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 -
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.
Prerequisite: None
Co-requisite: None
Advisory: None

2. 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.
3. 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.).

4. 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
5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.
6. 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.
7. Representative Text(s) -
Sunset. Sunset Western Garden Book. Menlo Park, CA: Sunset Publishing Company, 2007.

8. Disciplines -
Environmental Horticulture & Design
9. Method of Instruction -
  1. Lecture
  2. Lab
  3. Demonstrations
  4. Discussions
10. 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.
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 hrs).
  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 15:43:44

Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines