Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines

Biological and Health Sciences Division
1 hour lecture, 3 hours laboratory.2 Units

Total Quarter Learning Hours: 48 (Total of All Lecture, Lecture/Lab, and Lab hours X 12)
 Lecture Hours: 1 Lab Hours: 3 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: 2/3/2012; 10/29/12

1. Description -
Course provides skills development and internship opportunities in Environmental Horticulture for the Spring season. This is an extension of classroom instruction covering topics such as the initiation of landscape construction projects, pest & diseases, vegetable crops, composting, and water management. Offers students the opportunity through a combination of practical field experience, independent research, student internship, and industry related educational opportunities, to explore problems and required skills in the green industry.
Prerequisite: None
Co-requisite: None
Advisory: None

2. Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate an understanding of specific practices for implementing and maintaining Spring season landscapes.
  2. develop horticultural work skills under the guidance of a horticultural unit supervisor.
  3. demonstrate practical application of acquired skills in professional applications.
  4. explore green industry associations and industry contacts for employment opportunities.
  5. discuss diversity in the workplace.
3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Horticultural laboratory, greenhouse, nursery, and related horticultural facilities and equipment. Students provide pruning shears with sheath, work boots, leather gloves, and clothing for fieldwork.

4. Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Implementation and maintenance practices for Spring season landscapes
    1. Landscape construction project initiation
    2. Weeding
    3. Disease management
    4. Pest management
    5. Fertilizer application
    6. Composting
    7. Water management
    8. Vegetable crop production
  2. Horticultural skills development for the Spring season
    1. Development of a 12 week learning program geared to understanding Spring season landscapes
    2. Supervised horticultural practices
    3. Identification of horticultural problems and solutions typical of the Spring Season
    4. Group & student committee meetings
    5. Student / instructor meetings
  3. Professional application of skills
    1. Non-profit and professional internships
    2. Application of skills for residential landscapes
    3. Interaction with other green industry professionals in solving horticultural problems
  4. Green industry professional associations
    1. Interviews with potential employers
    2. Trade shows, seminars, and conferences.
    3. Professional association involvement and membership
    4. Visits to nurseries, construction projects, and other landscape sites.
  5. Workplace diversity
    1. Exploration of environmental horticulture as it pertains to the multi-cultural nature of urban and regional environments.
5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.
6. Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Completed contract for current quarter
  2. Work at horticulture facility (as documented in contract)
  3. Records of outside work and activities completed (as documented in contract)
  4. Final summary report and appurtenant documentation (submitted with completed contract) which demonstrates an understanding of the implementation and maintenance of Spring seasonal landscapes
7. Representative Text(s) -
Sunset, Sunset Western Garden Book. Menlo Park, CA: Sunset Publishing Co, 2012.
Garner, Jerry. Careers in Horticulture and Botany. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill, 2006 (optional).

8. Disciplines -
Ornamental Horticulture
9. Method of Instruction -
  1. Lecture
  2. Discussion
  3. Self-paced
  4. Field work
  5. Independent study
  6. Internship/preceptorship
  7. Community service
10. Lab Content -
  1. Horticulture facility maintenance
  2. Plant material maintenance
  3. Internships
  4. Planting
  5. Design
  6. Community service activities.

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 10-20 pages per week from industry literature and texts. Supplemental reading will be provided in hand-out form or through reference to on-line resources.
  2. Lectures will address reading topics and experiences of 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 assignments include:
    1. activity reports
13. Need/Justification -
This course is a required core course for the A.S. degree and Certificate of Achievement in Environment Horticulture & Design.

Course status: Active
Last updated: 2015-03-03 10:47:10

Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines