Feb 24, 2020  
2019 - 2020 Cowley College Academic Catalog 
2019 - 2020 Cowley College Academic Catalog



4 Credit Hours

Student Level:

This course is open to all students.

Catalog Description:

AGR1263 - Cotton Production (4 hrs.)

Introduce students to cotton production in Southern Kansas. Information covered are as follows; Soil preparation, growth stages, pest types and controls, nutritional needs, harvesting, and items provided by cotton to humans and livestock.

Course Classification:




Controlling Purpose:

The purpose of course is to give agricultural students a good grasp of Cotton production and its economic impact.

Learner Outcomes:

Upon completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Identify and explain production techniques.
  2. Recognize and explain equipment, technology and process use in the industry.
  3. Demonstrate basic knowledge of crop disease prevention steps and how to relay that information.
  4. Demonstrate basic knowledge of soil and plant health, cotton uses, and environmental effects.

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 Cotton

Outcomes: Students will identify and explain production techniques.

  • Evaluate and identify seed and seed selection.
  • Identify and explain Fertilizer and its usage.
  • Discuss and Identify field preparation and planting.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of growing techniques.

UNIT 2: Cotton Production

Outcomes: Students will recognize and explain equipment, technology and processes used in the industry.

  • Illustrate and explain planting adjustment, depth, etc.
  • Identify equipment use in precision ag.
  • List and explain harvesting equipment.
  • Explain seed treatment.

UNIT 3: Communication and Chemicals

Outcomes: Demonstrate basic knowledge of crop disease prevention steps and how to relay that information.

  • Demonstrate knowledge of delivery systems for fertilizer.
  • Discuss pests and insects that can affect production.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of plant diseases and prevention techniques.
  • Express knowledge of written communication.
  • Employ a knowledge of and usage of verbal communication.

UNIT 4: Environmental Effects

Outcomes: Students will demonstrate basic knowledge of soil and plant health, cotton uses, and environmental effects.

  • Demonstrate knowledge of collecting soil samples and interpreting results.
  • Explain cotton usage and its economic relationships.
  • Recognize signs of plant health issues.
  • Identify and explain environmental relationships between cotton and its surroundings.

Projects Required:

Varies, refer to syllabus.


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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.