Jan 21, 2020  
2019 - 2020 Cowley College Academic Catalog 
    
2019 - 2020 Cowley College Academic Catalog

AGR1279 PASTURE AND RANGE MANAGEMENT COURSE PROCEDURE


AGR1279 PASTURE AND RANGE MANAGEMENT

4 Credit Hours

Student Level:

This course is open to students on the college level in either the freshman or the sophomore year.

Catalog Description:

AGR1279 - Pasture and Range Management (4 hrs.)

This course will provide the student with the introductory knowledge of pasture and range land utilization and problems that comes with managing pasture and range lands. This will include ecology, stocking rates, rotational grazing, plant identification, reseeding, control of outside plant invaders, and the response of plants to grazing.

Course Classification:

¾ Lecture

1/4 Lab

Prerequisites:

None

Controlling Purpose:

The purpose of this this course is to provide the student with the knowledge of introductory knowledge of pasture and range land utilization and problems that comes with managing pasture and range lands.

Learner Outcomes:

Upon completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of stocking rate computations.
  2. Design rotational grazing systems
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of range and pasture problems
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of ecology and ecosystems
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of plant growth and forage production.

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: Stocking Rate Determination

Outcomes: Upon completion of this unit, the students will be able to successfully demonstrate knowledge of stocking rate computations.

  • Demonstrate proper calculation of forage production.
  • Demonstrate proper calculation of animal intake.
  • Illustrate plant production across varies growth stages production.
  • Describe grazing lengths and rotations for various livestock.
  • Demonstrate proper calculation of fertilizer rates according to production outcomes.
  • Compare Total Digestible Nutrients across plant species.

UNIT 2: Rotational Grazing Procedures

Outcomes: Upon completion of this unit, the students will be able to successfully design rotational grazing systems.

  • Demonstrate proper calculation of stocking rates and duration of grazing.
  • Describe animal forage utilization.
  • Examine animal’s habits across species.
  • Describe water and supplement needs of pastures.

UNIT 3: Range and Pasture Management

Outcomes: Upon completion of this unit, the students will be able to successfully demonstrate knowledge of range and pasture problems.

  • Identify invader and toxic plant species and control methods.
  • Analyze need for reseeding and proper management.
  • Identify methods of brush control and burning.

UNIT 4: Ecosystem Management

Outcomes: Upon completion of this unit, the students will be able to successfully demonstrate knowledge of ecology and ecosystems.

  • Illustrate how the components of the environment works together
  • Explain growth and forage production process
  • Illustrate how the live forms within the environment have to work together
  • Define ecological niche
  • Define an ecological indicator
  • Apply the components of ecosystem

UNIT 5: Plant Growth and Development

Outcomes: Upon completion of this unit, the students will be able to successfully demonstrate knowledge of plant growth and forage production.

  • Illustrate the differences in plants and plant species
  • Demonstrate the process of photosynthesis and dark reactions
  • Apply the law of Tolerance

Projects Required:

Various, refer to syllabus

Textbook:

Contact Bookstore for current textbook.

Attendance Policy:

Students should adhere to the attendance policy outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.

Grading Policy:

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.

Refer to the following policies:

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.