Agriculture: Horticulture

Mr. Kamiaz

Course Objectives:

A.    To provide students with an understanding of fundamental horticultural principles and concepts.

B.    To evoke an interest in horticultural science and the occupational opportunities in the field.

C.    To provide opportunities for the development of critical and creative thinking skills.

Course Units:

A.    Classification of Plants

B.    Plant Physiology and Anatomy

C.    Cultural Requirements of plants

D.    Plant Growth and Development

E.    Plant Propagation

F.     Horticultural Crop Management

G.    Plant Protection

H.    Landscape Design and Application

I.       Marketing

J.      Careers in Agriculture

Students Materials and Responsibilities:

A.    Binder or filler notebook for your notes and other loose leaf papers. Must be one that allows you to add or remove paper from.

1.      Using dividers, section off your notebook as follows:

a.      Section 1: Mandatory handouts-syllabus, roster, and school material.

b.      Section2: Class/home work

c.       Section3: Laboratory handouts

d.      Section4: Quizzes and test

e.      Section5: Notes

B. Writing instruments:

1.      Black, blue, or any dark colored ink pen for things to be handed in for reading

2.      No neon colored pens or ones that write like highlighters

3.      Red is my choice

o          Colored pencils/markers

C. Conserve or pay

1. You will be given printed material to work on or with, do not loose them. A small fee will be assessed if a replacement is needed ($0.10/sheet).

a.      Listen to the instructor and each other; RESPECT ONE ANOTHER.

b.      The work given can be fun and can go much quicker if we all pull together.

D. Study Skills

A.    Emphasis will be placed on listening, note taking, on-hands, cooperative learning, creative thinking and verbalizing of thoughts.

E. Grading

1.      Your grades for the course will be determined by percent distribution. The categories and the weight it carries are as follows:

a.      Tests > 35% / 30%

b.      Quizzers> 8% / 5%

c.       Laboratory> 30% / 25%

d.      Special Projects> 20%/ 20%

e.      Class/Home work> 7% / 5%

f.        Notebook (semester grade) > 15%

1. Tests

2. Quizzes

3. Assignments

          Assignment binder- All assignments will be kept in a binder by my desk. If you have a legal absence on a day work was given, and then you can use the binder to find out what the assignment was. I will accept excuse absence work two days after you have return to class.

4. Labs:

o          Laboratory exercises are an integral part of any science course. Some labs in this class may take a day or maybe long-term assignments. Student's diligence with lab work may greatly determine the student final grade. Lab works for this class consists of in - class, field work and/or at home maintenance of plant projects. Lab work may take the form of drawings, propagation, field preparations, planting, or outdoor/indoor maintenance of planted materials.

o          As this is an agricultural course you should anticipate messy, dirty workdays. Suggested work attire would include gloves, shoes/rubber boots, clothes and hats. Things you would not mind getting dirty while you work.

o          There are major individual lab projects that will be given to you during time of the course. Each would cost you some money. To help defray the cost I have made arrangements with nursery businesses around the island for educational discount.