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Effective: Fall 2011
HORT 90QRESIDENTIAL IRRIGATION SYSTEMS1 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 -
  • demonstrate a basic understanding of irrigation equipment & materials.
  • demonstrate the ability to install a residential irrigation system.
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.

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.
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.

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
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.
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.

Disciplines -
Environmental Horticulture & Design
 
Method of Instruction -
  1. Lecture
  2. Lab
  3. Demonstrations
  4. Discussions
 
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.
 
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.