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1 COURSE DESCRIPTION Course Title: CBEDS Title: Landscape Design Horticulture and the Environment CBEDS Number: 4050 Job Titles: Gardner Landscape Gardner Course Description: This course gives students a practical understanding of the nursery, landscape and horticulture business. Emphasis is placed on plant propagation, soil requirements, diseases, pest control theory, landscape design principles, irrigation design principles, landscape maintenance and business principles. Total Hours: 240 Prerequisites: Environmental Horticulture or related experience Date last revised: May 2006 Last Advisory Approval Date: 3/22/06 Date last Board Approval: 6/15/ Crenshaw Boulevard Torrance CA (310) Page 1 of 1

2 COURSE OUTLINE General workplace skills and expected student proficiencies: 1. Communication Skills a. Reads and understands written information b. s Writing Skills c. Listens Reflectively d. Speaks Clearly and Articulately e. Understands Workflow through Departments Communications 2.0 Reading 2.1, 2.3 Writing 1.3, 1.7, 1.8, 2.5 Responsibility and Flexibility Possess effective communication Function as a self-directed learner. 2. Thinking and Problem Solving Skills a. s Basic Reading and Math Skills b. s Thinking/Reasoning Skills c. Identifies Allocates, and Organizes Resources/Data d. Organizes and Maintains Records 8.0, 10.0, 11.0, 13.0, 15.0 Mathematics 2.1, 2.3 Reading 5.1, 5.3 Problem-Solving/Critical Thinking 4.2 Technology Possess critical thinking 3. Occupational Safety a. Practices Workplace Safety b. Practices Health and Safety Laws 2300 Crenshaw Boulevard Torrance CA (310) Page 2 of 2

3 Health and Safety Able to analyze and apply appropriate tools/technology 4. Personal Skills a. s positive Self-management skills b. s positive work ethics c. Possesses Integrity d. Exhibits positive Image/Professional Appearance e. s positive self-esteem Ethics and Legal Responsibilities Function as a responsible, contributing member of society. 5. Interpersonal Skills a. s Collaboration and Teamwork Skills b. s Conflict Resolution Skills c. s Leadership Skills d. s Sociability Skills 6. Employment Literacy a. Understood Career Paths b. Understood Continuing Education c. Reforms Job Search 1. Employment Sources 2. Application 3. Resume 4. Interview and Follow-up d. Understands Workplace Issues 1. Discrimination 2. Cultural Diversity 3. Harassment (i.e. sexual) 4. Drug Testing 2300 Crenshaw Boulevard Torrance CA (310) Page 3 of 3

4 Responsibility and Flexibility s career/employment literacy. 7. Technological Literacy a. s Working Knowledge of Computer b. s Working Knowledge of Career Appropriate Technology c. Selects Proper Tools, Material and Procedures d. Learns/Adapts to New Technology , 4.6 Technology Able to analyze and apply appropriate tools/technology Crenshaw Boulevard Torrance CA (310) Page 4 of 4

5 Content area skills and expected student proficiencies: CLASSROOM HOURS 8. Orientation 5 a. Review industry standards and career opportunities. b. Review course competencies. c. Review teacher and student expectations. d. Discuss ROP Expected School-Wide Learning Results () and their relationship to the course and employability. Reading 2.0, 3.0 Same as block at left. career/employment literacy. 9. Safety 5 a. Describe and demonstrate basic safety guidelines. b. safe use of equipment. c. Review safety precautions and first aide procedures for contact with hazardous sprays. d. proper lifting procedures. e. Practice proper care, maintenance, storage and transportation of hand and power tools. f. Identify and describe procedures to be followed in case of accidents or emergencies. Reading 1.0, 1.1, 1.2, Writing , 1.5, 1.6, 1.8, 2.1, 2.6 Same as block at left. career/employment literacy. 10. Tools and Equipment 20 a. Recognize and use tools common to the landscaping industry b. Operate assorted power tools correctly. c. Practice the safe operation of all tools and equipment. Reading 2.1, 2.4, 2.6 Writing 2.5, 2.6 Ornamental Horticulture Pathway F9.2, Plant Science 50 a. Determine plant identification practices for annual, perennials, shrubs and various types of ground covering plants. b. Identify parts of a typical plant and describe the functions of each part Crenshaw Boulevard Torrance CA (310) Page 5 of 5

6 c. Understand the processes of plant growth such as transpiration, transport systems, photosynthesis and respiration. d. Classification of plants according to life cycles. e. Comparing relationships and functions among seeds, roots, stems, leaves, flowers and fruits. f. Assess plant growth requirements such as carbon dioxide, water, light and nutrients. g. Describe the reproductive system of a plant such as pollination and fertilization. h. Contrast genetics and hybridization and understand why they are important to landscaping. i. Understand the importance of plant propagation. j. Identification of the common symptoms of stressed and diseased plants and the utilization of appropriate preventions and treatments. k. Understand the steps for healthy plan maintenance. l. Categorization of specific water, light, nutrient and soil requirements for different plants. m. Procedures for transplanting different types of plants. Cell Biology 1b, 1c, 1f, 1g, 1j Genetics 1a, 3a, 4a, 4c, 5c Ecology 6a, 6d, 6e Investigation and Experimentation 1a, 1c, 1k Ornamental Horticulture Pathway F ; ; Plant and Soil Pathway G ; G Possess critical thinking. 12. Soil Preparation 30 a. Identify and explain the major components of typical soils. b. Identify and explain the major factors in basic soil fertilization. c. Describe the characteristics of nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium in the soil. d. Explain how soil affects plant growth and the value of aeration. e. Recognize and identify soil conditions. f. step-by-step procedures for planting. g. Explain how to blend and measure soil components. h. Practice proper procedure for adding fertilizer to soil. Cell Biology 1b, 1c, 1f Genetics 4c, 4e Ecology 6a, 6d, 6e Biogeochemical Cycles 7a Investigation/Experimentation 1a, 1c, 1d Ornamental Horticulture Pathway ; F.1-5.5; F ; F8.2, Crenshaw Boulevard Torrance CA (310) Page 6 of 6

