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Discipline: Certificate: Landscape and Park Maintenance - N0623
Course Name Course Number Objectives
Horticultural Science AGOR 1 (VOC)
  • Students completing AGOR 1 will be able to explain concepts related to plant structure and function.
  • Students completing AGOR 1 will be able to describe climatic and microclimate interactions and how they influence plant growth.
  • Students completing AGOR 1 will be able to explain how different types of soils can be managed to improve plant growth
  • Students completing AGOR 1 will be able to correctly identify the nutrients required to correct nutrient deficiencies in plants.
  • Students completing AGOR 1 will be able to explain the standard plant propagation methods.
  • Students completing AGOR 1 will be able to explain photosynthesis, respiration, and translocation.
  • GEO- Students completing relevant assignments in Area B courses will evaluate the impact of science on their daily lives.
  • Students completing AGOR 1 will be able to describe sexual and asexual reproduction in plants.
Integrated Pest Management AGOR 24 (VOC)
  • Course completers will be able to formulate and implement a complete Integrated Pest Management program for a specific site.
  • Students completing AGOR 24 will be able to give a professional quality oral presentation
  • Successful completers will be able to identify local pests and disorders of trees, turf, and ornamental landscapes.
  • Students successfully completing this course will be able to demonstrate knowledge of Laws and Regulations of California Department of Pesticide Regulation
Landscape Irrigation Systems Management AGOR 63 (VOC)
  • Students will be able to determine the distribution uniformity of an irrigation system.
  • Completers will be able to properly repair a PVC piping system used in Irrigation.
Ornamental Plants - Trees and Woody Shrubs AGOR 30 (VOC)
  • Course completers will be able to explain the binomial method of plant nomenclature.
  • Students completing AGOR 30 will be able to identify botanical terms (plant identification terminology) as related to various plant parts and structures.
  • Students completing AGOR 30 will be able to summarize the various uses of plants as related to landscape and garden applications.
  • Students completing AGOR 30 will be able to explain growth habits and requirements of common landscape plants.
  • Students completing AGOR 30 will be able to identify common landscape trees and woody shrubs using physical features of leaf, bark, flower, fruit, and growth habit.
Tractor and Landscape Equipment Operations AGOR 51 (VOC)
  • Students completing this course will be able to demonstrate safe operational skills and practices when operating tractors and other equipment
  • Students completing this course will be able to demonstrate fundamentals of operating tractors and equipment covered in class
Urban Arboriculture AGOR 75 (VOC)
  • Students completing this course will be able to demonstrate proper pruning skills for pruning woody trees and shrubs.
  • Students will be able to explain the nutritional needs of trees.
  • Students will be able to identify appropriate safety standards, equipment, and techniques for use in arboriculture practices.
  • Course completers will be able to demonstrate proper use of Personal Protective Equipment.
  • Students will be able to describe the various costs associated with establishing and maintaining landscape trees, and how value can be placed on the urban forest as a resource.
  • Students will be able to describe the basic composition and function of a tree’s vascular system.
  • Students will be able to explain concepts related to basic tree physiology.
  • Students completing this course will be able to describe the formation of woody stems and the mechanics of trees.
  • Students completing this course will be able to describe the various physiological disorders and injuries that can affect trees, and the concept of Compartmentalization of Decay in Trees (CODIT).
  • Students completing this course will be able to explain what to look for in selecting healthy, vigorous planting stock.
  • Students completing this course will be able to describe the proper procedures and techniques used to plant and transplant trees.
  • Students completing this course will be able to explain how using proper installation techniques can improve survival chances and accelerate establishment.
  • Students completing this course will be able to describe methods used to protect trees during construction.
  • Students will explain how water, minerals, and nutrients are necessary for tree health and growth.
  • Students will be able to explain the relationship among soil moisture, absorption of essential elements, and plant growth.
  • Students will be able to explain the importance of proper irrigation for trees in urban landscapes.
  • Students will be able to explain different methods of fertilizer application and their advantages and disadvantages.
  • Students will be able to explain how trees respond to pruning and the effects of severe pruning.
  • Students will be able to describe the process for assessing trees for health and safety.
  • Students will be able to describe various physiological disorders and injuries caused by living and nonliving disorders that can affect trees.
  • Students completing AGOR 75 will be able to describe the environmental, economic, aesthetic, and social benefits of trees.