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 -
Basic design and installation techniques for residential landscapes. Course takes a hands-on approach to understanding the materials and techniques used in installing both drip and spray irrigation systems. Examines methods for evaluating performance of existing irrigation systems.
Prerequisite: None
Co-requisite: None
Advisory: None

2. Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate a basic understanding of irrigation equipment & materials.
  2. produce a basic irrigation design for a typical residential landscape.
  3. demonstrate the ability to install a residential irrigation system.
  4. demonstrate the ability to repair a residential irrigation system.
  5. recognize the different applications of residential irrigation systems by different cultures around the world.
3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Design laboratory, irrigation field lab, and related horticultural facilities and equipment. Students provide work boots, leather gloves, clothing for field work, tape measure, screwdrivers, mechanics pliers, utility knife, face mask, ear plugs, eye protection, and small calculator.

4. Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Irrigation equipment and materials
  2. Evaluating existing irrigation system performance
  3. Planning and design for residential irrigation systems
  4. Drip, spray, and other alternative forms of irrigation
  5. Methods and techniques for installing residential irrigation systems
  6. Methods and techniques for repairing residential irrigation systems
  7. Use of irrigation systems by different cultures
5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.
6. Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Evaluation of existing system or design produced in the class.
  2. Test review of irrigation system components.
  3. Practical skills tests.
7. Representative Text(s) -
Sprinklers & Drip Systems: The Right System for Your Yard, Step-by-step Sprinkler Installation, Building Effective Drip Systems. Menlo Park, CA: Sunset Pub., 2006.

8. Disciplines -
Environmental Horticulture & Design
9. Method of Instruction -
  1. Lecture
  2. Lab
  3. Demonstrations
  4. Discussions
10. Lab Content -
  1. Residential irrigation system site evaluation lab: One or more field trips will be conducted to actual sites to evaluate the operation and performance of installed systems.
  2. Irrigation design lab: Based on the site visit(s), students will re-design / update the irrigation system. Techniques for the design of new irrigation systems will also be examined.
  3. Irrigation installation lab: Either as a rehabilitation project, or as a new project, students will be involved in the installation of the system(s) they designed in an earlier lab.
  4. Drip irrigation lab: Either as a rehabilitation project, or as a new project, students will be involved in the installation of the system(s) they designed in an earlier lab.
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 15:44:03

Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines