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HS (Horticulture Science)
471
012217
Dual-Level Course
No
Cross-listed Course
No
Landscape Ecosystem Management
Landscape Ecosystem Manag.
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Horticultural Science (11HS)
Term Offering
Fall Only
Offered Every Year
Fall 2017
Previously taught as Special Topics?
No
 
Course Delivery
Face-to-Face (On Campus)

Grading Method
Graded with S/U option
4
16
Contact Hours
(Per Week)
Component TypeContact Hours
Lecture3.0
Laboratory3.0
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Course Is Repeatable for Credit
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Barbara Fair
Associate Professor

Open when course_delivery = campus OR course_delivery = blended OR course_delivery = flip
Enrollment ComponentPer SemesterPer SectionMultiple Sections?Comments
Lecture and Lab6060Nonone
Open when course_delivery = distance OR course_delivery = online OR course_delivery = remote
Prerequisite: SSC 200
Is the course required or an elective for a Curriculum?
No
Well-designed, installed, and maintained urban/suburban ecosystems offer significant economic and social benefits that directly improve the environment for people, plants and animals. Learn how to select, install and maintain plants as part of a sustainable landscape. This course provides students with the tools to understand and implement landscape ecosystem management techniques that include, but are not limited to plant selection and maintenance, soil maintenance and renovation, thoughtful application of common landscape chemistry and IPM, urban/suburban wildlife conservation (including plant pollinators), and installation and promotion of green infrastructure practices.

Keeping the course title and description current with researched based use of plants in landscapes.


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Taught as part of a regular course load.

This course provides students with the tools to understand and implement landscape ecosystem management techniques that include, but are not limited to plant selection and maintenance, soil maintenance and renovation, thoughtful application of common landscape chemistry and IPM, urban/suburban wildlife conservation (including plant pollinators), and installation and promotion of green infrastructure practices.


Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Accurately and completely assess a site to determine best management practices and approaches that will maintain site health/integrity and promote establishment and growth of plants.

  2. Use the basics you learned from soil science to describe the rhizosphere and demonstrate appropriate management practices, such as adding amendments, fertilization, maintenance of soil biota, and steps to maintain/improve soil structure. These practices are aimed at ensuring healthy plants, but also maintaining integrity of natural resources.

  3. Describe the movement of water and nutrients through soil-plant continuum and relate this to plant establishment, long-term success, fertility and efficient water management.

  4. Using the principles of plant biology and function to:

    1. develop a systems approach to plant selection and planting

      1. The aim is to maximize their function and ornamental characteristics, while meeting their cultural requirements;



    2. identify and prepare a research-based management program that includes proper pruning practices, minimizing potential abiotic plant problems, scientifically-based fertilization, and efficient use of water;

    3. employ IPM- an ecosystem-based strategy focusing on long-term prevention of pests or their damage through a combination of techniques such as biological control, habitat manipulation, modification of cultural practices, and use of resistant varieties

      1. Use pesticides only after monitoring indicates need and treatments target pest organism;



    4. formulate a plan to manage weeds and invasive species using a thoughtful selection and application process of herbicides that will ensure clean water and minimal environmental impact;




Evaluation MethodWeighting/Points for EachDetails
Midterm9.1% This exam will cover all lecture materials covered from the beginning of the semester.
Final Exam9.1%This will cover the entire semester’s lecture materials, but will focus on the second half.
Project9.1%A mid-term assessment that will be built on for the final project. Project due about mid-way in the semester.
Project22.5%A comprehensive project that groups students to perform a site evaluation of a specified location on NC State's campus and will use knowledge and information gained through the course to develop a management plan, and to assess economic value. Project due during final exam period.
Homework9.1%These assignments will focus on required readings and classroom activities, such as fertilizer application calculations.
Participation28.1%Students have the opportunity to receive 24 pts. for each lab. Failure to attend lab without an acceptable excuse will result in a 0 for that lab. Students who attend, but do not participate in lab activities, whether that be engaging with guests or assisting directly with a project will lose between 20-50% of the possible points depending on the extent of inactivity.
Final Exam13%Students will be required to perform various hands-on activities and what was seen on field trips.
TopicTime Devoted to Each TopicActivity
Introduction to Sustainable Ecosystems: Value of Plants1 lecture
Sustainable Landscapes: Ecosystem services and functional uses of plants1 lecture
Sustainable Landscape Design: Plant selection principles 1 lecture
Sustainable Landscape Design: Use of native and adapted plants 1 lecture
What is a Sustainable Landscape?: Sustainable site assessment 1 lecture
Sustainable Development Practices: Urban Soil Management and Practices to Improve Tree Growth 2 lectures
Sustainable Development Practices: Fertility Management 1 lecture
Sustainable Development Practices: Water Management in the landscape1 lecture
Sustainable Development Practices: Introduction to green infrastructure 1 lecture
Sustainable Ecosystem Management: Specifics of stormwater management 1 lecture
Sustainable Ecosystem Management: Green roofs and walls 1 lecture
Sustainable Ecosystem Management: Plant biology, focusing on woody plants 2 lectures
Sustainable Ecosystem Management: Proper planting techniques 1 lecture
Sustainable Ecosystem Management: Proper pruning techniques 1 lecture
Sustainable Ecosystem Management: Abiotic issues with plants 1 lecture
Pest Management-IPM: Disease management 1 lecture
Pest Management-IPM: Insect management1 lecture
Pest Management-IPM: Weed Management1 lecture
Sustainable Sites Initiatives: Safe and proper use of chemicals in the landscapes 1 lecture
Additional Topics: Fruit tree management1 lecture
Additional Topics: Using herbaceous plants in the landscape1 lecture
Additional Topics: Use of plants for pollinators1 lecture
Where do lawns fit in?1 lecture
Semester Wrap UP1 lecture
Course title and course description change.
aeherget (Thu, 10 Aug 2017 18:36:31 GMT): AECHH: Uploading updated syllabus at instructor's request via email 8/10/2017.
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