plants by different cultures
  2. Landscape design
    1. Aesthetic and/or functional purpose
    2. Planting designs using edible plants
    3. Mixing edible and non-edible plants
    4. Sourcing edible plants
  3. Edibles in the built landscape
    1. Plant selection (type and quality)
    2. Planting techniques
    3. Maintenance
    4. Harvesting
  4. Guest speakers (as appropriate)
5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.
6. Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Field test on edible plants (identification, growth habits, etc.), and/or edible landscape project.
  2. Documented active participation which furthers student knowledge of edible plants and their uses
7. Representative Text(s) -
Creasy, Rosalind. Edible Landscaping. 2nd Ed., Sierra Club/Counterpoint, 2010.

8. Disciplines -
Environmental Horticulture & Design
9. Method of Instruction -
  1. Lecture
  2. Lab
  3. Demonstrations
  4. Discussions
10. Lab Content -
  1. Designing with edibles lab: In-class design lab focused on the selection and use of edible plants in typical landscape designs.
  2. Plant material selection lab: Lab may include visits to plant nurseries or local projects which utilize edible plants with a focus on how to select and specify edible plants for landscape projects.
  3. Landscaping with edibles field lab: Site visit(s) to edible landscape construction projects under construction or have been completed. Students may participate in the installation of the landscape.
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 50 pages per week from the assigned text (2 hours).
  2. Lectures will address reading topics and experiences of the instructor. Classroom discussion and demonstrations in support of lecture topics will be provided.
13. Need/Justification -
This course is a restricted support course for the AS degree in Environmental Horticulture & Design.

Course status: Active
Last updated: 2015-03-10 15:42:45

Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines