AGRI 1415
Horticulture

Western Texas College

  1. Basic Course Information
    1. Course Description: Structure, growth, and development of horticultural plants. Examination of environmental effects, basic principles of reproduction, production methods ranging from outdoor to controlled climates, nutrition, and pest management.
    2. Lab:  The required laboratory activities will reinforce the lecture material.
  2. Student Learning Outcomes - Upon successful completion of this course, students will:
    1. Identify the various horticultural industries and their roles in our society.
    2. Describe the fundamentals of plant science.
    3. Assess the interactions of soils, water, and fertility in plant science.
    4. Contrast the methods of plant reproduction and propagation.
    5. Explain the impacts of production methods and technologies on plant science.
    6. Contrast methods of pest management in plant science.
    7. Investigate methods of environmental manipulation (e.g. greenhouse controls, frost  management methods, hot caps).
    8. Apply scientific reasoning to investigate questions and utilize scientific and horticultural tools to collect and analyze data and demonstrate methods.
    9. Use critical thinking and scientific problem-solving to make informed decisions.
    10. Communicate effectively the results of scientific investigations.
  3. ourse Requirements
    1. Six Major Exams – 600 points
    2. Research Paper – 100 points
    3. Laboratory Attendance/Activity – 300 points
    4. Comprehensive Final Exam – 200 points
  4. Information On Books
    1. Introductory Horticulture, Eighth Edition, Shry, Jr. and Reiley
      ISBN-13:  978-1-4254-8039-1
      ISBN-10:  1-4354-8039-2
  5. Other Policies, Procedures and important dates.  Please refer to the WTC Catalog for the following:
    1. Campus Calendar
    2. Final exam schedule
    3. How to drop a class
    4. Withdrawal information
    5. Student Conduct/Academic Integrity
    6. Class Attendance
    7. Students with disabilities
  6. Course Content and Tentative Schedule*

Week 1

Introduction

Week 2

Unit 1 – Exploring the Horticulture Field
Unit 2 – Plant Taxonomy:  How Plants Are Named
Unit 3 – Parts of the Plant and Their Functions
LAB:  Flower Dissection

Week 3

Unit 4 – Environmental Requirements for Good Plant Growth
Unit 5 – Growth Stimulants, Retardants and Rooting Hormones
Exam #1
Unit 6 – Seeds
LAB: Indirect Seeding

Week 4

Unit 7 – Softwood and Semi Hardwood Cuttings and Micropropagation
Unit 8 – Harwood Cuttings
Unit 9 – Separation and Division
LAB: Propagation (Cuttings)

Week 5

Unit 10 – Grafting
Unit 11 – Budding
Unit 12 – Layering
Exam #2
LAB:  Herbarium Pocket Book

Week 6

Unit 16 – Integrated Pest Management and the Biological Control
Unit 17 – The Safe Use of Pesticides
Unit 18 – Insecticides
LAB:  Herbarium Pocket Book

Week 7

Unit 19 – Fungicides, Rodenticides, Molluscicides, and Nematocides
Unit 20 – Herbicides
Exam #3
LAB:  Pesticide Label Analysis/Usage

Week 8

Unit 21 – Dish Gardens
Unit 22 – The Art of Bonsai
Unit 23 – The Interior Landscape: Houseplants and Plantscaping
Unit 24 – Shrubs and Trees
Unit 33 – Techniques of Pruning
Unit 25 – Annual Bedding Plants
Unit 26 – Perennials, Ornamental Grass, Vines, Bamboo and Prairie Gardens
LAB:  Landscape Design Lettering and Drawing Symbols

Week 9

Unit 27 – Narrowleaf Evergreens
Unit 28 – Broadleaf Evergreens
Unit 29 – Deciduous Shrubs
Unit 30 – Deciduous Trees
Unit 31 – Ground Covers
Unit 32 – Bulbs
LAB: Plan Personal Landscape Design

Week 10

Unit 34 – Principles of Landscaping, Maintenance, Xeriscaping, Water Gardens, Irrigation and Green Roofs
Exam #4
LAB:  Personal Landscape Design

Week 11

Unit 35 – Establishing the Lawn
Unit 36 – Maintaining the Lawn
Unit 37 – Renovating the Lawn
Unit 38 – Planning and Preparing the Garden Site
Unit 39 – Planting the Vegetable Garden
Unit 40 – Caring for the Vegetable Garden
Unit 41 – Favorite Garden Vegetables and Herbs
LAB:  Personal Landscape Design

Week 12

Unit 42 – Strawberries
Unit 43 – Blueberries
Unit 44 – The Bramble Fruits
Unit 45 – Grapes
Exam #5
LAB:  Field Trip

Week 13

Unit 46 – Wreaths and Door Swags
Unit 47 – Creating Holiday Centerpieces
Unit 48 – Enhancements and Accessories for Floral Designs
Unit 49 – Floral Designs
Unit 50 – Corsages and Boutonnieres
Unit 51 – Beginning a Horticulture Business
Unit 52 – Financial Operations of a Horticulture Business
LAB:  Seasonal Floral Project

Week 14

Unit 53 – Human Relations: Personnel Management and Customer Sales
Unit 54 – Business Communications
Unit 55 – Horticulture in the Age of Technology
Unit 56 – Leadership Development in Horticulture
Exam #6

Week 15

Research Papers Due, Review for Final Exam

Week 16

Final Exam


                            
       *The above schedule, policies, procedures and assignments in this course are subject to change.

 

 

Last Modified: August 22, 2016