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: 1/26/11

1. Description -
Applies principles of water conservation to landscape design and construction projects. Landscape designs which incorporate water-conserving principles strive to limit the need for water and strike a balance between softscape and hardscape elements.
Prerequisite: None
Co-requisite: None
Advisory: None

2. Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. exhibit an understanding of water conservation concepts and terminology as they apply to landscapes.
  2. describe characteristics associated with drought tolerant plants.
  3. demonstrate the ability to evaluate gardens which utilize principles of water conservation.
  4. demonstrate an understanding of the process used in the design, construction, and/or irrigation of drought tolerant landscapes.
  5. discuss methods of auditing water use in gardens.
  6. learn from wise-water use in other cultures.
3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Design laboratory, construction field lab, and related horticultural facilities and equipment. Students provide work boots, leather gloves, and clothing for field work.

4. Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Principles of water conservation in landscaping
    1. water conserving trends in the landscape design industry.
    2. planning for drought conditions in the landscape
  2. Landscape design
    1. hardscape design issues and criteria
    2. softscape design issues and criteria
    3. learning from other cultures
  3. Plant material selection
    1. native / indigenous plants
    2. drought tolerant plants (flora from Mediterranean climates)
    3. appropriate use of non-water conserving plants
  4. Irrigation systems
    1. drip irrigation
    2. spray irrigation
    3. water auditing
  5. Landscape construction issues and criteria
  6. Guest speakers (as appropriate to topic)
5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.
6. Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Project (irrigation, planting, or landscape construction project or study relating to the principles of water conservation).
  2. Documented active participation which furthers student knowledge of creating water-conserving landscapes.
7. Representative Text(s) -
East Bay Municipal Utility District - Water Conservation Staff . Plants and Landscapes for Summer Dry Climates of the San Francisco Bay Region . Oakland, CA: E.B.M.U.D., 2004.

8. Disciplines -
Environmental Horticulture & Design
9. Method of Instruction -
  1. Lecture
  2. Lab
  3. Demonstrations
  4. Discussions
10. Lab Content -
  1. Principles of water conservation design lab: Students will apply water conservation principles learned in the class to an actual or fictitious design project.
  2. Site evaluation lab: Field observation and evaluation of built landscape projects for water conserving features.
  3. Drought tolerant plant material lab: Selection and use of drought tolerant plants in water conserving projects. Lab may include visits to local nurseries and/or installed projects.
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 15:44:56

Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines