Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines

Biological and Health Sciences Division
HORT 15ORIENTATION TO ENVIRONMENTAL HORTICULTUREFall 2012
3.5 hours lecture, 1.5 hours laboratory.4 Units

Total Quarter Learning Hours: 60 (Total of All Lecture, Lecture/Lab, and Lab hours X 12)
 
 Lecture Hours: 3.5 Lab Hours: 1.5 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: BothValidation: 07/01/2008;1/27/11

1. Description -
Survey of the many facets and component sciences of environmental horticulture. Exploration of the multitude of career options available in the green industry. An introduction to the vocabulary of the environmental sciences including the terminology used in the identification of plants. Foundations of plant science such as plant structure, plant growth, and the environmental needs of plants.
Prerequisite: None
Co-requisite: None
Advisory: Not open to students with credit in HORT 50A.

2. Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate knowledge of career opportunities in the green industry through written examinations.
  2. demonstrate knowledge of the environmental horticulture sciences, including plant terminology, on written examinations and on a term project.
  3. demonstrate manipulative skills on practical examinations of the safe and proper handling of plants, tools, and structures used in the production of horticultural crops.
  4. exhibit an understanding of the significance of environmental horticulture for different cultures from around the world.
3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Horticultural laboratory and related horticultural facilities and equipment. Students provide pruning shears with sheath, plant collecting and specimen mounting supplies.

4. Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Introduction to the field of environmental horticulture
    1. Variety of sciences which comprise or impact environmental horticulture
    2. Cultural applications of horticultural science
    3. Workplace diversity in the green industry
  2. Employment opportunities in the green industry
    1. Environmental horticulture (interiorscaping, arboriculture, etc.)
    2. Nursery industry (retail and wholesale)
    3. Landscape design and landscape construction
    4. Parks, recreation, and golf course management
    5. Sales and business management
    6. Scientific research and teaching
  3. Plants: structure, classification, growth, reproduction, and utilization
    1. Role of higher plants in the living world
    2. Structure of higher plants
    3. Nomenclature, classification and terminology used in plant identification
    4. Origin, domestication and improvement of cultivated plants
    5. Plant propagation
    6. Photosynthesis, respiration and translocation
    7. Soil and water
    8. Climate and plant growth
    9. Biological competitors
    10. Flowering and fruiting
    11. Ornamental plants
    12. Landscaping for home and community
    13. Urban horticulture
    14. Horticultural tools and equipment
  4. Representative guest speakers and field trips
5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.
 
6. Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Participation through attendance
  2. Mid-term & final examinations
  3. Plant collection and/or research projects
  4. Term project
7. Representative Text(s) -
Capon, Brian. Botany for Gardeners - an Introduction and Guide - 3rd Edition. Portland, OR: Timber Press, 2010.
Sunset, Western Garden Book. Menlo Park, CA: Sunset Publishing Company, 2007.

8. Disciplines -
Environmental Horticulture & Design
 
9. Method of Instruction -
Lecture, Discussion, Laboratory, Oral presentations, Demonstration, Field Trips, Speakers
 
10. Lab Content -
  1. Leaf classification lab
  2. Plant cell lab
  3. Plant tissue lab
  4. Soil & fertility lab
  5. Plant inheritance 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 one chapter per week (approximately 25 pages), in the assigned text. Assignments also include reading approximately 10 pages per week in a required course reader & use of supplemental texts in identifying plants and as references for projects. Out of class reading is approximately 7 hours.
  2. Lectures will address reading topics and experiences of the instructor. Classroom discussion and demonstrations in support of lecture topics will be provided.
  3. Guest speakers from industry will provide supplemental lecture and demonstration.
  4. Writing topics include topical papers on careers in the green industry as well as the preparation of a "Plant Parts Project" involving plant terminology.
13. Need/Justification -
This course is a required core course for the AA degree and Certificate of Achievement in Environment Horticulture & Design.


Course status: Active
Last updated: 2014-03-12 11:54:05


Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines