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Effective: Fall 2011

Grade Type: Letter Grade, the student may select Pass/No Pass
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU
12 hours lecture total per quarter. (12 hours total per quarter)

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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. Demonstrations
  3. Discussions
Lab Content -
Not applicable.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Reading assignments include reading approximately 20 pages per week from the assigned text (2 hrs.).