AGR1217 INTRODUCTION TO HORTICULTURE
3 Credit Hours
This course is open to students on the college level in either the Freshman or Sophomore year.
AGR1217 - Introduction to Horticulture (3 hrs)
An introduction to the principles and practices in the development, production and use of horticultural crops (fruits, vegetables, greenhouse, nursery, floral). Includes the classification, structure, growth and development, and environmental influences on horticultural plants: horticultural technology: and an introduction to the horticultural industries. Production and physiological principles involved in growing vegetable and fruit crops will be discussed. Emphasis will be placed on plants suitable for market gardening and farmer’s markets.
The purpose of this this course is to introduce principles and practices in the development, production and use of horticultural crops (fruits, vegetables, greenhouse, nursery, floral) with specific emphasis placed on plants suitable for market gardening and farmer’s markets.
Upon completion of the course, the student will:
- Describe horticulture and its role in community development and well-being.
- Demonstrate a basic knowledge of plant science.
- Demonstrate skills for growing and managing horticultural crops.
Unit Outcomes for Criterion Based Evaluation:
The following outline defines the minimum core content not including the final examination period. Instructors may add other material as time allows.
UNIT 1: Introduction to Horticulture
Outcomes: Upon completion of this unit, the students will be able to successfully describe horticulture and its role in community development and well-being.
- Demonstrate a working knowledge of horticultural terms and vocabulary.
- Identify the historical role horticulture has played in human cultures.
- Explore the importance of horticulture in the lives, health, and well-being of human populations.
UNIT 2: Basics of Plants
Outcomes: Upon completion of this unit, the students will be able to successfully demonstrate a basic knowledge of plant science.
Demonstrate a working knowledge of the fundamental principles of plant growth and development.
- Explain how plants are classified and named and how to use those names to better select plants for the home garden and landscaping.
- Explain the environmental and cultural factors that affect how plants grow and thrive.
- Describe how to manage those environmental and cultural factors to grow better plants.
- Propagate plants both sexually and asexually.
UNIT 3: Applications of Cultivation
Outcomes: Upon completion of this unit, the students will be able to successfully demonstrate skills for growing and managing horticultural crops.
Identify proper methods of planting, pruning, pest management, and soil preparation.
Manage garden and lawn soils by composting, fertilizing and building them.
Demonstrate how to use containers in different forms of gardening and landscaping.
Demonstrate the correct methods of garden bed preparation.
Demonstrate effective methods of propagation, transplanting, care and management of plants for landscaping.
Identify and describe implications of chemical application and usage in managing horticultural crops.
Varies, refer to syllabus.
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Students should adhere to the attendance policy outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.
The grading policy will be outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.
Maximum class size:
Based on classroom occupancy.
Course Time Frame:
The U.S. Department of Education, Higher Learning Commission and the Kansas Board of Regents define credit hour and have specific regulations that the college must follow when developing, teaching and assessing the educational aspects of the college. A credit hour is an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that is an institutionally-established equivalency that reasonably approximates not less than one hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work for approximately fifteen weeks for one semester hour of credit or an equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time. The number of semester hours of credit allowed for each distance education or blended hybrid courses shall be assigned by the college based on the amount of time needed to achieve the same course outcomes in a purely face-to-face format.
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402.00 Academic Code of Conduct
263.00 Student Appeal of Course Grades
403.00 Student Code of Conduct
Disability Services Program:
Cowley College, in recognition of state and federal laws, will accommodate a student with a documented disability. If a student has a disability which may impact work in this class which requires accommodations, contact the Disability Services Coordinator.