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Effective: Fall 2011
HORT 90NPLANT MATERIALS: FALL COLOR1 Unit(s)

Grade Type: Letter Grade, the student may select Pass/No Pass
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU
9 hours lecture, 6 hours laboratory. This course meets 4 times per quarter. (15 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • identify trees by botanical and common names.
  • select plants for landscape use based on aesthetic conditions.
Description -
Identification, taxonomy, habits of growth, cultural and environmental requirements of plants which exhibit noticeable fall color. Color characteristics includes stems, foliage, flowers, and fruit. Plants are observed in lab, on campus, and at off-site locations.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. recall the botanical and common names, appearance, culture, adaptation and use of at least 40 plants exhibiting fall color characteristics.
  2. select plants for landscape uses based on cultural and aesthetic characteristics.
  3. recognize the variety of ways plants exhibiting fall color are utilized by different cultures around the world.
  4. demonstrate, on written examinations, knowledge of the terms and nomenclature utilized in the identification of ornamental plants.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Horticultural laboratory with multimedia projection system; related horticultural facilities. Students provide pruning shears with sheath, plant collecting materials (baggies, labeling tape, knife, plant press, etc.).

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Review of botanical and horticultural terms, principles, and approved practices
  2. Detailed description of 40 or more plants with fall color
  3. Field trips to see plant materials in landscape settings and to gather plant samples for identification purposes
  4. Cultural practices related to successful plant growth
    1. Planting
    2. Disease and insect pest control
    3. Propagation
    4. Pruning
    5. Adaptation studies
    6. Use of edible plants by different cultures
  5. Site analysis for horticulturally correct plant selection
  6. Relationship of course to landscape design practices
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Field test on plants exhibiting fall color (identification, growth habits, etc.).
  2. Documented active participation which furthers student knowledge of edible plants and their uses.
Representative Text(s) -
Sunset. Sunset Western Garden Book. Menlo Park, CA: Sunset Publishing Company, 2007.

Disciplines -
Environmental Horticulture & Design
 
Method of Instruction -
  1. Lecture
  2. Lab
  3. Demonstrations
  4. Discussions
 
Lab Content -
Two field labs will be conducted at sites selected for showcasing the fall color attributes of woody plants. Students will examine the cause and effect of cold weather / change of climate conditions to the coloration of plants in the Fall.
 
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 hrs).
  2. Lectures will address reading topics and experiences of the instructor. Classroom discussion and demonstrations in support of lecture topics will be provided.