7 13. Care of Trees and Shrubs 20 a. how to plant and care for trees and flowering shrubs. b. how to plant and care for perennial and annual plants. c. Identification of the effects of weather on plants and shrubs. d. Identification of the procedures for transplantation of assorted plants. e. Investigation of the effect of sunlight on all plants. Reading 2.3 Written/Oral 1.2 Ornamental Horticulture Pathway F8.2; G3.4 master of 14. Pruning 10 a. proper pruning techniques b. Develop schedules for pruning. c. Identify tools used for pruning and demonstrate how they are used. d. Compare reasons for pruning different plants. e. Emphasis upon safety when pruning Reading 2.3 Written/Oral 1.2 Plant and Soil Science Pathway 3.6 Ornamental Horticulture Pathway F3.2, F Irrigation Design 30 a. Discuss irrigation design, materials, equipment and layouts. b. Describe the importance of soil preparation as it relates to irrigation systems. c. Compare and contrast the consequences of good and poor watering habits. d. Identification of areas and essential times to water plants in gardens, greenhouses, those in the sun, and those in the shade. f. Demonstration and description of assorted methods used to install irrigation systems. g. Definition of such terms as pressure check and systems check as they relate to an irrigation system installation. g. Install a drip irrigation system. h. Install an automatic time clock Crenshaw Boulevard Torrance CA (310) Page 7 of 7

8 Reading 2.3 Written/Oral 1.2 Ornamental Horticulture Pathway F Propagation 10 a. Summarize a propagation cycle. b. Identification and utilization of tools used in a propagation system. c. Demonstration of proper care and maintenance of propagation tools. d. Proper storage of tools. Reading 2.3 Written/Oral 1.2 Plant and Soil Science Pathway G3.1-G3.6 career/employme nt literacy 17. Cultivation Practices 15 a. Describe why proper cultivation practices are essential in landscaping. b. Practice the proper procedures for weeding. c. Demonstration of proper care, maintenance and use of cultivation tools. d. Identify and describe assorted types of weeds. e. Develop cultivation schedules for various plant growths. Reading 2.3 Writing 1.7 Plant and Soil Pathway G Theory of Pest Control 15 a. Learn safe spraying and mixing procedures. b. Assess how weather plays a role in pest control procedures. c. Recognize insect infestations and plant infestations. d. Understand proper procedures for controlling insects. e. Understand the procedures used in rodent control. f. Identify retail products used in pest control. g. Identify non-toxic means by which pests can be controlled. h. Define terms related to pesticide labels Crenshaw Boulevard Torrance CA (310) Page 8 of 8

9 Cell Biology 1c Ecology 6a, 6d, 6e Investigation/Experimentation 1a, 1c, 1d Plant and Soil Science Pathway G Possess critical thinking 19. Nursery Management Practices 10 a. Identification of key responsibilities for nursery employees such as retail representatives, production managers, distributors, brokers, turf managers and landscape managers. b. Compare and contrast the advantages and disadvantages of careers in nursery management. c. Compare and contrast different management styles. d. Establish the importance of a decision-making process and explain how it relates to management. Reading 2.3, 2.4, 2.6 Writing 1.3, 1.6, 1.7 Ornamental Horticulture Pathway F8.2, G3.4 career/employment literacy. 20. Hardscape Installation Fundamentals 10 a. Concrete installation involving forms, mixing, pouring, tamping, broom finish. b. Proper procedures for laying of brick on sand. c. sand box construction involving framing the box, setting posts, d. and installation of sand box cap. Geometry 5.0, 6.0, 7.0, 8.0, 10.0, 11.0, 12.0, 15.0 Ornamental Horticulture Pathway F10.1, Crenshaw Boulevard Torrance CA (310) Page 9 of 9

10 21. Landscape Mathematics 10 a. Prepare a landscape design proposal that includes a cost estimate and site plans. b. Calculate wholesale costs and suggest retail pricing for plants and shrubs. c. Examine the principles of marketing and selling to retail or wholesale outlets. d. Describe how to minimize different types of product loss. e. Compare and contrast gross sales and net sales. f. Develop a profile of a successful landscaping or nursery business. Algebra 1.0, 2.0, 10.0, Writing 1.2 Ornamental Horticulture Pathway F8.2 Possess critical thinking 2300 Crenshaw Boulevard Torrance CA (310) Page 10 of 10

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