Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines

Biological and Health Sciences Division
9 hours lecture, 6 hours laboratory. This course meets 2 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 -
Methods of pruning deciduous and evergreen plant materials. Emphasis on pruning common landscape plants, fruit trees, and roses. Selection of suitable pruning tools, techniques for pruning safely, and use and maintenance of tools and equipment.
Prerequisite: None
Co-requisite: None
Advisory: None

2. Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. exhibit an understanding of the basic pruning techniques used for common landscape plants, fruit trees, and roses.
  2. list basic terminology associated with pruning.
  3. demonstrate the ability to utilize various tools and techniques which illustrate an appreciation of good pruning habits.
  4. describe the wide variety of methods utilized in pruning different types of plants.
  5. understand the cultural use of pruning techniques.
3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Horticultural laboratory, arboretum, and related horticultural facilities and equipment. Students provide pruning shears with sheath, work boots, leather gloves and clothing for field work.

4. Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Introduction to pruning techniques
    1. Pruning tools and equipment
    2. Overview of categories of plants requiring pruning
    3. Common pruning techniques
    4. Cultural use of pruning techniques
  2. Terminology associated with pruning
  3. Practical application of propagation techniques
    1. Common ornamental deciduous, evergreen, and herbaceous plants
    2. Fruit trees
    3. Roses
    4. Grapes and berries
  4. Technical issues
    1. safety practices
    2. protecting plant health (pests and diseases)
    3. equipment maintenance
  5. Guest speakers (as appropriate to topic)
5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.
6. Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Student field demonstrations of concepts taught during course.
  2. Documented active participation which furthers student knowledge of different pruning techniques.
7. Representative Text(s) -
Sunset. Pruning Handbook. Menlo Park, CA: Sunset Pub., 1998.

8. Disciplines -
Environmental Horticulture & Design
9. Method of Instruction -
  1. Lecture
  2. Lab
  3. Demonstrations
  4. Discussions
10. Lab Content -
  1. Pruning tools & maintenance lab: Hands-on introduction of pruning tools and their use. Students will learn techniques for proper pruning tool maintenance.
  2. Safety practices lab: With the instructor, students review the individual tools and their safe handling and operation.
  3. Pruning techniques lab: Upon completion of tool introduction and safety practices labs, students will practice the use of pruning tools in a series of lab applications.
  4. Plant species specific pruning labs: Lab components will stress techniques for the pruning of a variety of woody and/or herbaceous plant species.
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 15:38:42

Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines