Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines

Biological and Health Sciences Division
.75 hourS lecture, .5 hour laboratory.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 Only
 Degree Status: ApplicableCredit Status: Credit
 Degree or Certificate Requirement: Certificate of Achievement,   AS Degree
 GE Status: Non-GE

Articulation Office Information -
 Transferability: CSUValidation: 12/09/08; 11/11/11

1. Description -
Identification, taxonomy, habits of growth, cultural and environmental requirements of plants grown in California. Emphasis on the use and maintenance of cacti and succulents with significant design features and landscape uses. Plants are observed in lab, on campus, and at off-site locations.
Prerequisite: None
Co-requisite: None
Advisory: None

2. Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. recall the botanical and common names, appearance, culture, adaptation, and use of a wide variety of cacti and succulents.
  2. identify all cacti and succulents presented by name or application.
  3. compare and contrast cacti and succulents features and cultural needs in different landscape situations.
  4. recognize horticultural and botanical terms and use them to describe cacti and succulents characteristics and cultural needs.
  5. demonstrate, by examination and/or project, knowledge of the use of cacti and succulents presented in class.
  6. recognize the variety of ways cacti and succulent plants are utilized by different cultures around the world.
3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Horticultural laboratory with multi-media projection system; related horticultural facilities. Students provide sample and identification collection materials (photography equipment, sample bags, shears, labeling supplies).

4. Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Review of botanical and horticultural terms, principles, and approved practices
  2. Detailed description of cacti and succulents from around the U.S. and world, including identification of the following characteristics:
    1. Stem
    2. Fruit
    3. Exterior appearance
    4. Form
    5. Growth habit
  3. Field trips to see mature plant materials in landscape settings and to gather plant samples for identification purposes, including visits to:
    1. College campuses.
    2. Stanford Arizona garden.
    3. Private and public collections.
  4. Cultural practices related to successful plant growth
    1. Planting
    2. Disease and insect pest control
    3. Propagation
  5. Site analysis for horticulturally correct plant selection
    1. Sun/shade
    2. Soil type
    3. Moisture requirements
  6. Relationship of plants covered in the course to landscape design practices including:
    1. Color
    2. Form
    3. Texture
  7. Characteristics of plants
    1. Edible
    2. Functional concerns
    3. Esthetic uses
    4. Shelter
    5. Environmental uses
    6. Wildlife value
    7. Poisonous
  8. State common and botanical name
5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.
6. Methods of Evaluation -
Methods of evaluation used for this course will include:
  1. Field test on cacti & succulents (identification, growth habits, etc.).
  2. Documented active participation which furthers student knowledge of cacti & succulents and their uses.
7. Representative Text(s) -
Sunset, Sunset Western Garden Book, Menlo Park, CA, Sunset Publishing Company, 2010.

8. Disciplines -
Environmental Horticulture & Design
9. Method of Instruction -
Instructional methods to be used in this class will include:
  1. Field observation of plants.
  2. Lectures on plant characteristics.
  3. Discussions regarding use and care of plants.
  4. Read assigned reading activities.
  5. Perform self-guided research.
10. Lab Content -
Lab content will include:
  1. Site visit to plant locations.
  2. Discussion of plant cultural and design implications.
  3. Photography and documentation of plants.
  4. Critical thinking activities to evaluate plants for specific environmental conditions.
  5. Plant garden restoration projects.
  6. Design cacti gardens.
  7. Propagate cacti and succulents.
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 -
Typical reading assignments will include researching up to 15 plant species per week (approximately 20 pages of reading) in representative texts.
13. Need/Justification -
This course is a restricted support course for the AS degree and Certificate of Achievement in Environmental Horticulture & Design.

Course status: Active
Last updated: 2014-03-12 12:38:55

Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines