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 -
Introduction to propagation of plants by sexual and asexual methods. Seeding, cutting, grafting, division of specialized structures, and micro-propagation discussed and demonstrated. Discussions include growing media, fertilizers, hormones, and other plant supplements.
Prerequisite: None
Co-requisite: None
Advisory: None

2. Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. exhibit an understanding of the basic techniques used in plant propagation.
  2. list basic terminology associated with plant propagation.
  3. demonstrate the ability to utilize various propagation techniques in nursery and greenhouse environments.
  4. describe methods for maintaining sterile and/or disease-free growing environments.
  5. recognize the variety of ways plant propagation techniques are utilized by different cultures around the world.
3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Horticultural laboratory, greenhouse, nursery, and related horticultural facilities and equipment. Students provide seeds, pruning shears with sheath, work boots, leather gloves and clothing for field work.

4. Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Introduction to propagation of plants
    1. Sexual propagation techniques
    2. Asexual propagation techniques
    3. Hybridization versus cultivation
  2. Terminology associated with plant propagation
  3. Practical application of propagation techniques
    1. Seeding
    2. Cutting
    3. Grafting
    4. Budding
    5. Division of specialized structures
    6. Micro-propagation
  4. Media and supplements
    1. Growing media
    2. Fertilizers
    3. Hormones
    4. Plant supplements (vitamins, micro-nutrients, etc.)
  5. Techniques for sterile working environments
  6. Dealing with pests and diseases
  7. Transplanting
  8. Cultural use of propagation techniques around the world
5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.
6. Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Student field demonstration of concepts taught during course.
  2. Plant propagation and production project.
  3. Documented active participation which furthers student knowledge of different plant propagation techniques.
7. Representative Text(s) -
Toogood, Alan. American Horticultural Society - Plant Propagation. Hancock, MI: DK Pub., 1999.

8. Disciplines -
Environmental Horticulture & Design
9. Method of Instruction -
  1. Lecture
  2. Lab
  3. Demonstrations
  4. Discussions
10. Lab Content -
  1. Woody cuttings propagation lab: Students will practice a variety of propagation techniques which are utilized by the industry in propagating woody plant materials.
  2. Herbaceous tissue propagation lab: Students will practice a variety of propagation techniques which are utilized by the industry in propagating herbacious plant materials.
  3. Plant meristem propagation lab: Students will practice tissue culture techniques employed by the nursery industry.
  4. Sexual and asexual propagation labs: Students will compare, contrast, and utilize sexual and asexual techniques of plant propagation. Seeding techniques will be utilized in the greenhouse propagation room.
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 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 15:43:04

Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines