Newly transplanted and staked tree (Lohr) Horticulture 331 - Landscape Plant Installation & Management

Grading Participation
Exams Individual Asgn. Group Projects
Expectations
Outcomes
Instructors Reading Links Angel
SPRING 2015: Lecture: Monday and Wednesday 9:10 - 10 AM in Vogel Plant Sciences Building 43
Lab: Thursday 1:25 - 4:05 PM in Vogel Plant Sciences Building 43
Description: Principles and practices for installation and management of exterior and interior landscape plantings,
with emphasis on woody plants; specifications, site preparation, transplanting, growth control, and diagnosis of problems.

 TEXTBOOK: Required readings
R.W. Harris, J.R. Clark, and N.P. Matheny. 2004.  Arboriculture: Integrated management of landscape trees, shrubs, and vines, fourth edition.
 
 GENERAL COURSE TOPICS: (Supplemental links with information on class topics)
Overall landscape management objective for course topics:  Long-life of the tree
  • Introduction: How plants grow (including dormancy, juvenility, physiology, and anatomy) 
  • Installation, transplanting, and staking of plants
  • Growth control by pruning and with management decisions
  • Site preparation, management, and restoration (amendments, mulches, and ground covers)
  • Care of established plants (fertilization, construction, repair, and removal)
  • Problems: diagnosis, cure, and prevention (insects, diseases, culture, and people)
  • Economic and social values of plants

 COURSE GRADES: Grades will be determined from:
Participation - 70 points possible
Comprehensive exams - 300 points (3 exams; 150 points possible on each; lowest exam score dropped) 
Individual Assignments - 130 points possible
Group Project Reports - 100 points possible

TOTAL - 600 points possible  Scores will be posted on Angel.
Total Points
Percent
Grade
558 - 600
93 - 100
A
540 - 557
90 - 92.9
A-
522 - 539
87 - 89.9
B+
498 - 521
83 - 86.9
B
482 - 497
80 - 82.9
B-
462 - 481
77 - 79.9
C+
438 - 461
73 - 76.9
C
420 - 437
70 - 72.9
C-
402 - 419
67 - 69.9
D+
378 - 401
63 - 66.9
D

Participation (70 points):
Participation points will be assigned for regular and high quality participation with your assigned group members to create your Group Project Reports (45 points, 15 per Report).  You will submit forms detailing your contribution and the contribution of each group member.  You will also receive participation points (25 points) for attendance and participation in class and lab.  Expectations for participation are listed in the section on Expectations for Students in this Class.

Comprehensive Exams (300 points):
There will be three comprehensive exams.  Each is worth 150 points.  You may use copies of your Group Project Reports in the exam. Examples of previous exams are linked below.  No make up exams or early exams will be given!  If you miss an exam, for example, if you leave town before the final exam date, you will receive a zero for that exam.  Your lowest exam score will be dropped.
 
Previous exam examples
2015 Exam Dates (subject to change)
Comprehensive exam 1
Thursday, Feb. 26, 1:25 – 4:05 PM
Comprehensive exam 2
Thursday, Apr. 23, 1:25 – 4:05 PM
Comprehensive final exam
MONDAY, May 4, 8 – 10:00 AM

Individual Assignments (130 points):
Scores from all seven Individual Assignments will be counted toward your final grade.  They are due at the start of class or lab on the due day, unless indicated otherwise.  Late Individual Assignment scores will be reduced by 1 percent for each day (including weekends) past the due date and will receive no comments or explanations for the score.  The latest time to turn in late assignments is normally during the final Thursday lab period.

Asgn. # Individual Assignment Title
Date due Points
A
Chapter 1
Jan. 14, 2015
Jan. 21
5
B
Chapter 2
Jan. 26, 2015 10
1
Information searches Jan. 29, 2015
20
2
Questions on an assigned journal article Feb. 11, 2015
25
3
Finding an article on CODIT, pruning, tree value, or transplanting Mar. 9, 2015
25
4 Diagnosis example Apr. 16, 2015
20
5
Journal of observations of landscape practices
Apr. 27, 2015
25

Group Project Reports (100 points):
Throughout this semester, you will prepare three Group Project Reports, using a specific tree as an example.  You will be assigned to one group and one tree for the entire semester.  You may often work in groups after graduation, so this should help you prepare for that.  Also, you can learn from other students.  Group members can specialize in activities related to their strengths and help others understand what they know. 

To get the most out of group activities, all group members are expected to contribute actively and positively in all Group Project Reports.  Your group will be assigned work space for each Group Project Report in Angel (https://lms.wsu.edu).  You may use this space to communicate and share files or your group may select a different means of doing this. 

Each Group Project will receive a score, and that score is normally given to all students in the group.  To encourage all group members to contribute to each Project and to reflect major differences in effort (should they occur), each student will be given individual Participation points (see below).  In the unlikely event that a student contributes very little to the Group Project, that student could be assigned a reduced Group Project score, and the score could be as low as zero.

Your Reports will have information to use during exams and for future reference.  They must be well organized, thorough, accurate, and supported by scholarly references to be useful.  They should make sense without the Project directions (i.e. don’t just address numbered items, in order, as though you are answering exam questions).  The Report should be formatted so that you and others can easily and quickly find information (i.e. use headings and subheadings).  Reports must be typed and use complete sentences, proper grammar, and correct spelling.  You must also show where you found ALL information in the Report by using correct citations that completely reference the sources of information you use.

Late Group Project Report scores will be reduced by 1 point for each day (excluding weekends) past the due date.

Report # Group Report Title
Item due
Due date
Group points
1
Initial Tree & Site Study ID
January 21
1
1
Initial Tree and Site Study Table
January 28 8
1
Initial Tree and Site Study Draft
February 4 10
1
Initial Tree and Site Study Final
February 12
15
2
Tree Economic Value Forms + articles
February 18
8
2
Tree Economic Value
Draft
March 4
10
2
Tree Economic Value Final
March 12 15
3
Tree Pruning
History + articles
March 30
8
3
Tree Pruning
Draft
April 8 10
3
Tree Pruning Final
April 22
15
For each report, you must use citations within the text.  Here is a citation example.
With each final report, you must turn in an Individual Assessment.  A form for this will be distributed in class.
Your group will develop guides.  Guideline example.
 

EXPECTATIONS FOR STUDENTS IN THIS CLASS:
Be a positive, contributing member of the class. You are expected to act in a manner that will facilitate your learning as well as the others' learning. Come to class prepared. Share your knowledge and experiences with the class. Do not disrupt or prevent learning by others. Listen with respect. Enjoy learning!

Attend and actively participate regularly. Participation is important for learning.  In this class, you will often work in groups.  Students cannot learn effectively when others are not engaged.  Be an asset to your group.  If you must miss class or lab, find out what we did and ask for handouts. 

If you are very sick and contagious, please do not come to class and infect others.  If you have an illness, I would appreciate being formed by e-mail or in person once you are well, but I do not need to see any documentation of your illness.  There is no process for adjusting grades due to illnesses.  For most students, the potential loss of points is minor and does not affect the final grade in the class.  If you are concerned this may not be the case for you, please make an appointment to discuss the specifics with me.

Participate as your own representative and do not take credit for others’ work. Academic dishonesty, in any form, including plagiarizing, is deplorable.  If you are caught cheating or plagiarizing (see: WAC 504-26-010 Definition 3 under Standards of Conduc), you will receive a zero for the activity, and it will be reported to your advisor and to the Office of Student Standards and Accountability.  You may also be expelled from class.  If we suspect you have cheated, we may assign a zero or we may ask you to repeat the activity under conditions of our choosing. 

Use electronic devices wisely.  Cell phones should not be used without permission from the instructor.  Turn phone ringers off.  Computers may only be used for taking notes; any other uses must be approved.

Follow class policies and instructions.  Violations of class policies or instructors’ instructions could result in losing privileges, such as the use of a computer to take notes, or in being expelled from classes or labs.


SAFETY:
Safety will be enforced in this class.  Safety for you and others is of utmost importance.  There will be times when we will use hand tools, including shovels and saws.  While these may not seem particularly dangerous, they can injure people if used inappropriately.  Your full attention to safety instructions and when using such equipment is MANDATORY.  Risky behavior, such as carelessness, teasing (e.g. tossing snowballs at someone), or being irresponsible WILL NOT BE TOLERATED.  You could be dismissed from a class or lab.  Having fun in this class is encouraged, but not at the expense or risk of others.

 “Washington State University is committed to maintaining a safe environment for its faculty, staff, and students. Safety is the responsibility of every member of the campus community and individuals should know the appropriate actions to take when an emergency arises.”  Please become familiar with: WSU Pullman Campus Safety Plan and WSU Emergency Management. Also be sure you have supplied safety alert information at: WSU Alert.

DISABILITIES:
Reasonable accommodations are available for a student with a disability on file at the WSU Access Center. Contact Dr. Lohr at least one week before each exam to ensure proper accommodations are available.  See Dr. Lohr if you have questions. 

CHANGES TO INFORMATION ON THIS SYLLABUS
:
Information on this syllabus is subject to change.  Possible changes include correcting mistakes in dates or adjusting dates to accommodate unforeseen conflicts.  Should changes be necessary, they will be announced in class and posted on the class web site.  They may also be on Angel.


STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES:

WSU Learning Goal
Outcome: By the end of the semester, you will be able to:
Topic or activity to advance the learning goal
Ways to evaluate proficiency
1. Critical & creative thinking
Evaluate the impacts of landscape installation and management practices on the health and longevity of trees, particularly by observing physical specimens
Lectures, readings, group projects, assignments, and class and lab activities on anatomy, practices, and impacts
Assignment 5; Group Projects 1 + 3; Class and lab participation; Exams
1. Critical & creative thinking Recognize cultural, weather, & pest problems on landscape plants and find solutions to these problems
Lectures; readings; class and lab activities on diagnosing plant problems
Class and lab participation; Assignment 4; Exams
2. Quantitative reasoning
Determine economic value for individual landscape trees
Lectures; readings; lab activities on economic value
Group Project 2; Exams
3. Scientific literacy
Describe the biological basis for plant responses to common landscape practices and environmental conditions
Lectures, readings, assignments, group projects, and class and lab activities on anatomy and practices
Exams; Assignment 5; Group Projects 1 + 3
4. Information literacy Find and interpret new knowledge, both in the scientific literature and in other forms, related to landscape plant installation and management
Lectures, lab activities, and assignments on finding scientific articles and other sources of information
Assignments 1 + 3; Group Projects 1, 2, + 3
5. Communication skills Write about topics related to landscape plant installation and management
Written assignments and class and lab activities
Assignments 2, 3, + 5; Exams
5. Communication skills
Discuss topics related to landscape plant installation and management
Class discussions and presentations
Assignments A + B; class presentations
6. Diversity
Recognize the contributions of people with different values working together in a group to achieve desired outcomes
Class and lab activities and group project interactions
In-class and lab participation; Group Projects 1, 2, + 3
7. Depth of learning
Determine physical, environmental, economic, and social impacts of installation and management practices
Lectures, readings, assignments, and class and lab activities on impacts of practices
In class and lab participation; Exams; Assignments 2, 3,  + 5
7. Depth of learning
Make practical decisions regarding landscape plant installation and management and understand their impacts on woody plant longevity
Lectures, readings, group projects, assignments, and class and lab activities on biological impacts of various practices
Exams; Assignment 5; Group Projects 1 + 3




INSTRUCTORS (usually available after class & always available by appointment):
Dr. Virginia Lohr, Johnson Hall Room 101b; 509-335-3101;  lohr@wsu.edu
Kathie Nicholson, 360-460-6271 or 509-335-6586; kathie.nicholson@email.wsu.edu


Top Grading Participation
Exams Individual Asgn. Group Projects
Expectations
Outcomes
Instructors Reading Links Angel


Virginia Lohr , Professor, E-mail: lohr@wsu.edu
Department of Horticulture
Washington State University
Pullman, Washington 99164-6414 U.S.A.
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